Workin the Wire: Add Packers’ Aaron Jones

Packers Aaron Jones

Another week of the NFL season is in the books and that means its time to turn our focus towards Week 3. Hopefully you found ways to secure wins in Week 2. If not, I feel your pain. Either way the work is far from done. This week we focus on Aaron Jones returning from a suspension, potential replacements in Cleveland for Josh Gordon and more!

Who should you add heading into Week 3?

*For this article I target players available in 50% or less of ESPN or Yahoo
Aaron Jones | Green Bay Packers
Yahoo – 61%
ESPN – 46%

Aaron Jones is set to comeback this week after being suspended for the first two games of the season. Jamaal Williams had a chance to steal the show with Jones out but he has underwhelmed thus far. Williams did face the Bears and Vikings over those weeks. Both teams have stout defenses. The Packers started out slowly against the Bears and made throwing the ball a priority.

Williams has shown a consistent ability to be reliable in pass protection. This skill could keep him on the field when you’re not only trying to protect the franchise QB but when Aaron Rodgers is already banged up it is even more critical.

Even so, if Jones steals the show and displays the explosion we saw during his rookie season, you will have the feature back in a high powered offense. It is absolutely worth a stash if you have the roster flexibility.

Giovani Bernard | Cincinnati Bengals
Yahoo – 28%
ESPN – 39%

The Cincinnati Bengals lost their stud Joe Mixon for at least two weeks if not closer to a month. Giovani Bernard came in and saw all the work when Mixon left the game. Bernard got 27 yards on 6 carries against a good Ravens defense. He will provide a ton of value in the passing game. Bernard saw 7 targets catching 4 for 15 yards.

Gio should see around 20 touches a game over the next few weeks. If you need a RB to start over the next few weeks, then he is your man.

Austin Ekeler | Los Angeles Chargers
Yahoo – 44%
ESPN – 43%

It was another impressive week for Austin Ekeler who continues to perform for the Chargers. This week he racked up 77 yards on the ground and added another 21 yards in the air on 3 catches. This was his second straight productive week. The first two games saw a completely different game script yet Ekeler produced a similar result.

Ekeler will continue to be involved in this offense via the pass and on the ground. Even if you don’t “need” Ekeler, he will be usable when injuries or bye weeks strike.

Antonio Callaway | Cleveland Browns
Yahoo – 7%
ESPN – 4%

Antonio Callaway is a big play threat that will, at least in part, try to replace Josh Gordon. On Sunday he caught 3 of his 4 targets for 81 yards including a 47 yard TD pass from Tyrod Taylor. Callaway only had 15 snaps in the opener against the Steelers and did not see a target.

Big play ability is Callaway’s specialty. If not for off the field concerns, he would have been a borderline first round pick. He is worth a look if you need big play potential and upside on your team.

Rashard Higgins | Cleveland Browns
Yahoo – 1%
ESPN – 1%

While Callaway will likely garner more attention from your leaguemates, it is Higgins who interests me more. The third year WR has flashed at times during his time with the Browns. He played 60% of the snaps in Week 1 with Callaway only 15%.

In Week 2 Higgins was tied with Jarvis Landry and David Njoku for the team lead in targets. He caught 5 of his 7 targets for 47 yards on Sunday against New Orleans. With games against the Jets, Raiders and Chargers in the coming weeks, Higgins could be a valuable weapon if he continues to see this kind of volume.

Tyler Boyd | Cincinnati Bengals
Yahoo – 2%
ESPN – 1%

Tyler Boyd played well on the short week against the Ravens. He caught 6 of his team leading 9 targets for 91 yards and a TD. The Bengals continue to look for WR help opposite AJ Green. With the attention on that side of the field, Boyd can fill that role.

The Bengals go on the road for the next two weeks to take on the Panthers and Falcons. With no Joe Mixon and in games that should require the Bengals to throw to keep pace Boyd could be a viable flex play.

Geronimo Allison – Green Bay Packers
Yahoo – 31% Owned
ESPN – 26%

GERRRONIMOOOOOO! Allison continues to produce for the Green Bay Packers. Over the first two weeks he has been targeted 14 times catching 11 of those for 133 yards and a score. This production has come in game where the Packers trailed and one where they were ahead.

Clearly he is apart of this offense even with a productive Davante Adams or Randall Cobb. Add Allison this week if you need help at the WR position.

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