WR Marvin Jones - Detroit Lions
|6-2, 199||Born: 3-12-1990||College: California||Drafted: Round 5|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Jones' red zone ability gave him a score and kept him from being a fantasy liability in Week 6, but Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin hoovered up targets, leaving Jones as a secondary target in a week without Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick. This is troubling when we consider the Lions pass offense once everyone is healthy. Jones could bounce back with a big week against Washington, but his profile is sliding after a hot start to the season.
Week 7: vs Washington Redskins
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matthew Stafford rediscovered Golden Tate last weekend (as the team was without tight end Eric Ebron or pass-catching running back Theo Riddick) - Stafford threw 23/31 for 270 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions with one sack taken for -5 yards during the game, finding Tate for 8/165/1 on 10 targets. Anquan Boldin (nine for 8/60/1), Andre Roberts (two for 2/13/1) and Marvin Jones (six for 2/10/1) all scored TDs for Stafford last weekend. This attack is going strong entering Week Seven. Washington didn't allow an offensive TD to the Eagles last week, and limited Carson Wentz to 11/22 for 145 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with five sacks for -34 yards. Two games back, Joe Flacco had just 30/47 for 188 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -22 yards. So far this year, Washington averages 242.5 net passing yards allowed per game, 14th in the NFL, with six passing scores given up vs. four interceptions and 16 sacks generated. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Wsahington has averaged 12.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-least in the NFL); and 13 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-least); with 8.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (10th-most). This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for Stafford and company, but unless you are absolutely loaded at quarterback on your fantasy team, he'll be hard to sit given how explosive Detroit has been in recent weeks.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs LA (6 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Jones wasn't as involved in this game in Week 5 and that trend continued in Week 6. It wasn't that he was forgotten, it was just that the Lions made a concerted effort to get the ball out quicker against a dominant Rams defensive line and that meant less intermediate and deep targets to Jones. Jones did catch a seven-yard touchdown and he displayed great body control and agility to highpoint the football and get his feet down. He did have a bad drop on a quick hitter out to the right flat and a miscommunication between Jones and Stafford led to an incompletion in the end zone. Jones went to the far pylon in the corner and it looked like he should have ran a quick slant and Stafford threw the slant. The Lions got Jones a reverse and he turned it up the field for a three-yard gain. Jones was targeted six times and caught two for 10 yards and a score.
2016 Week 5 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)
Jones wasn't as involved in this game as he was in the first four the Lions played as he was only targeted five times, catching four for 37 yards and a score. Jones caught a 17-yard pass on a slant route early in the game when the Lions were moving the ball well. He caught a few passes working over the middle of the field and scored on a one yarder, reading the play perfectly as Stafford rolled to his side of the field. Jones kept himself alive and working at the back of the end zone and he showed good body control going up and catching the ball over the defender and staying in bounds. Jones did have a drop in the second half on a quick slant that went through his hands.
2016 Week 4 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)
Jones continues to lead the Lions down the field passing attack as he caught five balls and registered 74 yards. Jones did have a drop in the second half over the middle of the field, but he was as dangerous as any Lions offensive player was on Sunday. Jones was utilized on slant routes Sunday as his quickness and ability to separate in short areas allowed him to get open into the middle of the field. Also, the Lions are giving him help, running combination routes and rub concepts to give him space. Jones caught slant passes of 17 yards, seven yards, another for 17 yards and a fourth for 19 yards in this game. He also caught a quick screen pass and made the first defender miss, taking the pass for 15 yards, 14 of which came after the catch. Jones is generating yards after the catch and is a threat at all times because of his body control and ability to adjust to the ball in the air. Jones was targeted seven times in this game.
