Jamaal Williams is by all accounts the week one starter for the Green Bay Packers. Any starting running back in an Aaron Rodgers lead offense has major value and high upside, and Williams is no exception. Last season the Packers averaged 24.1 rushes per game and McCarthy has a long track record of featuring one back. Head coach Mike McCarthy clearly has a lot of faith in Williams to be able to deliver. When asked, McCarthy said, “I think we’ll be talking about him at the end of the season as a second-year player that’s made the jump.”
McCarthy saw Williams as a more reliable, consistent back capable of being a true bell cow. Last season Williams didn’t make many big plays but displayed consistent production, adequate catching out of the backfield, and good pass protection. With fellow running back Aaron Jones suspended the first two weeks for a substance abuse violation Williams is going to get a ton of work. Last season Williams averaged a 3.6 yards per carry but did produce four touchdowns on the ground and two in the passing game. At his current ADP of 78, Williams is an absolute steal. We have him ranked a little lower at 81 but as the season gets closer look for his stock and his price tag to rise. Williams is an excellent buy low candidate now before he gets too expensive.