RB Jamaal Williams - Green Bay Packers

6-0, 212Born: 4-3-1995College: Brigham YoungDrafted: Round 4, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Williams was a little banged up coming into Week 14 and looked like the clearly inferior back of the Packers 1-2 punch. He's just an injury handcuff heading into a matchup with the Bears.

Week 15: vs Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The past few weeks for the Packers rushing offense have yielded mixed results from the tandem of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, but last week was a clear picture with Jones at the center of it as he racked up a season-high 134 rushing yards and a touchdown from 16 carries. Williams saw just seven carries for 24 yards despite what was a nearly identical snap share from what he has seen over the past month. Part of the drop in usage could be explained by the knee injury that caused Williams to miss some practice last week, so keep an eye on his status coming into this game. Jones did look spectacular both as a runner and receiver in this last game as he made his case for an every-down workload. However, the poor performances from weeks past still loom on Jones' resume, leaving the expectation that a healthy Williams should close that workload gap back up this week as the Packers look to preserve legs for the playoffs. The Bears defense had a rough time against Ezekiel Elliott last week, giving up 81 yards and two touchdowns from 19 carries. This group has now given up 80 or more rushing yards to a team's lead running back in four of their last six games, however, they still remain one of the more efficient run defenses in football with opposing offenses averaging just 3.7 rushing yards per attempt--third-fewest in the league. Strong play from the secondary has also helped limit big plays as they have yet to allow a run play of 31 or more yards and have given up only six runs of 20 or more yards on the year. With this week, however, comes a change for the Bears as they lost leading tackler Roquan Smith to a season-ending injury. While Smith wasn't having a great year, he was the central figure to this Bears defense and will represent a loss that is felt within this front seven. This stout interior defensive line, led by Eddie Goldman, will be expected to pick up the slack--but they will have a tough time this week against a strong Packers offensive line.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
12 at SF 39 11 45 0 8 7.0 35 0 0 8
13 at NYG 28 10 41 0 4 4.0 26 0 0 6.7
14 vs WAS 26 7 24 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 2.4
15 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 9 * * 2.9 * * * *
15 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 3.3 * * * *
15 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 8 * * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Jamaal Williams's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 14 vs WAS (7 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jamaal Williams rushed seven times for 24 yards and failed to turn his only target into a catch, the first time he has been held catch-less all season. This game was the Aaron Jones show, and when that happens, it is easy for Williams to fall into the background as he is not nearly the dynamic playmaker that Jones is. Williams remains a flex play in the fantasy playoffs, but with the Packers looking to lock up their playoff seeding, don't be surprised if they continue to lean on Jones, especially in games where Rodgers is met with an aggressive pass rush.

2019 Week 13 vs NYG (10 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)

Jamaal Williams rushed 10 times for 41 yards and caught four passes on four targets for 26 yards. As mentioned above, Rodgers big game didn't leave much on the bone for the Packers backfield, but Williams continues to be involved heavily in the Packers offense despite Jones having a breakout season. He's been solid in the passing game, catching at least four passes in five of his last seven games, and has five receiving touchdowns on the season. Williams is a flex play going forward with his role cemented in the Packers offense, as well as Jones health in question.

2019 Week 12 vs SF (11 / 45 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 35 / 0 rec)

Jamaal Williams rushed 11 times for 45 yards and caught seven of eight targets for 45 yards in the Packers loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Williams was called on fairly early in this game with the Packers getting down quickly to the 49ers. Williams is depended on to protect Rodgers in the passing game so his pass blocking ability came in handy on a night where the 49ers were constantly putting pressure on the Packers offense. Williams had scored at least one touchdown in weeks six through nine, but has now been held out of the endzone in the past two weeks. Williams played a big part in the Packers only scoring drive, catching a screen pass on fourth and four while Rodgers was being brought down by a Packers defender. Williams managed to gain 15 yards on the pass and set the Packers up with a first down at the 49ers 33 yard line. Williams has done a nice job of becoming fantasy relevant despite playing behind Jones in his breakout season. With 18 touches to Jones 13, Williams has value as a flex play and has showed a nose for the endzone, scoring six total touchdowns on only 108 touches.

