Marvin Jones isn't the consistent Fantasy receiver you want, but he is the occasional lineup hero you need. A few times per year, Jones explodes for a huge game and then spends the rest of the year putting up mostly forgettable numbers. Understand that he rarely finds over 100 yards (three times in the past two seasons), making him more touchdown-dependent than anything else. Jones has also seen each of his past two seasons shortened early by injuries. There's going to come a point in your draft where the remaining receivers on the board don't look particularly good, and that's when you should aim for Jones. It should be around 70th overall. He's better as a bench receiver than a flex, particularly in PPR where he's put up a modest 10-plus points in 11 of his past 22 games.
Jones (ankle) acknowledged on Twitter that he recently hosted Lions rookie Quintez Cephus and free agent signee Victor Bolden for workouts at his residence. Jones spent the final three games of last season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. Considering he was seen planting and cutting on both of his ankles in the video he posted, it seems the 30-year-old is getting back to full health. Jones, in a contract year -- along with Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola -- is also giving the Detroit front office plenty of reason to keep him around -- n spite of his age and contract status -- given his displays of leadership.
Jones (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Coach Matt Patricia told Rothstein that Jones injured his ankle on the final possession of the Lions' Week 14 loss at Minnesota. Apparently, the issue is severe enough to keep Jones sidelined for the remainder of the season, which is a fate that has befallen him for the second straight year. Overall, he hauled in 62 of 91 targets for 779 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games in 2019. In Jones' absence, Kenny Golladay figures to be even more prominent in the passing attack, while Danny Amendola and (to a lesser extent) Chris Lacy experience elevated roles.
Jones hauled in three of seven targets for 38 yards in the team's Week 14 loss to the Vikings. Jones racked up seven targets but managed to convert fewer than half into receptions. His longest gain of the day came midway through the first quarter, when he hauled in an 18-yard reception down the right sideline. On a positive note, Jones has shown some rapport with third-string quarterback David Blough, racking up 13 targets in two games with Blough under center. Jones will draw an exploitable matchup in Week 15 as the Lions take on the Buccaneers.
Jones caught three of six targets for 40 yards and one touchdown during Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Bears. News that Detroit would be turning to its third-string quarterback understandably made it hard to trust Jones against a tough Chicago team, but the veteran wideout put up a respectable fantasy total nonetheless thanks to his outstanding red-zone prowess. In fact, Thursday's touchdown marked Jones ninth score in 12 games this season and he only needs one more to match his career high of 10 touchdowns from the 2013 campaign with Cincinnati. Combined with his upside to rack up triple-digit receiving yards like he did in Week 3 and Week 9, Jones has been one of the most underrated fantasy assets in 2019 and up next is a Vikings team that Jones obliterated for 10 catches, 93 yards and four touchdowns back in Week 7.
Jones caught four of five targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys. Jones tied for the team lead in targets but finished averaging an atypical 10.8 yards per catch. He ruggedly found his way into the end zone from 11 yards out in the third quarter and added a 25-yard score in the fourth, keeping his team in a game it was expected to lose handily. Jones now has seven touchdowns in his last five games and seems able to produce even with Jeff Driskel under center. He could have room to flourish next Sunday against the Redskins and will possess even greater upside if Matthew Stafford (back) is cleared to return to the lineup.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|4||10/04||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|10||11/15||Washington Football Team||24||23.00|
|14||12/13||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|16||12/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||87||53||796||8||37||15.02||127|