With Ryan Torain all but already ruled out for next week and Clinton Portis due for an MRI after reinjuring his groin in yesterday’s game, Keiland Williams is almost assured to get his second start of the year for the Redskins on Sunday.
An undrafted rookie out of LSU, Williams got his first career start two weeks ago against the Philadelphia Eagles, who he burned for 89 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards, three total touchdowns, and a grand total of 31.90 fantasy points to lead all running backs in Week 10. Yesterday against the Titans, Williams added a very respectable 68 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards in relief of the injured Portis.
Williams won’t have an easy matchup on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, who rank seventh in the league against the run, but he’ll undoubtedly see plenty of carries as the Redskins attempt to control the clock at home. Williams is also a solid receiving threat out of the backfield. And yet he is only owned in 37% of fantasy leagues.
For what it’s worth, Christopher Harris of ESPN.com deserves some credit for identifying Williams as a "deeper sleeper" in early September, back when the Redskins’ backfield was crowded with names like Willie Parker and Larry Johnson. Williams wasn't a great option then, but he sure is now. Sign him, and start him.