2019 Week 10 vs CAR (13 / 63 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jamaal Williams rushed 13 times for 63 yards in the Packers win over the Panthers on Sunday. Williams did what we have come to expect out of him, which is to fill in for Jones when he needs a break, or to grind time away on the clock with the Packers winning. In that respect, he did a great job as Jones and Williams were just too much for the Panthers to handle with respect to stopping the run. Most of Williams value comes from the passing game, so it is hard to expect much out of him when he doesn't catch, which he didn't do for the first time this season. In fact, coming into this game, Williams had four straight games with a touchdown reception and five receiving touchdowns on the year. It seems as though this performance was just an outlier game for Williams, as his role has been cemented firmly over the last five games and he will have flex value going forward.

2019 Week 9 vs LAC (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 39 / 1 rec)

Jamaal Williams rushed two times for 10 yards and caught six passes on six targets for 39 yards and a touchdown. Williams continues to be a key cog in the Packers offense, scoring the Packers only touchdown while seeing the second most targets in the passing game. In a game where Jones only saw eight carries, it is not surprising that Williams saw only two, but with the Packers trailing for most of the game he was counted on frequently in the passing game. Five of Williams six catches came on second and third down and he did very well with gaining yards after the catch. Williams touchdown came with the Packers facing a first and goal from the Chargers ten yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was forced out of the pocket to his left by an aggressive Chargers pass rush. Williams ran a short route out to the left flat, but as he saw Rodgers escape the pocket, he turned his route upfield toward the goal line. Rodgers did well to manipulate the secondary with a pump fake before finding Williams wide open in the end zone for an easy 10 yard touchdown.

2019 Week 8 vs KC (7 / 22 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 1 rec)

Jamaal Williams rushed seven times for 22 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three passes for 14 yards and a receiving touchdown. I have consistently noted in this column that Williams is not on par with Jones when it comes to raw-ability, but I do have to give him credit for stepping up his game from a jack of all trades, master of none, type plodder to a guy who has really made some impressive plays when his number is called. Williams is dependable, he executes his assignments very well and that counts for something in the Packers offense, especially when your quarterback is Rodgers with his level of attention to detail. Williams rushing touchdown came with the Packers facing a second and goal from the Chiefs one yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and handed off to Williams who got downhill and powered through after getting great blocking from his offensive line. Williams touchdown catch was much more dramatic though. The Packers were facing a third and one from the Chiefs three yard line, and Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun. He got a clean pocket for the first three seconds before the Chiefs were able to penetrate and force him out of the pocket to the right. With Rodgers about to get tackled from behind, he unleashed he flipped a pass from his hip, arching it to the back of the end zone where Williams was flying across the back of the end zone. You have to give Williams credit though, he started in the right slot position and ran a shallow crossing route toward the left side of the field. He then reversed field and got to the back of the end zone, creating a play for Rodgers to make. He also made a nice catch on the play, and was a great example of Williams ability to execute and understand exactly where he needs to be, and how to help his quarterback. He doesn't have the flash of Jones, but he just gets the job done.

2019 Week 7 vs OAK (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 26 / 1 rec)

Williams wasn't able to do much as a runner, but he was a stubborn runner on his receptions and often broke a tackle or took more than one tackler to bring down. He had an easy short touchdown catch and also handled a few key carries in the shadow of his own goalposts.

2019 Week 6 vs DET (14 / 104 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 32 / 1 rec)

Jamaal Williams rushed 14 times for 104 yards and caught four passes for 32 yards on five targets in the Packers win on Monday night. Williams just refuses to die, as a week after being sidelined with a concussion on a scary hit by an Eagles defender, and Jones setting the fantasy world on fire with a four touchdown performance, Williams returned to the field and led the Packers backfield in touches, rushing yards, receptions and receiving yards. It is a testament to his ability to do the little things, but it was his big plays in this game that separated him from Jones, an interesting wrinkle to their fantasy rivalry. Williams touchdown catch came with the Packers facing a second and goal from the Lions five yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and motioned for Williams to come across the formation from the right inside slot position. Rodgers caught the snap and instantly just dropped the ball in front to Williams who was streaking across the formation. Williams got good blocking from his line and receivers, but also stiff-armed one defender before cutting back to the middle of the field and eluding two Lions defenders for a five yard touchdown. Williams cut back to the inside of the field was not the most graceful move you've ever seen, but it was effective and his initial stiff-arm was perfectly executed and allowed the play to develop. Williams also had a 45 yard run on a draw play out of the shotgun where he burst through the line and toasted a Lions linebacker by cutting to the right side of the field. Williams vision as a runner was apparent in this game, and he does a great job of setting up his blockers and being a decisive north-south runner. While he may not have the same big play ability as Jones, he's able to make up for that with his vision and ability to see the play developing.

