Schedule

Opponent Game Opp RK Opp FPTS
@ 23 19
vs 5 14
@ 12 16
vs 24 19
vs 29 21
vs 17 17
@ 3 14
vs 25 20
vs 11 16
@ 27 20
vs 9 15
@ 7 15
@ 5 14
BYE
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vs 23 19
@ 15 16
@ 22 19
vs 12 16
Player Outlook
Jones entered last season a deep sleeper following a strong preseason that earned him the No. 2 job over Latavius Murray and actually had a solid Week 1 performance, rushing for 50 yards on just 11 carries. That would be the highlight of his year, as he managed only eight carries over the next three weeks before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury. By the time he returned, the Saints had reuinted with Mark Ingram, and anytime Jones was given an opportunity to carry the ball over the rest of the year he didn't do much with it. Ingram is now 32, so the opportunity could be there for Jones to again to emerge as the top backup for this offense, which isn't nothing considering Alvin Kamara could be facing a suspension after an offseason arrest. Jones is likely to go undrafted in most Fantasy leagues, but he's a name to keep tucked away in deeper formats.

Fantasy Stats

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2022
2021 142 2.63 5 29 161.5
2020 13 4.33 11
3y Avg. 78 2.79 2 14 81.3
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Fantasy News

  • Saints' Tony Jones: Stepping up in practice

    Jones is competing with Devine Ozigbo, Abram Smith and Dwayne Washington for a roster spot as a backup running back, Luke Johnson of nola.com reports. The third-year back has impressed thus far throughout training camp by gashing the Saints' defense for multiple nice runs, which is especially notable given he sits on the roster bubble. If Jones can continue catching the coaching staff's eye, the 5-foot-11, 224-pound back could carve out a rotational role alongside Mark Ingram and the recently acquired Malcolm Brown. However, all reserve running backs could receive a heavier workload depending on how Alvin Kamara's legal situation plays out.
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  • Saints' Tony Jones: Surprise scratch Thursday

    Jones (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Cowboys. Even with Alvin Kamara (knee) sidelined for a fourth straight contest, the Saints will keep Jones in street clothes in this one. Instead, Mark Ingram is slated to handle the bulk of the reps out of the backfield, with wide receiver Ty Montgomery, fullback Adam Prentice and special teamer Dwayne Washington on hand for complementary work.
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  • Saints' Tony Jones: Likely headed for reserve role

    Jones is expected to serve as the Saints' No. 2 running back Thursday against the Cowboys with Mark Ingram (knee) in line to start in his return from a one-game absence, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Alvin Kamara (knee) sits atop the Saints' depth chart and is listed as questionable for Thursday's game, but Jane Slater and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier in the day that the 26-year-old will ultimately be sidelined for a fourth straight game while he contends with a sprained MCL. The Saints won't officially confirm Kamara's status until he's included on the team's inactive list that will be released 90 minutes prior to kickoff, but his absence likely won't be enough to ensure Jones maintains a big role on offense. Jones started in last week's Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bills and carried a team-high 16 times for 27 yards, but he was afforded the opportunity only because Ingram joined Kamara on the inactive list. With Ingram having since returned to practice in full capacity this week, he'll be in the clear to serve in a lead role out of the Saints' backfield, just as he did in the first two games that Kamara missed. Jones was available for the second of those two contests, but he played just 10 snaps on offense and finished with three carries for two yards in the Saints' 40-29 loss to the Eagles in Week 11.
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  • Saints' Tony Jones: Minimal role in return to lineup

    Jones rushed three times for two yards during Sunday's 40-29 loss to the Eagles. In his first game back from an ankle injury, Jones barely saw any work despite the absence of Alvin Kamara (knee). Instead, Mark Ingram (24 combined carries and targets) almost exclusively carried the load. Even if Kamara remains sidelined in Week 12 against Buffalo, Jones does not seem like an advisable fantasy option in any format.
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  • Saints' Tony Jones: Opening looms in return from IR

    Jones (ankle) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, per the NFL media's transactions page. Jones is back on the roster just in time for an intriguing opportunity Sunday in Philadelphia, as workhorse Alvin Kamara (knee) has been ruled out. While Mark Ingram is expected to get the starting nod in Kamara's absence, Jones is slated to work as his top backup ahead of special teams contributor Dwayne Washington. Jones averaged a respectable 4.1 yards per carry on 19 attempts in four games prior to injuring his ankle.
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  • Saints' Tony Jones: Heads to injured reserve

