RB Jamaal Williams - Green Bay Packers
|6-0, 212||Born: 4-3-1995||College: Brigham Young||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2017|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Williams doesn't have any standalone value, but he is a clear handcuff to Aaron Jones and worth carrying in deeper leagues.
Week 11: at Seattle Seahawks
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Aaron Jones continues to run wild as the Packers ground game has surpassed 100 rushing yards in three straight games since coming off their Week 7 bye. Prior to the bye week, the Packers offense has surpassed 100 rushing yards just twice, with Aaron Rodgers rushing for over 30 yards in both of those games. Now that the coaching staff is allotting meaningful snaps and carries to Aaron Jones, this ground game is flourishing. Jones was already leading the league with 6.0 yards per carry going into last week, and he has now raised that average to 6.8 yards per carry after rushing for a season-high 145 yards against the Dolphins last week. Jones has already matched his total rushing touchdowns (4) from the 2017 season and looks to have a much handle on this backfield given the departure of Ty Montgomery. Jamaal Williams was an afterthought in last week's game and has played second fiddle to Jones in the last three weeks. The risk of Williams continuing to be involved is still there though, as Mike McCarthy and this coaching staff certainly have an affinity for the services of Williams. With a healthy offensive line ranking well within the top-10 according to Footballguys offensive line specialist Matt Bitonti, this rushing offense, when led by Aaron Jones, should continue to roll. The Seahawks have faced a couple high-powered rushing offenses in a row, and they were vulnerable to both as they allowed nearly identical stat lines to both Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon, rushing for a combined 233 yards and two touchdowns. While Aaron Jones is not on the level of Gordon and Gurley, he does lead the NFL in yards per rush attempt with a top-10 offensive line leading the charge. The Seahawks have the personnel to contend against the run, especially with Bobby Wagner at linebacker. They should be outmatched in the trenches though, as left tackle David Bakhtiari has the talent to fend off Seattle's best defensive lineman Frank Clark while Center Corey Linsley has been blocking very well against tough interior linemen this season. While this is not a premium matchup for the Packers ground game, it certainly is not terrible given the strength of their offensive line.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Jamaal Williams's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs MIA (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed three times for three yards in the Packers win on Sunday. Williams is not the dynamic runner that Jones is, so it was only a matter of time before he took a backseat to his fellow running back. Williams three carries went for two yards, -1 yards and zero yards. Williams also committed an unnecessary roughness penalty on special teams that cost the Packers 10 yards.
2018 Week 9 vs NE (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed seven times for 32 yards, while also catching two passes on two targets for 20 yards. With Montgomery now in Baltimore, Williams should continue to see around 10 touches per game. His best attribute is that he is steady in the running and passing game, pass protects well and doesn't make many mistakes. Normally this would barely be enough to make a team, but with Rodgers at quarterback, steadiness is sometimes all you need. Williams has run the ball better as his workload decreased, including two runs in this game of seven or more yards and a reception for 16 yards. Williams is not going to be fantasy worthy though, unless Jones gets injured or continues to turn the ball over like he did in this game.
2018 Week 8 vs LAR (4 / 9 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams had the short touchdown to cap his first drive, but otherwise had little impact on the game. He was in on about 25% of the snaps, but could see a little more action going forward with Ty Montgomery traded.
2018 Week 6 vs SF (6 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed six times for 29 yards, and caught one pass for 10 yards on three targets. Williams role in the Packers backfield has been clearly defined since Jones came back. He's not the lead back, and he's not the preferred third down or goal line back. He falls somewhere in the middle which results in six to eight carries a game and three or so looks in the passing game. To his credit, he has looked much quicker and more decisive as his workload has decreased. Williams had a catch for 10 yards, and runs of nine yards, six yards and five yards. In his first two games, Williams was struggling to even gain positive yardage, but has certainly played better in the last four games.
2018 Week 5 vs DET (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Williams has run the ball better in his limited duties, as opposed to when he could not get anything going in the first two games of the year as the Packers bell-cow running back. Still, it is hard to get behind him or any one of these three players because the Packers are so inconsistent in how they deploy them.
2018 Week 3 vs WAS (5 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed five times for 29 yards with two catches for 16 yards. He played a much smaller role this week with Aaron Jones back in the lineup.
2018 Week 2 vs MIN (16 / 59 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed 16 times for 59 yards and caught three passes for 12 yards against the Vikings. Williams long gain of 11 yards came with 31 seconds left in regulation and the ball at the Packers own 25 yard line, with the Vikings essentially in prevent defense. Prior to that, 10 of his 19 carries had gone for three yards or less. If playing for any other team, I doubt that Williams would still be carrying the ball as a team's primary running back, but with the Packers short on ball carriers, and Aaron Rodgers masking the stink of the running game, Williams continues to get opportunities. He is running short on capital with Aaron Jones set to make his debut this coming week.
2018 Week 1 vs CHI (15 / 47 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed 15 times for 47 yards against the Bears. Williams was given the first crack at the starting running back job for the Packers, as Aaron Jones is suspended, and Ty Montgomery will be used as a change of pace back more than as a bell-cow. Unfortunately for Williams, he did not do much in this game to help his cause, as eight of his 15 carries went for two yards or less. Williams averaged only 3.6 yards per carry on 153 rushes last season, so his 3.1 yards per carry in this game was not a good sign of Williams prospects going forward. The Bears do have a tough run defense, bolstered by the signing of Khalil Mack, so it is possible for Williams to improve as the season progresses, but Jones will be back after week two and he is the superior runner. Williams best attribute is his versatility, so it was disappointing to see him finish with zero catches on two targets.
Latest NewsPackers | Jamaal Williams nearly invisible in Week 10 (Mon Nov 12, 01:08 AM) - Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams carried the ball three times for three yards against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10. link to story Packers | Jamaal Williams has decent showing (Mon Nov 5, 01:59 AM) - Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams accounted for 54 total yards (34 rushing, 20 receiving) against the New England Patriots in Week 9. link to story
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