RB Dan Vitale - Green Bay Packers
|6-1, 239||Born: 10-26-1993||College: Northwestern||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2016|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Dec 13): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 12): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 11): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 15: vs Chicago Bears
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
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Dan Vitale's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 7 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Vitale showed good speed on his receptions and should continue to get an occasional touch in this offense.
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