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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%: 77/30 | Average Draft Position: 112.22
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Giants release final injury report for Week 17 against the Eagles


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Giants running back Andre Williams is dealing with a shoulder injury and listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Williams was limited in practice all week after rushing 26 times for 110 yards in Week 16 against the Rams.

The other running back in New York of interest, Rashad Jennings, was limited in practice all week with an ankle injury and is listed as probable.

Jennings missed Week 16 with the injury. 

Linebacker Devon Kennard (toe) will be out after missing practice all week and linebackers Paul Hazel (hamstring) and Jameel McClain (knee) are both probable.

The Giants are currently 2 1/2-point favorites against Philadelphia for Sunday's game.


Giants RB Rashad Jennings returns to practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Giants running back Rashad Jennings, who sat out Week 16 with an ankle injury, returned to practice Wednesday ahead of the season finale against the Eagles. Jennings has been a non-factor since Week 13 when he ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns against Jacksonville.

If Jennings can play, he'll mix in with rookie Andre Williams. The Giants are 3-point home favorites Sunday.


Andre Williams showing more ability


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2014) Carrying the load for the third straight game with Rashad Jennings sidelined by an ankle injury Week 16 at St. Louis, Giants rookie running back Andre Williams delivered his second 100-yard effort during that stretch, picking up 110 yards on 26 carries. Of course, just like in Week 14, it wasn't the steadiest performance. He had a 50-yard run in that one en route to a career-best 131 yards. He had a 45-yard run en route to his 110 yards in this one.

But that's true for most 100-yard rushing performances. The best backs break long runs occasionally, which makes up for all the 2- and 3-yard gains in between. It's easy to discount Williams' performance because of a long run here or a long run there because he's been so bad on a per-carry basis this season (take that 45-yard run away, and he averaged only 2.6 yards per carry -- oh noes!), but the fact is those long runs count, too. And he barreled over a couple of tacklers to complete it, which was nice to see.

Because Williams is short on receiving ability, his numbers don't look so great when he doesn't break a long run, but with all the carries he's getting now, his chances are better than not of breaking one. He's worth starting in standard leagues Week 17 against Philadelphia.


Rookie RB Andre Williams punishes Rams in Week 16


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Giants rookie running back Andre Williams powered his way to 110 yards on 26 carries in Sunday's win at St. Louis. Williams (5-11, 230) showed his brute strength on a 45-yard run in the third quarter when he ran over Rams safety Rodney McLeod.

This was Williams' second 100-yard game during his team's three-game win streak.

Williams handled the bulk of the carries with Rashad Jennings out with an ankle injury. With Jennings iffy for Week 17, Williams could get another big workload against the Eagles.


Giants RB Rashad Jennings gets the red-light for Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Giants running back Rashad Jennings (ankle) was unable to practice this week and was officially ruled out for Week 16 against St. Louis, per the team's final injury report. Rookie Andre Williams will earn the start in the place of Jennings.

New York is a 6.5-point road underdog on Sunday.


Giants RB Rashad Jennings sitting out as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Giants running back Rashad Jennings (ankle) missed another practice Thursday as the team prepared for Sunday's game against the Rams. It's unclear if Jennings will even travel with the team to St. Louis, reports The Star-Ledger.

Rookie Andre Williams will start if Jennings can't go. Williams has run for 568 yards and six touchdowns, but averages 3.2 yards per carry.


'Pretty slim' chance Giants RB Rashad Jennings plays Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Giants running back Rashad Jennings (ankle) expects to sit out practice Thursday for the second straight day, and his chances of playing Sunday at St. Louis are "pretty slim," reports ESPN.com. Rookie Andre Williams would start in Jennings' place. He's carried 42 times for 175 yards and a touchdown the past two weeks.

The website expects Orleans Darkwa to back up Williams and possibly play on passing downs.

Jennings reinjured his sprained right ankle on the first play from scrimmage Week 15. He's been a non-factor since the Nov. 30 loss at Jacksonville.

The Giants are 5-point underdogs at most Vegas sportsbooks.


Andre Williams flops in encore


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Giants running back Andre Williams failed to impress in Week 15 against Washington, as Rashad Jennings continues to deal with an ankle injury.

Williams rushed for just 44 yards on 18 carries Sunday, his second game averaging 3.0 or fewer yards per carry over the last three. Of course, he also had 131 yards and a touchdown last week, so there's at least some evidence he can be a useful Fantasy option when given the chance.

