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44 Andre Williams RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/230 | Birthdate: 8/28/1992 | Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, NY, USA | Team: New York | College: Boston College | NFL Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 61/12 | Average Draft Position: 112.22
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Andre Williams cuts into Rashad Jennings' numbers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2014) In his second game back from a four-game absence for a knee injury, Giants running back Rashad Jennings topped 100 total yards for just the third time this season thanks in large part to a season-high eight catches. But outside of PPR leagues, his Fantasy owners couldn't help but feel disappointed by the performance. That's because the one time the Giants ran the ball inside the 5-yard line, they gave it to Andre Williams, who promptly scored.

Basically, he stole Jennings' touchdown. That's one way of looking at it, anyway. And given that Williams got 10 carries to Jennings' 19, it probably wasn't a fluke occurrence. The Giants made a point to involve Williams and have always considered him the better power back of the two.

It wasn't so evident in Week 11, when Jennings got 18 carries to Williams' two. But Jennings played 84 percent of the Giants' snaps then compared to 64 percent in Week 12. And he wasn't so clearly the team's primary option until the fourth quarter, when they required a pass catcher after falling behind.

Clearly, Jennings is still a great option in PPR leagues, but in standard formats, this timeshare is some cause for alarm. Fortunately, his matchup Week 13 at Jacksonville should make him worth starting in all formats.


Giants RB Andre Williams scores touchdown in Week 12 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Giants running back Andre Williams rushed for 35 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown and added a 12-yard catch in his team's 31-28 loss to the Cowboys in Week 12.

Williams was out-touched 27-11 by starter Rashad Jennings but managed to bounce a carry to the right side late in the first half for a three-yard score. The touchdown was his third in his last four games, but he's still hovering around 3.0 yards per carry for the season. Williams will square off with the Jaguars in Week 13.


Giants lean on Rashad Jennings heavily in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The Giants gave Rashad Jennings the bulk of the work in Week 11 against the 49ers, with Andre Williams taking a backseat in the 16-10 loss.

Williams touched the ball just three times in the game, as the Giants seemed disinterested in working Jennings back in slowly. He had 18 carries and four receptions in his first game in nearly a month, ending up with 67 all-purpose yards in the loss.

Williams got plenty of work with Jennings out, and showed only that he isn't ready for a bigger role yet. He averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on 50 rushes over four games, so it isn't surprising to see Jennings get a heavy workload as soon as he was ready.

The split might be a bit less extreme in some games, but it looks like Jennings is going to get as much work as he can handle. Of course, the last time the team tried to do that, the oft-injured back ended up sidelined for more than a month. Still, as long as he is healthy, Jennings looks like a solid Fantasy option moving forward. 


Giants' Williams doesn't get much work as starting RB makes return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Giants rookie running back Andre Williams didn't get much work as starting running back Rashad Jennings made his return to the lineup Sunday against the 49ers. Williams totaled two carries for 2 yards and one catch for 4 yards in a 16-10 loss.

Jennings, who missed four games with a knee injury, got most of the work out of the backfield. He totaled 59 rushing yards on 18 carries and four catches for 8 yards.

The Giants are back in action Week 12 vs. Dallas.


Giants RB Andre Williams doesn't do much, but finds paydirt


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Giants running back Andre Williams didn't do much Week 10 against the Seahawks.

Williams received 13 carries, gaining just 33 yards. He averaged just 2.5 yards per carry. While he wasn't particularly effective, Williams did find a way into the end zone. With the team threatening at the beginning of the second quarter, Williams plunged in from 3 yards out, giving the Giants a lead. Williams failed to do much the rest of the game. 

He'll take on the 49ers Week 10. 


Andre Williams has company in Peyton Hillis


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/4/2014) For the first time since Rashad Jennings went down with a knee injury in Week 5, Giants running back Andre Williams had real competition for touches Week 9 against Indianapolis. Peyton Hillis played almost the same number of snaps and actually had more total yards, gaining 20 on four carries and 50 on five catches.

Now obviously, the Giants were down big in this game from pretty much the outset. They were forced to throw the ball and, at least judging by the numbers, have never regarded Williams as much of a pass catcher. Maybe if the game had unfolded differently, Williams would have once again kept Hillis out of the box score.

