Week 6 at Bears
The Chicago Bears allow the fourth-fewest schedule-adjusted fantasy points to the running back position, which dampens the outlook for the Green Bay Packers' team RB2 – A.J. Dillon – substantially. Dillon has begun to increase his receiving volume in recent weeks, and will find himself carrying the ball to preserve lead back Aaron Jones in blowouts, but it's hard to expect much out of him here. Our models project Dillon as fantasy's RB35 in a bye-week riddled Week 6.
LaFleur said he left the stadium yesterday wishing he had given the ball to RB A.J. Dillon more than 12 times. He said his receiving talent has been evident and they feel confident in his skills in that aspect of the game.
Dillon ran eight times for 30 yards and caught four balls for 49 yards and a TD. Jones caught four balls as well but for just six yards. He did run 14 times for 103 yards, however. It's no secret the Packers want to limit Jones' touches, at least at times, to keep him healthy for the long season, but this could be a sign of more work to come for Dillon. Any more touches could mean this is more of a split backfield, however.
Packers RB A.J. Dillon is not practicing Wednesday because of a calf injury, according to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic. Schneidman calls the decision precautionary.
Monitor his practice reps ahead of Green Bay's next preseason game especially with it being considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Dillon will have a role in the Packers offense and is considered one of the best RB hand-cuffs in fantasy football.
Kylin Hill, running back: The rookie seventh-rounder has a little burst to him, and he’s also the front-runner to return kickoffs. Being able to contribute on special teams will be a requirement of the third running back.
Maybe the biggest note to take away is the author speculated Hill could get 15-20% of the snaps as the team's RB3. The author said last year as the RB3, Dillon got a little less than 10% of the snaps, so the additional snaps will have to come from somewhere if Hill gets that kind of percentage.
A.J. Dillon should have a bigger role in Green Bay's backfield next year since Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are set to be free agents after this season. The Packers (12-3) already gave lucrative extensions to defensive tackle Kenny Clark and offensive tackle David Bakhtiari, so it's hard to imagine they'll be able to keep both Jones and Williams.
The story added Dillon could even see more time during the Packers playoff run, which could hurt the fantasy value of Jones and Williams, perhaps especially Williams who is dealing with an injury but has been the change of pace back to Jones most of this season. It seems like there is a good chance one of Jones or Williams will be playing somewhere else next season, giving Dillon a much bigger role in 2021 with the Pack.