Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams returned from injured reserve in Week 12 and looked better than ever. The second-year back totaled over 200 yards and two touchdowns in the team's win against the Arizona Cardinals. Williams was a top-three back before his injury and is right back to that now that he is healthy. The 23-year-old is a three-down workhorse and should be treated as a high-end RB1 weekly. Despite a semi-tough Week 13 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, Williams is a must-start in all leagues and provides both a high floor and ceiling.
Dec 3, 2023 2:58 AM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams looked better than ever in the team's 37-14 win against the Arizona Cardinals. After missing the last four games due to an ankle injury, Williams picked up right where he left off. The second-year back carried the ball 16 times for 143 yards, along with catching all six of his targets for 61 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Royce Freeman did mix in for 13 carries, but it is clear that Williams is the workhorse back for the team. He should be treated as a weekly high-end RB1 and top-five option at the position in Week 13, despite facing a tough Cleveland Browns defense.
Nov 26, 2023 7:39 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (ankle) was officially activated from Injured Reserve on Saturday and will be active in Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals, where he will serve as the team's lead back. However, the Rams want to be careful about not overworking him in his first game since he injured his ankle in Week 6. In that Week 6 game, which was against the Cardinals, Williams ran for a season-high 158 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Royce Freeman will serve as his backup on Sunday. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero says to look for a 2-1 ratio of touches in LA's backfield between Williams and Freeman against Arizona, with game flow dictating a lot of it. Consider Williams more of a low-end RB2/high-end RB3 in a good matchup in his first game back from IR.
Nov 26, 2023 12:23 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (ankle) was a full practice participant all week and was officially removed from the Week 12 injury report on Friday. It means that he will officially be activated from Injured Reserve on Saturday and return to play this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals after missing the last four games while on IR. However, it remains to be seen if the 23-year-old will be eased back into LA's backfield after the long layoff. Williams' full practice participation all week is good news, though, so he figures to see a decent workload in a plus matchup against Arizona. "I think we want to be able to give him a good workload, but I think that was something we had identified [previously]," head coach Sean McVay said of Williams, who will be backed up by Royce Freeman on Sunday. Williams will have RB2 upside for fantasy managers in his first game back.
Nov 24, 2023 8:04 PM EST
The Los Angeles Rams officially designated running back Kyren Williams (ankle) to return to practice on Wednesday and he is expected to come off Injured Reserve and play in Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals. Williams sprained his left ankle in Week 6 but has spent the required four games on IR and is apparently ready to return to action this Sunday. In the 23-year-old's absence, the Rams were rolling with Darrell Henderson Jr. and Royce Freeman in their backfield. As a sign that the team fully expects Williams to be ready this weekend, they released Henderson on Tuesday. Williams was operating as the Rams' clear lead back before his injury, and he should return to that role sooner than later. He needs to be rostered in all fantasy formats.
Nov 22, 2023 12:41 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (ankle) will return from Injured Reserve to play in Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, according to head coach Sean McVay. Williams injured his left ankle in Week 6 and hasn't played since after landing on Injured Reserve. As long as Williams looks good in practice this week, he should be officially activated from IR on Sunday. Before getting hurt, the 23-year-old was operating as LA's primary ball-carrier in the backfield. That's expected to continue now that he's on the cusp of a return, but Williams could be limited somewhat in his first game back. Still, he should be rostered in all fantasy leagues right now. Royce Freeman and Darrell Henderson Jr. had been splitting the backfield touches for the Rams in recent weeks.
Nov 20, 2023 7:26 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said he expects running back Kyren Williams (ankle) to return after he's eligible to come off Injured Reserve in Week 12. The Rams are on bye in Week 10 and Williams must miss one more game in Week 11 before he's eligible to return to the Rams backfield. Williams suffered an ankle sprain in Week 6 and was put on IR, which requires him to miss at least four games. The 23-year-old was LA's bell-cow back before the injury, so he needs to be stashed in all fantasy leagues. Darrell Henderson Jr. has seen the majority of backfield snaps for the Rams since Williams' injury, but he's been losing valuable touches to Royce Freeman, who out-carried him 12 to 10 in the Week 9 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Henderson and Freeman should once again split touches for the Rams in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks before Williams hopefully returns in Week 12.
Nov 6, 2023 5:19 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (ankle) has been placed on IR. The second-year running back now won't be eligible to return until Week 12 when the Rams face the Arizona Cardinals. Williams injured his ankle in Week 6 and Los Angeles waited nearly a full week before placing him on IR, which likely means the injury is more serious than initially thought. It was always going to be a multi-week absence for Williams but now fantasy managers will have to wait even longer for his return. Backup running back Ronnie Rivers (knee) is also on IR so the Rams will lean on a committee of Zach Evans, Royce Freeman, Darrell Henderson, and Myles Gaskin in the meantime. It's a difficult situation to project for fantasy purposes so it's best to wait and see how the backfield touches are distributed in Week 7 when the Rams face the Steelers.
Oct 21, 2023 2:30 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (ankle) was watching practice on Wednesday while using a scooter and with his injured left ankle in a cast-like material. Williams isn't going to play in Week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers after getting hurt in the Week 6 win over the Arizona Cardinals, and there's a chance he could go on Injured Reserve, which would require him to miss at least four games. As LA's lead back when healthy, he needs to be stashed in all fantasy leagues. In the meantime, rookie Zach Evans should get the first crack at lead-back duties this Sunday with Ronnie Rivers (knee) also hurt and on IR. Royce Freeman, Darrell Henderson and Myles Gaskin will be competing for roles alongside Evans, but they aren't as intriguing as Evans in the short-term.
