James Jones had a career-best 890 yards on eight touchdowns last season, but no one has signed him for 2016. Not even the Packers, who were basically saved by some of Jones' heroics last season with Jordy Nelson sidelined. The 31-year-old receiver will likely latch on somewhere but shouldn't be considered in Fantasy, at least not to start the season.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that the team is not focused on re-signing James Jones, Weston Hokiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. Released by both the Raiders and Giants last year, Jones temporarily revived his career after landing back in Green Bay, posting a 50-890-8 receiving line in 16 games. He shouldn't have too much trouble finding a new home, but he'll likely have to prove that he's worthy of a roster spot when not playing with Aaron Rodgers. Soon to be 32 years old, Jones is unlikely to establish fantasy value outside of Green Bay. For their part, the Packers seem happy to move forward with Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis competing for playing time alongside Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson (knee).
Jones hauled in seven of 11 targets for 81 yards in Sunday's win over Washington. Jones helped set up Green Bay's first touchdown of the game by nabbing a 34-yard strike down the seam. Jones came out of nowhere to score six touchdowns in the seasons' first six games, but scored just twice afterward. He still managed to lead the team in receiving yards and was the top target in Green Bay's Week 16 loss to their Division Round opponent, Arizona. During that game, Jones caught five of 11 targets for 46 yards.
Jones caught four passes for 102 yards on 13 targets in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Vikings. Once again wearing his famous hoodie, Jones came up with a few big plays for an otherwise lifeless Green Bay offense. He still has trouble getting open, but the inefficient receiving line was largely due to poor throws by Aaron Rodgers, with some of those essentially being throw-aways. Jones often disappeared during the middle part of the season, but with seven or more targets and four or more catches in each of the final four games, he's been the closest thing the Packers have to a reliable offensive weapon. He'll face a middling Washington secondary in the first round of the playoffs.
Jones caught five passes for 46 yards in the Packers' loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Jones was targeted a team-high 11 times Sunday, but he could not do much with the looks, and was also held out of the end zone for the seventh time in nine games. Jones totaled 109 yards and a touchdown last time the Packers played their Week 17 opponent -- the Vikings -- in Week 11, but he has topped 49 yards in a game just once since then.
Jones caught six of nine targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-20 win at Oakland. Jones had a nice game against one of his former teams, although he was called for a couple of penalties, including an offensive pass interference call in the end zone that nullified his own touchdown in the fourth quarter. He was able to get open more than his teammates Sunday, but he's been really up-and-down this season in general. Thus, it's hard to completely trust him next week against a very talented Cardinals' secondary.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||New York Giants||23||23.88|
|3 Year Avg||101||61||791||6||36||12.97||117|