Each year, ESPN fantasy football expert, Matthew Berry, puts out an article containing information he gathered during discussions with coaches and team personnel during the NFL combine. These annual articles have a self-described “pretty good” track record recently. Specifically, Berry cites his very early identification of Darren Waller as a valuable tight end last offseason. Those who took note of this information were likely rewarded greatly in their season long fantasy football leagues last year. Below, we dissect one piece of early speculation mentioned by Berry in his article, and how it may impact individual players and their fantasy value.
At some point during the combine, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was asked if Aaron Jones could handle a bigger workload, given the manner in which he stepped up in Jamaal Williams’ absence in 2019. LaFleur provided a somewhat unexpected response, by not only asserting that he believes both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are needed in the Green Bay backfield, but he added that he would be interested in adding a third back to the mix.
The Fantasy Impact
Despite splitting the backfield with Jamaal Williams for the majority of the 2019 season, Aaron Jones finished with the 2nd highest overall point total in fantasy football last season. He somehow accomplished this feat while ranking 15th in overall number of carries. He was electric, and he likely won many fantasy football owners their championship with his 56 yard rushing touchdown late in the game during Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Fantasy owners everywhere drool over the thought of what Jones could accomplish with an increased workload, but unfortunately, he is under the reign of a head coach who is a firm believer in the RBBC system. Jones could prove just as effective in 2020, but assuming Williams does not miss any games due to injury, and with the possibility of adding a third member to crowd this backfield, Jones is unlikely to have the impressive results he obtained in 2019. He is still the guy to own in Green Bay, but fantasy owners have less to be excited about with this development.