A.J. Dillon

#28 RB / Green Bay Packers / EXP: 2YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 247 lb Age: 23 College: Boston College Bye 13

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    Packers' AJ Dillon: Maintains role as lead back

    A.J. Dillon recorded 20 carries for 69 yards in Sunday's 36-28 win over the Rams. He added five receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown.Dillon saw 14 carries in the second half of the game as the Green Bay Packers looked to run out the clock on a lead, and he out-carried Aaron Jones 20-10 as a result. Despite that impressive volume, the most notable part of Dillon's production was his work as a receiver. He recorded the first receiving touchdown of his career midway through the third quarter and now has four or more receptions in three of his last four games. After the contest, coach Matt LaFleur called the backfield "a 1A and 1B" situation according to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, so all indications suggest the Dillon will remain heavily involved in the offense even with the return of Jones.

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    Packers' AJ Dillon: Gets Jones back in fold

    A.J. Dillon will be joined by Aaron Jones (knee) in the Green Bay Packers backfield in the latter's return to the lineup Sunday versus the Rams, Mike Spofford of the team's official site reports.Jones sat out last Sunday's loss at Minnesota due to an MCL sprain suffered one week prior, but his absence will be contained to one contest after he got through a pregame workout unscathed. The breakdown of reps between Jones and Dillon is up in the air. In the nine outings in which Jones has been healthy this season, Dillon ranged between four and 16 touches and 25 and 44 percent of the offensive snaps en route to 8.4 touches for 54.3 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring one receiving TD.

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    Packers' AJ Dillon: Posts 97 combined yards in start

    A.J. Dillon rushed 11 times for 53 yards and caught all six targets for 44 more yards in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Vikings.Dillon received his first career start in place of Aaron Jones (knee), who is still recovering from a sprained MCL. The second-year back wasn't able to repeat last week's two-score performance in relief of Jones, but he was more efficient on the ground (4.8 yards per carry). Jones' status for Week 12 is still uncertain, so Dillon could get another start against the Rams next Sunday if the Green Bay Packers opt to rest their top back for one more game before the Week 13 bye.

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    Packers' AJ Dillon: Locked in for first career start

    A.J. Dillon is set to make his first NFL start Sunday in Minnesota with the Green Bay Packers officially ruling top back Aaron Jones (knee) out for the contest, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.After Jones exited last week's 17-0 win over the Seahawks and was later diagnosed with an MCL sprain, the expectation was that he would be sidelined for 1-to-2 weeks. Unsurprisingly, Jones was unable to practice Wednesday through Friday while managing the injury, clearing the way for Dillon to step in as Green Bay's clear lead back this weekend. Through his first two NFL seasons, the 6-foot, 247-pound Dillon has averaged an excellent 4.6 yards per carry, but it's his improvement as a pass catcher in Year 2 that could set him up for a three-down role in his Week 11 start. Dillon is averaging a stellar 10.9 yards per target across his 18 looks on the season, and the Packers' lack of established depth behind him means he'll likely get all the work he can handle so long as the game stays competitive. He's a clear must-start option in all weekly leagues while Jones is sidelined.

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    Packers' AJ Dillon: Likely set for Week 11 start

    A.J. Dillon is expected to serve as the Green Bay Packers' lead back in Sunday's game against the Vikings after starter Aaron Jones (knee) was diagnosed Monday with a mild MCL sprain that will likely sideline him for 1-to-2 weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.Green Bay has yet to provide an official update on Jones' condition, but the fifth-year back appears on track to miss his first game of the season after suffering the injury in question in the Packers' 17-0 win over the Seahawks this past weekend. Following Jones' departure, Dillon dominated the work out of the backfield and finished with 128 yards from scrimmage and two TDs on 23 touches (21 carries, two receptions). While he's a less accomplished receiver than Jones and may not hold as sizable of a role on obvious passing downs, Dillon's combination of size (6-foot, 247 pounds) and burst makes him one of the NFL's better No. 2 options. Moreover, the lack of established depth behind him should leave Dillon primed to handle a heavy workload against the Vikings, making him an excellent starting option in just about any weekly league. In Dillon's lone other opportunity in a leading role back in Week 16 of last season against the Titans while Jones was limited with a toe injury and No. 2 option Jamaal Williams was sidelined with a quad injury, the Boston College product amassed 129 total yards and two scores on 22 touches.

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    Packers' AJ Dillon: Plays hero off the bench

    A.J. Dillon ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and caught two passes for 62 yards on two targets against Seattle on Sunday.Aaron Jones left the game with a knee injury that will require monitoring, though the Green Bay Packers initially stated they believe it to be an MCL injury of some sort. A significant MCL sprain could keep Jones out multiple weeks, and if so it would require Dillon to step into a three-down, workhorse role like he did against the Seahaws. The upcoming Vikings run defense is no pushover, but Dillon is a substantial talent and could prove imposing with a bigger workload. If Jones is able to bounce back quickly and suit up against Minnesota, Dillon would likely revert to more of a flex consideration in fantasy.

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    Packers' AJ Dillon: Busy off bench

    A.J. Dillon ran for 46 yards on eight carries and caught four passes on four targets for 44 yards against Kansas City on Sunday.Dillon was very effective with his usage, but as the game went on Green Bay struggled to keep him consistently involved in the road loss. The Green Bay Packers might want to get both Dillon and starter Aaron Jones more touches, especially if they're forced to start Jordan Love again when the Packers face the Seahawks in Green Bay. The first-time starter at quarterback wasn't prepared to direct the Packers offense, so the running back duo might be the best way to limit Love's exposure as a passer.

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    Packers' AJ Dillon: Expanded rushing opportunity in win

    A.J. Dillon rushed 16 times for 78 yards in the Green Bay Packers' 24-21 win over the Cardinals on Thursday night.The big-bodied running back paced the Packers in carries on a night when Aaron Jones essentially pulled double duty as a de facto wide receiver due to the team's shortages at the position. Dillon was efficient with his opportunities, and his carry total was a season-high figure. Dillon has shown well on the three occasions on which he's logged double-digit rush attempts this season, which could potentially lead to more consistent opportunities as the second half of the campaign unfolds.

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    Packers' AJ Dillon: Diminished role in Week 7

    A.J. Dillon had three carries for six yards and one reception for two yards in Sunday's 24-10 victory over Washington. He also lost his first fumble of the season late in the contest.Dillon was coming off a three-game stretch over which he averaged 13 touches and 78.3 yards from scrimmage per contest, but he played a reduced role Week 6 and made only a minor mark in the box score. At the least, Dillon's limited workload should leave him fresh for the Green Bay Packers' Week 7 matchup with the Cardinals on Thursday, but he will have a tough time getting back on track against an Arizona defense that has allowed opposing running backs to find the end zone just once -- and once only -- all season.

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    Packers' AJ Dillon: Effective as complementary option

    A.J. Dillon rushed 11 times for 59 yards in the Green Bay Packers' 24-14 win over the Bears on Sunday.Dillon was a highly effective thunder to Aaron Jones' lightning, averaging 5.4 yards per carry and ripping off a game-long 36-yard run. The big-bodied second-year back has eclipsed 50 rushing yards in two of his last three games, and although he was shut out of the air attack for the first time this season Sunday, Dillon continues to progressively augment his fantasy value in an offense in which lead back Jones' rushing touches are typically kept under 20.

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