Jamaal Williams’ fantasy football value was always a question mark when he wore green and gold and played behind Aaron Jones. Things didn’t become much clearer after his signing with the Detroit Lions, where the younger, higher draft pick D’Andre Swift was already establishing himself as the top guy. They also share a similar, utility back type of style to their game. However, a big performance in the Week 1 49ers vs Lions matchup proved Williams has a role for fantasy football.
Jamaal Williams Fantasy Football Value
Williams, who was projected just eight fantasy points on Sunday, was an intricate part of the extremely improbable comeback the Lions nearly pulled off. His contributions came in the form of eight receptions, 110 all-purpose yards and a rushing TD.
Though it is unlikely the Detroit RB duo will put up a combined 50 points again this season, this performance shows owners that Williams can be more than just a season-long bench guy, only to be brought out when you’re plagued with bye weeks.
As a pass-catching running back who can also run people up the gut, there is no better QB to be playing with than Jared Goff. We’ve seen a host of running backs perform well playing along side him, and with the lack of pass catchers and receiving talent in Detroit, both Williams and Swift should get more than their fill of offensive opportunities.
Williams should be considered FLEX candidate in PPR scoring while we wait and see how the Lions’ next few games pan out.
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