Despite a sour 2017 where he had way more drops (eight) than touchdowns (three), there is no doubt Julio Jones is a No. 1 Fantasy receiver. He'll probably be among the first four receivers taken in your draft, and there's a good chance he'll go in Round 1. A safe bet for at least nine targets per game, Jones remains a top dog in Fantasy because of his outstanding yardage production -- 104.5 yards per game over his last five seasons. Best of all, Jones isn't dealing with any injuries or physical rehab heading into training camp, giving the 29-year-old a full summer to refine his rhythm with quarterback Matt Ryan, something he didn't have last season. Once Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins get picked in your league, expect Jones to follow very soon after.
Though Jones warmed up prior to Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs, he reportedly won't play, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Previous reports suggested that Jones might see some action Friday night, but it looks like we won't see him play until next Saturday's dress rehearsal against the Jaguars.
Jones appears to be on track to play in Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. That said, the report suggests that Jones likely won't play much Friday, which makes the Falcons' star wideout a less-than-ideal DFS play this week. More importantly, Jones isn't battling any injuries as the regular season approaches, which is something the Falcons would like to remain the case.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Jones will be "available" for Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Jones spent most of the 2017 offseason in recovery mode following toe surgery and only made one appearance last preseason, receiving one target in a brief showing. His health hasn't been in question this summer, but his contract status was. In the end, the Falcons restructured his contract to give him a $2.9 million raise for the upcoming campaign. If he takes the field Friday, it may be the sole showing Jones makes during exhibition season. Beyond that, the most interesting aspect surrounding Jones is his relationship with second-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. While Jones posted a fourth 1,400-yard season in a row last year, his touchdown count (three) was the second lowest of his illustrious career, despite seeing 19 red-zone looks.
Jones believes that he and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will have a closer relationship with one another this season, and the Falcons' offense should benefit as a result, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "We are going to have a better relationship," Jones said after practice Tuesday. Outside of woes in the red zone (where Jones hauled in just two touchdown receptions last season), it seemed like business as usual for the five-time Pro Bowl wide out in his first year playing under Sarkisian, as he mounted his fourth consecutive 1,400-yard campaign. Jones' comments indicating that he believes he has another gear to get to under the offensive coordinator may strike fear in NFC South secondaries. Along with Jones, Sarkisian sounded off as well. "We have eighteen games of working together and understanding the things he does and what he's comfortable with," Sarkisian said. "I think all of that adding up has put us in a much better space at this time this year than maybe this time a year ago."
Jones won't suit up for Friday's preseason game against the Jets. Jones has played a full 16-game slate just three times in his illustrious career to date, so it's no shock that the Falcons are holding out their offensive centerpiece in a meaningless contest. On the heels of his fifth 1,000-year season in the the past six years, he'll look to improve his prowess in the red zone, where the Falcons ranked 23rd in scoring in 2017, per Kevin Patra of NFL.com.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|6||10/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||25||20.75|
|12||11/23||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|14||12/09||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|17||12/30||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||161||102||1575||6||75||15.44||193|