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Finding 2022's Fantasy Football Breakout Running Back: A.J. Dillon, Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers running back A.J. Dillon (28) against the Seattle Seahawks during their football game on Sunday November 14, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Wm. Glasheen USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Apc Pack Vs Seattle 1217 111421wag

Green Bay PackersA.J. Dillon has rookie and second-year stats that compare favorably to former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall and Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller.

Dillon boosted his targeted route run percentage to an elite 20% last season after only gathering four targets as a rookie.

Dillon’s current RB24 ADP in PPR formats makes him a slight buy according to the PFF's consensus fantasy rankings.


A.J. DILLON COMPS

Dillon was used on a limited basis as a rookie, especially for a second-round pick. Nonetheless, the Boston College product boosted his rushing and receiving production dramatically in his second season despite backing up Aaron Jones. Dillon was a steady fantasy player, logging seven top-24 weeks. 

Among Dillon’s comparisons, four posted top-20 finishes at the position in their third seasons while another three finished in the top 25. Dillon's most likely outcome in 2022 is good-not-great production as long as Jones is still on the roster, but there’s always the potential for a blow-up season if Jones is injured.

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