You already know Julio Jones is one of Fantasy's most consistent receivers, but he's also getting close to the level of being one of the all-time best pass-catchers. He caught an impressive 66.7 percent of the league-most 204 targets sent his way last season. He had 10 games with 10-plus Fantasy points and four with 20-plus (that's non-PPR). And over his last 36 games with the Falcons he's averaged 112.3 receiving yards per outing. When it comes to safe Fantasy options, Jones is toward the top of the list. Expect him to get picked soon after Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. in every single draft this summer.
Jones caught nine passes for 149 yards on 11 targets in Sunday's loss to the Saints. Jones and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown battled for the league lead in receptions all season, so it's fitting for the two to end the year tied at 136. Jones ended the season strong, with five consecutive games of at least seven catches and three consecutive games of over 100 yards. If a complaint could be made about Jones' year, it would be that he failed to find the end zone in 10 of 16 games this season. Expect finding more red-zone opportunities for Jones to be a priority for Atlanta in 2016.
Jones is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints due to an ankle injury. Jones sustained the ailment shortly before halftime with four catches (on six targets) for 66 yards already on the ledger. If he returns, he'll have a chance to challenge for a few regular season records, namely Calvin Johnson's 1,964 yards receiving from 2012.
Jones reeled in nine of 11 targets for a season-high 178 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Carolina. Jones put the offense on his back on Sunday, navigating the Falcons toward an upset win over the Panthers. Jones made the play of the game in the third quarter, plucking a jump ball away from Luke Kuechly and racing toward the end zone for the 70-yard score to put Atlanta on top. The league's leading receiver in both catches and yards has now caught at least seven passes in eight of his past nine games and ends the season with a cushy matchup against the Saints.
Jones hauled in nine catches off of 13 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Matt Ryan flipped the ball out into the flat late in the second quarter and Jones took it in for an 11-yard touchdown, snapping a five-game scoreless streak. The Falcons had lost every game of that streak, but Jones managed to keep his head above water. The NFL's leader in catches topped six receptions in four games during his scoreless streak and went over 85 yards receiving four times. Though a tough matchup against Carolina is up next, the fact that Jones managed to catch seven passes against the Panthers last week should ease some owners' concerns.
Jones (knee) hauled in seven of 10 targets for 88 yards in Sunday's 38-0 loss to the Panthers. He also fumbled once but it was recovered. Jones failed to reach the century mark in receiving yards for the third straight week, despite receiving double-digit targets for the second consecutive game. The game got out of hand early for Atlanta, which has now dropped six straight. Despite the blowout, Jones secured his longest reception, 46 yards, since a 54-yard reception in Week 10 versus the 49ers. The five-year pro also broke the 100-catch mark for the second straight year, and seems like a sure bet to blow past the career-best figure of 104 that he posted in 2014. Jones and the Falcons face off against the Jaguars on the road in Week 15.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|3||09/27||@New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|7||10/23||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|8||10/30||Green Bay Packers||13||21.00|
|9||11/04||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|13||12/04||Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|15||12/18||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|17||01/01||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|3 Year Avg||142||94||1348||5||65||14.34||164|