If you were dismantled in your Week 1 fantasy football matchup (like I was), do not give up just yet. There are many interesting faces lingering on the waiver wire, and hopefully, this Sin City native is still there.
Kerwynn Williams was named the starting running back for the Arizona Cardinals this week by head coach Bruce Arians. This news came out after David Johnson dislocated his wrist on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Johns expected to be out 2-3 months, which makes room for the 198 pound Kwerynn Williams.
After Johnson went down on Sunday against the Lions, Williams entered the game and scored a touchdown. The Utah State product had just five carries for 10 yards. However, he was put into the game when the Cardinals were down, which did not give him much opportunity for the fourth-year pro to breakout.
Speaking on opportunity, Kerwynn Williams has not really had much of it. With just 98 carries in his short three year career, the former seventh-round pick boasts a 5.7 yards per carry average. Moreover, Williams has big play capability. In his last two seasons, Williams has at least one rush of 30+ yards. Just to put that in perspective, that was on 45 carries.
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Realistically, a compadre in your respective league has already scooped up this diamond in the rough. Williams is now owned in 44.4% of leagues on NFL.com. However, backup Andre Ellington could be available. Ellington has made himself known as a pass catcher and is owned in just 2.0% of NFL.com leagues. This makes him a valuable asset in PPR leagues.
If Williams is available pick him up, if not, Ellington is the second best option. Veteran quarterback Carson Palmer will not be able to carry the full offensive load with David Johnson out. Look for Arians to rely on Williams to take pressure off his 37-year-old quarterback.