DeAngelo Williams
RB PIT (8)
4 days ago

Williams came crashing back down to earth Sunday in Philadelphia, rushing eight times for 21 yards and adding four catches for 23 yards on seven targets.

EDGE Analysis

Williams had amassed 303 yards from scrimmage in the first two weeks, but struggled along with the rest of the Steelers in a 34-3 blowout loss. Pittsburgh abandoned the run early in this one, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger preferred to force the ball down the field rather than dump it to the veteran running back. With Le'Veon Bell due back from suspension next week, Williams' time as the workhorse in the Pittsburgh backfield has come to a close.

DeAngelo Williams
RB PIT (8)
2 weeks ago2 Comments

Williams rushed for 94 yards on 32 carries, and added four catches for 38 yards and a touchdown on five targets in Sunday's victory over the Bengals.

EDGE Analysis

This was a sloppy game on a ripped-up Heinz Field, which led to a heavy workload for the veteran running back. Williams continues to prove himself more than capable of stepping into a full-time role with Le'Veon Bell suspended, and he'll have the backfield mostly to himself again in Week 3 against the Eagles after finding pay dirt three times through two weeks. Enjoy this production while it lasts, because history suggests Bell's return will spell the end of Williams' heroics.

DeAngelo Williams
RB PIT (8)
2 weeks ago3 Comments

Williams rushed 26 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and caught six passes (on nine targets) for 28 yards in Monday night's win against the Redskins.

EDGE Analysis

Williams was simply outstanding Monday night, gashing a Redskins defense that grew tired as the game unfolded. The veteran's 143 rushing yards marked his second-most since Week 17 of the 2012 season and Williams capped his performance with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns Monday. Not only that, but the 33-year-old did damage through the air, trailing only All-Pro Antonio Brown with six receptions. While his stock will obviously be impacted once top tailback Le'Veon Bell returns from suspension, Williams showed Monday that he's still plenty capable when called upon, and should be a great value as Pittsburgh's featured back through the first the weeks of this season.

DeAngelo Williams
RB PIT (8)
1 month ago

Making his first appearance of the 2016 preseason, Williams gained 12 yards on four carries and nine yards on three receptions (four targets) in Friday's exhibition against the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Williams split first-team work with Le'Veon Bell (susspension, who had three carries for 21 yards and five catches for 37 yards (five targets). It's telling that the two combined for nine targets, as the Steelers no longer have Martavis Bryant (suspension) and may not have Ladarius Green (ankle) early in the season. With Bell suspended for the first three games, Williams should be one of the busiest running backs in the league, handling a hefty workload both on the ground and through the air. Fitzgerald Toussaint and Daryl Richardson are vying for backup work.

DeAngelo Williams
RB PIT (8)
1 month ago

Williams, who didn't suit up for Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, will serve as the Steelers' starting running back for the first three regular season games after Le'Veon Bell's suspension was upheld by the NFL, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bell's rumored ban was confirmed Friday, pushing Williams into a prime position for the second year in a row. Last season, Williams received 10 starts due to Bell's initial suspension and subsequent MCL tear, during which the veteran racked up 152 carries for 633 yards and nine touchdowns, while tacking on 33 catches for 265 yards.

DeAngelo Williams
RB PIT (8)
2 months ago

Williams is not slated to play in Friday's preseason game against the Lions, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Williams, among other Steelers veterans including Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell aren't expect to take the field during the preseason opener as there's no reason to risk their health at this point. Fitzgerald Toussaint and Daryl Richardson are the next two options out of the backfield with Williams and Bell sidelined.

DeAngelo Williams
RB PIT (8)
2 months ago

With Le'Veon Bell potentially facing a four-game suspension to start the 2016 campaign, Williams could head the Steelers' backfield early on this season.

EDGE Analysis

Previous question marks surrounding Bell had revolved around the health of his surgically-repaired knee, but now the more pressing issue appears to be his potential four-game suspension. With that in mind, Williams' fantasy value gets at least a temporary boost, especially considering how capably the 33-year-old filled in last season for Bell, who missed 10 contests due to injuries, as well as a suspension.

DeAngelo Williams
RB PIT (8)
2 months ago1 Comment

Williams reiterated Tuesday that he is past the foot injury that sidelined him at the end of last season, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

With that in mind, Williams -- who turned 33 in April -- declared Tuesday that "I am in the best shape I have ever been in my entire life." Williams -- who recorded 200 carries for 907 yards and 11 TDs in 16 games (including 10 starts) for the Steelers 2015 -- appears destined to work in a complementary role this coming season, with top back Le'Veon Bell (knee) slated to return to the mix. That said, given the success Williams enjoyed in a Steelers' uniform last year, we'd expect the team to keep him involved in the offense, with an eye toward keeping Bell fresh. Per Bell, "there are definitely going to be packages where me and (DeAngelo) are going to be out there at the same time...I'm ready for that."

DeAngelo Williams
RB PIT (8)
6 months ago

Williams, who missed two postseason games with a foot injury, has been fully cleared in advance of the Steelers' offseason workouts, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

EDGE Analysis

Williams -- who ended up logging 200 carries for 907 yards and 11 TDs in 16 games (including 10 starts) for the Steelers 2015 -- is thus set to reprise his role in the team's backfield in 2016, though assuming teammate Le'Veon Bell is able to bounce back fully from his knee woes, Williams is slated to open the campaign in a complementary role.

DeAngelo Williams
RB PIT (8)
8 months ago

The Steelers were again without Williams (foot) on Sunday, who was inactive for their game against the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

Williams proved to be a valuable acquisition as Le'Veon Bell insurance, rushing for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns on 200 carries in 2015. He also caught 40 of 47 targets for 367 yards. His 11 rushing touchdowns were tied for the most in the league (Adrian Peterson, Jeremy Hill, Davonte Freeman), and he finished tenth in the league in rushing yards despite getting more than 20 carriers in just three games. Brought in as a free agent after the Steelers saw the impact that losing Bell in the final game of 2014 had on their playoff run, Williams enjoyed his best season since 2008, only to suffer the same fate in Week 17 this season. With Bell expected to make a full recovery from the MCL/PCL injuries in his right knee, how Pittsburgh utilizes Williams, and the effect that has on his fantasy value, could make him little more than a handcuff next season.