Ultimately, Williams' track record as a rookie is mostly mediocre. He is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry on 176 carries, and had averaging more than 4.5 yards per carry in just one game. However, running backs who get nearly 20 touches in a game are hard enough to come by that he could be worth starting in Week 16, even with a tough matchup against the Rams on the way. 


Giants' Williams fills in for injured Jennings again Week 15


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Giants running back Andre Williams paced the rushing attack again Week 15 against the Redskins, as Rashad Jennings left Sunday's game early in the first quarter with an ankle injury and never returned.

Williams finished with a team-high 44 rushing yards on 18 carries, with his longest rush going 6 yards. He added one catch for 9 yards, but he was targeted four times in a 24-13 win.

The Giants are back in action Week 16 at St. Louis.


Giants' Coughlin: Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams will both get work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Friday Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams will both get work Sunday against the Redskins, per the Star-Ledger. Dan Graziano of ESPN reports that Jennings' ankle isn't fully recovered and is likely to limit his workload on Sunday.

Jennings has carried the ball 156 times for 603 yards and four touchdowns this season. Williams has 524 yards and six touchdowns on the ground on 158 carries.


Andre Williams thrives with Rashad Jennings limited


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/7/2014) Here's something you haven't heard before: Giants running back Andre Williams was awesome filling in for Rashad Jennings Week 14 at Tennessee. In no shortage of opportunities prior to Week 14, the rookie had been mostly a dud, but he finally showed the ability that had the Fantasy Football world so excited about him coming into the season, piling up 131 yards on 24 carries.

Of course, 50 of those yards came on a single carry -- a pitch that he bobbled at first before finding a hole and speeding past the secondary for a touchdown -- but he showed vision and burst on the play. It wasn't a run just anyone would have pulled off. Also encouraging was the fact he averaged 3.5 yards per carry apart from that run, which doesn't sound all that impressive, but compared to his 2.9 yards per carry entering the game, it was a big step forward.

Unlike Weeks 6-10, when he was contending with a sprained knee, Jennings wasn't inactive for this one, but he was clearly limited by an ankle injury, getting just three touches. He should be healthier for Week 15 against Washington, but after the way Williams performed in this one, he may not have the backfield all to himself. Assuming good health, Jennings is still the preferred option to Williams in Fantasy, but the Giants backfield could become like the Browns' to close out the season.


Giants' Williams records first 100-yard outing in Week 14 rout


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) With running back Rashad Jennings hobbled by an ankle injury, the Giants leaned on running back Andre Williams in Week 14 at Tennessee. The rookie responded in a big way with a career performance during a 36-7 rout.

Williams rushed for a career-high 131 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries. It was the first 100-yard rushing performance of his career. Williams added three catches for 16 yards.

Williams recorded his sixth rushing touchdown of the season with a 50-yard score early in the third quarter. Williams actually bobbled a pitch to the left side on a third-and-1 play, but after he secured the football, he dodged a few tackles and outran the defense to the end zone.

The Giants are back in action Week 15 vs. Washington. Williams had his first career touchdown against Washington in Week 4.


More good than bad for Rashad Jennings owners


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2014) The good news is that after forfeiting carries to rookie Andre Williams Week 12 against Dallas, including at the goal line, Rashad Jennings was definitively the Giants' go-to running back Week 13 at Jacksonville, rushing 26 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns, with one of those touchdowns coming inside the 5-yard line.

The bad news is that his last carry came with about 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. He suffered an ankle injury and was unable to return in what ended up being a one-point loss for the Giants.

Early reports say the injury isn't serious and that Jennings should be able to return for Week 14 at Tennessee. You'll obviously want to keep an eye on his progress over the course of the week, but now that he appears to have distanced himself from Williams again, his health should be only reason you think twice about starting him.

Certainly when he's been in the lineup, he's performed like a must-start Fantasy running back, and he could be in for big numbers again vs. the league's 32nd-ranked run defense.


Williams finishes out game for Giants after Jennings injured Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Giants running back Andre Williams rushed for 21 yards on eight carries during a 25-24 loss Week 13 at Jacksonville. His longest rush went 11 yards, and he added two catches for 16 yards.

Williams finished Sunday's game as the Giants' lead back since starter Rashad Jennings suffered an ankle injury early in the fourth quarter. Jennings had a team-high 91 rushing yards and two touchdowns before getting hurt.

If Jennings is out Week 14 at Tennessee, Williams is likely to start in his absence. Williams started earlier this season when Jennings missed four games due to a knee injury.


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.