- With Aaron Jones out for at least the next week or two with an MCL sprain, A.J. Dillon suddenly finds himself with a true workhorse role in one of the league’s best offenses. The Packers depth chart consists of Dillon, undrafted rookie Patrick Taylor, and practice squad options Ryquell Armstead and Kerrith Whyte. Dillon has the physique to handle the workload and has even flashed the pass-catching ability that we desire in PPR leagues. Despite splitting time with the smaller Jones, Dillon has already flashed two games with four receptions on the year, and last week chipped in 62 yards receiving on just two targets. The offense is a plus, the touchdown role is a plus, and the projected volume is a massive plus. Dillon’s RB9 ranking may end up being a conservative ranking after this weekend is through.
- With Latavius Murray returning to practice this week, we’ve likely seen the end of a comfortable fantasy starter in Baltimore. Both Murray and Devonta Freeman have carried the load at various points in the season, and both have shown enough to maintain a role going forward. The release of Le’Veon Bell clears a little bit of the competition, but with no passing game to speak of, it’s hard to see either Murray or Freeman maintaining much value for as long as they are both healthy.
- While I’m happy to add D’Onta Foreman in leagues and see how his role develops, I’m not ready to start him just yet. Foreman impressed last week, but it came on just a 35% snap share, and expecting him to break out of this three-way committee this week feels a bit premature. Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNichols are likely to still see work, making the whole trio unstartable. I’d rather play options like Devin Singletary, J.D. McKissic, and Jordan Howard who have safer projected roles in their offenses.
Green=Strong Starter, Yellow=Solid Starter, Red=Look for Better Options
Week 11 RB Rankings