Williams received all of the passing-down work — as he did last week — but he also took half of the early-down snaps.
He led the team in carries with 11, although he was largely ineffective at 3.2 yards per carry.
He also finished second on the team in receiving yards (25) after catching three passes.
The Rams’ next three games are all against teams that rank in the bottom eight in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs. So, while the offense hasn’t played well recently, it could take advantage of some poor matchups.
The Rams are a dumpster fire this year. I’d have to be desperate to take any of them right now. If Williams is the best player to add, that speaks volumes about the quality of the waiver wire at the moment. Honestly, I’d sooner take a chance on the 49ers Jordan Mason, and I’m not really fond of him either.
Don’t need a top run block when you’re playing vs hapless run defenses. I’m not expecting Kyren to put up Henry’esque numbers. Solid mid-range QB2 production (around 13 half-PPR PPG) would be fine already for a player that was available for free on waiver wires.
If you look at the Seahawks defense, looks at the RB’s who racked up the numbers (using PPR here):
Josh Jacobs (48)
Austin Ekeler (36)
Alvin Kamara (23)
Jamaal Williams (23)
Cordarelle Patterson (22)
Javante Williams (19)
The Seahawks have played against some tough RB’s. Now let’s see how the lesser RB’s have faired:
Jeff Wilson (with SF, 12)
Eno Benjamin (9)
Saquon Barkley (15)
James Conner (11)
Leonard Fournette and Rachaad White (10 each)
So it’s not impossible for Seattle to shut an RB down. I would look at these numbers and say Kyren is not in the class of player to have a blowout day against Seattle. At best, he may break double digits.
Whom the Seahawks allowed to set new league records. Something which even below-average run defenses did not.
Who, despite being a dual-threat player, was held unter 10 points by the 49ers, the best run defence in the league.
Who got completely shut down by the 49ers last week. And held in check by The Rams, Steelers and Ravens the weeks before, all top 10 run defenses.
Who got stuffed by the Commanders and the Pats, two top-10 run defenses.
Who got stuffed by the Rams D the week before, a top 5 run defense.
Who got stuffed by all 3 other run defenses he played.
Yes, all these RBs are good. But they are not unstoppable. The Seahawks run defense is genuinely terrible. That doesn’t guarantee success for Kyren, but it creates a huge opportunity. There are certainly more terrible gambles than betting on Kyren this week and beyond. Especially since Stafford may not return this season, meaning the Rams will be forced to keep it mostly on the ground.
Here’s my hot take: if Stafford remains out, Kyren will finish weeks 13-17 as a top 15 RB.