Fantasy impact of the Julio Jones injury
October, 8, 2013
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Dale Zanine/USA TODAY SportsPrior to his injury, Julio Jones was making spectacular plays and racking up fantasy points.
The devastating news that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is expected to miss the rest of this season with a serious foot injury is obviously a huge blow to fantasy owners who made him a top-25 choice in ESPN drafts, but it also affects other players on the Falcons, a team that fell to 1-4 with a surprising loss to the New York Jets on Monday night.
Let's start with veteran Roddy White, the other wide receiver on the Falcons who fantasy owners might presume gains value because of this news. White hasn't been healthy all season, with a high ankle sprain first, and now a hamstring injury. Regardless, the third-rounder in terms of ESPN ADP -- he was the next wide receiver chosen after Jones! -- has really hurt fantasy owners, with 10 total fantasy points in five games. It would have been far better had the Falcons simply sat him for a month.