The Detroit Lions went all-in at running back during the 2020 NFL Draft selecting D'Andre Swift in the first round. The young ball-carrier put together a solid rookie season, but that didn't stop the front office from making another move at the position this past offseason.
Veteran Jamaal Williams was added to the roster, giving offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn another weapon. The receiving abilities and injury concerns that come with Swift make Williams one of the most valuable handcuff RBs in fantasy football this season.
Jamaal Williams Fantasy Outlook
Williams flashed potential during his four years spent in Green Bay racking up 1,985 rushing yards and 961 receiving yards across 60 games played. He has also posted a catch percentage of 86.7% or higher in each of the last two seasons and has yet to fumble the football in his career.
The expectation is that first-year Lion will play a role on this offense right away. Swift is already dealing with a groin injury during training camp, which could allow Williams to see more snaps early on in the season. His standalone value is continuing to increase as Week 1 kickoff comes closer.
The upside that comes with Williams is much higher than that of many other handcuff running backs. He has racked up over 700 yards from scrimmage in each of the last two seasons and proven he can make an impact as a complementary back.
Jamaal Williams ADP
Williams' has an average draft position of No. 120 overall and No. 41 amongst RBs in PPR leagues, according to FantasyPros. He is the perfect depth option to take late in the draft and a player fantasy managers who roster Swift must target. Reaching for the 26-year-old may not be a bad idea.
Williams checks in at RB46 in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings.
SIGN UP AND GET AN INSTANT DEPOSIT BONUS UP TO 500! We'll match 20% of your first deposit on FanDuel Fantasy Sports. Max bonus $500
Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.