Even with Patrick Mahomes’ three passing touchdowns in the AFC Conference title game, the Kansas City running backs got their share of the scoring pie with two rushing TDs: one to Clyde Edwards-Helaire and one to Darrel Williams. The latter had a more prominent role, but does that equate to trust in a Super Bowl matchup against a tough run defense?
Fantasy Football analysis: Chiefs RB Darrel Williams, $5,200
First things first, let’s address the obvious. If this Super Bowl ends up being the high-scoring game that it’s expected to be (56.5 point total), the scores will likely come from the arms of Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. But if you want to have DFS stock in the passing game for either team, you’ll have to find some cheap options to balance out your lineup. Darrel Williams comes in at a discount ($5,200) compared to CEH ($7,000), regardless of being featured more heavily in the conference championship. With back-to-back outings of over 13 DKFP, Williams has established a “consistency” that he hadn’t all season long.
We would be ecstatic with another 13 DKFP performance from Darrel, but it won’t be likely. In the regular season, Tampa Bay allowed the sixth-fewest DKFP to opposing running backs, acting as a pass funnel defense. If Le’Veon Bell returns to the backfield trio for the big game, we will have even less clarity on the workload for Williams.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Only start Darrel Williams in lineups that play out well in a scenario with the Chiefs controlling much of the game. Otherwise, look to cheaper receiving options from Kansas City or Tampa Bay.