Javonte Williams

RB DEN

College: North Carolina | Rookie
Height: 5'10" | Weight: 220 lbs
Birth Date: 4/25/2000
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2021 Bye Week: 11

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB

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Player Notes
Jan 9 1:20pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams saw 12 carries (the same as Melvin Gordon) but wasn't as productive as his teammate with 46 rushing yards (3.8 yards per carry) in the 28-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. Williams caught both of his targets in the passing game for an additional 18 yards. The second-round pick showed plenty of upside with his tackle-breaking abilities in his first season in the NFL. In total, Williams had 203 carries for 903 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and four touchdowns, adding 43 catches on 53 targets for 316 yards and three more TDs. The 21-year-old had his fantasy value capped as a low-end RB2 for most of the season with Gordon splitting the backfield work, but if Gordon leaves in free agency, Williams will be a legitimate first-round target as an RB1 going into the 2022 season.

From RotoBaller

Jan 6 6:00pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams (knee) practiced in full on Friday and was removed from the final injury report for Week 18 against the Kansas City Chiefs. For one last game this season, Williams will likely split the backfield workload with teammate Melvin Gordon III. The last time Denver faced KC, Williams had a season-high 23 carries for 102 yards and caught six of nine targets for 76 yards and a touchdown, but Gordon was inactive with an injury. Williams has been very impressive in his rookie season, but his ceiling has been capped in fantasy all year long due to Gordon's presence. The tackle-breaking, big-play running back will be a low-end RB2 with quarterback Drew Lock making his third straight start.

From RotoBaller

Jan 4 4:40pm ET

Denver Broncos running backs Javonte Williams (knee) and Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) were both limited to begin the practice week on Tuesday. Williams and Gordon were both limited all of last week and figure to maintain the same routine heading into the Week 18 regular season finale on Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Although Williams saw four more carries than Gordon in the Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Gordon was the more efficient back. Both RBs have been sharing the backfield touches almost exactly down the middle all year, but it would make sense for the Broncos to give Williams more of the work with nothing left to play for in the season finale this weekend. As has been the case for most of the season, Williams will be the better upside RB2 to finish out the year.

From RotoBaller

Jan 3 11:10am ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams led the team with 14 carries in the Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, but he mustered only 30 rushing yards (2.1 yards per carry) and caught his only target in the passing game for two yards. It was an extremely disappointing day for Williams' fantasy managers against a Chargers run defense that has been one of the worst in the league all year. Backup quarterback Drew Lock played better than he did last week, but his presence under center hasn't helped get the running game going at all. The good news is Williams saw four more carries than teammate Melvin Gordon, but he just wasn't able to do anything with it. Williams remains the better upside play in fantasy than Gordon, and hopefully he'll be able to finish his impressive rookie season on a high note in Week 18 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

From RotoBaller

Jan 2 3:00pm ET

Denver Broncos running backs Javonte Williams (knee) and Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) are both active for the Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Both running backs were fully expected to play all week long and were never really in danger of sitting out this weekend. The Broncos have leaned on their strong running game all season long, and that's not expected to change on Sunday, especially with Denver missing two of their starting receivers due to COVID-19. Expect Williams and Gordon to continue splitting the workload down the middle. Williams is the more attractive RB2 upside play for fantasy managers, but Gordon also has low-end RB2 appeal because of his nose for the end zone this year.

From RotoBaller

Dec 31 6:40pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams (knee) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Week 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Melvin Gordon (hip, thumb) got the same designation, but both running backs are fully expected to play on Sunday and should be leaned on heavily with receivers Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick landing on the COVID-19 list this week. The Chargers defense also allows 140.3 rushing yards per game (fourth-most in the league), so both Williams and Gordon could be in for big games and could be more involved in the passing game as well. Williams has been the more explosive big-play RB than Gordon and will have slightly more RB2 upside in this one.

