Until Jonathan Williams finds meaningful playing time with the Colts this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Williams is competing with Spencer Ware and Jordan Wilkins for a role spelling Marlon Mack on early downs, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports. Williams is the early underdog, with Wilkins offering recent draft-pick status (2018 fifth round) and a rookie-year mark of 5.6 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Ware has an interesting combination of size, experience and pass-catching ability. Of course, the nature of the competition could change if the Indianapolis backfield deals with injuries during training camp and the preseason.
Williams was elevated to the Colts' 53-man roster from the practice squad. Williams joined the Colts' practice squad in early October after being waived by the Saints after three games. The 24-year-old should serve as a depth back with Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins all currently healthy.
Williams signed with Indianapolis' practice squad Tuesday. Williams was previously cut by the Saints after failing to make an impact in the team's backfield, and now joins the practice squad of a Colts team in real need of help at the running back position. If Williams is able to impress, the opportunity exists for him to potentially carve out a depth role.
Williams was waived by the Saints on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Williams had some hype during the preseason as a potential replacement for Mark Ingram (suspension) throughout September. The Saints ultimately have relied on a heavy dose of Alvin Kamara, with Mike Gillislee getting 14 carries and only three going to Williams. The Saints will use Dwayne Washington as their No. 3 running back for the final game before Ingram returns.
Williams gained one yard on one carry in Sunday's win against the Falcons. He also caught his only target, which also went for just one yard. Williams was nearly invisible against the Falcons, playing a mere nine offensive snaps. While he actually saw more playing time than Mike Gillislee, who played just four snaps and gained 10 yards on three carries, neither backup running back is a particularly appealing option with Mark Ingram set to return from suspension in Week 5. As such, Williams probably does not need to be owned in most fantasy leagues.
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|5||10/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|14||12/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
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