Packers' Jones could be sleeper wideout
July, 6, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Nobody has scored more fantasy points in standard leagues the past two seasons than Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and of course his stalwart production makes fantasy owners very interested in wide receiver weapons Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. However, if you knew that Driver, the team's leading receiver in catches and touchdowns in 2009, was recovering from offseason surgery on both knees, you would learn another name for draft day, wouldn't you?
I believe after three seasons of knocking on the proverbial door of fantasy relevancy, that name is James Jones. He wasn't exactly invisible last season, as he caught 32 passes for 440 yards and five touchdowns, but he was also never a great fantasy option, reaching double digits in fantasy points just twice. Even though Rodgers and the Packers' offense piled up the yards, it didn't resemble the season where Peyton Manning helped turn three of his Indianapolis Colts wide receivers into 1,000-yard options. Still, watching Jones the past few seasons, he's always seemed thisclose to really expanding his role, and we know this is one of the right offenses in football to be a key figure in. Driver is 35 and no lock to regain his stature ... Jones just needs opportunity.
Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireJames Jones had a 100-yard game in 2009 but just one other game with at least 55 receiving yards.