Packers: Aaron Jones early 2022 fantasy football predictions

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Aaron Jones has been an RB1 in previous seasons. Can the Green Bay Packers‘ Pro Bowl running back help fantasy football owners win a championship?

Will Davante Adams’ departure lead to more opportunities in the receiving game for Jones?

Where should you draft him?

How Jones finished in 2021

According to Fantasy Pros, Jones finished as the RB11 in PPR formats last season, averaging 15.3 points per game.

While Jones was productive, it had to be a frustrating season for fantasy owners as the Packers split time between their top two running backs.

Jones had his fewest rushing attempts since 2018 and only a slight uptick in receptions. Had he been given a featured role, he may have been one of the top five running backs in fantasy.

What to expect in 2022

With Jones splitting carries in the Packers’ backfield, it’s unlikely he will be a top-five running back this year. Like last season, he could again finish as a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2.

Davante Adams dominated Green Bay’s targets last season. Now he has been traded to the Las Vegas Raiders, one has to wonder whether Jones will get more opportunities in the passing game.

This will be something to keep an eye on during training camp. Much could depend on how quickly the Packers’ rookie wide receivers adjust to the NFL.

If Jones has more opportunities to catch passes, his value in PPR drafts should rise.

Fantasy draft

According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Jones’ current average draft position is late in the second round. This feels about right.

At the bottom of the second, the risk of Jones splitting carries is worth the potential reward. He will be a borderline RB1 regardless, but if Jones does see an increased role in the passing game, he could be a great player to start in PPR leagues.

His current ADP feels about right.