Sitting Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams in Week 5, against the Indianapolis Colts, was woefully understandable. Returning from injury and playing in a committee didn’t warrant a must-start label for Williams.
Williams proved those who sat him in Week 5 right. The Chiefs back tallied 12 touches, including nine rush attempts for 23 yards and three receptions for 15. He did so against a defense that bottled up the entirety of the Chiefs offense.
Don’t expect Williams to have another down performance in Week 6 against the Houston Texans. Despite continuing to play in a committee and not having an ideal performance last week, Williams should be a start in your lineup, whether it be a running back or flex.
The Texans are a stout run defense. Through five games, they have allowed 390 yards and two touchdowns on 92 attempts. That makes them one of the better run defenses in the NFL. However, where they struggle is against the pass, particularly against pass-catching running backs.
Houston is 29th in the NFL in receiving yards allowed to running backs with 336. They are dead-last in receptions with 45. Though they have allowed one touchdown to running backs as pass-catchers, their inability to stop receiving backs is an Achilles heel of their defense.
Expect Andy Reid and Co. to exploit Houston’s inability to cover receiving backs. Williams should be that guy they do so with. Williams leads Kansas City in targets to running backs per game, doing so five times per outing.
In all, Houston may bottle up the run. But, the game — between Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson — may not warrant constant running. Instead, Sunday’s matchup has the potential to be an all-out shootout, with two of the best young passers in the NFL doing their thing. In turn, Williams should see his fair share of calls as a pass-catcher.
Williams vs. the Texans defense is an ideal matchup. Considering Houston’s inability to cover screens consistently and Kansas City’s outstanding screen game, that becomes truer.
In all, look for Williams to dice up the Texans defense as a receiver. While he may struggle against a good run defense, he should exploit a bad pass defense, particular to running backs. It only helps that he will face the Texans in Kansas City.