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How to handle Jamaal Williams injury in Week 5 fantasy football

Packers RB Jamaal Williams will be sidelined in Week 5 with a concussion. We break down the fantasy implications for Aaron Jones vs. the Cowboys.

Running back Jamaal Williams of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by Nigel Bradham of the Philadelphia Eagles before a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first quarter of the game at Lambeau Field on September 26, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers travel to face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5, and they’ll be shorthanded at the running back position. Jamaal Williams suffered a concussion in Week 4 on a late hit by Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett. Although the game was on Thursday, he has not returned to practice and has been ruled out for Week 5.

Williams suffered the concussion after catching a short pass on the Packers first play from scrimmage. The prior week saw Williams get more touches than Aaron Jones. Once Williams left the game, Jones became the primary back once again. Jones finished the game with 13 carries for 21 yards and a touchdown, and six receptions for 37 yards.

Fantasy football analysis, Green Bay Packers RBs Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones

Williams’ absence means Jones will be the primary back. Matt LaFleur has been difficult to figure out with regard to the ground game. Green Bay faces a Dallas defense that has been in the middle of the pack in both rushing and passing defense, but gives up the ninth fewest fantasy points to running backs.

Jones is a must-start as a volume play, and as we saw last week, could become a more regular feature in the passing game. The hope will be for red zone opportunities because outside of Week 2 vs. Minnesota, he has struggled to get much going between the 20s.