Aaron Jones Injury Update Boosts Jamaal Williams Week 8 Fantasy Outlook

Larry Rupp
Aaron Jones' latest injury update boosts the Week 8 fantasy outlook for Jamaal Williams.
Aaron Jones' latest injury update boosts the Week 8 fantasy outlook for Jamaal Williams. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers will be without their starting running back when they take on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8 NFL action as Aaron Jones is set to miss his second consecutive game. Jones continues to battle a calf injury he suffered late last week.

With Jones out, backup Jamaal Williams will be called upon to step up and be the featured running just as he was last week. This causes his fantasy outlook this week to greatly improve.

Jamaal Williams Fantasy Outlook

Jamaal Williams was a productive running back in his first start of the season last week as he rushed for 77 yard on 19 carries and scored a touchdown. He also hauled in 4 receptions for 37 yards as he played in 89 percent of the offensive snaps.

In fantasy football, Williams' previous performance and expected volume warrants a start this week as he draws a great matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are giving up 127.0 rushing yards per game this season (No. 22 in the NFL) and 32.0 points per game (No. 30 in the NFL).

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense should have no trouble moving the ball and Williams could easily be one of the focal points on the offense. In fact, in a game where high winds are expected, Williams may see even more carries than usual.

With little competition in the backfield right now, Williams is a must-start in fantasy football leagues this week and will be in every game Jones misses moving forward.

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