But there's another issue at play here. Williams got three times as many carries as Hillis and gained only 22 yards with them, averaging 1.8 per carry. He has averaged just 2.9 yards per carry since Jennings went down and is averaging 3.0 for the season.

That's not good, and by now, the Giants have to realize it's making their offense one-dimensional. Jennings may well return Week 10 at Seattle, but if he doesn't, Williams may be looking at more of a timeshare.


Rookie RB Andre Williams punches in third touchdown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2014) Making his third straight start for the injured Rashad Jennings, Giants rookie running back Andre Williams averaged a pathetic 1.8 yards per carry Monday night against the Colts. But he had back-to-back impressive plays in the third quarter.

After breaking tackles on a 24-yard catch-and-run, Williams hammered in a 1-yard touchdown despite a collision at the line of scrimmage. It was Williams' third touchdown this year.

He carried 12 times for 22 yards and drew only the one target. Williams visits the Seahawks in Week 10.


Giants announce Rashad Jennings will sit out again Week 9


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday running back Rashad Jennings will miss a third straight game Week 9 vs. Indianapolis due to a knee injury. The team was hopeful Jennings would be back following the team's Week 8 bye.

Jennings said he is still "on track" and he hasn't suffered a setback, but he gave no timetable for his return, according to the New York Daily News.

"It's not a matter of if I want to play. I'm dealing with reality, and the reality is I'm not ready," Jennings said.

Rookie Andre Williams will earn a third straight start in Jennings' absence. Williams rushed for 59 yards on 17 carries in his first start Week 6 at Philadelphia and then rushed for 51 yards on 18 carries in his second start Week 7 at Dallas.


Giants RB Andre Williams asked to show more patience


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Giants rookie running back Andre Williams often fails to let his blocks materialize, making it harder to find a crease, according to The Star-Ledger. He averaged 3.1 yards per carry over the past two weeks as Rashad Jennings' replacement.

"I think for all young players, they have a tendency to really get in a hurry, but I think that he is getting more patient as he continues to go," running backs coach Craig Johnson said.

The Giants are on a bye Week 8 before hosting the Colts in Week 9 on Monday Night Football. Jennings hopes to return from his knee injury against Indy, but if he can't Williams will make his third start.


Giants' Andre Williams doesn't do much Week 7


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Giants running back Andre Williams doesn't do much Week 7 against the Cowboys.

For the most part, Dallas did a good job shutting down the rookie runner. Williams managed to gain 51 yards on 18 carries. He averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. Williams was targeted in the passing game three times, but failed to come up with any catches. Williams will continue to carry the load while Rashad Jennings remains sidelined. 

Williams is on a bye Week 8.


Andre Williams deserves another chance


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/16/2014) Though you won't (and shouldn't) approach Giants running back Andre Williams with the same enthusiasm you did in Week 6, you shouldn't immediately dismiss the thought of starting him again with Rashad Jennings still sidelined Week 7 at Dallas.

Week 6 was just a lost cause for the Giants. They were shut out by the division rival Eagles, and the passing game was just as much to blame as the running game. Just like that one game shouldn't overshadow what Eli Manning had done up to that point, it shouldn't overshadow Williams' fine work in relief of Jennings, including back-to-back games in which he ran for more than 60 yards and a touchdown.

The Cowboys are tough against the pass, but they rank 17th against the run and, most encouraging of all, have allowed 5.1 yards per carry, second-most in the league. Williams doesn't average many yards per carry himself, but that stat bodes well for him getting at least another 60 yards. And because he gets the tough yards, he's a good bet to score whenever the Giants are in position to score.

He's still mostly unproven, so if you have a surplus of running backs, you're not obligated to start him. But both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him among their top 24 running backs for this week, which means he should probably be starting in most leagues.


Giants confirm RB Rashad Jennings won't play Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said running back Rashad Jennings will miss his second straight game Sunday with a sprained MCL in his left knee, reports The Star-Ledger. With the Giants on a bye Week 8, Coughlin hopes Jennings will return for their Week 9 Monday night game against the Colts.

"I can't tell you that for sure, but we hope [so]," Coughlin said.

Rookie Andre Williams will start again Sunday at Dallas.


Andre Williams disappoints in first start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Expectations were high for Giants rookie running back Andre Williams entering his first start Sunday night at Philadelphia. Playing for the injured Rashad Jennings, Williams failed to impress, carrying 16 times for 58 yards (3.6 ypc). He was not targeted in the passing game.