    The Saints placed Jones (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Jones is expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks anyway after injuring his ankle this past Sunday versus the Giants. With this transaction, he'll officially be out for at least the next three games, as he won't be eligible to return from IR until prior to the Saints' Nov. 7 contest against the Falcons. While Jones is sidelined, New Orleans may rely on Alvin Kamara even more out of the backfield, with the remaining touches going to depth backs Dwayne Washington and newcomer Devine Ozigbo.
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  • Saints' Tony Jones: Carted off with ankle injury

    Jones is questionable to return to Sunday's Week 4 matchup against the Giants with an ankle injury. Jones was carted off the field in the second quarter, though the nature of his injury was not apparent at the time. Dwayne Washington has served as the team's second back in the absence of Jones, though he's seen very limited work behind Alvin Kamara and Taysom Hill.
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  • Saints' Tony Jones: Four touches against Patriots

    Jones rushed twice for 12 yards and caught two of two targets for 10 yards during Sunday's 28-13 win over the Patriots. With Alvin Kamara again commanding over 80 percent of the offensive snaps, Jones was nothing more than a change-of-pace option who seemingly lacks the standalone fantasy value that Latavius Murray once had with the Saints. As such, the 11 carries Jones saw Week 1 against Green Bay are looking more and more like a product of the blowout nature of the game than anything else. While Jones would have significant fantasy value if anything happens to Kamara, he's probably not even a consideration for the flex spot otherwise.
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  • Saints' Tony Jones: Totals 53 yards

    Jones rushed 11 times for 50 yards while securing his only target for three yards during Sunday's 38-3 win over Green Bay. Jones was mixed into the offense from the second series onwards, but his final numbers probably overstate his involvement in the run game considering he rushed four straight times to run out the clock when the Saints were up 28 with less than two minutes remaining. The seven carries he otherwise saw were less than Latavius Murray's average of 9.6 rushing attempts from last year. Meanwhile Alvin Kamara's 20 carries was a hike from the 12.5 he averaged in 2020. If this sort of split holds, Jones may be less of a fantasy asset than Murray was in year's past, but he'll nonetheless be one of the more valuable backups to own in case something happens to Kamara.
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  • Saints' Tony Jones: Strengthens case for roster spot

    Jones has made a strong impression through two preseason games, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Jeff Duncan of The Athletic goes a step further and calls Jones the second-best running back on the Saints' roster -- a comment that's primarily meant as praise but also adds to the growing doubts surrounding Latavius Murray. While Murray survived a purge of veteran players earlier this offseason, the 31-year-old isn't necessarily safe as he sports a non-guaranteed $2.95 million base salary while Jones and Devonta Freeman are signed for much less. Jones and Murray are the names to watch behind Alvin Kamara in the New Orleans backfield, with Freeman a long shot to make the Week 1 roster and Dwayne Washington mostly a special teams player. Jones should see action in the preseason finale, after taking 12 carries for 106 yards and a TD through the first two games.
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  • Tony Jones: Sent back to practice squad

    Jones reverted to the Saints' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log. Saints running back Alvin Kamara tested positive for COVID-19, while both Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington were considered close contacts. All three sat out the season finale against Carolina. Jones was called up from the practice squad as a result, making his NFL debut. He logged just five snaps, translating into 13 yards on three carries, while Ty Montgomery led the backfield with 44 snaps and recorded 19 touches. Kamara, Murray and Washington could all return for Sunday's wild-card game against the Bears, so it's uncertain whether Jones will be promoted again.
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  • Saints' Tony Jones: Promotion made official

    Jones was promoted to the Saints' active roster Saturday. Jones' promotion to the 53-man comes as no surprise with fellow running backs Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington all currently subjected to the league's COVID-19 protocol. Jones will be the primary backup behind Ty Montgomery on Sunday against the Panthers.
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  • Tony Jones: Likely to be promoted

    The Saints are expected to elevate Jones from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Saints running backs Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington are all in COVID-19 protocol and will be unavailable in Week 17. In turn, Jones likely will make his NFL debut in Sunday's game. The Notre Dame product carried 144 times for 857 yards and six touchdowns in his final season at college. Ty Montgomery and Taysom Hill are both candidates to handle the backfield reps as well.
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