Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams capitalized on a friendly matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers in a 24-7 win in Week 14 by putting up 66 rushing yards and his first rushing touchdown of the year on 17 carries. He added three catches on four targets for 25 yards through the air. Williams' rushing score was his first since December of 2021. This was easily the 23-year-old's best game of the season, and he looked explosive again while picking up three separate gains of 10-plus yards on the ground against a vulnerable Chargers rush defense. It was the fourth time in the last six games that Williams has had at least 20 touches, so the volume has clearly been there for him to retain RB2 value for fantasy managers heading into another road tilt in Week 15 in Detroit against the Lions.
Dec 11, 2023 12:02 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams has only had double-digit half-PPR showings in three games in 2023, but he'll have a good opportunity for a fourth in Week 14 against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers, especially if Samaje Perine (knee) is inactive while being a late addition to the injury report. Overall, it's mostly been a disappointing year for Williams, as he's averaging fewer than four yards a carry and hasn't scored a rushing TD all year. However, he's going to see the majority of backfield touches for Denver again this Sunday and is going against a Chargers run defense that has been a top-10 matchup the last five weeks in terms of half-PPR points allowed to the position with 20.8. The Bolts allow 113.8 rushing yards per game, so Denver should be able to move the ball efficiently on the ground, perhaps leading to Williams' first rushing score of 2023. He has high-end RB2 upside in Week 14.
Dec 9, 2023 1:46 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams had a team-high 13 carries for 46 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and caught all three of his targets for an additional 24 receiving yards in the 22-17 Week 13 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday to snap the team's five-game winning streak. Williams continued to lead this backfield, but he only had three more carries than quarterback Russell Wilson and still hasn't rushed for a touchdown in 2023. The 23-year-old just hasn't been very efficient with his touches for the most part this season and has lacked explosiveness. Williams has shown some flashes, but for the most part, he hasn't looked like the same back from before his season-ending knee injury early in 2022. However, he will have a perfect opportunity to score his first rushing TD of the year in Week 14 against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers.
Dec 3, 2023 9:51 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams had a season-high 19.0 half-PPR fantasy points in the Week 10 win over the Buffalo Bills but then had back-to-back lackluster outings the last two games against the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns. He has double-digit half-PPR performances only three times this year, but all three of them have come during Denver's current five-game winning streak. Williams has seen 20-plus touches in three of the last four games, too, so the volume is there for him to be an RB2 in fantasy lineups. The 23-year-old has yet to score a rushing touchdown, though, and the Houston Texans defense, who Williams will face in Week 13, is more attackable through the air than on the ground. Houston's D has only allowed 15.5 half-PPR points per game to RBs in the last five weeks.
Dec 2, 2023 1:34 PM EST
As expected, Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams had little room to run in Week 12 against the stout Cleveland Browns defense in a 29-12 victory on Sunday. Williams led Denver's backfield with a commanding 18 carries for 65 yards and caught three of his six targets for six yards. The bad news: The 23-year-old continues to be inefficient on the ground and averaged 3.6 yards per carry. The good news: His three receptions and six targets both tied Courtland Sutton for the team lead through the air. His six targets were tied for a season-high. Volume hasn't been his problem -- he's seen 20-plus touches in three of the last four games -- but he needs to do more with those touches to be considered more than an RB3/flex for fantasy managers. Williams briefly left the contest with a neck injury, but he was able to return and should be good to play in Week 13 against the Houston Texans.
Nov 27, 2023 12:33 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams was beginning to look like an RB1 in fantasy in Weeks 8 and 10 when he combined for 48 rushing attempts for 164 yards and seven catches for 44 yards and two touchdowns in wins over the Chiefs and Bills. But he hit a wall in last week's win over the Vikings with only 37 rushing yards on 11 attempts while catching two passes for 16 yards. The 23-year-old is Denver's clear lead back, but the Broncos are expected to have trouble moving the ball this Sunday against the vaunted Cleveland Browns defense, a unit that allows the fewest yards per game (243.3) in the league. They're a little more vulnerable on the ground (just under 100 yards allowed per game) and the Broncos will surely test that, but Williams' overall ceiling and floor figure to be lower in what should be a defensive battle in Week 12. Williams is still searching for his first rushing TD of 2023 and is averaging a less-than-stellar 3.88 yards per carry.
