Stock up, stock down for Packers following Week 2 win vs. Vikings
Stock up: Aaron Jones
A lot was said in the offseason about how Matt LaFleur wanted to be more committed to the run game. Well, that was on full show against the Vikings. And Aaron Jones made the most of his opportunity as the featured back in LaFleur’s offense.
The Packers’ top two running backs — Jones and Jamaal Williams — had a combined 32 carries in this game, which compared to 34 pass attempts for Aaron Rodgers. Of those carries, Jones had almost 72 percent.
And after a disappointing start last week, Jones looked at his best against the Vikings, rushing for for 116 yards and a touchdown on 23 attempts. He averaged an excellent five yards per carry. Jones didn’t break out any huge runs — his longest was 15 yards — but he was consistently making good plays and picking up positive yards.
What this shows is that Jones is clearly the number one back in LaFleur’s offense, and it’s a system he can dominate in. The Packers were able to move the ball on the ground, especially when Jones was on the field, and he could be set for a huge season. Not only that, but his success on the ground creates opportunities for the play-action passing game.
And if you started Jones in fantasy, congratulations.