Jamaal Williams had his best game of the season last night, turning 18 touches into 136 yards from scrimmage and a receiving TD. But, as anyone who started him in fantasy can attest, his night could've been even better.
With just over 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Week 6 "Monday Night Football" game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, Williams ran up the middle with a clear path to the end zone. However, the Green Bay Packers' running back made a heads-up play, electing to give himself up so Mason Crosby could ultimately kick a game-winning FG with no time remaining.
Williams' excellent actual football decision lost his fantasy owners six-plus points, which could have easily swung some matchups this week.
But his decision also had a significant impact on bettors. The Packers were 3.5-point home favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and had Williams scored, Green Bay would've likely covered. That's if their defense stopped the Lions on the following drive – a drive that never happened. Instead, Green Bay won by one point, 23-22.
At the end of the day, it's hard to fault Williams too much, as he objectively made the right play. Still, that's little comfort if you own him in fantasy or bet the Packers with the spread on Monday night.
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