Jones should see extra opportunities Sunday against the Panthers with Marvin Jones (knee) ruled out for the contest, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Jones hasn't been able to take advantage of the Golden Tate trade, drawing just four targets the past two weeks while essentially splitting the No. 3 receiver job with Theo Riddick. Now down another wideout, the Lions likely will push Jones outside and continue to use Riddick from the slot, though Bruce Ellington and/or Brandon Powell could also get involved. It's hard to count on anyone besides Kenny Golladay seeing more than a handful of targets in Week 11, but Riddick and Jones do at least offer some upside in PPR formats.
Jones caught one pass (on two targets) for 12 yards during Sunday's 34-22 loss to Chicago. This marked the second game since Detroit traded away star receiver Golden Tate, and Jones again looked like an afterthought in the passing game. The recently signed Bruce Ellington presents a significant threat to steal playing time sooner rather than later. Jones' fantasy stock is returning to the minimal levels it was at while Tate was still with the team. As a result, Jones can safely be dropped in the vast majority of fantasy formats.
Jones secured both of his targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 24-9 loss to Minnesota. Jones didn't enter the starting lineup despite Golden Tate's absence, as the Lions instead went with a two-tailback lineup with Theo Riddick and Kerryon Johnson to open the game. The Notre Dame product didn't see a huge uptick in targets, either, as the two looks he was given didn't even mark a season high. While Jones could see a heavier workload in future weeks, this first performance sans-Tate wasn't an encouraging sign for his impending fantasy production.
Jones and Brandon Powell are both viewed as viable candidates to replace Golden Tate after the 30-year-old slot receiver was traded to Philadelphia on Tuesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Jones did solid work while sharing the No. 3 wideout role with Kenny Golladay last season, catching 30 of 49 targets for 399 yards and a touchdown. The 26-year-old has spent enough time in Detroit to become acclimated with each of the three receiver spots in the offense, whereas Powell -- an undrafted rookie out of Florida -- has been groomed specifically for slot work. The situation could end up working in Powell's favor, especially after Jones was a healthy scratch for Sunday's 28-14 loss to Seattle. Regardless, it's hard to imagine either player drawing more than a handful of targets per game, as Golladay and Marvin Jones will also take on some of the volume that previously went to Tate.
Jones (coach's decision) was inactive for Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Seahawks. Jones was a healthy scratch for the first time all season. The Lions used Ameer Abdullah at kick returner with Brandon Powell handling punts.
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