On Friday, Aaron Jones participated in his third straight day of practice, which is great news for the Packers who have a very important game in Week 12 against the Rams. But for Fantasy managers, things could get very uncomfortable in the Packers backfield if Jones does indeed return.
I have it projected that way in the projections below, with Jones as a mid-range No. 2 running back and Dillon as a borderline starter. But that projection doesn't properly reflect the uncertainty of the situation.
For one thing, we don't know exactly what Jones' workload will look like in his first game back. As we saw last week with Saquon Barkley, teams can limit their star backs in their first game back. Also, the lines between Jones and Dillon were getting a bit blurred before the injury.
In Week 8, Dillon had one more carry than Jones, who saw seven targets because Davante Adams was out. In Week 9, Jones had 12 carries to Dillon's eight, but Dillon saw two more targets. In other words, we wouldn't have a great deal of certainty about the roles for these backs even if both were 100%.
Let's get to the rest of the Week 12 RB Preview:
Week 12 RB Preview
The following players are not being projected to play Week 12 at this time. Here's what it means:
Numbers to know
- 5.5 -- Yards per carry for Tony Pollard this season, nearly a yard better than Ezekiel Elliott.
- 57% -- Snap share for Javonte Williams in his last game, a season-high.
- 219 -- Derrick Henry still leads the NFL with 219 carries.
- 20 -- Mark Ingram has averaged 20 touches per game the past two games that Alvin Kamara has missed.
- 63% -- Dontrell Hilliard led Titans running backs with a 63% snap share last week.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
TEN Tennessee • #40
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
It's still uncertain how the return of Jeremy McNichols and the departure of Adrian Peterson will affect Hilliard's role, but he currently looks like the best bet to lead the Titans backfield in Fantasy points.
Both Texans backs are in play this week against the Jets, but Johnson is the primary pass-catching back and that's where the Jets have been their most vulnerable.
SEA Seattle • #31
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Both Alex Collins and Rashaad Penny have struggled to stay healthy. It's not that hard to picture Dallas in a lead role during the Fantasy playoffs.
CAR Carolina • #22
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
The Dolphins have given up some monster performances to running backs this season. Hopefully Jonathan Taylor's emergence impacts McCaffrey's roster rate.
TB Tampa Bay • #7
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
I like Fournette both as a part of a stack with Tom Brady and without Brady, but with the Tampa Bay defense.
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