Packers using 'Pony' personnel more this year

Those formations (two true running backs and no fullback) are commonly referred to as “Pony” personnel — a nod to the 1980s SMU Mustangs’ “Pony Express” RB pairing of Eric Dickerson and Craig James. And the Packers’ version with Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon has been incredibly effective in 2022. Jones has earned a first down on half of his 20 carries so far; Dillon is third in the NFL at a first-downs-per-rush rate of 32.1 percent.

Fantasy Impact: 

With the loss of WR Davante Adams, the Packers just want to get their best players on the field at the same time, and that means more of Jones and Dillon together. While Jones is a must-play for fantasy owners every week, Dillon is making a case to be one as well. Getting on the field more will only help make that case. Dillon wasn't a huge fantasy factor in Week 2, but he was in Week 1 when the Packers played from behind. We reported yesterday that QB Aaron Rodgers said on a podcast the team wants to get Jones and Dillon at least 15 touches each per game.

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