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Packers-Rams Fantasy Reaction: It’s officially the Aaron Jones show

While Sunday ended in a loss for the Packers, clarity in the backfield has started to emerge.

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We hope your fantasy teams fared a little bit better than the Green Bay Packers did on Sunday. In heartbreaking fashion, the Packers didn’t get the opportunity to see if Aaron Rodgers could lead them on a 2-minute game-winning touchdown drive. They played well for most of the day and much to the chagrin of gamblers, covered the spread impressively. It just didn’t amount to a victory for the green-and-gold.

There were some decent questions answered from a fantasy perspective, however, so let’s dive into whose stock is up and whose is down:

Stock Up

Aaron Jones, RB

Finally. Finally! It looked like Aaron Jones came out of the bye week as “the guy” for the Green Bay Packers. The game script only dictated him getting 12 carries, but the fact that he notched 32 snaps compared to 13 for Jamaal Williams is a great sign. There’s also the note that Ty Montgomery was shipped off to Baltimore for a seventh-round draft pick. That leaves Jones and Williams to likely divy up the remaining snaps left on the table in Montgomery’s absence.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR

Valdes-Scantling was tied with Randall Cobb for targets against the Rams, and while he only turned those five targets into two completions, his big play ability was still on display. While Cobb and Geronimo Allison could still be working their way back from injury, the rookie looks poised to take on a larger role. If MVS keeps giving Rodgers touchdowns on deep throws, his flex value could be trending upward.

Stock Down

Geronimo Allison, WR

On the flip side, those of you hoping Allison would come back with high-end flex play points, were sadly let down. He only garnered one target in his return from injury and said injury could still be lingering. There’s a chance he does return to a double-digit fantasy player before long, though. Just keep track of his snap count. He played 30 snaps compared to Valdes-Scantling’s 31.

Packers Defense

The Packers defense has looked promising at times, but they might just be slipping back into a waiver wire drop. Green Bay moved up from 24 in defensive DVOA last week to 20th this week, but the Packers made another move at the trade deadline that makes me question what they do next. The Packers sent Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington in a trade for a fourth-round pick. I’m not sure what their contingency plan is to replace Ha Ha, either. Even with Clinton-Dix, this unit has been struggling. Is it time for Josh Jones to re-emerge from the shadows?