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RB Aaron Ripkowski - Green Bay Packers

6-1, 257Born: 12-20-1992College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 6

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Week 12: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. In what's shaping up to be a lost, injury-ravaged season for the Packers, the backfield hasn't escaped the taint. Ty Montgomery has been banged up all season, and impressive rookie Aaron Jones is out for the foreseeable future, which likely leaves the Week 12 running game in the hands of fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams. Williams looks like a marginal NFL back, capable as an interior runner and in pass protection but lacking drastically in dynamism. A plodding prospect with ho-hum measurables, Williams has turned his recent volume opportunity (38 rushes over the past 2 weeks) into just 124 yards (3.26 per carry). He registered a goal line touchdown in Week 9, but in this drowning Packers offense, scoring opportunity comes rarely if at all. For the time being, Williams is a volume-dependent fantasy option who gives us few reasons to be optimistic. Pitting him against a smothering run defense like Pittsburgh's seems almost unfair. And still, virtually no one can run against this Steelers defense. They've hiccupped twice this year, being gashed in Weeks 3 and 5, but have been thoroughly impenetrable otherwise. Aside from those 2 games, opponents have averaged an anemic 3.19 yards per carry and an implausibly low 65.4 per game. Granted, those numbers are padded by a relatively soft slate of opposing run games - they've only faced 3 top-10 rushing offenses, and 2 of them (Chicago and Jacksonville) had massive success against them. But it's encouraging to note that they've shut down Kareem Hunt (9 for 21) and the DeMarco Murray/Derrick Henry duo (15 for 42) in recent weeks, and that Leonard Fournette's Week 5 eruption was largely buoyed by a 90-yard fourth-quarter run (he averaged just 3.37 yards otherwise). This unit is squarely among the league's hardest to face - and easiest to fantasy-bench running backs against.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
9 vs DET 3 0 0 0 1 1 9 0 0 0.9
10 at CHI 22 2 3 0 1 1 12 0 0 1.5
11 vs BAL 10 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 0 0.6
12 at PIT PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1 * * * *
12 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
12 at PIT PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Ripkowski continues to play very little - just ten snaps - and mostly blocks during those moments he is on the field.

2017 Week 10 vs CHI (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Ripkowski was on the field for 22 snaps, much more than usual, which isn't surprising given the injuries to the backfield. He was mostly a blocker but had a nice catch for 12 yards.

2017 Week 9 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Ripkowski was barely on the field Monday night, and spent much more time working on special teams than offense.

2017 Week 5 vs DAL (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The fullback barely saw the field, playing just seven snaps. He didn't even really serve as a replacement for Aaron Jones when the rookie needed a breather.

2017 Week 4 vs CHI (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

With Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams both down, Ripkowski saw a little work but was still mostly in so he could block. The Packers may use him to rest Aaron Jones if Montgomery and Williams are out and they have no other options.

2017 Week 2 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Ripkowski had to pick up a lot of slack with both tackles out for the Packers and did a decent job helping keep Aaron Rodgers upright.

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Schedule

12@ Pittsburgh Steelers
13vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14@ Cleveland Browns
15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17@ Detroit Lions