From RotoBaller

Dec 29 8:00pm ET

Denver Broncos running backs Javonte Williams (knee) and Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) were both limited in the first practice of the week on Wednesday. Williams and Gordon continue to be limited in practices, but their injuries won't keep them from playing in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers. LA's rush defense has been vulnerable all year and just let Rex Burkhead run wild in Week 16, so both Williams and Gordon have a chance to bounce back after they were both stopped dead in their tracks in last week's loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Their fantasy ceilings are capped in a near-even timeshare, but both have RB2 upside in this matchup. Williams is the better upside play with big-play and tackle-breaking abilities.

From RotoBaller

Dec 27 1:40pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams and the Denver rushing attack went absolutely nowhere in the 17-13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 16. The impressive rookie handled seven carries (the same as Melvin Gordon) and mustered just 12 yards (1.7 yards per carry), but he saved his fantasy day by finding the end zone for the Broncos lone touchdown of the afternoon. Williams added two catches on two targets for eight yards. Fantasy managers were expecting much more against a Raiders run defense that had been vulnerable this year, but the Raiders stacked the box with quarterback Drew Lock under center. Expect a better game from the Broncos ground game in Week 17 against a Los Angeles Chargers defense that just allowed 41 points to the Houston Texans.

From RotoBaller

Dec 24 6:30pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams (knee) has been cleared to play in Week 16 against the Las Vegas Raiders. The second-rounder leads the team in rushing (815 yards), is second in carries (170) behind Melvin Gordon and has six total touchdowns (three rushing, three receiving). He's also fourth on the team with 38 catches. Williams may not have as many fantasy points as Gordon because he hasn't visited the end zone as much, but his physicality and tackle-breaking ability is superior. The Broncos will continue to split the workload evenly between Williams and Gordon -- they are only four carries apart all year -- which will cap Williams' ceiling, but he still has the chance to be a strong RB2 this week for fantasy managers against a Raiders defense ranked 25th against the run in 2021.

From RotoBaller

Dec 23 8:10am ET

Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (knee) and wide receiver Courtland Sutton (wrist) were limited participants in Wednesday's practice. Williams played through a knee issue in the Week 15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Broncos star rookie rushed for 72 yards on 15 carries while catching all four targets for nine yards against Cincinnati. Williams is a borderline RB1 and should be all systems go against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 16. Sutton is dealing with a wrist issue, but it's not an injury that should keep him out for Sunday's game. Most of the season, the 26-year-old has been a non-factor, catching 50 passes for 670 yards and two scores over 14 games in 2021. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor the Broncos injury report, but both players are expected to suit up in Week 16.

From RotoBaller

Dec 22 11:40pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. Williams was limited all last week and was questionable, but he was never in any danger of missing the game. The near-even timeshare between Williams and Gordon should continue in a good matchup in Week 16 against the Las Vegas Raiders, and the Broncos could be even more run-heavy if game script allows with backup quarterback Drew Lock getting the start. The 21-year-old is extremely powerful and tough to bring down, making him an RB2 with big-play upside despite sharing time with Gordon. The Raiders defense allows the fifth-most fantasy points per game to RBs this year, and Williams has an impressive 4.8 yard-per-carry average on 170 rushing attempts.

From RotoBaller

Dec 19 8:40pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams had the same amount of carries (15) as backfield mate Melvin Gordon in the 15-10 loss on Sunday, but Williams out-gained him 72 to 53 for 4.8 yards per carry. The impressive rookie also caught all four of his targets in the passing game for nine additional yards. We knew coming into this Week 15 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals that running lanes wouldn't be as big as they were in last week's win over the Detroit Lions, and Denver's inability to get the running game going all day made it nearly impossible for their offense to have much success. Williams and Gordon will continue to split the backfield touches down the middle, which has been extremely frustrating for fantasy managers that roster either of them. In Week 16 against the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders, Williams will be a low-end RB2 with upside because of his big-play ability.

From RotoBaller

Dec 19 3:00pm ET

Denver Broncos running backs Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) and Javonte Williams (knee) are both officially active for Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Both players came into this one with questionable tags, but there wasn't much question all week that they would both play in a huge conference matchup with plenty of playoff implications on the line. Gordon has been banged up in recent weeks and even sat out in Week 13, but he returned last week to rush for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos are going to continue splitting the workload between Gordon and Williams to keep them both fresh. It limits their overall fantasy upside, especially against a tough Cincy run defense, but both Gordon and Williams are in play as low-end RB2 options in Denver's run-first offense.

