RB Jamaal Williams - Green Bay Packers
|6-0, 212||Born: 4-3-1995||College: Brigham Young||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2017|
Week 20: at San Francisco 49ers
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Green Bay Packers' rushing attack, much like their passing attack, grades as a firmly-league-average unit across the board. Their volume ranked 13th in the league, the total yardage ranked 15th in the league, and the rushing efficiency came in at 16th overall. One notable trend in recent weeks for this unit has been the re-emergence of Aaron Jones as a true bell-cow running back. After shouldering a heavy load early in the season, head coach Matt LaFleur noted that he needed to lessen his workload to ensure Jones did not wear-down before the playoffs. Jones' weekly snap-share decreased significantly after these comments, but it has risen back to bell-cow level numbers across the team's last two games, one a high-leverage game for playoff seeding, and one a playoff matchup against the Seahawks last weekend. Over these two games, Jones has played an average of 84.5-percent of total offensive snaps, while carrying the ball 23 times per game. Expect another heavy dose of Aaron Jones this weekend, as he is the team's clear number-one option in the backfield. San Francisco's run defense defended the 9th-fewest rushing attempts of any team in the NFL this year, which served as the driving force behind their strong overall totals against the run. The 49ers allowed just 11 scores on the ground this year, and although they permitted over 4.5 yards per carry (23rd in the league,) they ranked 2nd in total fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs during the regular season. Along the defensive line, Nick Bosa, DeForest Buckner, and Arik Armstead are three of the league's best and most consistent run-stoppers. However, at linebacker, the 49ers are definitively weak against the run. Both Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander make a living defending the pass, but neither is particularly adept at stifling opposing rushing attacks. Warner struggled this season, missing 21 total tackles on the year, while Alexander, who played only 9 games, missed 10 tackles himself. This inability to full rushing lanes and finish plays is the primary reason for San Francisco's poor efficiency metrics against opposing rushing attacks. In the secondary, Richard Sherman and Jimmie Ward are top-tier run-supporters at their respective positions, and they are two of the surest tacklers on the 49ers' defense. On the whole, the strength of this defense in the trenches and at the back-end has helped to prevent opposing running backs from gashing San Francisco on a regular basis (only 2 100-yard performances allowed this season,) but their weak linebacking corps has struggled to hold up its end of the bargain. Overall, this weekend's conference championship grades as a tough matchup for the Packers' rushing attack. Although their efficiency totals may live up to their regular-season standards unless the Packers elect to run the ball substantially more than they typically do, they are unlikely to post remarkable rushing totals on San Francisco's defense.
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
2019 Week 19 vs SEA (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams ran one time for three yards and caught one pass for nine yards on one target. This game was dominated by Adams in the passing game, and Jones getting nearly all the carries in the running game. That left scraps for Williams to share with every other player on the Packers offense, and the result was five players with one catch, Graham with three catches and Adams with eight. Despite Williams not being much of a factor in this game, he has carved out a nice little piece of the Packers offense and should be more involved in what will be a difficult matchup against the 49ers. In their week 12 matchup against the 49ers, Williams was the more efficient of the two, rushing 11 times for 41 yards to Jones 13 carries for 38 yards.
2019 Week 17 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was injured and held out of the Packers final pre-season game, being replaced by Tyler Ervin, who finished with only two touches in the game.
2019 Week 16 vs MIN (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed six times for 33 yards and caught two passes on three targets for 19 yards in the Packers win over the Vikings on Monday. Williams was effective when given the ball in the first half, although he was unable to score on his two touches inside the 10 yard line. Williams ended up leaving the game with a shoulder injury in the second half, paving the way for a monster game by Jones. This unfortunate injury for Williams was the catalyst for the Packers win, as Jones is by far the most explosive player on the Green Bay offense, and it is only a matter of time before he breaks a big play when he is given a full compliment of touches. Williams status for the Packers week 17 game against the Lions is uncertain, but given the lack of depth behind him and the fact that the Packers are playing for seeding purposes, expect to see him if he is at full strength. On the flipside, Williams has carved out a role in the Packers offense, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise if the Packers choose to rest him if the shoulder injury persists.
2019 Week 15 vs CHI (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed eight times for 26 yards and caught one pass for seven yards on one target in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. There wasn't much room for Williams in this game, as Jones didn't really get much going until the second half and made the most of his opportunities in the red zone before Williams could get a crack. Williams had two runs of six yards, while his other six attempts all went for less than three yards. Williams has a defined role in this offense, and that is to spell Jones and make sure that he doesn't wear down before the Packers get to the playoffs. He is touchdown dependent though, as he doesn't have the big play ability to turn 10 touches into big yardage. Since Adams returned from injury, Williams is seeing more of the passing downs since the Packers do not have to try and manufacture big plays in the passing game through Jones. He is a risky play the next two weeks, but with the Packers fighting for playoff seeding and the coaching staff wanting Jones to be 100% come the playoffs, Williams does have enough upside to warrant being a flex play.
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.
Latest NewsPackers | Jamaal Williams a full participant (Fri Jan 10, 06:39 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 10, and is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game. Our View: Williams is fully participating after dealing with some shoulder issues. He's going to work as the power back behind starter Aaron Jones.
link to story Packers | Jamaal Williams stays full at practice (Thu Jan 9, 05:12 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) remained a full participant in practice Thursday, Jan. 9. Our View: Williams is good to go for the Divisional Round against Seattle. The Packers will run the ball early and often with Aaron Jones. Williams will serve as his primary backup and bring some power to the field when needed.
link to story Packers | Full practice for Jamaal Williams (Wed Jan 8, 05:40 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 8. Our View: Williams will be out there on Sunday in the Divisional Round against the Packers. He's going to be the primary backup and change-of-pace/power back to complement starter Aaron Jones.
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