Williams gained 25 yards on 10 carries in the first half when the game was in doubt. His longest run, a 17-yarder, came during garbage time of the 27-0 blowout.

Williams would start again Week 7 at Dallas if Jennings can't return from his knee injury.


Andre Williams a worthy start right away


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) With starting running back Rashad Jennings sidelined for a couple weeks with a sprained knee, Giants rookie Andre Williams is expected to carry the load Week 6 at Philadelphia, and Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard like what that means for his Fantasy owners, ranking him eighth among running backs for this week.

It's easy to see why. The Eagles rank 24th against the run, allowing 132.0 yards per game, and have surrendered the eighth-most Fantasy points per game to running backs this season. They gave up 119 yards to the 49ers' Frank Gore in Week 4 and 149 yards to the Colts' duo of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw in Week 2 (the majority of them to Richardson, if you can believe it.)

Though his yards per carry are low, Williams has looked good in relief of Jennings the last two weeks, rushing for more than 60 yards and a touchdown each time out. Now with no Jennings to cut into his carries, and particularly with this matchup, he's looking like a must-start in Fantasy.


Looking for running backs on the waiver wires


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) With some key players on bye joining a long list of injured starters out of commission for Week 6, the waiver wire for running backs is going to be active this week. In his waiver-wire column, Jamey Eisenberg highlights the key names he thinks Fantasy players should be targeting right now.

The top four running backs on Jamey's priority list are Andre Williams of the Giants (56 percent owned), Branden Oliver of the Chargers (13 percent), Ronnie Hillman of the Broncos (11 percent) and Benny Cunningham of the Rams (15 percent). All four have a chance to start this week, but Williams and Oliver have already proven they can be productive if given the chance in recent weeks, and might not be one-week flash-in-the-pan types.


Tom Coughlin confident in rookie RB Andre Williams


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) With starting running back Rashad Jennings (knee) expected to miss a couple games, Giants coach Tom Coughlin expressed confidence in rookie Andre Williams' ability to take over, reports NFL.com.

"I am very confident," Coughlin said. "When you have a young guy, you really get into great, great detail even more about pass protection. He has done a good job when he has been in there. He is going to have to do even better."

Williams ran 20 times for 65 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards in the Week 5 win over Atlanta. He's averaging 3.1 yards per carry with two touchdowns this season.


Report: Giants' Rashad Jennings could miss 'few weeks' with MCL sprain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Giants running back Rashad Jennings told reporters he's dealing with a left MCL sprain, which could keep him out of action for a "few weeks," according to Newsday.

Jennings left Week 5 at home against the Falcons and was seen limping in the team's facility while wearing a brace on his left knee. He told reporters the injury will "definitely" not require surgery, according to the Wall Street Journal. Andre Williams will get the start Week 6 at Philadelphia if Jennings is unable to play.


Rashad Jennings injury opens door for Andre Williams


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/5/2014) Week 5 started out great for Giants running back Rashad Jennings. He was back carrying the load on offense after ceding a decent number of carries to rookie Andre Williams in a blowout win in Week 4, getting 12 of the Giants' first 14 backfield touches. The streak came to an abrupt end, though, when he left early in the third quarter with a sprained knee.

Though Jennings doesn't think he'll miss much time (he'll have an MRI Monday to confirm), I'd have some concerns about his role going forward. For the second straight week, Williams looked good in his absence. He had 65 yards on 20 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Giants leaned heavily on him in the fourth quarter, his bruising style helping them to a come-from-behind victory.

Provided he's healthy, Jennings won't disappear from the game plan, but at age 22, Williams is the team's future at the position. And if the future begins with a backfield platoon this year, Jennings would most likely lose must-start status in Fantasy.


Andre Williams performs well after replacing injured RB Week 5


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Giants rookie running back Andre Williams stepped up in a big way Week 5 vs. Atlanta after starting running back Rashad Jennings had to leave the game in the third quarter due to a sprained knee. 

Williams helped the Giants rally from a 10-point second-half deficit and finished with a team-high 65 rushing yards on 20 carries during a 30-20 win.

Williams, who had two catches for 18 yards, brought the Giants within a field goal at 20-17 with 2:05 left in the third quarter with his second career rushing touchdown on a 3-yard carry. Both of his touchdowns have come in the last two games.

