Packers: Aaron Jones early 2021 fantasy football predictions

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

With his ability to catch passes as well as run between the tackles, Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is one of the best players in fantasy football entering 2021.

Jones plays in a great offense and is one of the stars for the Packers. With over 1,000 yards rushing in two straight seasons to go with 30 total touchdowns, Jones has helped fantasy managers go deep in the playoffs.

Should we expect another great fantasy season from Jones in 2021?

How Jones finished in 2020

While Jones’ touchdown numbers fell from the season before — which was to be expected — he still found the end zone 11 times. The Packers’ star running back finished fifth in fantasy points among RBs, according to Fantasy Pros. That’s in half PPR scoring.

What to expect in 2021

The Packers’ offense will again be one of the best in the league, assuming Aaron Rodgers is back. That means the Packers will put together long drives and be in scoring range on a regular basis. More opportunities for touchdowns means more fantasy points for Aaron Jones.

His receiving ability means he’s on the field regularly and also gives him a safe floor in half PPR and full PPR formats. In the past two seasons, Jones has made 96 catches.

Jamaal Williams was a key receiving back for the Packers but he’s now playing for Detroit Lions. Second-year running back AJ Dillon should see an increased role, but he’s not as good a receiver as Williams. That could lead to an even bigger receiving role for Jones.

Fantasy draft

Considering that Jones plays in one of the league’s highest-scoring offenses, and that he has a featured role, he’s going to be drafted high.

According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Jones’ current average draft position is in the first round, with him being selected ninth overall and also ninth among running backs. Hard to argue with that.

If you’re picking late in the first round near the turn, it’s possible you could land the Jones-Davante Adams stack with your top two picks.