RB Jamaal Williams - Green Bay Packers
|6-0, 212||Born: 4-3-1995||College: Brigham Young||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2017|
Week 20: bye week
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 17 vs DET (8 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed eight times for four yards and caught three passes on three targets for 16 yards. The Lions defensive front, led by Damon Harrison have been one of the better run-defenses in the league in the second half of the season, and they proved that again in their week 17 win against the Packers. The Lions held Williams to four total yards on eight carries, even though Kapri Bibbs averaged four times as many yards per carry, he still had only one carry for two yards. If you were looking for the real Jamaal Williams to please stand up, this version was more in line with what we've seen when Williams has to play against a top flight run defense. In week 16, Williams ran all over the Jets to the tune of 95 yards on 15 touches, and although he had some success against the Bears in week 15 (12 carries for 55 yards), he was shut down in their week one matchup (15 rushes for 47). The same was true against Minnesota (16 carries for 59 yards), Buffalo (11 carries for 27 yards) and the Rams (four carries for nine yards). Aaron Jones will be the starter next season for the Packers, and with a regime change in the works, Williams will be lucky to hold onto his backup job and not become more of a hybrid special teams player.
2018 Week 16 vs NYJ (15 / 95 / 1 rush, 9 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed 15 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, while also catching six of nine targets for 61 yards. This was Williams first game as the Packers bell cow back since week two, and he responded with his best game of the season, consistently gaining yards as a runner, and making plays in the passing game. Williams started off the game with a 19 yard run and didn't let up for the rest of the first half, finishing with over 80 yards rushing. It looked as though Williams was going to punish the Jets on the ground, but the Packers fell behind which limited him to only five rushing attempts in the second half. Williams capped off the Packers second scoring drive with a seven yard touchdown. With the Packers facing a first and goal from the Jets seven yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center, faked right and then backhanded a pitch to Williams. Williams had a head of steam running left but met a pack of Jets defenders at the four yard line and was pushed towards the out of bounds line. Somehow, Williams managed to stay in bounds and steady himself by putting a hand on the ground, then lurch himself forward over the goal line. It was an impressive run on Williams part, and he has played very well over the last two weeks after taking a back seat to Aaron Jones for most of the season.
2018 Week 15 vs CHI (12 / 55 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed 12 times for 55 yards and a touchdown, while also catching four passes for 42 yards on five targets. Williams came into the game in relief of the injured Jones and was surprisingly effective against a fearsome Bears defensive front. Williams has not impressed this season, averaging 3.7 yards per carry, after averaging 3.6 yards per carry in 2017. Williams started the season atop the depth chart and looked slow and heavy-footed, struggling to get through the line and into the second level of the defense. As the season progressed though, Williams seemed to gain back some of his quickness, which could be a function of him receiving less volume. Williams touchdown came with the Packers facing a first and goal from the Bears 10 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Williams running an off-tackle right. Williams got a good block on the edge, and then made on cut before accelerating to the goal line untouched. While it was encouraging to see Williams excel in Jones absence, the aforementioned play is jarring if you have been watching Jones play the last 12 weeks. It feels as though Williams is running in slow motion, and even his cut seems very deliberate compared to Jones' smooth style. Williams can be very good in the passing game, so the fact that he will receive a heavy workload and be the preferred option on all three downs and in the red zone, gives him instant credibility as a flex option in week 16, against a Jets defense that has struggled to stop running backs.
2018 Week 14 vs ATL (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed four times for 17 yards and was unable to secure his only target in the passing game. This was a much better showing for Williams than last week, where he had trouble even getting past the line of scrimmage. Williams was able to throw in two gains of five yards and one gain of nine yards. Williams is much better suited for spot work here and there, and to give Jones a breather every now and again. It will be interesting to see how Williams fares with a new coaching staff next season, as Jones is sure to be the centerpiece of the Packers running game moving forward.
2018 Week 13 vs ARI (7 / 13 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed seven times for 13 yards, while also catching four passes for 14 yards on four targets. Williams had combined for five touches in his last three games, so the 11 total touches was a surprise, especially in a game where the Packers had trouble moving the football. With Jones having a breakout season, it has become apparent that Williams is not an NFL caliber starting running back, but it has gotten to the point where he will be lucky to be anything more than a #3/4 string running back who makes his living on special teams. Williams averaged 1.9 yards per carry in this game, and four of his seven carries went for a total of two yards.
2018 Week 12 vs MIN (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed one time for five yards in the Packers loss to the Vikings on Sunday night. Williams has now only seen three touches in his last three games and only enters the game to give Jones a quick breather from time to time.
2018 Week 11 vs SEA (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed one time for five yards in the Packers loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night. The final nail in the coffin of Williams role in the Packers backfield came on Thursday night, as Jones continues to look like a world class sprinter compared to Williams plodding style. He can be dropped in all formats, as Mike McCarthy has finally seen what the rest of the world knew, and that is Jones is not only the best back on the Packers roster, but he is an essential part to their playoff hopes.
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.
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