From RotoBaller

Dec 19 8:10am ET

Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (knee) is expected to play against the Bengals on Sunday. He had been listed as questionable. The rookie has been phenomenal as of late, registering 372 scrimmage yards and four total touchdowns over the course of his last three games. Despite operating alongside Melvin Gordon, both backs are strong RB2 options on a weekly basis. The Broncos have committed to the running game recently and Williams has shown that he can have an impact as a runner, receiver, and red-zone weapon. Fantasy managers should start him with confidence once again on Sunday.

From RotoBaller

Dec 17 8:00pm ET

Despite drawing a questionable tag for Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams (knee) is "fine" and won't have any limitations on Sunday, according to head coach Vic Fangio. If not for Melvin Gordon's presence in this backfield, the impressive rookie would have RB1 upside each and every week. Gordon is also questionable with hip and thumb injuries, but he's expected to play as well and should continue his role as the 1A to Williams' 1B in Denver's backfield. Because of the Broncos run-first offensive identity, both Williams and Gordon have RB2 value, albeit against a Bengals rush defense that has allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game this year. Both Williams and Gordon found the end zone twice each in the easy Week 14 win over the Detroit Lions.

From RotoBaller

Dec 16 1:20pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams (knee) will not practice on Thursday, but head coach Vic Fangio expects Williams to play this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Williams was limited in practice on Wednesday, so it looks as though the team is just resting their impressive rookie runner with a big game on tap this weekend. Melvin Gordon (thumb) is also banged up with a sprained thumb, but he, too, is expected to be active in Week 15. With Gordon out-touching Williams 24-17 in the Week 14 win over the Detroit Lions, there's no reason to believe the Broncos will stray from their evenly split backfield this weekend. The Bengals have been strong against the run this year, so running lanes might not be easy to come by, but both Gordon and Williams have low-end RB2 value for a Broncos run-first offense.

From RotoBaller

Dec 15 8:30pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams (knee) was listed on the Week 15 injury report after getting in a limited practice session. Melvin Gordon (hip, thumb) was also limited, but both backs are expected to be available for the Week 15 game this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. After Williams exploded for well over 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in Week 13 with Gordon inactive, the Broncos went back to a backfield timeshare between the two in the Week 14 win over the Detroit Lions. Gordon out-touched Williams 24-17, while both backs found the end zone twice. Cincy will be much tougher to run on -- they allow the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game (93.1) -- and Williams should continue to be the 1B to Gordon's 1A. Still, Williams' big-play upside and tackle-breaking abilities keep him in the RB2 range in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

Dec 12 8:10pm ET

Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams finished with 73 yards and a touchdown off 15 attempts during the win over Detroit on Sunday. He also caught a catch, which resulted in another score. The 21-year-old certainly had another fantastic showing, doing so even with Melvin Gordon III in the lineup. He now has four touchdowns throughout his last three games and appears likely to remain a pivotal part of the offense in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that's struggled against the run all year. Gordon also injured his hand against the Lions, so if he can't go, Williams' outlook will get much brighter.

From RotoBaller

Dec 9 4:20pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams was nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week after carrying 23 times for 102 yards while catching six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13 in his first career start. Williams was the first Broncos rookie to have more than 100 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards in the same game. It's the third time he has been nominated for the award (winning after Week 9), and he's now gone over 100 total yards in three of the last four games. Williams ranks third among rookies in rushing yards, and his 4.79 yards per carry is first among rookie RBs with at least 200 yards. Williams could have to deal with Melvin Gordon (hip, shoulder) returning this Sunday against the Detroit Lions, but at the very least, he'll be a low-end RB2 with upside against Detroit's awful run defense.

From RotoBaller

Dec 7 8:20pm ET

Broncos' RB Javonte Williams scored 29.80 fantasy points in Sunday's Week 13 loss in Kansas City. Williams ran for 102 yards and caught six passes for 76 yards with one touchdown.

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  • 24-Jul-2021: DEN Javonte Williams - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2024)
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