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Damien Williams ruled out for Chiefs-Ravens

The Chiefs are banged up in the backfield and will be relying on veteran LeSean McCoy to carry the load, along with Derwin Thompson.

Damien Williams of the Kansas City Chiefs runs for a 62-yard touchdown in preseason action against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs have ruled running back Damien Williams out for the team’s Week 3 home game against the Baltimore Ravens. He suffered a knee injury in the team’s Week 2 win over the Oakland Raiders and has been unable to practice since. LeSean McCoy missed Wednesday’s practice and was limited on Thursday. He got a Friday practice in, so he looks good to go for Sunday.

Prior to the Week 2 injury, Williams had nine carries for eight yards. This came a week after he had 13 carries for 26 yards. McCoy had a strong Week 1 performance with 81 yards on ten carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but followed that up with 23 yards on 11 carries against the Raiders.

Fantasy impact: Andy Reid has usually done great work with running backs, but things have not been pretty out of the gate in 2019. Even after the Chiefs acquired McCoy, Williams was viewed as the No. 1 guy. He is quickly emerging as one of the early busts of 2019.

McCoy seems likely to play, and Derwin Thompson will serve as his backup. The Ravens have a stout defense, so it is not an ideal matchup. That being said, a starting running back is a starting running back for fantasy purposes. He’ll get plenty of touches and if you’re short-handed there’s value to be had.