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Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams faces the Denver Broncos in Week 18. He was impressive in the Week 17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, rushing 14 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns while catching all three of his targets for 19 yards. Denver ranks 22nd in rush DVOA, and Williams is expected to lead the Chiefs backfield, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire not expected to play in Saturday's game. Kansas City has to beat Denver and will need the Titans to lose to Houston for a shot at the No.1 seed. Williams has always filled admirably and should be a popular play with his $7,000 FanDuel price tag in Saturday's main two-game slate.
The Cincinnati Bengals placed running back Joe Mixon (illness) on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday, and he will miss Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals have a chance for the No. 1 seed but need help from other teams to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Mixon finishes the 2021 season with 1,205 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns while catching 42 passes for 314 yards and three scores over 16 games. Samaje Perine will lead the Bengals backfield with Mixon out and is considered a mid-range RB2 against the Browns in Week 18.
The Cleveland Browns defense was quiet in a 26-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17. Cleveland managed just two sacks and forced one turnover, an interception to close out the first half. Both sacks came courtesy of Jadeveon Clowney, who also was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for throwing Chase Claypool's shoe following a tackle. Cleveland's defense draws a tough home matchup against a sizzling Cincinnati Bengals offense in Week 18.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw three touchdowns in a Week 17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Dak attempted 38 passes, completing 24 of them for 226 yards and the three scores. He did not throw an interception, but did fumble three times, including losing a costly one in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys were trying to crawl back into the game. Prescott ran the ball five times for 20 yards, making him the team's leading rusher in a game the running backs just could not get any room to run. It wasn't a particularly great game for Prescott, but fantasy managers won't be upset about the three touchdowns he threw.
Miami Dolphins running back Duke Johnson had 35 rushing attempts over his last two games coming into Week 17. That being said, Johnson was expected to continue having a significant role in the offense. However, that was exactly the case as he rushed seven times for 49 yards in the loss to the Tennessee Titans. Johnson also added two receptions for 16 yards through the air in this game. It was actually a decent performance from Johnson, but it's tough to have consistent value in a three-back committee. That being said, Johnson is only going to be a desperation deep league option for the Week 18 matchup against the New England Patriots.