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What to do with Darrel Williams in Week 1 of fantasy football

Darrel Williams will have a larger role in 2020 than he did in 2019, but is he worth starting in Week 1?

Darrel Williams #31 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball while Jatavis Brown #57 of the Los Angeles Chargers bears down during an NFL football game on Monday, November 18, 2019, in Mexico City. The Chiefs defeated the Chargers 24-17. Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Darrel Williams has secured the backup running back spot for the Kansas City Chiefs now that Damien Williams has opted out for the 2020 season. He’s set to play behind LSU product Clyde Edwards-Helaire and is expected to split carries with the rookie in Week 1. It’ll be difficult to gauge how much work he’ll get against the Houston Texans on Thursday, but he’ll definitely be a factor.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Chiefs RB Darrel Williams

Williams has five career touchdowns on 54 carries and has never eclipsed 200 yards in a season. He’s shown some PPR potential, but has never gotten a large number of targets. Williams hasn’t recorded at least 100 rushing attempts since his senior year at LSU in 2017, so it’s hard to see him thriving as a feature back.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Williams isn’t worth starting as an RB2 on a team with so many options, as Edwards-Helaire’s versatility should cut off his upside. But he could see a bit more work as the rookie gets acclimated to the NFL.