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Jamaal Williams

#2 RB,

Saints

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ACTUAL 2022

226 FPTS

RANK: 13

2023 SEASON

151 FPTS

RANK: 38

AGE

28 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'0'' / 224 lbs

COLLEGE

BYU

SEASONGPFPTSRANKRUATTRUYDRUTDRUAVERECPTREYDRETD
20231615138th17873364.1211611
20221722613th2621,066174.112730
3yr Ave1413039th12652224.14322152

Scores late in season finale

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Williams compiled 14 rushes for 26 yards and one touchdown and gathered in all three targets for eight yards during Sunday's 48-17 victory versus the Falcons.

Williams ended up having a quiet night while stepping up for the absence of starting running back Alvin Kamara (ankle). The latter running back was expected to burden the majority of the Saints' rushing workload, but he ultimately logged just one more carry than rookie Kendre Miller, who also led the team with 73 yards and a rushing score in second quarter. Meanwhile, Williams struggled to find much success, logging just one rushing attempt longer than five yards. He salvaged this underwhelming outing with a one-yard rushing touchdown on the Saints' final offensive series. Williams finishes his first season in New Orleans with 106 carries for 306 yards and one touchdown across 13 games. The 28-year-old has two remaining seasons on his current contract with the Saints.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

16
7
24.7
23.9
5.6
7.3
22.6
10.1
11.9
24.4
10.6
9.5
3.7
3.3
3.4
22.7
19.2

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingRushing StatsReceiving Stats
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKTOUCHSPREADO/UATTYDTDAVGYAC%10+20+50+RECYDTDSHARE
1 PHI Dome 72° 16.0 8th 1.336.548.511282.6246%00012039%
2 WAS Dome 82° 7.0 14th 0.541.548.512534.4017%10017050%
3 @MIN Dome 64° 24.7 2nd 1.126.552.520874.4239%400220057%
4 SEA Dome 62° 23.9 2nd 1.20-3.549.5191085.7260%11111076%
5 @NE Outdoor 60° 5.6 18th 0.373.046.515563.7029%10000056%
7 @DAL Dome 75° 7.3 16th 0.467.047.515795.3046%21014060%
8 MIA Dome 53° 22.6 4th 1.744.050.510535.3219%100323053%
9 GB Dome 59° 10.1 6th 0.424.049.524813.4054%10000077%
10 @CHI Outdoor 34° 11.9 7th 0.743.048.516593.7156%20000052%
11 @NYG Outdoor 35° 24.4 3rd 1.443.045.517643.8336%20000046%
12 BUF Dome 44° 10.6 10th 0.599.554.518663.718%11000064%
13 JAC Dome 41° 9.5 11th 0.86-1.551.511353.2114%10000036%
14 MIN Dome 40° 3.7 18th 0.23-2.552.516372.305%00000053%
15 @NYJ Outdoor 38° 3.3 22nd 0.252.544.513332.5039%10000046%
16 @CAR Outdoor 20° 3.4 24th 0.38-2.544.57111.6064%00023041%
17 CHI Dome 38° 22.7 2nd 0.99-4.051.5221446.6161%211113056%
18 @GB Outdoor 21° 19.2 2nd 1.204.548.516724.5251%20000064%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKYDTDAVEYAC%10+20+50+RECYDTD
Home Outdoor 7 210.90.9133rd400.14.548%1.10.00.03.0240.0
Home Dome 15 913.10.826th590.74.237%1.00.30.11.7110.0
Away Outdoor 13 88.30.7159th410.53.743%1.00.10.00.630.0
Away Dome 5 19.60.7447th430.43.945%1.00.00.01.8100.0
Away Retractable Dome 4 311.30.7034th610.34.240%1.30.30.01.5110.3

Career Stats by Season: 2017 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKATTYDTDAVEYAC%10+20+50+SHARERECYDTD
2017 22 GB 16 7 143 32nd15355643.649%61040%252622
2018 23 GB 16 8 114 44th12146333.850%111036%272100
2019 24 GB 14 2 146 34th10745614.342%101026%392535
2020 25 GB 14 3 127 38th11950524.245%111027%312361
2021 26 DET 13 11 120 43rd15360133.936%131036%261570
2022 27 DET 17 9 226 13th2621,066174.141%224255%12730
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Set to fill in for Kamara

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Williams is in line to lead the Saints backfield Sunday versus the Falcons with Alvin Kamara (ankle) inactive.

