Kyren Williams’ Dynasty Value | Fantasy Outlook, Ranking, and More

Kyren Williams' dynasty value is soaring after a breakout season in 2023. Should dynasty managers capitalize on this sell-high window?

Perhaps no player in recent memory has gone from virtually off the fantasy football radar after his first full NFL season to a bona fide top-10 dynasty asset at the RB position quite like Kyren Williams.

Williams has easily become one of the most polarizing players in all of fantasy football. Some managers believe he’s a one-hit wonder who you should attempt to sell high on immediately.

Others believe his 2023 campaign foreshadows future fantasy dominance at the position in this Los Angeles Rams offense. Then there are managers who remain neutral — optimistic but with a touch of skepticism — about his breakout year.

How should dynasty managers value Williams heading into the 2024 NFL season?

Kyren Williams’ Dynasty Outlook

If you watched Williams in this Rams offense in 2022, then you would have very little reason to believe his 2023 explosion was within the range of outcomes.

His 139 yards on just 35 carries his rookie season left very little room for optimism as a big contributor in this Los Angeles offense. Williams’ profile as a prospect coming out of the University of Notre Dame, combined with his lack of involvement during his first year in the pros, certainly put him completely off the fantasy radar heading into his sophomore campaign.

Of course, the disappointing 2022 version of the Rams’ offense wasn’t exactly anything to write home about, which made this unit an interesting group heading into this season.

Many believed RB Cam Akers was finally set to live up to his fantasy potential after a strong finish to the 2022 campaign and looked like the leading man heading into the year. Well, it took a total of one game from Williams to convince head coach Sean McVay and the organization to part ways with Akers, and the rest is history.

To give you an idea of how great Williams was last year, he trailed only San Francisco 49ers’ RB Christian McCaffrey in fantasy points per game in full-PPR formats.

Speaking of McCaffrey, Williams was the only running back in the NFL with more total touches — carries and receptions — on a per-game basis than CMC. For some exact figures, Williams averaged 21.7 touches per game to McCaffrey’s 21.2.

Pure volume was far from the only reason Williams was an elite fantasy producer in 2023.

No player averaged more broken tackles per game than Williams last season. So, when you combine that stat with his 791 rushing yards before contact in 2023– which trailed only McCaffrey — with his ability to make people miss consistently, you have the recipe for a fantasy star.

His 1,350 total yards and 15 total touchdowns in just 12 games last year have him in elite territory.

The real question dynasty managers want to know is whether or not this was a one-year wonder or a preview of things to come.

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The answer is unclear, but it is very hard to imagine a scenario where McVay wants to look in a different direction heading into next season, given the overwhelming amount of production he has gotten from Williams in 2023.

Williams topped the century mark on the ground, handled 20+ carries, and caught a minimum of three passes in half of his games last season. Those are elite usage metrics by any standard.

However, that usage hasn’t come at the expense of his efficiency. Williams averaged a staggering 5.02 yards per carry (YPC) in his second NFL season. McCaffrey was the only other running back with a 5+ YPC mark, with 200+ opportunities on the ground last year.

Williams should be considered a top-10 running back in dynasty formats. Quite frankly, I’m having a really hard time not putting him in my top five. His role in this Rams offense should be secure, barring any unforeseen changes this offseason.

If you aren’t a believer in Williams’ prospect profile or simply like to sell young running backs after a big season to collect future assets due to the volatility of the RB position, then, by all means, sell high. Your return on investment should be massive right now.

However, Williams has shown us fantasy brilliance at the age of 23 with two years left on his rookie deal in an offense that has proven they can produce league-winners at the RB position. Williams was exactly that in 2023. I would need a massive haul to move off of Williams in dynasty formats.

Williams’ Dynasty Ranking

Williams skyrocketed up the dynasty rankings this 2023 season and now finds himself in the top-10 conversation at the RB position in half-PPR scoring formats.

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1) Bijan Robinson | ATL
2) Breece Hall | NYJ
3) Jahmyr Gibbs | DET
4) Christian McCaffrey | SF
5) Jonathan Taylor | IND
6) Kyren Williams | LAR
7) Travis Etienne Jr. | JAX
8) Saquon Barkley | NYG
9) Rachaad White | TB
10) Isiah Pacheco | KC
11) James Cook | BUF
12) De’Von Achane | MIA
13) Kenneth Walker III | SEA
14) Alvin Kamara | NO
15) Javonte Williams | DEN
16) Tyjae Spears | TEN
17) Josh Jacobs | LV
18) Austin Ekeler | LAC
19) D’Andre Swift | PHI
20) Tony Pollard | DAL

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Should You Trade Williams for D’Andre Swift?

No offense to D’Andre Swift, but his situation is far too uncertain to trust to part ways with Williams. Swift is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and there is no guarantee his situation will improve with a new team over the one he had with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2023.

I would not trade Williams for Swift in dynasty leagues.

Should You Trade Williams for Jonathan Taylor?

This one is interesting because Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Taylor has secured a contract extension and should be in line to be the feature back alongside a dual-threat QB in Anthony Richardson for the next few years.

Once Taylor got up to speed, he flashed some of his RB1 ability before suffering a thumb injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers late in the year. Both players are set up to succeed in 2024, but I still have Taylor a bit higher because I’m very optimistic about the future of this offense in Indy.

We also know that Taylor is a proven bell-cow back. Williams was great last season but did miss four games due to an injury and he’s listed at just 194 pounds. There is just a bit more security with Taylor’s size and a similar fantasy ceiling, which has me leaning toward going with Taylor over Williams at this moment.

Yes, I would trade Williams for Taylor in dynasty formats.

Should You Trade Williams for Jaylen Waddle?

An elite WR prospect like Jaylen Waddle is always going to be intriguing to acquire over a young RB without quality draft capital. Despite taking a bit of a step back in 2023, Waddle’s resume of production over his first three years has been solid, with 70+ receptions and 1,000+ yards in all three seasons.

Waddle has one more year remaining on his rookie deal before the team needs to decide on his fifth-year option, while Williams is under contract with the Rams through 2025.

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Waddle’s role in this Miami offense alongside Tyreek Hill is secure, but the presence of Hill does lower his fantasy ceiling by a fair margin. Williams, on the other hand, was unleashed at a league-winning type level in 2023.

If you are playing the long game and trying to retool for the future, I would deal with Williams for Waddle. Yet, if you are a contender looking to win your league in 2024, then I would prioritize Williams over Waddle.

With the fantasy football season behind us, why not start preparing for your rookie drafts with our dynasty rookie rankings? Additionally, as you look to improve your team heading into 2024, our dynasty trade calculator can help you find the perfect deal to boost your championship chances.

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