Sitting behind Carlos Hyde and Tim Hightower on the depth chart, Williams isn't going to see any immediate playing time, but he's going to be worth a stash in deeper leagues given Hyde's injury history and Hightower's age. Furthermore, any middle-round pick new HC Kyle Shanahan makes needs to be monitored. Williams is a more physical runner than his size (5-11, 210) might indicate, and it is very possible Shanahan sees this Utah Ute as his new Tevin Coleman, although he has work to do as a receiver. Still, with the issues Hyde and Hightower (one-year contract as well) have, Williams is a dark-horse candidate to be a lead back in San Fran by 2018.
.....or mid-late 2017.
Firstly, these write-ups you do are excellent, Guru. On behalf of all of us, thank you.
Secondly, there is occasionally an overlooked draftee that screams out at me as having that "it" factor, from a FF standpoint, of course. It was David Johnson a couple of years ago (admittedly, perhaps just a lucky hit), and this year it is Joe Williams. Yes, he has his challenges.....some of which you already mentioned. In fact, he quit on his team last year, only to return when other backs started dropping. And return he did.....1400 yards in 9 games with 6.7 ypc.
I watch a ton of college ball (much more than I should), and see a lot of immense talent. However, every once and a while some guy jumps outta the screen at me. Sometimes, it is someone that others are just ho-hum about....which is the perfect scenario in FF.
Heck, he may turn out to be a schlub. I'm no pro scout. Yes, he is in SF with a couple of suitable RB's ahead of him. Yes, he lost 5 fumbles last year as a Ute. Nevertheless, I can't help but think, with some solid coaching & a couple of breaks, that this guy is gonna win some FF championships.....maybe as early as this year. Remember, Arians held DJ back as a rookie, although he was obviously the best RB they had, because he had to "pay his rookie dues". Kyle Shanny is no Bruce Arians.
I am not gonna break down his game for you. There is plenty of write-ups and film. In short, I will simply assert that he is a football player...the real deal. Remember the name: Joe Williams