Nov 25, 2023 11:21 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams' fantasy arrow was pointing upward coming into Week 11's Sunday night tilt against the Minnesota Vikings after seeing 55 touches and finding the end zone twice through the air the last two games. Unfortunately, he was underwhelming in the 21-20 win, carrying the ball only 11 times for 37 yards (3.4 yards per tote) while catching both of his targets for 16 yards. Denver played from behind for most of this contest, and Williams couldn't get anything going consistently aside from one 15-yard gain in the second half. It was also discouraging that rookie Jaleel McLaughlin and Samaje Perine combined for 12 receptions on 12 targets. Williams needs positive game script to continue being fed as a runner in this offense, and he'll be fighting an uphill battle for RB2 value in fantasy lineups in a bad matchup in Week 12 against the Cleveland Browns.
Nov 20, 2023 12:04 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams looks to finally be getting his legs under him after suffering a season-ending knee injury early last year. The Broncos eased him in early on in 2023, but things have noticeably changed in the last two games, as Williams has 48 rushing attempts for 164 yards (3.42 yards per carry) and has caught all seven targets for 44 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season. All signs point to the Broncos riding him as a bell-cow back in the second half of the season. If he continues to get 20-plus touches a game, the 23-year-old should have RB1 upside in the right matchups. The Minnesota Vikings, Denver's Week 11 opponent, have been above league average in rushing yards allowed per game (323.2) and have also been pretty stingy in terms of fantasy points allowed per game to the position, but fantasy managers can't argue with the increase in workload Williams has seen of late. His arrow is pointing up. Start him.
Nov 18, 2023 11:44 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams was given a heavy workload coming off a bye in the 24-22 Monday night win over the Buffalo Bills. Williams had a team-high 21 carries for 79 yards (3.8 yards per carry) while catching all four of his targets for 31 yards and his second touchdown of the year. It was the first time all year he exceeded 100 scrimmage yards. After being eased into the offense early in the year coming off a serious knee injury in 2022, Williams now has 55 touches in the last two games and has scored through the air in both of those contests. The 23-year-old looks to have his legs under him finally and should continue to see 20-plus touches on a weekly basis as the Broncos lean on their ground game. Williams has gone over 75 rushing yards during Denver's three-game win streak. He needs to be locked into starting fantasy lineups for a Week 11 contest against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
Nov 14, 2023 1:20 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams had a slow first half of his 2023 campaign while returning from a season-ending knee injury he suffered last year. After nine weeks, he ranks as the RB40 with only 8.3 half-PPR fantasy points per game. But since missing Week 5 due to injury, Williams' workload has steadily increased, culminating in a 30-touch, 95-yard, one-TD performance in the Week 8 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. It was his second straight week nearly totaling 100 scrimmage yards. Rookie Jaleel McLaughlin will continue to remain involved, but Williams appears to be getting his legs under him at the midway point of the season. He'll operate as Denver's clear lead back on Monday night against a Buffalo Bills defense that has been vulnerable on the ground in 2023. Williams is a strong RB2 play in a primetime game in Week 10.
Nov 11, 2023 1:15 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams rushed the ball 27 times for 85 yards and added three catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in the team's 24-9 upset victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. His attempts and rushing yards were new season-high marks. The Broncos picked up an early lead and were given short fields on several occasions throughout the game which allowed them to lean on the running game. Backups Jaleel McLaughlin and Samaje Perine combined for just five carries. Speculation that either would take control of this backfield has been put to rest. Williams will be in the RB2 conversation when the Broncos return from their bye week against Buffalo.
Oct 30, 2023 10:07 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams hasn't had the best 2023-24 campaign. Even though there were doubts he'd be ready to start the year after flirting with the PUP list in training camp because of a knee injury, fantasy managers are still disappointed. It's safe to say the 23-year-old has fallen well below expectations, considering he hasn't found the end zone yet this season. Williams and company will meet the Chiefs for the second time this season in Week 8, with the 2021 second-round pick amassing 52 yards off 10 carries on a Thursday night back in Week 6. This reason alone is enough to give fantasy managers a cause for concern. But with Jaleel McLaughlin getting more involved, it's hard to trust Williams in any fantasy format, meaning he's a flex option at best.
Oct 28, 2023 1:17 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams still hasn't found the end zone, but he had his best game of the year in the 19-17 win over the visiting Green Bay Packers on Sunday in Week 7. Williams finished the victory with a team-high 15 carries for 82 yards (5.5 yards per carry) while catching three of his four targets for an additional 14 yards. His 15 carries were 10 more than backfield mate Jaleel McLaughlin on the day. The 23-year-old's totals were both season-highs on the ground and as a pass-catcher. McLaughlin will continue to have a role in Denver's backfield, but if Williams can build off what was his most explosive performance (he had a 21-yard run on Sunday), he could demand a bigger share as the lead back. Williams will carry RB2 upside into a Week 8 rematch against the defending Super Bowl-champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Oct 22, 2023 11:37 PM EST
We knew Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams was going to be eased in early on this year after suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 4 of 2022, but we still expected more production through six weeks of the 2023 season. In five games -- he missed Week 5 with a quad injury -- Williams has 48 carries for 190 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and no touchdowns, adding 11 receptions for 51 yards. His best game fantasy-wise was in Week 1, when he posted 7.7 half-PPR points. Undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin has made a case for a role in this backfield, but the good news is Williams remains Denver's top option when healthy. The 23-year-old has a prime opportunity to have his best game of the year against the Green Bay Packers in Week 7, as they allow the fifth-most rushing yards per game (143.4) and the fifth-most half-PPR fantasy points per game to RBs so far this year.
Oct 21, 2023 11:19 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams returned from a one-game absence due to a quadriceps injury on Thursday night against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs to lead the backfield with 10 carries for 52 yards (5.2 yards per carry). Williams wasn't targeted at all in the passing game in the 19-8 loss on the road. The 23-year-old also scored on a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter, but he still has yet to find the end zone through five games in 2023. The main takeaway from the Week 6 game is that Williams looked healthy and explosive while seeing three more carries than impressive rookie Jaleel McLaughlin. Williams will continue to lose touches to McLaughlin, but he should remain the primary backfield option for the Broncos as long as he stays healthy. Denver's offense should be able to bounce back at home in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.
Oct 13, 2023 12:24 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (quadriceps) practiced in full on Tuesday and Wednesday and has been removed from the Week 6 injury report. After missing the Week 5 loss to the New York Jets last Sunday, Williams will be back to face the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. The 23-year-old has been a disappointment through his first four games in 2023 and is still looking for his first touchdown after returning from a season-ending knee injury he suffered in Week 4 of last year, but Williams should step in as Denver's lead back on Thursday. Williams is averaging 3.6 yards per carry on 38 rushing attempts for 138 yards. Consider him a touchdown-dependent RB3/flex in fantasy going into Thursday's game. Undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin and Samaje Perine should remain involved in a game in which Denver will likely have to throw often to keep pace with KC.
Oct 11, 2023 5:17 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (quadriceps) was "close" to playing in the Week 5 loss to the New York Jets, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton hinted that if it had been a playoff game, Williams might have been able to play. The Broncos rested Williams out of an abundance of caution after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 4 of 2022. The 23-year-old was listed as limited on Monday's estimated practice report, so he will have a chance to return on a short week this Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. A Williams return would put a damper on rookie Jaleel McLaughlin's and Samaje Perine's fantasy upside. Williams has been a disappointment so far this year as an RB3/flex and he's still searching for his first touchdown.
Oct 10, 2023 5:10 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (quadriceps) was listed as a limited participant on the team's estimated practice report on Monday. Williams injured his quadriceps in the Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears and was inactive for the Week 5 loss to the New York Jets. It's entirely possible that the 23-year-old will miss a second straight game heading into a short week this Thursday against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs. Samaje Perine out-snapped undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin against the Jets, but McLaughlin saw more carries and touches and finished with 89 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. McLaughlin will be back on the RB3/flex radar in Week 6 if Williams misses another game. Williams has been a disappointment so far in four games coming off a torn ACL in Week 4 in 2022, as he's averaging just 3.6 yards per carry and has yet to find the end zone.
Oct 9, 2023 10:51 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (quadricep) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. He had been listed as questionable and was a true game-time decision. However, after a series of pregame tests, the Broncos decided he is not healthy enough to play. We should see a heavy dose of rookie Jaleel McLaughlin, who might see enough volume and production to rank as a low-end RB2 this week. Samaje Perine will also get involved and has some appeal in deeper leagues.
Oct 8, 2023 2:55 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (quadricep) will undergo a series of pre-game tests to determine whether he can play versus the New York Jets on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams is listed as questionable, and although he practiced in a full capacity on Friday, it's no guarantee that he plays in Week 5. The 23-year-old exited last week's game early, giving way to Jaleel McLaughlin, who totaled 104 scrimmage yards and one touchdown on 10 opportunities. McLaughlin will have a role on Sunday regardless, but if Williams is inactive, the rookie could jump to the low-end RB2 range. We'll get official word on Williams' status at 2:55 p.m. ET.
Oct 8, 2023 8:31 AM EST