Karlos Williams
Karlos Williams
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Karlos Williams in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Released by the Steelers in March of 2017.
Gets another chance in NFL
RBFree Agent
February 21, 2019
Williams was conditionally reinstated from suspension by the NFL on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Williams scored nine touchdowns in 11 games as a rookie fifth-round pick for the Bills in 2015, but repeated violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy kept him out of the league the past three seasons aside from a stint on the Steelers' practice squad in 2016. He'll turn 26 in May and will be hoping for a mere opportunity to compete for a roster spot.
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How do Karlos Williams' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 1"
230 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.48 sec
Shuttle Time
4.46 sec
Cone Drill
7.16 sec
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
Broad Jump
117 in
Bench Press
16 reps
Hand Length
9.75 in
Arm Length
33.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
If you caught Williams on the right day, you’d wonder how anyone ever brings the guy down. In his rookie season with Buffalo, he riddled the Dolphins for 220 rushing yards and three TDs in their two meetings, averaging 10.5 a carry (and if anything, the tape was even more impressive). His other games weren’t to that level, but a 5.6 YPC always jumps off the page. Williams wasn’t used extensively as a receiver, but looked capable in that area when asked. That said, the second-year back has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Coupled with the fact the Bills weren't happy he showed up to summer workouts an far too gooey shape for the brass's liking, and Williams' value took about as much of a downturn as one not suffering from an injury might have. The Bills finally felt they had enough with Williams' lack of motivation and cut him in August.
Drafted by the Bills in the fifth round of this year's draft, Williams joins Buffalo on the heels of two productive campaigns at Florida State. Across his final two seasons in Tallahassee, Williams totaled 1,419 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 241 carries. At 6-1, 230 pounds, Williams' measurables figure to match well with coach Rex Ryan's noted preference for running between the tackles, and Florida State's pro-style offense also offers itself nicely toward Williams' transition to the NFL. Nonetheless, the presence of star running back LeSean McCoy and veterans Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown could limit Williams' involvement as a rookie, likely leaving his fantasy value best suited for dynasty formats. Williams' only path to immediate value seems to be Jackson getting cut (which did happen on August 31) and McCoy getting hurt. However, we'll note that Ryan really seems to like his new rookie.
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Suspended for at least a year
RBFree Agent
June 29, 2017
Williams has been suspended by the NFL for at least one year following a third violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, ESPN.com's Field Yates reports.
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Waived by Steelers
RBFree Agent
March 9, 2017
Williams, who the Steelers had signed to a reserve/future contract, has been waived, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Signs with Steelers after suspension lifted
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 23, 2017
Williams' 10-game suspension was rescinded Tuesday, after which the Steelers signed the running back to a reserve/future contract, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Suspension on tap
RBFree Agent
November 23, 2016
Williams reportedly will be suspended for 10 games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
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Could be promoted
RBFree Agent
November 11, 2016
Williams could be promoted from the Steelers' practice squad for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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