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Previewing Damien Williams for Super Bowl DFS

Damien Williams has scored touchdowns in the Divisional Round and the AFC title game. We break down his performance to date, his DraftKings and FanDuel salaries, and what to expect for Super Bowl 54.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams runs against Houston Texans linebacker Jake Martin during the second half in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers square off in Super Bowl 54 on Sunday, February 2nd. We’ll be breaking down everything you need to know to prepare your daily fantasy football lineups for the big game. We’re starting with a player-by-player preview for the skill position players on the two teams.

Damien Williams became an important part of Kansas City’s offense late last season following the departure of Kareem Hunt and has improved this season, despite being limited by injuries. He hasn’t put up eye-popping numbers running the football in most of the 11 games he’s played this season, but he has a nose for the end zone. He’s consistently put points on the board for the Chiefs in the postseason and should get a healthy helping of scoring opportunities against the 49ers.

DFS Super Bowl price

DraftKings Captain: $14,700
DraftKings Flex: $9,800
FanDuel: $14,000

DFS opponent position ranking

DraftKings: 3rd
FanDuel: 3rd

Season performance

Williams missed time with hamstring, knee, and rib injuries this season and was relieved by LeSean McCoy sporadically while he worked toward recovery. He scored against the Jaguars in the first game of the season but got banged up in Week 2, which caused him to sit out for Weeks 3 and 4. Williams was relatively quiet from Weeks 5 through 11, but did explode in Week 9 by rushing for 125 yards and a score on 12 carries against the Minnesota Vikings. He then went on to miss Weeks 12 through 15, but returned to score three touchdowns in the final two contests of the regular season. That momentum carried him into the playoffs

Playoff performance

Williams has scored four touchdowns in two playoff appearances this year, and his versatility makes it hard to account for him — especially considering that Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill are still flying around. The dual-threat running back has 92 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns. He has also caught a touchdown pass while averaging six targets per contest. Kelce and Hill have each had an off night, but Williams has remained a constant force.

Matchup

The 49ers have allowed the third fewest points to running backs this year and have contained Dalvin Cook and Aaron Jones in back-to-back weeks. Cook was held to 18 rushing yards while Jones, another all-purpose back, was limited to 56 and a touchdown. Jones did manage to haul in five passes for 27 yards and a score, but he wasn’t as much of a factor as he usually is. Kansas City will have to pick its poison, as San Francisco has a heap of talent on the defensive line and in its secondary. But it’s unlikely Williams will be the top option.

DFS pricing and analysis

Williams is $400 more expensive than Raheem Mostert ($9,400) as a flex play in Showdown, but won’t be the focal point of his team’s offense. A team that passes as well as the Chiefs probably won’t give its top running back more than 20 carries on this stage. Williams hasn’t reached 20 carries once in 2019. Williams’ consistency makes him just as valuable as as Kelce or Hill, and the price difference between him and Mostert isn’t significant enough to affect your RB1 choice.