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Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams carried the ball 17 times for 71 yards in the Lions last-second victory over the Vikings in Week 13. Stepping in for injured teammate D'Andre Swift, Williams provided solid production from the backfield and added nine receiving yards. Swift's injury will need to be monitored but Williams could be worth a fantasy bench stash in deeper formats if he gets the chance to fill in as the RB1 for the Lions heading into Week 14.
Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said that running back Jamaal Williams is prepared to carry the load with D'Andre Swift (shoulder) potentially missing multiple games. "Certainly, we're gonna lean on Jamaal quite a bit, but were gonna use Godwin Igwebuike, we're gonna use Jermar Jefferson. That's part of the plan. They're all gonna be able to play," Campbell said. With Swift getting injured early in last week's Thanksgiving game against the Chicago Bears, Williams saw 20 touches (15 carries, five catches) and gained 73 total yards in the loss. The 26-year-old should be expected to receiver another heavy workload against a Minnesota Vikings defense that has allowed the third-most rushing yards per game (134.4) this year. Williams will have RB2 upside with Swift expected to be out.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams carried the ball 15 times for 65 yards and added five receptions for 18 yards in the Lions Thanksgiving loss to the Bears. After the Lions lost star running back D'Andre Swift early to a shoulder injury, Williams stepped up to fill the void. He posted some solid runs in the game and his five receptions is a solid indicator of his possible fantasy value if Swift has to miss time moving up. The Lions offense is terrible but Williams could be in line for an increased workload moving forward if Swift's shoulder injury keeps him on the sidelines in the coming weeks.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (thigh) is active for the team's contest against the Browns on Sunday. Williams last played in Week 7, when he had 12 carries for 57 yards. He'll cut into D'Andre Swift's workload, but the you can't trust a backup running back on the Tim Boyle-led Lions in fantasy this week. Leave him on your bench, even if the Lions might employ a run-centric look that gets Williams 10 or so touches.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (thigh) is expected to play against the Browns on Sunday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Williams, who hasn't played since Week 7, totaled 411 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns through his first seven contests with Detroit. He does offer legitimate value in the rushing game, but with Jared Goff (oblique) unlikely to suit up and the Lions expected to be playing from behind, it's hard to envision a scenario in which Williams is worth starting in fantasy leagues.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (thigh) was limited in practice all week and is questionable to play in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. Williams has missed the team's last two games, but a full week of limited practice should have him on the right side of questionable for this Sunday. Before his injury, Williams wasn't seen as big of a role behind workhorse D'Andre Swift, and fantasy managers can't expect Williams to suddenly have standalone fantasy value as the backup if he returns from a two-week layoff. At best, he should be considered an RB4/flex if he's active as the Lions attempt to win their first game of 2021. With rookie Jermar Jefferson (ankle) out, Godwin Igwebuike would be Swift's backup if Williams misses his third straight game.
Detroit Lions running backs D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (groin) were both limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Williams has missed the last two games due to injury, but he appears on track for a potential return this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. We wouldn't expect the 26-year-old to step into a big role behind Swift if he's able to return, which would make him more of a risky RB3/flex. With rookie Jermar Jefferson (ankle) not having practiced yet this week, Godwin Igwebuike could see more playing time for the second straight week behind Swift. Swift hasn't had a ton of success on the ground this year, but his heavy involvement in the passing game gives him a high floor as an RB1 on a weekly basis.
