A.J. Dillon

Green Bay Packers
Running Back #28
Green Bay Packers
Running Back #28
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Hits pay dirt on SNF

Dillon rushed eight times for 64 yards and a touchdown and caught three of four targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 40-33 loss to Philadelphia.

Analysis: Dillon and Aaron Jones (15 touches for 99 yards and a score) literally carried the Packers offense in a heated primetime battle against the top contender in the NFC. It was the 24-year-old's first touchdown since Week 1, which seems low given his size (6-foot, 247 pounds) and bruising running style. Aaron Jones is still the lead back in Green Bay, but his backup has received double-digit touches in four of the last five contests while serving a complementary role. Dillon will look to build off of his best game of the 2022 season in a soft matchup against the Bears on Sunday.

Nov 27, 2022 11:31 PM EST

Limited to seven touches in loss

Dillon had six carries for 13 yards and one reception for 10 yards in Thursday's 27-17 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Dillon played about as many snaps as he is averaging in Thursday's contest, but he wound up finishing with fewer than 10 touches for the third time in seven appearances. Since the start of that stretch he has averaged just 42.3 yards from scrimmage per game and has not found paydirt, so he has provided little assistance for those including him in fantasy lineups.

Nov 18, 2022 7:10 AM EST

Performs well in complementary role

Dillon ran the ball 13 times for 65 yards and was not targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 31-28 win over Dallas.

Analysis: Aaron Jones (24/138/1) was able to suit up after injuring his ankle last week, which kept Dillon in his usual change-of-pace role Sunday. The 24-year-old has been effective in his role behind Jones this season (4.1 YPC), but the ceiling on his touches and lack of touchdowns (one total) have dampened Dillon's upside in 2022. The bruising backup is still worth rostering for his high floor and potential future value if more touches open up. For now, Dillon is clinging on to flex value heading into a tough matchup against a stingy Titans' run defense this Thursday.

Nov 13, 2022 7:24 PM EST

Finishes game for injured starter

Dillon rushed 11 times for 34 yards and caught two of four targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 15-9 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Dillon's final stat line was nothing to write home about, but the big takeaway from this game was the premature exit of starter Aaron Jones (ankle). The latter left the game in the second half and did not return, leaving Dillon to handle most of Green Bay's rushing duties. Rookie Kylin Hill was the only other back to see action with one carry for seven yards. If Jones is forced to miss time, Dillon's workload should increase heavily, so fantasy managers should monitor. The 24-year-old was already averaging double-digit touches and rushing for right around the four yards per carry mark, so an increase in volume and an uptick in targets out of the backfield would elevate Dillon into RB2 territory if he starts against Dallas next Sunday.

Nov 6, 2022 2:16 PM EST

Powers for 54 yards in loss

Dillon rushed 10 times for 54 yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Dillon was able to get back to double-digit touches after failing to do so in two of his last three contests. The plodding back still played second fiddle to Aaron Jones (20 carries for 143 yards), and he also had to leave the game briefly for an ankle injury after he was pulled down awkwardly on the turf. Dillon returned to the game and did not appear to be limited from that point forward, so fantasy managers may have dodged a lengthy absence. The 24-year-old is averaging 4.2 yards per carry despite his inconsistent usage this season, so he should remain rostered in the event his playing time stabilizes. Dillon could still draw flex appeal even with limited touches in a soft matchup against the Lions next Sunday.

Oct 30, 2022 11:08 PM EST

Limited to four carries Sunday

Dillon rushed four times for 15 yards and didn't draw a target in the Packers' 23-21 loss to the Commanders on Sunday.

Analysis: The bruising tailback's disappointing season hit a new low Sunday, as Dillon logged the fewest carries and rushing yards of the campaign. He also wasn't targeted for the second time in three contests, leaving him fantasy outlook notably depressed going into a Week 8 matchup against the Bills on Sunday night.

Oct 23, 2022 10:17 PM EST

Another mediocre outing

Dillon rushed 10 times for 41 yards and caught four of six targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Dillon again led the Packers in carries despite rushing for under 50 yards for the fourth time in six games this season. The tailback was also involved in a fumbled handoff exchange during the second quarter, although that turnover was pinned on quarterback Aaron Rodgers. While Dillon's consistent involvement keeps him a weekly factor to consider, Green Bay's offensive struggles while arguably underutilizing teammate Aaron Jones clouds both players' respective outlooks ahead of Week 7's matchup versus Washington.

Oct 16, 2022 1:53 PM EST

Limited to six carries

Dillon rushed the ball six times for 34 yards in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Dillon saw a season-low six touches, with Aaron Jones instead racking up 13 carries. Dillon was effective with his limited work, highlighted by gains of 11 and seven yards. Also notable was his lack of involvement as a receiver, as he failed to record a reception or be targeted for the first time in a game this season. Dillon has been a fantasy disappointment through five weeks, tallying only 245 rushing yards, 69 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Oct 9, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Season high on ground

Dillon rushed 17 times for 73 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Patriots. He also caught one of two targets for 11 yards.

Analysis: Dillon gained steam over the course of Sunday's contest, ultimately finishing with a season high in rushing yards. His workload came while running mate Aaron Jones enjoyed another highly efficient outing, carrying 16 times for 110 yards. With the Packers now boasting three straight wins, expect both Dillon and Jones to continue garnering significant workloads as Green Bay travels to London to face in Giants in Week 5.

Oct 2, 2022 5:08 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Dillon (knee) was a full practice participant Thursday.

