Andre Williams fantasy football stock hasn’t been great this season. Despite having several opportunities to be the lead running back for the New York Giants with Rashad Jennings missing time due to injury, Williams hasn’t made enough of an impact to warrant much consideration in fantasy football. Williams is still only a rookie who was thrown into the fire of carrying the load on the ground for Big Blue out of necessity.
It also didn’t help that Williams was operating behind one of the worst offensive lines in football that could barely open holes for him to even get back to the line of scrimmage. Williams has shown flashes of what he can be for the future, but for now he lacks the ball carrier vision to make plays and is back to being the number two running back in the Giants rushing committee with the return of Jennings to the lineup.
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Last week against the Dallas Cowboys, Williams totaled 10 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown as well as one reception for 12 receiving yards. Williams saw a lot of work in goal-line situations and became a fantasy football touchdown vulture.
Williams got lucky when an apparent first quarter fumble was ruled down by contact by the officials. Williams is a great handcuff option for Jennings owners despite his shortcomings.
This season Williams has rushed 126 times for 372 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also has 9 receptions for 70 yards so far as well. This week Williams goes up against a 1-10 Jacksonville Jaguars team and is worth a look as a flex option due to his goal-line opportunities.
Williams’ speed and physical running style will get him some carries, but not enough to break being a No. 3 fantasy football running back for this week against a tough Jaguars’ defense. Expect Williams to finish in the ballpark of his output from last week and should not be depended on for anything more than that as long as he is in a committee with Jennings being the workhorse running back.
Fantasy Football Week 13 Projected Stats: 9 carries, 30 yards, 1 touchdown, zero receptions