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WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

6-2, 220Born: 2-3-1989College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 6

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Jones had surgery to repair a bunion on his foot that had been bothering him for years, according to Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network. Rapoport reported that he was told the surgery will not affect Jones' availability for training camp.

Summary

Julio Jones is in the prime years of his NFL career, as he proved in 2016 with an elite showing of 129 targets for 83/1,409/6 receiving (sixth-best fantasy wide receiver during 2016) over 14 games played. He did see a dip in targets during 2016 after handling a ridiculous 203 targets for 136/1,871/8 receiving during 2015. Jones is just 28 years old and has missed just three games over the last three seasons while going over 1,400 yards receiving in each of those campaigns (he had 163 targets for 104/1,593/6 receiving during 2014). He seems set to dominate the opposition again during 2017, even though the team is transitioning to a new offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian. Head coach Dan Quinn is on the record stating after hiring Sarkisian: 'We love the way that we attack, and it took a lot of work to put that system in place. We have a real emphasis now on how we can fit guys into that system. It's very important that we stay consistent with that.'. Running back Devonta Freeman also commented on Sarkisian May 18, saying that the offense will stay 'pretty much the same... A few tweaks here and there, but the majority of the same play calls, the same offense.' Jones has strong complimentary players surrounding him - Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel both had solidly productive seasons as the #2 and #3 wide receivers last year, while Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are both threats to catch passes out of the backfield. Austin Hooper looks like a promising pass-catching tight end entering his second year in the league. The bottom line here is that while Jones will definitely have the attention of opposing defensive backs, there are too many weapons on the Falcons' offense for teams to blanket him with coverage on every down. Jones should continue to have high-single-digit to double-digit receptions week in and week out (he averaged 5.9 receptions per game last season over 14 games, with just three games of three or less receptions - he also had at least one reception in every game he played in last year). One quick medical note on Jones - he had surgery to repair a bunion on his foot that had been bothering him for years, according to Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network. A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. Rapoport reported that he was told the surgery will not affect Jones' availability for training camp. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5
Overall Redraft - 6, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 12
WR Redraft PPR - 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5
Overall Redraft PPR - 6, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 9, 10, 10, 12, 14
WR Dynasty - 4, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 7
Overall Dynasty - 6, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 9

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 ATL 15 1 1 0 163 104 1593 6 1
2015 ATL 16 0 0 1 203 136 1871 8 1
2016 ATL 14 0 0 0 129 83 1409 6
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 0 * * 98 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 0 * * 92 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 100 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 84 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 6
WR: 3
Overall-PPR: 6
WR-PPR: 3

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2017 Schedule

1@ Chicago Bears
2vs Green Bay Packers
3@ Detroit Lions
4vs Buffalo Bills
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Miami Dolphins
7@ New England Patriots
8@ New York Jets
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs Dallas Cowboys
11@ Seattle Seahawks
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs Minnesota Vikings
14vs New Orleans Saints
15@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers