Ryan Williams | Arizona Cardinals | RB
2013 Experience: 3rd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: It’s been a tough go for Williams in his first two years in the NFL. Injuries have cost Williams all but five active games over that time, and when on the field, Williams struggled with a 2.8 yard per carry average.
Playing behind one of the worst (probably the worst) offensive line in football, without much help from the quarterback position, it’s no wonder why his talented second-round pick from 2011 had problems.
2013 Off-Season, Things Get Worse
If the ailments weren’t bad enough a new coaching staff is in town and new Head Coach Bruce Arians brought in his old running back from Pittsburgh in Rashard Mendenhall. Then the Cardinals drafted Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington in the draft; though they were later round picks, but both talented.
It doesn’t look good for Williams, at least in Arizona, as he’s likely the odd man out and I have to wonder whether he will be traded or cut this summer. Perhaps he will hang on and be productive as a backup to Mendenhall this year, but it’s going to be an uphill battle for the Virgina Tech product.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Ryan Williams here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
2012 Spring Fantasy Outlook
The Cardinals must feel good about Ryan Williams rehab from his gruesome patellar tendon injury, because the field to add anyone in the draft to the depth chart. Many held out hope in the world of fantasy football that Williams would unseat Beanie Wells as the starter (before his injury), and while that isn’t likely to happen this year, his presence would definitely give the running game a boost.
Williams is worth a stash, but it’s anyone’s guess as to how he will ever play again after the injury he suffered.
Preseason, 2011: Williams Lost For Season
Another second round pick rookie with a bright future fell to a horrible injury this preseason as it looks like Ryan Williams career could be threatened with a possible torn patellar tendon in his knee.
Williams was rolled up on in the Cardinals second preseason game against the Packers, and had to be carted off the field with his head in his hands. Look to Beanie Wells as the feature back in Arizona, as Tim Hightower is now a Redskin.
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While the Cardinals already had Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower on the roster, the team was horrible running the football last season and the coaching staff decided to select Ryan Williams as an early second round pick. Coach Ken Whisenhunt claims that adding Williams isn’t a message to his veteran running backs but the youngster is clearly going to receive a shot at the starting job to begin the season.
It’s hard to make of what Williams will be for the 2011 season as we head into the summer because free agency has yet to happen, and we need to findout who will win the starting job in preseason. This will be a situation fantasy football owners will need to pay attention to as we move closer to the start of the season because values will probably change just a week or two before the regular season starters.
At this time, the Cardinals are yet to land Kevin Kolb from the Eagles as they are desperate for a future quarterback having failed to select one at the draft. Another issue I have for the Cardinals running game is their offensive line as it clearly needs upgrading, and they failed to do anything about that at the draft as well.
This leads me to believe the Cardinals plan on being aggressive in acquiring an offensive lineman or two in free agency when it gets underway. Respectable additions at quarterback and on the offensive line will be essential for the Cardinals to find success on the ground even though they play in the weakest division in the NFL.
As for Williams game, he can be an effective fantasy running back and right away should he impress his coaches and win a starting job. While Coach Whisenhunt tends to bring rookies along slow, but his veterans (as pointed out earlier) failed to get much done last season, so he might make an exception with Williams.
Williams is the kind of runner who will get better as he gets more involved in a game. He’s not the fleetest of foot so it would be best if the Cardinals commit to giving him the rock at least 18 times a game, to make him a starter for fantasy football. For this season, Williams is probably a late round flair because I don’t like the offense at this time, and he’s probably a player you should let someone else get frustrated with.