Ripkowski finished the 2017 season with five carries for 13 yards and seven receptions for 39 yards in 16 games. Ripkowski accumulated 196 yards and three touchdowns on 43 touches the season before, so it seemed he would be more involved in the offense in 2017 than he actually was. However, the Packers got better usage out of their running backs than they did the year before, so Ripkowski was limited almost exclusively to blocking duty and special teams work. His reputation made him a first alternate for this year's Pro Bowl, but his 12 touches in 2017 mean he will head into 2018 without any realistic fantasy value.
Ripkowski did not record a carry nor a catch in Sunday's 26-20 overtime victory versus the Buccaneers. Ripkowski had at least one touch in four straight games entering Sunday's contest, but with Jamaal Williams dominating the backfield work and Aaron Jones returning in action, Ripkowski was back in a fullback-only role for Week 13. As long as Williams and Jones remain healthy, expect Ripkowski to continue working solely as a fullback the rest of the way.
Ripkowski had one carry for four yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. Ripkowski did not do anything notable from a fantasy perspective, but he was the only running back besides Jamaal Williams to see the field Sunday night, as fellow ball carrier Devante Mays served only as insurance. Ripkowski could work in a similar role in Week 13 if Ty Montgomery (ribs) remains sidelined, but in that scenario, Williams would still figure to dominate the backfield touches like he did against the Steelers.
Ripkowski posted nine yards on one reception Monday against the Lions. The third-year pro only has one rush in the red zone this season, and he hasn't been deployed like the Packers' prior FB John Kuhn. Ripkowski matched a season-low three offensive snaps Monday, and he should stay off fantasy radars until he can log red-zone touches.
Ripkowski had one carry for four yards and one reception for six yards in Thursday's victory over the Bears. Ripkowski had just one touch through the Packers' first three games, but he doubled that total Thursday after running backs Ty Montgomery (ribs) and Jamaal Williams (knee) left the game. The Packers figure to let Aaron Jones and/or Devante Mays handle the bulk of the running back duties as long as Montgomery and Williams are out, but Ripkowski could get more involved again like he was in 2016, when he totaled 43 touches over the team's final 13 games.
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