Until T.J. Jones finds meaningful playing time this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Jones caught all three of his targets, putting up 40 receiving yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 31-0 win against the Packers. Jones saw an uptick in his involvement within the Lions passing attack towards the end of the season, collecting 10 receptions (on 12 targets) for 87 yards over the past three weeks, compared to nine receptions for 103 yards between Weeks 1 and 14. He went crazy in Week 17 specifically, picking up two receiving touchdowns against the Packers after accounting for two touchdowns through his first 41 NFL appearances. With Golden Tate already having been traded earlier this season, Jones has a chance to re-sign with Detroit and enter 2019 as the Lions No. 3 receiving option behind Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones (knee), depending on whether the team elects to acquire another target in free agency or the 2019 Draft.
Jones secured one of three targets for five yards during Sunday's 14-13 loss to Buffalo. Bruce Ellington (hamstring) didn't play in this one, and the Lions chose to roll with Andy Jones over TJ Jones as the No. 2 wideout behind Kenny Golladay. Given how much TJ Jones has struggled to produce over the past few weeks despite Detroit's desperate need for someone to step up at receiver, there isn't much hope he'll be a worthwhile fantasy option over the final two weeks of the season -- despite how much opportunity is available to him.
Jones caught one pass for 25 yards during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Rams. Jones had a touchdown called back by an offensive pass interference penalty, but he otherwise didn't see a single target until there was a minute left in garbage time. Even with Marvin Jones (knee) on injured reserve, TJ Jones clearly isn't a viable fantasy option in any format.
Jones caught one pass for 15 yards during Thursday's loss to Chicago. Marvin Jones (knee) remains out of commission, but TJ Jones saw just one target for the second week in a row. Given how little volume the latter is seeing despite logging high snap counts, it's hard to justify TJ Jones as a legitimate fantasy play in any format.
Jones secured his only target for two yards during Sunday's 20-19 victory over the Panthers. With Golden Tate in Philadelphia and Marvin Jones (knee) sidelined, Jones was expected to handle a larger role in the offense. However, Kenny Golladay (14 targets), Bruce Ellington (nine) and Theo Riddick (seven) ended up commanding the vast majority of quarterback Matthew Stafford's attention. It's hard to imagine things going any better for Jones in Week 12 against a Bears defense allowing just 6.8 yards per pass attempt this season.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|4||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|6||10/15||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|8||10/27||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|15||12/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|17||12/29||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||30||18||227||1||11||12.61||28|