DeAngelo Williams' Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 15

Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIIDecember 15, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 08:  Running back DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers runs to escape the defense of Curtis Lofton #50 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 8, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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DeAngelo Williams made his fantasy owners happy with an impressive Week 15 outing. Regardless, you shouldn’t overreact to his big day against the New York Jets and their best rushing defense in the league.

Williams was excellent against the Jets en route to a final stat line of 168 total yards and a score, but that output is merely fool's gold. The rushing yards are nice (especially considering the opponent), but a huge chunk of his yardage came on this 72-yard touchdown reception: 

If you’re lucky enough to be advancing through the fantasy playoffs, you may be scouring the waiver wire looking for a hidden gem. DeAngelo Williams is not that gem.

At least, not for next week.

Despite being a member of the Carolina Panthers’ eighth-ranked rushing offense, Williams has not put up great numbers, and he hasn’t been a very good fantasy option (except for Week 15).

Williams only has one game over 12 fantasy points in 2013.
Williams only has one game over 12 fantasy points in 2013.ESPN

He’s gone over 100 rushing yards only once, and he has not one but two touchdown vultures on his team in Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert.

Panthers Rushing Touchdowns
Cam Newton6
Mike Tolbert4
DeAngelo Williams2

In addition, you shouldn’t be tempted by his impressive receiving numbers from Week 15. Most of them came on the aforementioned 72-yard reception, and he hasn’t been involved in the Carolina passing game (only 29 targets on the year).

Lastly, Williams faces a New Orleans Saints defense in Week 16 that has been fairly strong against the run and ranks as the 13th-worst fantasy matchup for running backs, according to Yahoo! Sports.

In his Week 14 encounter with the Saints, Williams accumulated only 63 total yards and no touchdowns, and there are no signs that he’ll do much better against New Orleans next week.

Week 15’s output was a nice bonus, but don’t fall for the allure of one phenomenal game. Williams should stay on your bench next week.