Analysis: Dillon made a surprise showing on Wednesday's practice report as limited with a knee issue, but in the end it wasn't cause for concern ahead of Sunday's contest against the Patriots. His efficiency on the ground has been lacking through three games -- 3.5 YPC on 40 rushes -- but he's supplemented his stat line with eight catches (on 12 targets) for 58 yards while scoring one TD on the ground.

Sep 29, 2022 1:39 PM EST

Limited by knee injury

Dillon was limited at Wednesday's practice by a knee injury, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: This is the first reference of a health concern for Dillon this season, but on a positive note he was able to handle some drills to kick off Week 4 prep. His activity level nonetheless should be monitored closely this week to get a sense of if he's in danger of being limited or even out Sunday against the Patriots. In such a scenario, Aaron Jones would handle the bulk of the backfield reps for the Packers.

Sep 28, 2022 1:33 PM EST

Little room to run

Dillon rushed 12 times for 32 yards and caught two of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 14-12 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Dillon's total on the ground closely resembled that of running mate Aaron Jones, who rushed 12 times for 36 yards. Without contributing much in the passing game either, it was Dillon's lowest yardage output of the early campaign. He'll strive to get back on track when the Packers host the Patriots in Week 4.

Sep 25, 2022 4:47 PM EST

Takes back seat to Jones in Week 2

Dillon rushed 18 times for 61 yards and caught one of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Dillon finished with one more touch than Aaron Jones, though the latter turned his 18 touches into 170 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. The Packers still entrusted Dillon to run out the clock down the stretch despite a botched hand-off in the third quarter that led to an Aaron Rodgers fumble. Dillon has out-touched Jones 34-26 through two weeks, but Green Bay's entire running game could find room sparse in Week 3 against the stout Buccaneers front.

Sep 18, 2022 8:21 PM EST

Leads offense in defeat

Dillon rushed 10 times for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-7 loss to the Vikings. He also caught five of six targets for 46 yards.

Analysis: Dillon was Green Bay's most productive offensive player, leading the team in rushes and receiving yards while scoring its only touchdown. Although running mate Aaron Jones topped him with 49 yards on just five carries, Dillon saw the larger workload and was trusted near the goal line. After being stuffed on a fourth-down play at the one during the first half, Dillon rebounded by scoring from two yards in the second half. As the Packers adjust to life without superstar wideout Davante Adams, Dillon and Jones should remain key contributors both on the ground and in the air.

Sep 11, 2022 4:53 PM EST

Likely rested again

Dillon isn't expected to play in Green Bay's final preseason game Thursday against Kansas City, with the Packers holding out their top players to prepare for Week 1 at Minnesota, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Dillon and Aaron Jones will both finish the preseason without playing any snaps. It remains to be seen if the workload split between the two in the regular season is close to 50/50 the way it was after Week 10 last year following Jones' MCL sprain. Dillon had 180 total yards and two TDs in two matchups with Minnesota in 2021, including the game Jones missed (Week 11) due to the aforementioned knee injury.

Aug 23, 2022 9:14 AM EST

Unlikely to play Friday

Dillon isn't expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Saints, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: With all of Dillon, Aaron Jones and Kylin Hill (PUP, knee) unavailable, Patrick Taylor, Tyler Goodson and Dexter Williams will compose Green Bay's backfield in the team's second exhibition. Dillon's last opportunity to make an appearance this preseason arrives Thursday in Kansas City.

Aug 19, 2022 4:57 PM EST

Could catch 50-plus passes?

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers recently said it's "realistic" for both Dillon and Aaron Jones to catch 50 passes this season, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

Analysis: It's a reasonable enough task for Jones, who landed in the range of 47-52 receptions each of the past three seasons. Dillon is much less likely to get there, but it isn't out of the question after he showed impressive receiving skills for a big back last season with a 34-313-2 receiving line on 37 targets. The 247-pounder will never be the slickest route-runner, but he also hasn't dropped a pass in the NFL and remains rather difficult to tackle. Dillon took more work away from Jones as last season progressed, and with WR Davante Adams traded away this spring, there's some thought the Packers will find a way to give Dillon more touches without taking anything off Jones' plate.

Aug 17, 2022 10:17 AM EST

Expected to split work in 2022

Dillon (ribs) and Aaron Jones could split the work "50-50" in the Packers' backfield in 2022, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic suggests.

Analysis: Jones played 52 percent of the snaps to Dillon's 43 percent in 2021, but with Dillon ascending, Schneidman believes those numbers will be even closer in the season ahead. Dillon's 2021 campaign was cut a couple quarters short by a broken rib, but no issues have been reported since, so he should be ready to go when the Packers begin offseason team activities later this month.

May 6, 2022 9:30 AM EST

Suffers fractured rib Saturday

Dillon sustained a broken rib during Saturday's divisional-round loss to the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Prior to his departure near the end of the first half, Dillon had seven carries for 25 yards and one touchdown. According to Rapoport, the injury is severe enough that it would have been difficult for Dillon to be ready for the NFC Championship Game, if the Packers had advanced. They did not, though, so Dillon will aim for a full recovery by the offseason program.

Jan 23, 2022 2:58 PM EST

Scores TD in playoff loss

Dillon (chest) rushed seven times for 25 yards and a touchdown during the Packers' 13-10 loss to the 49ers in their NFC divisional-round matchup Saturday night. He exited the game for good due to his injury late in the first half.

Analysis: Dillon's final carry of the night came with 56 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The bruising back did provide those rolling with him in postseason fantasy contests one highlight, that being his six-yard touchdown run with 9:25 remaining in the first quarter that opened the scoring on the night. Despite the disappointing outcome from a team perspective Saturday night, Dillon's second season was certainly a success that was highlighted by 803 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns over 17 games.

Jan 22, 2022 8:56 PM EST

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