Would You Rather: Start Damien Williams or LeSean McCoy in Fantasy Football

Zach Brunner
AFC Championship - New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs
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This preseason has been a wild ride if you drafted Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams in fantasy football.

First, there was cause to be nervous about Williams and Carlos Hyde splitting time. Then, rookie Darwin Thompson emerged as a receiving threat. Then the Chiefs traded Hyde and it looked like smooth sailing for Williams, only for the team to sign LeSean McCoy, reuniting Shady with Andy Reid.

All we could do was speculate before Week 1, but now that we've had a chance to see the KC offense in action, who is the Chiefs' running back to own?

Williams was the snap leader for the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, totaling 65 percent of the offensive snaps to McCoy's 30 percent. However, it was McCoy who had more success on the ground, averaging 8.1 yards per rush to Williams' 2.0.

Williams was also far more active in the passing game, running 17 routes and catching six passes for 39 yards. McCoy ran six routes and caught just one pass for 12 yards.

Williams also was the more active red zone running back for the Chiefs, seeing seven touches to McCoy's one, and if this trend continues, this alone makes him the more valuable running back. The Chiefs have one of the best offenses in the league and will be in scoring position often, so the player who will be in the game most when the team is in scoring position will likely get more touchdowns, and with that more fantasy points.

It is worth noting, though, that McCoy is still getting acclimated to the KC offense, and those limited snaps were in line with the 15-20 that were reportedly planned for him before the game. Keep an eye on McCoy and Williams' snap counts in Week 2, because this situation is still far from set in stone. For now, though, Williams looks to be the top dog in the Chiefs' backfield.


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