2014 Fantasy Football: Add Andre Williams Immediately

With Rashad Jennings sidelined for an undetermined amount of time because of a sprained MCL, fantasy football players need to add rookie Andre Williams to their benches immediately for Week 6.

If you are wondering what separates the person in your league who will win a championship from everyone else, this is a prime example. Jennings was building a fairly successful season as a RB2, but because of his injury, Jennings’ owners need to quickly replace him until he can return to the field. His injury is listed as week to week, but the New York Gaints‘ brass could very well decide to rest Jennings until after the Week 8 bye.

Don’t sit back and see how things play out, be proactive!

Here are two reasons you need to add Williams to your bench:

Reason 1: Matchups.

The Giants will face two of the softest rush defenses in the NFL in Week 6 and Week 7 respectively. For Week 6, Williams will have a great opportunity against the 24th ranked rush defense of the Philadelphia Eagles, and he will follow that with a matchup against the 20th ranked rush defense of the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles’ defense recently allowed 95 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to the St. Louis Rams‘ running backs, and the Cowboys gave up 157 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to Arian Foster in Week 5. Even if you only play him for two games this season, Williams is an ideal start in Week 6 and Week 7 because of his huge upside.

Reason 2: Strategy.

If the Jennings’ owner in your league does not have Williams on his bench, you need to take advantage of this situation. The waiver wire is looking pretty thin in most of my leagues at the running back position, and your opponent might not have much depth on his or her bench. You can add Williams, and once he clears waivers and lands on your team, you can plan a trade to the potentially desperate Jennings’ owner. If you are a little weak at the running back position yourself, you can hold onto Williams and see how things play out. Who knows? Maybe Williams becomes the highest-scoring running back for Week 6 and Week 7, and he gains a more featured role.

From Weeks 4-5, Williams has totaled 35 carries, 131 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. If you are in a PPR league, keep in mind that the rookie has never been known as a dual-threat back. As a 230-pound back, you are mainly relying on Williams to just plow through people and see the goal-line carries.

You have several options when you add Williams to your bench, so make sure you claim him as soon as you can.

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