Start or Sit Aaron Jones in Fantasy Football Week Six?
Five weeks of the NFL season are in the books. This means that in most leagues, we have only eight weeks left of the fantasy football regular season. The bad news is that for some of us, the season is already over one-third gone. The good news is that we still have nearly two-thirds of the season left. Time to dig ourselves out of holes and make a serious run at the fantasy football playoffs. In order to help you with your fantasy football decisions, Football Absurdity keys in on some players every week on the fringes of startability and helps you decide what you should do with them. This week, we take a look at whether you should start or sit Aaron Jones, the previously-suspended Packer, as they take on the hapless San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
Aaron Jones missed the first two games of the season from suspension, but since then he’s been the most productive member of the Packers backfield. The presumptive starter, Jamaal Williams, has just 41.4 yards per game since Jones returns, but more concerning for Williams owners is his 8.6 touches a contest. Where’d all his production go? Straight to Aaron Jones. Jones has 9.3 touches in his three games this year, a rounding error of difference between his touches and Williams’s. The difference is his 62.7 yards a contest, producing more efficiently than Jamaal in essentially the same amount of touches. It shouldn’t be surprising. Let me key you in on an industry secret. Don’t tell anyone: Aaron Jones is much better at football than Jamaal Williams. The one thing potentially keeping Aaron Jones off the field is that he is not as good a pass blocker compared to Willia—
PFF’s pass blocking scores for Packers’ running backs:
Aaron Jones – 82.5
Jamaal Williams – 76.7
Montgomery – 69.1
— Andy Herman (@SconnieSports) October 10, 2018
Well, if there’s one team in the NFL that you can trust my opinion on, it’s my favorite team. Unfortunately, my favorite team is the San Francisco 49ers. They’re trash. They’re godawful. Terrible. No good. Very bad. They spend four first-round picks on defensive linemen and a run stuffing ILB in three years, and they can’t stop a running back to save their lives. This has been a problem ever since Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman played their last snap together in the 2013 NFC Championship Game.
The 49ers this season hold opponents to just 3.75 yards per carry, which is actually… not bad. However, nobody can cover RBs out of the backfield, The Niners allow the fourth-most receptions to RBs. Only seven teams have allowed more total touchdowns to running backs, as well. They suck out loud, and we are unlikely to see a situation like last week where Jones cedes snaps to Jamaal Williams due to the team needing to claw back. This thing is going to be an absolute boat race.
Aaron Jones wasn’t starting for anyone in the first two weeks unless they screwed up exceptionally badly. He’s been producing since returning from suspension, and this week should be his big 2018 break out game. If you’re wondering if you should start or sit Aaron Jones for your RB2 or a flex spot, then get him in your lineups. Don’t “make room” for him, but break ties for Jones. He’s a start for me this week.
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