- Running Back #1: Damien Williams
- Running Back #2: Darwin Thompson
- Running Back #3: LeSean McCoy
- Running Back #4: Spencer Ware
The Kansas City Chiefs have a strong running game, led by their running backs. Who are these talented players? Read on to find out!
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Running Back #1: Damien Williams
Damien Williams is currently the starting running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. He is a very versatile player and can be used in a variety of ways. Williams is a good runner and receiver out of the backfield. He also has good vision and can find holes to run through.
Williams’ career with the Chiefs
Damien Williams is a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.
Williams has also been a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals.
In his six seasons with the Chiefs, Williams has amassed 2,315 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on 455 carries, as well as 1,213 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 153 receptions.
Williams’ production in 2019
While Williams may not have been the feature back for the entirety of the 2019 season, he was undoubtedly the most productive when given the opportunity. In total, Williams racked up 924 yards and seven touchdowns on 217 carries while adding another 536 yards and four touchdowns on 52 receptions. His catch percentage of 75.47 was the highest among all running backs with at least 50 targets, while his 2.14 receiving yards per target were second only to Austin Ekeler among backs with at least 40 targets.
Running Back #2: Darwin Thompson
Darwin Thompson was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 NFL Draft. He played college football at Utah State. As a running back, he is known for his speed and agility. He is also a good receiver out of the backfield.
Thompson’s career with the Chiefs
During his career with the Chiefs, Thompson has appeared in 27 games, starting in four of them. In those 27 games, he has rushed for 524 yards on 129 carries and six touchdowns. He has also caught 31 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns.
Thompson’s production in 2019
In his rookie season, Thompson saw significant playing time towards the end of the year, mainly due to Damien Williams’ absence due to injury. During that span, he had games of 44 and 45 rushing yards on 14 and 15 carries respectively, as well as a game where he turned five carries into 44 yards and a touchdown. He also had a fumble in the Chiefs’ Week 16 loss to the Chicago Bears. For the season, he finished with 62 carries for 246 yards and one touchdown, as well as 11 catches for 82 yards.
Running Back #3: LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy is a professional American football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pittsburgh.
McCoy’s career with the Chiefs
LeSean McCoy was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played his first four seasons with the Chiefs, before being released in 2014. He then spent two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. He was released by the 49ers after one season, and spent the 2017 season out of football. In 2018, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he currently plays.
McCoy’s production in 2019
McCoy racked up 1,267 scrimmage yards (987 rushing, 280 receiving) and eight touchdowns (six rushing, two receiving) on 243 touches for the Bills in 2019, his first season in Buffalo. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry (second in the NFL among qualified rushers) and hit double-digit fantasy points in nine of his 15 games. McCoy also ranked 11th among running backs in targets (77) and caught 36 of them for 280 yards, adding another layer of value in PPR scoring.
Running Back #4: Spencer Ware
Spencer Ware was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at LSU, and was considered one of the top running backs in the draft. He was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015, and has been their starter ever since. He is a powerful running back who can also catch the ball out of the backfield.
Ware’s career with the Chiefs
Spencer Ware was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was later waived by the Seahawks and claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs. Ware spent his first three seasons with the Chiefs primarily as a backup, but he became their starting running back midway through the 2016 season after an injury to Jamaal Charles. Ware had a breakout year in 2016, rushing for 921 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also had 33 receptions for 447 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Ware’s production in 2019
Spencer Ware was the Kansas City Chiefs’ primary running back in 2019, rushing for a career-high 992 yards on 246 carries (4.0 yards per carry) with five touchdowns. He also had 26 receptions for 247 yards (9.5 yards per reception) and one touchdown.