Would You Rather: Own Damien Williams or LeSean McCoy for Rest of Fantasy Football Season

Zach Brunner
Indianapolis Colts vs Kansas City Chiefs
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One of the more frustrating backfields in the NFL through the first two months fo the 2019 season has been the Kansas City Chiefs, with work split between Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy. With both getting similar work, who is more valuable to own in fantasy going forward?

Williams was the back who shouldered most of the workload left in Kareem Hunt's absence when the Chiefs parted ways with Hunt last season. His success in this role had fantasy owners optimistic for this season, but the workload has not been the same.

He has averaged 10.5 touches per game, with 2.5 coming through the air. This has led to an average of 35.8 yards per game and a total of three touchdowns in six games.

McCoy was reunited with former Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Andy Reid after the Buffalo Bills decided to cut McCoy in late August. He has been the most steady contributor in the backfield this season, averaging 11 touches per game, leading to an average of 61.4 yards from scrimmage per game and three total touchdowns across eight contests.

The more efficient runner has clearly been McCoy, who averages 5.2 yards per carry, compared to Williams's 2.1-yard average this season. McCoy has been the RB33 over the past three weeks in PPR scoring as well, while Williams has been RB38.

These rankings should be reflective of their value for the rest of the season, with McCoy possessing more overall value than Williams, but due to age and health concerns, he is unlikely to shoulder a huge workload in anything other than a must-win game.


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