Oct 18, 2023 8:38 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (ankle) will miss Week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and head coach Sean McVay indicates Williams is week-to-week. The Rams are currently discussing whether to place Williams on Injured Reserve, which would require him to miss at least four games. LA just placed Ronnie Rivers (knee) on IR and already traded Cam Akers to the Vikings earlier this year, so their backfield is currently in shambles. The 23-year-old Williams deserves to be stashed everywhere until he returns. In the meantime, rookie Zach Evans figures to be the first man up this weekend against Pittsburgh, but recent additions Royce Freeman, Darrell Henderson and Myles Gaskin could also be involved.
Oct 18, 2023 5:05 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (ankle) suffered an ankle sprain in the Week 6 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Initial reports indicated he could miss just one contest, but according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the second-year pro is now expected to miss multiple games. He should be back to action by Week 11 at the latest, but it's still a big blow for fantasy managers who scooped him off the waiver wire early in the season. Ronnie Rivers (knee) is also expected to miss multiple weeks. Royce Freeman, Darrell Henderson, and rookie Zach Evans are the active running backs on the Rams' roster. It's difficult to know which one will be worth targeting in fantasy football, but in deep leagues, they should all be on the fantasy radar.
Oct 18, 2023 10:10 AM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (ankle) is expected to miss the Week 7 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after an MRI revealed he has a sprained ankle. The good news is that it's not viewed as a long-term injury, but fantasy managers will likely have to find a replacement for Williams in the meantime. The Notre Dame product has been an early-season breakout fantasy running back, posting 561 total yards and seven touchdowns on 110 touches through six weeks. Backup running back Ronnie Rivers (knee) suffered a knee injury that could cost him a few games of action, so Royce Freeman and rookie Zach Evans could be leading the Rams' backfield in Week 7.
Oct 16, 2023 3:03 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the Week 6 win over the Arizona Cardinals despite rushing for a career-high 158 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Williams didn't have a boot on when he left the stadium but he is going for an MRI exam on Monday. We'll keep a close eye on the 23-year-old's MRI results. It doesn't sound as though Williams' injury is too serious, but he could still be in danger of missing the Week 7 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Backup Ronnie Rivers (knee) is also dealing with a PCL sprain and could miss time going forward. It means that rookie Zach Evans is worth a speculative waiver-wire pickup in deeper leagues for those that have Williams rostered or are desperate for RB help.
Oct 16, 2023 12:19 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (ankle) finished with 158 yards and a touchdown off 20 carries in Sunday's blowout win over the Arizona Cardinals. The 23-year-old entered Week 6 with five touchdowns, so there's obvious concern regarding his health. Fortunately, head coach Sean McVay downplayed Williams' injury, stating the back "is gonna be good." Of course, fantasy managers will monitor this situation closely ahead of the Rams' upcoming matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Williams isn't healthy enough to suit up for that one, Ronnie Rivers (knee) or Zach Evans could ascend the depth chart.
Oct 15, 2023 7:55 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams is one of the few true workhorse backs in the league right now. Williams has played almost 90% of all offensive snaps since Week 2 and offers one of the safest floors among RBs. He now faces an Arizona Cardinals team that has allowed over 600 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground through the first five weeks. The second-year back out of Notre Dame is the overall RB4 in half-PPR leagues and has proved to be a must-start weekly. Treat Williams as a low-end to mid-range RB1 in Week 6.
Oct 15, 2023 3:17 AM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams had a mediocre performance in the team's Week 5 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The second-year back carried the ball 13 times for 53 yards and caught both of his targets for four yards. This was an extremely tough matchup against a dominant Eagles front and Williams played well considering that. It is clear that he is the team's three-down back and will continue to be until further notice. Williams is still an every-week start and should be treated as a low-end RB1 in the team's Week 6 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
Oct 8, 2023 10:28 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (hip) was able to practice in full on Friday and was removed from the final Week 5 injury report. He will be active this Sunday against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles after suffering a hip contusion in the Week 4 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Williams has been a top-five fantasy back through four weeks thanks to heavy volume (64 carries for 245 yards and five touchdowns). He's also added 11 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown through the air. The Rams offensive line is a little beat up, but Williams remains a must-start in fantasy as LA's clear lead back without much competition for touches. Even if the Rams fall behind big early, the 23-year-old should remain involved in the passing attack.
Oct 6, 2023 7:16 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (hip) took part in the team's practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's session, which is a good step towards being active for the Week 5 contest at home this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Williams is likely to be listed as limited on the final injury report for Thursday, but the main takeaway is that he's back on the field. It would be surprising if the 23-year-old didn't play in Week 5 after simply dealing with a hip contusion from the Week 4 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts. Barring an unforeseen development later this week, fantasy managers should plan on locking Williams in as an RB2 in their lineups against Philly.
Oct 5, 2023 6:37 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that running back Kyren Williams (hip) will not practice on Wednesday due to a bruised hip, but it's a precautionary move. McVay said he expects Williams to play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5. It's great news for fantasy managers that have been enjoying Williams' strong start to the season after the Rams traded away Cam Akers to the Minnesota Vikings. Through the first four weeks of 2023, Williams checks in as the RB6 in half-PPR scoring. He broke out in the Week 4 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts with 127 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns on 28 touches. Fantasy managers should be able to keep the 23-year-old locked into their starting lineups in Week 5.
Oct 4, 2023 5:23 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said running back Kyren Williams (hip) suffered a hip contusion in the Week 4 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts. Williams was able to finish the game, though, and it ended up being his best game of the year. The 23-year-old finished with 127 total yards and two rushing touchdowns on the day on his 28 touches. Fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if Williams is limited in some practices this week, but he should be able to play in Week 5 this Sunday in a showdown against the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. With Cam Akers out of the picture, Williams is LA's unquestioned lead back for the foreseeable future, giving him weekly RB2 value.
Oct 2, 2023 8:13 PM EST