2019 Week 4 vs PHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jamaal Williams caught one pass for zero yards after being injured on the first play from scrimmage for the Packers. Williams was hit with a nasty helmet to helmet tackle that resulted in him being carted off the field. He posted to social media that he was released from the hospital and has avoided serious injury, but the third year back will still miss some games while the Packers keep a close eye on his recovery. Dexter Williams will be the next man up but will need to adjust quickly after the Packers made him inactive for non-injury related reasons this past week.

2019 Week 3 vs DEN (12 / 59 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Jamaal Williams rushed 12 times for 59 yards and caught two passes on two targets for 27 yards. Despite not having the talent of Aaron Jones, Williams has managed to stick with the Packers (and in the NFL for that matter) due to his ability to do the little things. He is a no-nonsense runner and has learned to pick up whatever yards the defense is giving him downfield. This game was a great example of how Williams fits in with the Packers and why he splitting time nearly evenly with Jones. With the Broncos putting pressure on the Packers offensive line, Jones was having trouble bouncing runs outside and wasn't able to use his speed and agility to break into the second level of the Broncos defense. Williams on the other hand was content with trading two and three yard runs with ones that he could break through the line and gain 10 or 12 yards. In a way, his early struggles as a running back have given Williams a unique patience that allows him to get better the more he touches the ball. Williams is also very good in pass protection, and understands the right moment to break off his block and become a receiver for Rodgers. He gained two first downs on catches of 10 and 17 yards which kept drives alive for the Packers.

2019 Week 2 vs MIN (9 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 13 / 1 rec)

Williams was able to score on an inside screen out of a two back set to open the scoring, but otherwise was quiet on his touches. He got a good helping of carries and targets, but was unremarkable with the ball in his hands. Williams did run efficiently and fell forward on most carries, but he is clearly the inferior runner and won't have relevance unless Jones goes down.

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Packers | Jamaal Williams held in check (Sun Dec 8, 04:58 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams rushed for 24 yards on seven carries against the Washington Redskins in Week 14. He was targeted one time during the game but finished with zero receptions.

Our View: Williams was a little banged up coming into this one and Aaron Jones reasserted himself as the superior talent in this backfield. He's only a desperation play against the Bears next week.
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Packers | Jamaal Williams expected to play (Fri Dec 6, 05:40 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 6, but is not on the injury report for Week 14.

Our View: The Packers are using both Williams and Aaron Jones in a RBBC. Williams has flex appeal with his role and could produce RB2 numbers in Week 14.
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Packers | Green Bay's Week 14 injury report (Fri Dec 6, 04:29 PM) - Green Bay Packers CB Tony Brown (heel) and CB Kevin King (shoulder) participated fully in practice Friday, Dec. 6, but are listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Washington Redskins. TE Jimmy Graham (calf, wrist), TE Marcedes Lewis (rest) and RB Jamaal Williams (knee) remained limited participants in practice Friday but have been removed from the injury report. WR Davante Adams (toe), OT Bryan Bulaga (knee), WR Ryan Grant (illness), DL Tyler Lancaster (neck, knee), LB Blake Martinez (hand), S Will Redmond (foot) and CB Tramon Williams (rest) fully practiced Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report.

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Packers | Jamaal Williams listed as limited (Thu Dec 5, 06:30 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Packers | Jamaal Williams leads team in rushing (Sun Dec 1, 04:38 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams rushed for 41 yards on 10 carries against the New York Giants in Week 13. He also caught four passes for 26 yards during the game.

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