Buy or Sell | Dynasty Value of NFC North Backfields

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Alex Kurpeski

Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 09: Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field on December 09, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

It’s Aaron Jones’s world, we’re just living in it. Tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns, Jones has taken his game to a new level this season, emerging as a true RB1 in the Packers offense. He is a top 10 dynasty value at his position easily, as he is still in his mid twenties and has very little wear and tear on his body to this point. Behind him is trusty backup Jamaal Williams, a certified nice guy who is a viable flex most weeks. This duo should be entrenched at the head of the depth chart in Green Bay for the foreseeable future, so invest in them as a team just in case any injuries occur. Behind them, Dexter Williams is a mediocre back who has hardly seen the field, so he is not worth even monitoring at this stage. 

Verdict: Buying Jones and Williams, Selling the rest of the Packers running backs

Detroit Lions

Woof. This backfield has taken an ugly turn in recent weeks, with Kerryon and Ty Johnson being sidelined with potentially season ending injuries. While both Johnsons have upside, neither has really showed the consistency to be a starter in this league. While J.D McKissic, Tra Carson, and Paul Perkins have seen some snap shares, none of these guys possess long term value at the position. I could see this team bringing in a player like Kareem Hunt or Lamar Miller in the offseason, to provide some stability while a younger back emerges down the stretch. 

Verdict: Selling the Lions backfield

Minnesota Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 24: Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball for a touchdown in the first quarter of pre-season play against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Dalvin Cook has been playing at an MVP level this season, as he is finally healthy for the Vikings. With Cook in the fold, the Vikings offense has picked up right where it left off after the 2017 season that led to an NFC Championship berth. Cook’s biggest concern in the long term is the health of his lower extremities, as he has suffered numerous injuries in the past few years. While Cook is an obvious buy in dynasty leagues, he MUST be handcuffed with Alexander Mattison. Mattison is virtually a Dalvin Cook lite version, who sees a lot of playing time even with Cook active and on the field. Behind Mattison, Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah offer little long term value, as neither has broken through when given the chance as a lead back. 

Verdict: Buy Cook and Mattison, Sell the rest of the Vikings backs

Chicago Bears

While the Bears currently operate one of the league’s worst offenses, the team has a very good long term duo at the running back position. David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen have the potential to be an elite thunder and lightning type of combo (think Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida), once the Bears address their offensive line and quarterback issues. Montgomery is a highly skilled back with a skill set reminiscent of David Johnson, while Cohen is essentially a Darren Sproles clone. While the present is bleak for these guys, the long term should be much kinder to them. 

Verdict: Buy Cohen and Montgomery, Sell the rest of the Bears backs 

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