Can Opportunity Outweigh (Lack) of Ability?
Long-time Footballguys subscribers know that I often say that the key to fantasy success is the confluence of Ability and Opportunity. In Matt Jones' case, we're presented with an interesting test case. He has unquestioned OPPORTUNITY, but has displayed a disturbing lack of ABILITY. When the two are at odds, which direction should we go? Avoid the player if we don't believe in his skills? Or embrace the opportunity in recognition that a guaranteed number of touches can be valuable in and of itself in today's NFL?
Let's Talk Ability (Or Lack Thereof)
Matt Jones looks the part. At 6'2", 231 lbs., Jones is big enough to bowl over most linebackers. Washington handed Jones a major role in his rookie season as he seemed a better fit than Alfred Morris in the team's power blocking scheme.