2016 Week 3 vs GB (8 / 6 / 205 / 2 rec)
Jones was heavily involved in the Lions down the field passing attack in this game as the Lions were forced to throw because of how far they fell behind in the first half. While he was quiet for most of the first half, he did make two big plays. Stafford hit Jones down the right sideline early in the game, and Jones showcased some serious body control and ability to adjust in the air as the pair connected on a 37-yard play. It was a great route as Jones used a subtle move to freeze Packers cornerback Damarious Randall to create separation. Stafford underthrew Jones in the end zone on a deep throw that he forced, but Jones was open and the ball needed a touch more air. With less than a minute to go in the first half, Stafford hit Tate down the right sideline again and he again showed great body control to keep himself in bounds and race into the end zone for 73 yards and a score. The Lions continued to get creative with Jones, running combination routes to isolate him down the field on a safety, hitting him for 23 yards up the right sideline. This kind of play is one that could continue to work. Jones continued to generate chunks of yardage and the Packers could not stop him while Stafford continued to look his way. Jones was targeted in the red zone on a short throw and he made a diving attempt, but the ball had a touch too much heat and went through his hands. Stafford continued to find Jones down the field as he hit him for 17 yards and then again for 19 yards. Jones again displayed outstanding body control on the 19 yarder, tapping both toes in bounds as he has falling out of bounds. Late in the fourth quarter, Jones scored on a 35-yard pitch and catch where he ran a fantastic route on Randall, leaving him in the dust and wide open to roll into the end zone for his second score of the day.
2016 Week 2 vs TEN (11 / 8 / 118 / 0 rec)
Jones was heavily involved in the Lions attack in this game as he was targeted 11 times, catching eight passes and registering 118 yards. However, Jones did have two drops in the game and the ball security issues seemed to be catchy. Both drops were easy catches and both would have been first down plays. Stafford and Jones were in sync in this game as they had the back shoulder throw working. Jones ran a go down the left boundary and stopped, turning to catch the ball and gaining 30 yards. The biggest offensive play of the day came on a short throw as Tate made the first defender miss and raced down the sideline for 47 yards. Jones works the boundary extremely well, but he's also a savvy route runner. He displayed that ability against zone coverage, sitting in an open area and moving the chains for the offense. Most of Jones' work came on quick hitting throws but the Lions did push the ball down the field to him against Tennessee. Aside from the two drops, it was a very nice outing for Jones.
2016 Week 1 vs IND (10 / 4 / 85 / 0 rec)
Early in this contest it looked like Jones was struggling to separate from the Colts defenders and he was having a hard time in contested catch situations, but he did make some huge plays in this game. He beat the Colts with a crossing route that went for 27 yards and was helped by Stafford's throw being right on the money and not causing Jones to stop his feet to adjust on the ball. He also beat Colts cornerback Antonio Cromartie down the right sideline for 32 yards with a great adjustment on an underthrown ball. Jones and Stafford looked to have developed quick chemistry in the preseason but they were a touch off in this game. Jones was targeted 10 times, but only converted four into catches. He finished with 85 yards because of his ability to stretch the field, both before and after the catch.
Latest NewsLions | Marvin Jones held in check (Sun Oct 16, 11:45 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones posted two receptions for 10 yards in the Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Rams. He was able to find the end zone on one of the catches. Jones was targeted six times. link to story Lions | Marvin Jones scores again in win (Sun Oct 9, 08:30 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (foot) posted four receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was targeted five times. Our View: Jones wasn't successful as a downfield receiver, but he caught a score to salvage a good fantasy day in a tough matchup. He's leveling off a WR2/WR3 after a strong WR1 start to the year. He'll be a WR3/Flex play against the Rams.
link to story Lions | Marvin Jones will play in Week 5 (Sun Oct 9, 12:02 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (foot) is officially active for the team's Week 5 game. link to story Lions | Marvin Jones expected to play (Sun Oct 9, 10:33 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (foot) is expected to play in Week 5's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Our View: Jones and the Lions have a tough matchup, but you have to have a stacked group of wide receivers for the #1 fantasy wideout through three weeks to be on your bench in Week 5.
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