What does a KC Running Back bring to Fantasy?
The Kansas City Chiefs had the most potent offense in the NFL this season, averaging about 35 points a game (first in the NFL). Today we will be diving in to the running back position and what they bring to the Kansas City offense for fantasy owners. I can give the answer without explaining, a KC running back is a good thing to own, but it's a lot more fun to show the numbers. Whoever is the starting running back starts for Kansas City in 2019 is going to be highly coveted in the 2019 Fantasy Football season. Running backs on high powered offenses are something special. Despite not playing the entire season, missing the last 5 games (for reasons we will not discuss) Kareem Hunt was the RB12 in PPR leagues through the full 16 game season.
Once Hunt exited Kansas City, the team did switch to a RBBC, but Damien Williams became the front runner of that committee with Spencer Ware’s injury. From weeks 13 to 17 (we will include week 17 because KC was playing for the 1 seed) he posted at least a 50% snap count each week. His highest snap count was 73.3% in week 14 against the Chargers. He posted 6 total touchdowns in weeks 14-17. In the last 5 weeks of the season he was the RB5, and in the last 3 weeks of the season he was the RB2. If we combine the numbers Williams and Hunt put up within the full season into one running back, they would have finished as the RB6 in PPR leagues.
If we add the NFL Playoffs into the picture, Williams was the RB2 (this means almost nothing with lack of competition, and many teams playing one game). However, what makes this stat a bit more interesting is his 4 Total Touchdowns in the two-week playoff run by the Chiefs. The only running back with more usage in the playoffs by a team was Sony Michel. The usage is there for Damien Williams, we just need to see if he continues to be “the guy”.
If Kansas City drafts a running back from the 1st to 3rd round in the 2019 NFL Draft, then we can throw out everything that happened for Williams. However, if Kansas City opts to focus on other positions in the draft along with Damien Williams contract extension late in the season: he will be the main feature back in what could be an RBBC. That is just his floor, if Andy Reid gives Williams the full workload, is it crazy to think he can’t be the RB6 or higher in 2019? It is something to monitor and see what Kansas City does during the off season (Le’Veon Bell or Tevin Coleman could also be added via free agency). For now, the idea is there: the KC running back will be a top 12 running back worth owning for Fantasy Football.