Williams would likely start Week 6 at Philadelphia, if Jennings has to miss any time. Jennings is headed for an MRI Monday.


Andre Williams could surprise again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/30/2014) Though I don't know that he's ready for a platoon role, believing his strong showing Week 4 at Washington happened mainly because the Giants saw fit to rest their starting running back in a blowout, rookie Andre Williams has the perfect matchup to make the most of whatever opportunities he gets Week 5 against Atlanta. The Falcons rank 28th against the run, allowing 153.5 yards per game, and have given up nine touchdowns on the ground, four more than any other team.

Even better, they've been sort of the magic elixir for running back tandems this season. Not only did the Vikings' Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon both have big games against them last week, the former rushing for 78 yards and three touchdowns and the latter rushing for 135 yards, but the Bengals' Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill both had big games against them in Week 2, the former rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown and the latter rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Of the two lead CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, Jamey Eisenberg ranks Williams the highest for this week, placing him 28th among running backs, so we're talking little more than an emergency flex option in standard 12-team leagues. Still, you wouldn't be completely out of your mind to play him coming off last week's performance.


Prioritizing running backs on the waiver wire


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The running back position has been a tough one to pin down for Fantasy owners this season, with so many big names struggling -- if they aren't out of action entirely. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to hit on your waiver-wire pickups. Jamey Eisenberg's top waiver-wire targets at the running back position are as follows:

The Vikings' Jerick McKinnon, The Ravens' Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro, the Browns' Isaiah Crowell and the Texans' Alfred Blue. Additionally, Andre Williams of the Giants, Darrin Reaves of the Panthers and Denard Robinson of the Jaguars are mentioned as possible options worth targeting.

If you need a roster spot, consider dropping Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams and Darren McFadden this week. 


Andre Williams' increased role likely a one-week situation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) With the Giants up big and Rashad Jennings coming off a 34-carry game, the Giants opted to give backup Andre Williams some extra work in Week 4. He responded with 66 yards and a touchdown, but Fantasy owners probably should not expect the same type of production moving forward.

In Week 3, Williams played just 23 percent of the team's snaps, a number that had declined in every week prior to Thursday's game. The fact that the game was played on Thursday likely played a big part in Williams' increased role, as Jennings was just three days removed from his big workload. The Giants will likely be willing to run Jennings out there more often moving forward, especially with how well he is playing.

That Williams was able to take advantage of his increased role is a good sign for his future, but that future still leaves him as more of a handcuff for Jennings. Though, potentially a very good one, if needed. 


Andre Williams takes advantage of playing time


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Giants running back Andre Williams took advantage of extra playing time Thursday. 

The Giants went up big pretty early, allowing Williams to get more carries than expected. He toted the rock 15 times for 66 yards. Both figures led the team. Williams also found the end zone late in the contest. With New York up 38-14, Williams plunged in a 1 yard score with 6:20 remaining. 

Williams will take on the Falcons Week 5. 


Report: Andre Williams could have bigger role Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Giants rookie running back Andre Williams might be more involved in the gameplan Thursday at Washington, reports ESPN.com. That's because starter Rashad Jennings is coming off a career-high 34 carries Week 3 against Houston.

With the short turnaround for Jennings, the team is monitoring him closely, the report said. Williams has received 19 carries in three games, producing just 39 yards (2.1 ypc).


Rashad Jennings continuing to push Andre Williams out


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) The Giants drafted Andre Williams in the fourth round last June with the hopes that he would be able to push newly-signed Rashad Jennings for the starting role as a rookie. After three weeks, however, Jennings' job seems as safe as can be, given how little Williams has done.

Williams put up another subpar performance in Week 3 against the Texans Sunday, and now has just 39 yards on 19 carries, with a long run of just 5 yards. Jennings, on the other hand, ranks third in the NFL with 286 yards, and has doubled Williams' yards-per-carry average behind the same line.

The Giants have responded to the disparity in the duo's performance by adjusting their roles in the offense. Williams has gone from playing 30 percent of the snaps in the opener to 26 and 23 percent in the last two games. Unless Jennings gets hurt, there is little reason to think this pattern will reverse.

Williams is still owned in 49 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, and has little value beyond serving as a handcuff for Jennings, who missed just one game a year ago.