Kamara is sitting out for the first time since Week 3, which typically would afford his replacement plenty of work. That may be the case for Williams on Sunday, but he's averaged a career-low 3.0 yards on 92 carries, hauled in 15 of 17 passes for 54 yards and scored no touchdowns in 12 appearances this season. Considering his experience, he's the favorite to be the team's top rusher, but rookie third-round pick Kendre Miller (ankle) and practice-squad call-up Jordan Mims also are on hand for RB reps.

Steps up in Week 17 win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Williams tallied 19 carries for 58 yards and gathered in all four targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 23-13 win over the Buccaneers.

Williams logged six carries for just nine yards during the first half and appeared on pace to record another underwhelming statistical outing Week 17. But, his workload saw a sharp increase after top running back Alvin Kamara was ruled out with an ankle injury early in the second half. Williams went on to record season highs in both rushing attempts and yards. While he never logged a carry longer than seven yards, the 224-pound running back proved much more effective during the second half, averaging 3.8 yards across 13 carries. Williams also played a much larger role than Taysom Hill. The versatile 33-year-old has often been used as a rushing threat while lined up at quarterback in the shotgun alongside Kamara, but he totaled just two carries Week 17. With Hill's role in the rushing game diminishing over the back half of the season and Kamara's availability unclear for New Orleans' regular-season finale, it will be worth considering Williams as a potential fill-in option for fantasy owners in need of a RB2 in Week 18.

Doesn't do much with nine touches

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-17

Williams (groin) rushed eight times for 24 yards and caught his only target for two yards in Sunday's 24-6 win over the Giants.

Williams has yet to score a touchdown as a member of the Saints after leading the NFL with 17 rushing touchdowns for the Lions last season. He remains a distant second on the running back depth chart behind Alvin Kamara, who had 110 scrimmage yards on 21 touches. Williams failed to build any momentum after eclipsing 40 scrimmage yards for only the second time all season in the previous game against the Panthers. Up next for Williams and the Saints is a road game against the Rams on Thursday Night Football.

Suiting up in Week 15

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-17

Williams (groin) is listed as active Sunday versus the Giants.

Despite operating with a cap on his reps during Week 15 prep due to a groin injury, Williams will play through it Sunday. Having said that, he'll again play second fiddle to Alvin Kamara out of the Saints backfield, and Williams also may yield carries to Taysom Hill (foot/left hand), who is back from a one-game absence. Overall, Williams is averaging eight touches for 24.9 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring no TDs in nine appearances this season.

Expected to face Giants

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-16

Williams (groin), officially listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against the Giants, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Williams practiced in limited fashion throughout the week, which is a positive sign for his status. Nevertheless, his status won't become official until just before the Saints kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET. Even if Williams does suit up, he's failed to top 45 rushing yards in a game this season.

Status in question for Week 15

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-15

Williams (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest versus the Giants, Brooke Kirchhofer of NewOrleans.Football reports.

A groin injury contained Williams to capped sessions during the entirety of Week 15 prep, leaving his status up in the air heading into the weekend. With gadget player Taysom Hill (foot/left hand) sidelined this past Sunday against the Panthers, Williams earned his second-highest carry count (11) of the season, but he yielded only 43 yards on the ground. Hill will be back in action this Sunday, though, so even if Williams is able to suit up, he may be relegated to his role from Weeks 7-13 (5.3 touches per game).

Reps capped again

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-14

Williams (groin) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Williams had his reps capped in practice for the second day in a row, but if he's able to maintain that level of activity Friday or upgrade to full participation, he should be in good position to play this weekend versus the Giants. After scoring 17 touchdowns in 17 games with the Lions in 2022, Williams has yet to find the end zone through his nine appearances with the Saints and is averaging a career-low 3.0 yards per carry.

Tending to groin issue

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-13

Coach Dennis Allen said Williams was limited at Wednesday's practice due to a groin injury, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.

Both Williams and Kendre Miller (ankle) operated with caps on their reps to begin Week 15 prep, leaving Alvin Kamara as the only healthy running back on New Orleans' active roster. As a result, the situation has spurred the expected signing of free-agent RB James Robinson, which has yet to be confirmed. Williams himself will have to more opportunities this week to get back to all activity before the Saints potentially hand him a designation for Sunday's game against the Giants.

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