UPDATE: Damien Williams is ACTIVE. LeSean McCoy is also active.
Damien Williams was dealing with a family matter and has resolved it sufficiently to travel with the Chiefs to Mexico City, per Ian Rapoport. This would suggest he will start on Monday Night Football against the Chargers. LeSean McCoy was inactive last week, and there is no word on if he will be inactive this week.
Damien Williams 11/17 status update
Williams showed up on the injury report as questionable for personal reasons. He is expected to travel with the team to Mexico City, which would suggest he will play if that happens. The team is traveling on Sunday, so we will hear something later in the day once they have departed Kansas City for Mexico City.
UPDATE: Chiefs beat writer Adam Teicher tweeted that Williams “will play” on Monday.
Damien Williams has had a roller-coaster season, as LeSean McCoy has outplayed him as a runner but ended up losing his role due to fumbling issues. Williams’ lead over McCoy culminated last week when McCoy was a healthy scratch against Tennessee. He saw a big workload with 24 touches for 109 yards against the Titans. His snap percentage, touches, and routes run were all season highs.
It looks like we can trust Williams again as the lead back this week against the Chargers, but there is, of course, a chance that McCoy is active. If he is, Williams should remain the lead back but could have a few touches siphoned.
Fantasy football analysis: Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams
Kansas City travels to Mexico City on Monday Night Football to take on the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers have given up the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs this season, including a healthy 5.5 receptions for 46 yards per game and the third-most receiving touchdowns at four.
Williams’ usage as both a runner and receiver is what gives him the most significant boost, and the Chargers should help him out in both regards. This game has a 52-point over/under with Kansas City favored by -4. Patrick Mahomes is going to throw the ball plenty, but some will go to Williams, and with a lead, they will end up running the ball more than if they trail the whole game. His upside is excellent this week now that we can call him the every-down back in one of the top offenses in the league.
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