Fantasy Football Profile: DeAngelo Williams
DeAngelo Williams was by far the biggest surprise in fantasy circles last year with a mammoth 1636 total yard (1515 rushing, 121 receiving), 20 TD (18 rushing, 2 receiving) performance. He had 1101 rushing yards 16 TDs in the last nine games, including two four TD outburst. That’s an average of 122.3 yards and 1.78 TDs. Those are LT numbers, and I’m not talking about 2008 LT. You would think someone with a monster year like that would be taken in the first few picks of the following year’s fantasy drafts. The problem is Williams is in a time share with Jonathan Stewart. There was plenty for both to feed last year, but it’s hard to imagine that they can both be as productive this year. I think Williams will have monster games because he is so explosive and can score from anywhere on the field. I just don’t think he’ll be as consistent, and I certainly don’t expect him to reach paydirt nearly as often.
DeAngelo has a very difficult road in the fantasy football playoffs. He faces New England, Minnesota, and the Giants. If he gets off to good start this year, you may want to consider moving him. I’d wait until after Week 9 if possible as he plays Arizona in Week 8 and New Orleans in Week 9. I just wouldn’t want my top two pick facing that brutal playoff schedule. It’s hard to estimate his production because he came out of nowhere, but my gut says he has 1300 total yards and 9 TDs.