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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%.

Most likely, I'll start Jones or Dillon in just about every league I have them. Same goes for Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, with Hunt expected back in Week 12.

Let's get to the rest of the Week 12 RB Preview:

Week 12 RB Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 12 at this time. Here's what it means:

Who's Out
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NYJ N.Y. Jets • #32
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
We expect Tevin Coleman to handle a majority of the rushing work and Ty Johnson to play more on passing downs.
PHI Philadelphia • #24
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Miles Sanders and Boston Scott should see a boost
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Numbers to know
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that Matter
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CHI Chicago • #32
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET CHI -3 O/U 41.5
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
13.9
RB RNK
7th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
430
REC
9
REYDS
75
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.9
NO New Orleans • #14
Age: 31 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -6 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
5th
PROJ PTS
10.4
RB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
499
REC
24
REYDS
156
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.1
HOU Houston • #31
Age: 29 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ HOU -2.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
32nd
PROJ PTS
10.8
RB RNK
30th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
137
REC
26
REYDS
198
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.4
DEN Denver • #33
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -2.5 O/U 48
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
9.4
RB RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
514
REC
24
REYDS
136
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.9
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 12 Adds
TEN Tennessee • #40
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -6.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS RB
22nd
RB RNK
28th
ROSTERED
31%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
35
REC
8
REYDS
47
TD
0
FPTS/G
8.1
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.
HOU Houston • #31
Age: 29 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ HOU -2.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
32nd
RB RNK
30th
ROSTERED
55%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
137
REC
26
REYDS
198
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.4
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.
Stash
SEA Seattle • #31
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS WAS -1 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
15th
RB RNK
NR
ROSTERED
5%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
60
REC
9
REYDS
72
TD
1
FPTS/G
2.8
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.
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DFS Plays
Top Play
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CAR Carolina • #22
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA CAR -2 O/U 42
OPP VS RB
17th
PROJ PTS
21
RB RNK
1st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
407
REC
37
REYDS
343
TD
2
FPTS/G
20.7
The Dolphins have given up some monster performances to running backs this season. Hopefully Jonathan Taylor's emergence impacts McCaffrey's roster rate.
Contrarian Play
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TB Tampa Bay • #7
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND TB -3 O/U 52.5
OPP VS RB
2nd
PROJ PTS
16.4
RB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
521
REC
44
REYDS
323
TD
4
FPTS/G
15.2
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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Heath's Projections

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