Detroit Lions running backs D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (thigh) were both limited in practice on Wednesday. The shoulder injury is a new one for Swift, but the fact that he's not missing practice is a sign that it shouldn't be an issue for him heading into a Week 11 game against the Cleveland Browns. The 22-year-old saw a season-high 36 touches in the Week 10 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers and will remain a high-usage RB1 this weekend, regardless of whether Williams returns from a two-game absence. Williams had seen his usage fall leading up to his two-game absence, and he'll be a shaky RB3/flex if he returns against a strong Cleveland defensive front. With rookie Jermar Jefferson (ankle, knee) potentially missing some time, Godwin Igwebuike could see more playing time again in Week 11 behind Swift.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (thigh) has already been ruled out for the Week 10 bout against the Steelers. However, he was observed sprinting and doing on-field drills during warmups in Pittsburgh on Sunday morning, so it appears as if he is on track to return to practice ahead of the Week 11 matchup versus the Cleveland Browns. Nonetheless, until the veteran can make it back, D'Andre Swift should continue to handle the majority of touches out of the backfield.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (thigh) missed practice all week and has been ruled out for the second straight game in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. D'Andre Swift played the vast majority of the offensive snaps in the Week 8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles before the team's bye, with rookie Jermar Jefferson and Godwin Igwebuike seeing a few looks late in the blowout loss. The Steelers D has been stingy against the run this season, but Swift leads the league in targets (57), receptions (47) and receiving yards (415) and will see enough volume in a talent-bereft Lions offense to remain firmly in the RB1 picture as the Lions seek to find their first win of the 2021 season.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (thigh) missed another practice in spite of just having his bye week to recover. This pattern is usually an indicator that a player is not healthy and will continue missing time. If the 26-year-old does miss his Week 10 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, D'Andre Swift will receive an upgrade. Although Swift failed to capitalize on Williams' absence in Week 8, with only 51 yards from scrimmage and no touchdowns, he should see more volume without his compliment splitting snaps with him. As for Williams himself: if fantasy managers are in dire need for a roster spot, Williams is certainly droppable, especially since it appears he will miss at least one more week.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (thigh) was listed as not practicing on Wednesday. Considering the Lions are coming off of their bye, this isn't a great sign for Williams' availability for Sunday's game against the Steelers. In his absence, D'Andre Swift as seen elite usage in the Lions' backfield and would continue to do the same in a matchup against the Steelers. Given his elite passing down value, Swift would remain a strong RB1 play this week if Williams were to miss another week.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (thigh, illness) won't play on Sunday against the Eagles. Williams had been riding a questionable tag but still practiced, albeit limited, throughout the week. This is a tough pill to swallow for managers, especially those in deeper formats benefiting from his above-average production. Nonetheless, it appears as if D'Andre Swift could see some more rushing attempts to add to his already busy schedule in Week 8. However, Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson could also be involved against the Eagles with Williams out of the mix, although not enough to be relevant from a fantasy perspective.
Detroit Lions running backs D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (thigh) are both listed as questionable for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Swift has been questionable basically every week but continues to play and see the lion's share (pun intended) of the offensive workload on a weekly basis. He enters the week as the RB7 with 78 carries for 262 yards and three touchdowns, and he also leads the NFL with 42 receptions on 52 targets for 391 yards and two more TDs. Swift is obviously a must-start, especially in PPR leagues. Williams is dealing with a new injury and was added to the injury report on Thursday, but he was limited the last two days and has a good shot to play behind Swift in his usual role. He has double-digit touches in all but one game this year and has standalone RB3/flex appeal against a bad Eagles run defense if he's active.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (thigh) popped up on the Week 8 injury report on Thursday and was limited in practice with a thigh injury after practicing in full on Wednesday. This is a new injury for Williams, so his practice status on Friday will be telling heading into a Week 8 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 26-year-old played a season-low 29% of the offensive snaps in the Week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but he still saw 12 carries for 57 yards while sharing the load with top RB D'Andre Swift. Williams should continue to play second fiddle to Swift if he's active and should remain in the RB3/flex mix in deeper leagues, as he's seen double-digit carries in four of seven games. The Eagles have also given up the fourth-most fantasy points per game to the position in the last three weeks. If Williams is inactive, rookie Jermar Jefferson would likely be active for just the second time this year.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams carried the ball 12 times for 57 yards in the team's 29-18 loss to the Rams in Week 7. Williams appears to be back into the swing of the Lions offensive plans and barely lost out on backfield touches to teammate D'Andre Swift 13-to-12. But Swift was explosive in the passing game and continues to be the Lions best offensive weapon. The Lions appear to be committed to getting Williams at least 10 touches a game but should lose out in the passing game and red zone opportunities to Swift moving forward.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams carried the ball four times for only 11 yards in the team's loss to the Bengals in Week 6. Williams was plagued by a hip injury during practice this week and was questionable to play coming into the game. The Lions offense got very little going throughout this game and teammate D'Andre Swift saw only 13 carries out of the backfield. Williams health will have to be monitored heading into next week and could be dropped in most fantasy formats at this time playing on a dismal Lions offense.
