Williams will be paired with Melvin Gordon in the backfield once again 2022 after the Broncos re-signed Gordon to a one-year deal Tuesday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports. Prior to Denver bringing back Gordon, Williams seemed positioned to see a big boost in his workload this coming season, but a timeshare arrangement could now be back in play. Both players logged 203 carries in 2021, and while there should be enough touches for the two to remain fantasy relevant, Williams' ceiling is nonetheless hampered by the continued presence of the capable Gordon. Of the two, Williams profiles as the upside play, but as long as his veteran counterpart is available, the 2021 second-round pick's volume figures to be capped.
Williams rushed 12 times for 46 yards and brought in both targets for 18 yards in the Broncos' 28-24 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday. Given how well and evenly Williams and Melvin Gordon worked in tandem this season, it was fitting the two split carries right down the middle for the Broncos' final contest. The rookie bounced back well from a pair of atypically inefficient outings Week 16 and 17 where he'd gained just 42 yards on 21 carries, and Saturday's production put him just over the 900-yard mark (903) to close out his first NFL season. The UNC product also generated an impressive 43-316-3 line through the air, and with Gordon slated for unrestricted free agency come the new league year, Williams could well be set to enter training camp as the clear lead back this coming summer.
Williams (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's game against Kansas City after practicing fully Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. The same applies to Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip), which sets the stage for the duo to continue to share backfield duties in Denver's season finale. It's a timeshare that caps Williams' fantasy ceiling, but more often than not he's logged enough touches to help fantasy managers this season, and he'll square off this weekend against a Chiefs run defense that is allowing an average of 113.0 rushing yards per game to date.
Williams (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) was also limited, but at this stage, there's nothing to suggest that either back will miss Saturday's game against Kansas City, even if both players approach the weekend with an injury designation.
Williams carried the ball 14 times for 30 yards and caught his only target for two yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers. The rookie had reached 80 scrimmage yards or scored a touchdown, or both, in four straight games coming into Sunday, but the knee issue that limited Williams' practice participation during the week may have been a factor in his disappointing showing against one of the league's softer run defenses. He still has an outside chance at 1,000 rushing yards on the season, but he'll need 143 yards in a Week 18 clash with Kansas City to get there.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.60|
|4||10/02||@Las Vegas Raiders||25||19.67|
|6||10/17||@Los Angeles Chargers||28||20.65|
|7||10/23||New York Jets||32||25.65|
|11||11/20||Las Vegas Raiders||25||19.67|
|14||12/11||Kansas City Chiefs||10||15.10|
|16||12/25||@Los Angeles Rams||9||14.95|
|17||01/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||10||15.10|
|18||01/08||Los Angeles Chargers||28||20.65|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||203||903||4||43||316||3||161|