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Javonte Williams Fantasy Outlook Includes Huge Upside With Even Week 1 Backfield Split in Denver

Larry Rupp
Javonte Williams' fantasy outlook includes huge upside after splitting backfield snaps in Week 1.
Javonte Williams' fantasy outlook includes huge upside after splitting backfield snaps in Week 1. / Alex Trautwig/Getty Images
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The Denver Broncos' backfield ended up being just as confusing as many fantasy managers thought it would be in Week 1. Rookie Javonte Williams and veteran Melvin Gordon essentially split snaps right down the middle. That shouldn't deter anyone from starting Williams moving forward, though. He still has a ton of upside and could take over the starting job sooner rather than later.

Javonte Williams Fantasy Outlook

Williams finished his first NFL game with 45 yards on 14 carries and added in 1 reception as well. Meanwhile, Gordon racked up 101 yards on 11 carries. However, most of that came on one 70-yard touchdown run in the second half. He put together an otherwise very underwhelming performance.

It's clear that the Broncos want to give Williams' a shot to show what he can do out on the field. The coaching staff has suggested that Williams would play in all game situations and game scripts. The former UNC Tar Heels's usage on Sunday definitely supported that statement (50% snap rate).

This is only the beginning for Williams and proves that his floor is rather high for a rookie. Seeing double-digit carries in his first taste of NFL action should prove that he will be a major part of this offense in 2021. After all, the 21-year-old averaged 6.3 yards per carry across three college seasons.

It'll be interesting to see if Williams' workload grows in Week 2. The Broncos are set to face a Jacksonville Jaguars' defense that was torched for 160 rushing yards in Week 1. Williams remains a viable FLEX option across fantasy football leagues and receives a slight boost in PPR scoring.


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