Ty’Son Williams Fantasy Outlook Climbs Following J.K. Dobbins Injury
The Baltimore Ravens backfield was dealt a horrific blow over the weekend as second-year running back J.K. Dobbins has been ruled out for the 2021 NFL season with a torn ACL. With Gus Edwards taking over the No. 1 role, third-year RB Justice Hill was expected to be the new backup until sophomore Ty'Son Williams surpassed him on the depth chart.
With Dobbins out for the year, Williams' fantasy outlook is certainly on the rise, especially as a handcuff option for Edwards' owners. Here's a bit of a deeper dive into what fantasy managers should know about the former 2020 undrafted running back.
Ty'Son Williams Fantasy Outlook
Williams joined the Ravens last year after going undrafted at the 2020 NFL Draft. He recorded 1,120 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns on 233 attempts during his four-year collegiate career. Unfortunately, a lack of a full training camp and preseason games meant that he was stuck on Baltimore's practice squad for the majority of the year.
Nevertheless, Williams was finally given a chance to show what he can do during the current preseason. He suited up in each of Baltimore's three games, turning 24 attempts into 130 rushing yards (5.4 yards per attempt) and a touchdown. He also made 8 receptions for 38 receiving yards, so he's shown that he can get involved in a few different ways.
Even with Williams' potential, it's understandable if some owners are wary of drafting him because of Edwards remaining the starter. However, the Ravens rushed the ball for a league-leading 34.6 attempts per game last season. Mark Ingram (who left in free agency) and Dobbins accounted for 37.1% of those carries. With both of them out of the backfield this season, those touches will have to go elsewhere, leaving them to be split between Edwards, Williams and quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Long story short, even if Williams is Edwards' backup, there will still be enough available attempts for him to be a fantasy-relevant option in bigger leagues. Even in a smaller league, he clearly still has value as a handcuff.
Ty'Son Williams ADP
FantasyPros has Williams listed as RB73 with an average draft position (ADP) of 280.7. Meanwhile, he is unlisted on The Duel's fantasy football rankings.
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