It was a down Fantasy year for Williams in large part due to a decrease in volume. Williams finished with just the 29th-most touches per game at RB and the 44th-most points per game in PPR formats (37th-most in non-PPR). It is believed he'll open the preseason as a solid handcuff for explosive back D'Andre Swift, but the Lions could go in another direction or add a third member to the run game to minimize Williams' effectiveness. Williams will probably be a late-round pick in all drafts, but he wouldn't sniff a Fantasy lineup unless/until Swift misses playing time.
Williams should retain a decent-sized early-down role in his 2nd season with Detroit. There’s just not much upside to chase here, especially in PPR formats. D’Andre Swift returns to handle the bulk of the backfield receptions. And Jared Goff’s WR corps is much improved from 2021.
It leaves Williams as a low-end FLEX with fill-in RB2 appeal should Swift miss more time.
Williams signed with Detroit prior to last season and immediately stepped in as a situational back behind D'Andre Swift. The two were active together for 10 games and though they were about even in carries those weeks, Swift played 197 more snaps (413 to 216) and saw 42 more targets (64 to 22). Whereas Swift was fourth among RBs in fantasy points those weeks, Williams was 30th. Williams has generally averaged 10-to-11 touches per game throughout his career and that's what we should expect in 2022. Barring a major Swift injury, the 27-year-old is a long shot for his first career top-30 fantasy campaign.