Detroit Lions running backs D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (hip, illness) are both active on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals after being listed as questionable coming into the game. There was never much of a doubt that the Lions would have both of their running backs this weekend. With not many great options to choose from in the passing attack, the Lions have leaned heavily on both Swift and Williams through the first five games of the season, and that shouldn't change at all in Week 6 against the Bengals. Williams has surprisingly out-carried Swift, but Swift remains the primary pass-catching back and has more fantasy upside as an RB1. But because Williams remains heavily involved alongside Swift, he also has standalone value as an RB3/flex.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (hip, illness) is expected to see the field against Cincinnati. The 26-year-old took it easy during practice during the week, participating sparingly on Wednesday and Friday while taking the day off on Thursday. Despite D'Andre Swift being considered the lead back in the Motor City, Williams has continued to produce as well on the fantasy end, currently leading the team with 244 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He has also has been a threat inside the red zone during the 2021 campaign, so fantasy managers should consider him a flex option in Week 6 versus the Bengals, at the very least.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (hip, illness) is listed as questionable on the final injury report for the game on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Williams was limited on both Wednesday and Friday, but he took the day off of practice on Thursday. The 26-year-old has 244 rushing yards and two rushing scores on 55 carries -- three more than backfield mate D'Andre Swift -- and has also added 15 receptions on 16 targets for 101 yards in five games as the Lions continue to lean heavily on their backfield duo. Because of Detroit's plan to use both backs frequently, Williams should maintain RB2/3 utility if he's active. If he's forced to sit out, Swift would have obvious high-end RB1 upside on Sunday as the Lions look to get into the win column. Rookie Jermar Jefferson might finally log some touches as well.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (hip, illness) missed practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Williams is now dealing with an illness, but it doesn't appear related to COVID-19. As long as he gets in a limited practice on Friday, he should be fine to play in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Believe it or not, Williams has three more carries than D'Andre Swift through five games, gaining 244 yards with two touchdowns on 55 attempts. Swift is dominating usage in the passing attack, but the Lions are leaning heavily on both Swift and Williams without a ton of consistent weapons in the passing game. Swift would obviously have a really high Week 6 ceiling if Williams doesn't play, but if Williams is active he'll continue to have standalone fantasy value as an RB3/flex.
Detroit Lions running backs D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (hip) were limited practice participants on Wednesday to begin the week. Swift and Williams continue to be limited but haven't missed any game time and should be good to go in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals, barring any setbacks. Without many options to go to in this offense, the Lions are leaning heavily on both Swift and Williams, and that shouldn't change at all against Cincinnati this weekend. Swift will remain in the low-end RB1 category as Detroit's primary back, while Williams will continue to be more of an RB3/flex option for fantasy managers.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams will continue to serve as the second option in the backfield against the Bengals in Week 6. Williams has actually out-carried Swift the past two weeks but Swift's ability in the passing game holds back Williams' value. Both will face a Bengals defense that is allowing the 15th fewest fantasy points to opposing runners. After posting 110 total yards in Week 1, Williams has failed to eclipse 67 all-purpose yards in a game since.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams carried the ball a team-high 13 times for 57 yards with eight receiving yards in the team's 19-17 loss to the Vikings in Week 5. For the second week in a row, Williams out-carried teammate D'Andre Swift 13-to-11. Williams certainly has a role carved out for himself in the Lions offense but Swift's dynamic talent in the passing game cannot be ignored. Swift will remain the better fantasy option moving forward, even with Williams seeing 10-plus touches a game.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (hip) will play during the Week 5 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The veteran has been dealing with a hip issue but was still able to practice throughout the week, although it was in a limited capacity. Nonetheless, despite D'Andre Swift (groin) also getting the green light, Williams still has fantasy appeal. He currently leads the team in carries and rushing yards and should be considered a viable starting option in all fantasy formats as a result.
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