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Green Bay re-signs Aaron Jones: Fantasy football fallout for 2021

We take a look at the fantasy football impact as Aaron Jones signs with the Packers ahead of the 2021 NFL Season.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) celebrates a victory against the Los Angeles Rams during their NFL divisional playoff game Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.  Appleton Post-Crescent-USA TODAY

The Green Bay Packers aren’t known for paying running backs, but the skill level of Aaron Jones was too good to not at least try to keep in the fold. In the end, they came to a deal and Jones will remain with the team on a four-year, $48 million deal.

Aaron Jones signing: Fantasy football impact

Jones being back in Green Bay is great for the team and for his fantasy value. But the main reason his fantasy upside should get a bump is because Jamaal Williams has hit the road to Detroit in free agency. Without Williams, sophomore back A.J. Dillon will take over as Jones’ backup. Dillon doesn’t project to be used in the passing game as much as Williams, which should help Jones see more work, especially on passing downs.

Dillon’s presence is somewhat concerning for Jones’ projected rushing attempts, but Jones is still unlikely to see fewer than he has been given in the past. So far, his most rushing attempts came in 2019 when he hit 236. As long as Aaron Rodgers continues to play like Aaron Rodgers, scoring opportunities will remain for the touchdown maven Jones, who has 39 touchdowns in just three seasons. We can’t rely on touchdowns, but Jones has made a living out of finding the end-zone and he should continue to have high touchdown upside as the every down back in a great offense.