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Derrick Williams | Forward | #22

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 245
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (2) / MIN
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Derrick Williams started on Sunday sans Luke Babbitt (illness), but hit just 1-of-5 shots on his way to two points, three boards, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes.
Through 11 games as a starter this season, Williams has compiled forgettable averages of 6.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and not much else over 16.7 minutes per contest, so this is just a reminder to not get too excited when Williams earns starts. Leave him on the wire. Jan 8 - 6:28 PM

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Derrick Williams and Wayne Ellington will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Clippers, with both Josh Richardson (foot) and Luke Babbitt (illness) unavailable.

Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder and Hassan Whiteside will join Ellington and Williams in the starting five, with Willie Reed shifting to the bench. Through 10 games as a starter, Williams has only averaged 16.3 minutes per game, so he's not a great option in most leagues tonight despite the increased opportunity. On the other hand, James Johnson should be able to flirt with 30-plus minutes off the bench, so he's the guy you want to target in DFS with Miami banged up.

Derrick Williams was a DNP-CD on Thursday against the Hornets.

This is not surprising at all. Coach Erik Spoelstra will likely be mixing and matching with Williams and Luke Babbitt, but obviously it doesn't matter much in the fantasy world.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 10:12:00 PM

Derrick Williams will move back to the bench for Thursday against the Hornets.

It was somewhat surprising to see Williams get a start on Tuesday, but it wasn't surprising to see him play 15 minutes. Coach Erik Spoelstra should have enough to go nine deep without Williams, so he may not play tonight.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 06:22:00 PM

Derrick Williams started at power forward on Tuesday vs. the Thunder and scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting.

He played well in 15 minutes, so we're not sure why coach Erik Spoelstra didn't leave him in. He added two rebounds, one steal and a triple, and he's worth keeping an eye on with the news that Josh McRoberts (foot) will be out indefinitely. For now, he can be left on the wire in standard leagues.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 10:42:00 PM

Derrick Williams will start on Tuesday night vs. the Thunder.

With Tuesday's news that Josh McRoberts (foot) would be sidelined indefinitely, many of the Heat beat writers assumed that Luke Babbitt would get inserted into the starting lineup. However, Williams draws the start, for at least one game. Williams has appeared in just two of Miami's last five games, playing a total of 10 minutes. McRoberts was playing under 17 minutes a night the last few weeks, despite starting. Thus, Williams fantasy value will likely be similarly capped even if he keeps the starting gig. He can be left on the wire for now.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 06:55:00 PM

Derrick Williams scored a season-high 17 points against the Cavs on Friday, adding one rebound, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes.

This is a garbage-time special, but Williams was in the game during the first quarter. He was a DNP-CD last weekend when the Heat really needed another body, so Williams' playing time will be a mystery. At best, he'll only have value in deep leagues until Justise Winslow (wrist) can return.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 10:36:00 PM

Derrick Williams was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

That's cold. Williams was available to play, but coach Erik Spoelstra just went with other guys. Williams may get playing time another day, but this has to sting with only eight guys playing tonight.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 01:12:00 AM

Derrick Williams (back) will play against the Blazers on Saturday.

He was listed as questionable and is good to go for tonight. Williams was losing minutes to guys like James Johnson, but he should get playing time tonight due to the depth issues at forward. Even if he starts, he'll be a risky option in almost any league.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 02:46:00 PM

Derrick Williams (back spasms) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

He said earlier that he was hopeful to play, so that's good news for a Heat team that's not expecting Luke Babbitt to play. If D-Will is ultimately ruled out, James Johnson and Josh McRoberts will hold down the fort at PF.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 10:04:00 PM

Derrick Williams (back spasms) is hopeful he will able to play Saturday in Portland.

The Heat announced prior to Thursday's game that Williams would be unavailable due to back spasms that ultimately were confirmed as the reasons he also had been held out of Wednesday's victory over the Nuggets. Williams said that in addition to the back spasms, he also is dealing with shoulder and neck pain. "Kind of right before the [Denver] game, actually, just warming up kind of just made the wrong movement and it just stiffened up on me," he said. However, Williams is hopeful of being in uniform Saturday. Miami may only have nine healthy players.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 10:28:00 AM

Derrick Williams, who has fallen out of the Heat rotation recently, is in the locker room with back spasms on Thursday night, according to the broadcast team.

Williams got a DNP-CD in his last game and lost his starting job to Luke Babbitt recently. Babbitt was also injured tonight (hip flexor), so red-hot Wayne Ellington got the start in the second half. Ellington's the pickup here, along with James Johnson. Ellington led the Heat in the first half with 14 points and two 3-pointers after scoring 22 and nine points in each of his previous two games. Johnson had 10 points at the half and has been playing well, and both are worth a close look with the Heat down to just seven healthy players right now.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 10:26:00 PM

Derrick Williams started and hit 5-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes on Saturday.

Williams has started in four straight games, but has a high of just 18 minutes in those games. Tonight's line was his best as a starter, but the fact Justise Winslow was out and Williams could manage no more than 17 minutes is a concern. Just keep an eye on him in case he gets a minutes bump in the near future.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 10:38:00 PM

Derrick Williams started again on Tuesday but hit just 3-of-8 shots in 15 minutes to finish with six points, one rebound, one assist and one steal in a 93-90 loss to the Hawks.

Williams had a great opportunity with Justise Winslow (wrist) and Goran Dragic (ankle) out, but couldn't muster much of anything. He looks like the starting PF for the foreseeable future, but he's been invisible in two straight starts, so he's not worth using in any format right now. He is, however, worth keeping an eye on in case he suddenly gets it going, which is not out of the question.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 10:10:00 PM

Derrick Williams started at power forward on Monday, but played just 16 minutes and finished with five points, one rebound and one steal, hitting just 2-of-6 shots.

Williams could have some fantasy value down the road if he continues to start, but tonight was mostly a disaster. Just monitor his role and production going forward in case he happens to stick in the starting unit and gets hot.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 11:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Justise Winslow
2Rodney McGruder
3Okaro White
PF1Josh McRoberts
2James Johnson
3Derrick Williams
4Luke Babbitt
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Willie Reed
3Udonis Haslem