Aaron Jones Injury Update Bolsters Week 7 Fantasy Outlook for Jamaal Williams
Aaron Jones Injury Update
UPDATE (11:31 a.m. EST): Aaron Jones has been officially ruled inactive for this game. Jamaal Williams is now a strong starting RB option in fantasy football.
One of the big stories in the fantasy football world for Week 7 has been the status of Green Bay Packers running back and touchdown machine Aaron Jones, who is nursing a calf injury.
As of Sunday morning, Jones is travelling with the team for their road clash with the Houston Texans, giving him a decent chance of playing, though he remains a game-time decision. This clouds the fantasy outlook of the entire backfield — for Jones, Jamaal Williams and even rookie A.J. Dillon.
Aaron Jones Fantasy Outlook
Even if Jones does suit up, his value will take a big hit here. The Packers may take a cautious approach with him, giving Jones the potential for a limited workload even if he plays the entire game. There's also always a risk of aggravating a soft-tissue injury, and that could have him pulled from the contest at any time.
Jones' upside is so high, however, that fantasy managers may just have to cross their fingers and take that gamble if he's officially announced as active.
Jamaal Williams Fantasy Outlook
For Williams and Dillon, the situation is a little more clear-cut. If Jones plays, you don't want to start them. Yes, there's the possibility that Jones is limited or pulled early as outlined above, but Williams and Dillon's upside in their best-case scenarios isn't nearly as high as Jones' in his.
However, if Jones sits, you can feel good about firing up Williams as a no-doubt starter, while Dillon will still offer some interesting upside, especially since he's more likely to take over Jones' goal-line work.
Fantasy managers will want to monitor this situation closely, because Jones' status will likely be one of the most impactful pieces of fantasy football news that comes out on Sunday before kickoff.
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