Professional sports come down to who makes the fewest mistakes. Kareem Hunt made two of the biggest mistakes a man can make. Putting his hands on a woman and lying to another man’s face.
The pair resulted in Hunt no longer being employed by the Kansas City Chiefs as of Friday night.
The departure of 2017’s NFL rushing leader has left the Chiefs and fantasy teams without their RB1.
Here’s how I envision the Chiefs handling it going forward:
Prior to tearing his ACL in the fall of 2017, Ware was a complete back as the Chiefs lead running back. He rushed for 921 yards and three scores. He caught 33 passes for 447 yards and a pair of scores. The pending free agent has a five-game dress rehearsal for this offseason, three of which come in fantasy football playoff season.
This is one of the top three offenses in the league, so anyone that sees consistent snaps in the offense should not only be rostered but should be in all starting lineups.
Ware has played sparingly in 2018, seeing touches in mostly mop-up duty and on third downs, but he has shown well, toting the ball 22 times for 124 yards and a score and catching 13 balls for 165 yards. His most impressive play of the season came against the Browns when he took a check-down pass from Patrick Mahomes for a first down on a 3rd&20.
I would expect the Chiefs to get Ware involved early and often and for Ware to become the 10th Chief to catch a touchdown pass from Mahomes.
The Chiefs do have games against the Ravens (Week 14), who have allowed the fourth-fewest points to opposing running backs, and the Chargers (Week 15), who have allowed the fewest. However, I would still expect Ware to be an RB1 the rest of the season.
In his four seasons with the Dolphins, Williams played primarily on third downs, starting just four games in his career. He will most likely take over Ware’s third-down role on the onset, but like when Ware was the third-down back, I expect his usage to be slim.
If you were handcuffing Hunt with Ware, I would handcuff Ware with Damien Wiliams in redraft leagues.
The second Williams on the depth chart has appeared in just one game this season. He will likely be active the rest of the season as the third running back.
Williams skillset surpasses both Damien and probably Spencer Ware’s. He has yet to have the chance to show it in a regular season game.
The LSU product was good in the final game of the preseason against the Packers backups. He carried the ball 11 times for 41 yards. He also caught the ball three times for 19 yards and an 11-yard touchdown.
Of running backs at the combine, Williams had the lowest fumble rate in college. He fumbled on just .27% of his touches at LSU. Williams showed his explosive ability with six plays of 35 or more yards in his final season.
While I would like to see Williams against an NFL defense, if the Chiefs do not resign Ware, or sign or draft a running back, Darrel Williams could very well be the starting running back next season.
Disclaimer, I am a Chiefs fan, but this is not totally out of the realm of possibility.
There is a reasonable chance that the Chiefs sign the impending free agent. The Chiefs have $44 Million of cap space in 2019 with only Dee Ford as a player that will demand a large contract in free agency.
I am probably crazy, but this is a possibility to keep in mind.