Daniel Jones will open the season as the Giants starting quarterback, and he should be considered a sleeper in deeper leagues. He is worth drafting with a late-round pick. Jones showed flashes of greatness as a rookie once he took over for Eli Manning in Week 3. He had four games with at least 35 Fantasy points in the 12 games he played (he missed Week 14 and 15 due to injury). However, he also had six games with 14 Fantasy points or less. We'll see how he does in his first full season as a starter, as well as adapting to a new head coach (Joe Judge) and offensive coordinator (Jason Garrett). Jones has excellent weapons in Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley. And Jones also had seven games with at least 20 rushing yards, which only enhances his Fantasy value. He could emerge as a starting Fantasy quarterback in all leagues, so he's worth the gamble with a late-round selection.
Jones is focused on reducing his fumbles and gaining strength, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports. Jones spent part of the offseason with his college coach, David Cutliffe, who is well known for working with both Peyton and Eli Manning. Cutliffe believes quarterbacks who can't maintain focus downfield under pressure are lost causes, whereas Jones lands on the other end of the spectrum, perhaps too eager to make big plays. The 23-year-old had an NFL-high 18 fumbles last year, sporting the ninth-highest sack rate (7.6 percent) while tying Ryan Fitzpatrick for the most hits taken (66) on pass plays. Jones reportedly is up near 230 pounds after being listed at 221 last season, but Cutliffe believes the more important factor for ball security will be an improvement in pocket movement. The offense surrounding Jones looks much the same as last season's, but with first-round pick Andrew Thomas stepping in at right tackle and new head coach Joe Judge bringing in Jason Garrett to run the offense. Jones showed potential as a rookie, with 24 passing touchdowns and two rushing scores in 12 starts.
Jones completed 28 of 47 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Eagles. He also gained 26 rushing yards on three carries but committed two more fumbles, losing one of them. Ball security was a major issue for the rookie -- he finished 2019 with 12 INTs and 11 lost fumbles in 13 games (12 starts) -- but otherwise Jones gave the Giants reason to believe they've found the long-term successor to Eli Manning, as he completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns, albeit with a modest 6.6 YPA. With Saquon Barkley in the backfield, Jones doesn't need to carry the offense on his own, but if he can reduce his turnovers in 2020 he should have the receiving weapons around him to put together a strong fantasy campaign.
Jones completed 28 of 42 pass attempts for 352 yards and five touchdowns during Sunday's 41-35 win over the Redskins. Making his return following a two-game absence, Jones set new career highs in attempts, passing yards, and touchdowns while tying his high-water mark for completions. He connected with four different receivers for touchdowns, including the game-winning strike to Kaden Smith in overtime. Coming off this monster performance, Jones will look to cap off his rookie campaign in style next Sunday against the Eagles.
Jones (ankle) will start Sunday's game at Washington. Following a limited practice Wednesday and full participation Thursday, coach Pat Shurmur confirmed the rookie will return to the starting lineup Sunday afternoon. Jones will face a Washington defense that ranks 19th in both fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks and yards allowed per pass attempt (7.4), with the team's Week 16 injury report hinting at a matchup that's more favorable than the numbers suggest. Top pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan (calf) is on injured reserve, while starting cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar (hamstring) and Fabian Moreau (hamstring) both have been held out of practice this week.
Jones (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. Jones maintained his activity level from Wednesday's session, and coach Pat Shurmur said Thursday that the rookie signal-caller "feels good" in his recovery from a high-ankle sprain, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. While the Giants haven't made an official ruling on Jones retaking the reins of the offense, it's expected to happen before week's end, which will nudge Eli Manning back to a reserve role.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|4||10/04||@Los Angeles Rams||11||17.13|
|8||11/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||22.13|
|3 Year Avg||61.9||3027||24||12||279||2||262|