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Packers RB AJ Dillon injury: What status means for Week 15 vs. Bucs

AJ Dillon is dealing with a thumb injury for Week 15. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

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Inactives update: AJ Dillon is officially out. Aaron Jones is active. Jones should be in your fantasy football lineups if you have him rostered.

Game day update: AJ Dillon is not expected to play, per Ian Rapoport.

All eyes will be on the Green Bay Packers backfield as they prepare to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15 at home. The Packers are dealing with a lot of injuries in the running back room, with AJ Dillon being one of those names. Here’s the latest on his status for Sunday’s game.

AJ Dillon injury

Fantasy football analysis

Dillon is listed as questionable for the game as he tries to play through a thumb fracture. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, but was able to log a limited session Friday. Aaron Jones is also questionable but seems more likely to play.

Even if Dillon does suit up, his fantasy value depends almost entirely on whether Jones is good or not. Dillon is worth starting as a flex play in deeper leagues, but might not quite get to RB2 status even if he is cleared.

NFL DFS analysis

Dillon is priced at $5,300 in DFS contests at the moment, but this value is certainly going to change based on the final designations. If Jones is out and Dillon is in, you can probably count on decent volume for the Boston College product. However, Dillon only has one rushing touchdown all season so he’s unlikely to find the endzone. If both Jones and Dillon are in, you likely shouldn’t roster him at this price.

Betting analysis

Dillon is unlikely to impact the betting line for this game unless he and Jones are both ruled out. The Packers are currently 3.5-point favorites at home, and they’re unlikely to shift much between 3 and 4-point favorites depending on the running backs. Jones will cause the bigger swing on the betting lines, although the Packers could drop to 2.5 or even 2-point favorites if both running backs are ruled out.