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WR Marvin Jones - Detroit Lions

6-2, 199Born: 3-12-1990College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): We feared Jones would blend into a cast of many in the Lions passing game as he did earlier this year, but he scored against the Bears. His toughest matchup left this year is on Thanksgiving against Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings, but after that he'll be an excellent upside WR3/Flex at worst.

Week 12: vs Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Matthew Stafford was just one-yard shy of what could have been his fourth 300-yard game in the last five weeks. Stafford is putting together a very impressive season as he is averaging 278 passing yards per game with 19 touchdowns to just five interceptions. Since his Week 7 bye, Stafford ranks as the second highest-scoring fantasy quarterback as he has racked up seven touchdowns to just one interception while averaging 333 passing yards per game over that span. Golden Tate had been one of the most consistent receivers in football over the last five games leading up to Week 11, but he saw that consistency evaporate as he was targeted just four times with three receptions for 32 yards as Marvin Jones was much more heavily involved last week. Jones led the team in receiving yards while hauling in a touchdown to bounce back nicely from the dud of a game he put up in Week 10. Kenny Golladay saw more than double the snaps last week from Week 10, but he was targeted just three times with a couple receptions as his usage continues to disappoint. Eric Ebron had another decent game here though, hauling in four receptions for 49 yards as he tied to lead the team in targets with seven. The Lions will draw a tough one against the Vikings this week. Minnesota has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game against opposing quarterbacks and has limited offenses to just 17.2 points per game--also fourth-fewest in the league. They are allowing just over 210 passing yards per game and have allowed only two 300+ yard games this season. Matthew Stafford had one of his worst outings of the season against the Vikings earlier this year, passing for just 209 yards with no touchdowns. Expect Xavier Rhodes to lock down Marvin Jones Jr. for most of this game while Golden Tate's matchup does not get much better against Terrance Newman out of the slot.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs PIT 68 0 0 0 11 6 128 0 0 12.8
9 at GB 65 0 0 0 11 7 107 2 0 22.7
10 vs CLE 50 0 0 0 2 1 22 0 0 2.2
11 at CHI 62 0 0 0 7 4 85 1 0 14.5
12 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 85 / 1 rec)

Marvin Jones assumed the lead dog role in the Lions receiving corps in this matchup, bossing Chicago defensive backs routinely. He and Matthew Stafford connected early on a smooth timing pass, a sign of what was to come between the quarterback and receiver. Jones' route-running nous and technical skill were crucial factors throughout the game, as he was able to consistently get open against both man and zone coverage. A deep target in the first half saw the football fall just short and out of his reach, but Stafford connected with him for a touchdown not long after. Jones' route left the defensive back in no man's land. After initially winning at the line of scrimmage by getting lower and chopping away the defensive back's arms, Jones stutter-stepped before darting towards the end zone. Stafford's pass was laid out in front of Jones, who plucked it effortlessly. Jones capped his day with a tough catch along the right sideline on third down, securing the ball before absorbing a thud right into the midsection.

2017 Week 10 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)

Marvin Jones's lone catch was a comeback route, which he executed well then broke a tackle to create a 22-yard gain. After being a primary weapon for Detroit the past two weeks, Jones was quiet against Cleveland, with only two targets on the game. Kenny Golladay shares a similar target profile as Jones, so his return is a potential threat to monitor Jones's workload.

2017 Week 9 vs GB (11 / 7 / 107 / 2 rec)

Marvin Jones continued his hot streak of late, by eclipsing the century mark, and catching two touchdown passes. Jones is the main beneficiary of Matthew Stafford's improved health, as Stafford has been precise and aggressive to Jones on the deep perimeter of the field. Jones first touchdown was a go route against single coverage, where Stafford looked the safety off then threw a strike to the back of the end zone that Jones caught in tight coverage. The second was a contested catch pass where Jones went up and over a cornerback in the end zone for a touchdown. Jones started slow this season as he was shadowed by elite corners like Patrick Peterson and Xavier Rhodes, which was an indication of the respect he deserves. Jones continues to be the best deep threat on the team with Kenny Golladay still injured, and is benefitting from Stafford's fine play.

2017 Week 8 vs PIT (11 / 6 / 128 / 0 rec)

Marvin Jones broke the century mark for the first time this season. Jones was the best deep threat in the Detroit offense, making plays of both 43 and 33 yards. Jones made a great adjustment on his 33-yard catch to highpoint the ball. He also made a diving catch on a low throw across the middle of the field on a field goal drive at the end of the first half. Jones had multiple targets in the end zone, including a ball Stafford overthrew, a deflected pass, and a back shoulder throw late in the game that went through his hands. Jones should have caught the last ball, which would have given Detroit a late lead. He has expanded his role in the last two games after being shadowed by premier corners early in the season. He leads the offense in targets in the last two weeks with 25.

2017 Week 6 vs NO (14 / 6 / 96 / 1 rec)

Marvin Jones had his best game of the season against New Orleans. He was targeted a team high 14 times on the game, and finished with 6 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown was a back shoulder throw in the end zone. Jones showed good adjustment to the ball and fought through a defensive pass interference penalty for the catch. He added another 38-yard catch down the middle of the field for a contested catch. Jones drew two defensive pass interference penalties on the game. Jones did have multiple catches on short routes, and showed good toughness with a run after catch third down conversion. Without Kenny Golladay in the lineup, Jones is the only consistent deep threat in Detroit's offense. Jones faced shadow coverage earlier in the season from the likes of Patrick Peterson, and has begun to produce with easier individual matchups.

2017 Week 5 vs CAR (8 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)

Marvin Jones led Detroit with six receptions for 54 yards on eight targets. Jones was successful working the intermediate area of the field and across the middle, which is an expansion over his earlier season usage. Jones also worked well along the perimeter including a comeback along the sideline. Jones was targeted on a deep pass on Detroit's first drive where he drew a defensive pass interference, but otherwise was limited down the field in a game where Matthew Stafford had little time to throw.

2017 Week 4 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)

Marvin Jones caught two passes for 42 yards on five targets. His long catch of 38 yards was a highlight full extension catch on his back shoulder down the field. Jones was otherwise held in check and saw a lot of shadow coverage by CB Xavier Rhodes. Jones struggled to separate from coverage against Rhodes throughout much of the day.

2017 Week 3 vs ATL (6 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Jones was the second most targeted receiver with 6, but finished fourth on the team behind Tate, Riddick, and Eric Ebron. Jones had two receptions on the first drive, and did not have a catch after the second quarter. While he was held without a catch in the second half, he had an eventful final drive of the game. With a 1:10 left in the fourth quarter, Jones had a red zone catch for 16 yards that would have set the Lions up on the two-yard line, but was called back on a holding penalty. On the next play, Jones was called for offensive pass interference. He was also targeted two more times in the end zone, where he drew a defensive holding and defensive pass interference penalty which set the Lions up on the one-yard line.

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (5 / 1 / 27 / 1 rec)

Jones was limited to one catch on five targets but he made it count on for a 27-yard touchdown. Jones had single coverage against CB Eli Apple and ran a go route. Jones got an outside release on the play, and Stafford targeted the back of Apple's helmet. The throw let Jones work back inside on Apple to catch the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. On a day where Stafford did not take many downfield shots, the play demonstrated his trust in Jones to win in one on one situations.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 37 / 1 rec)

Marvin Jones Jr was shadowed most of the day by Arizona CB Patrick Peterson. Jones was limited to two targets and converted both for catches. The first was on a scramble drill in the end zone where Jones created separation from Peterson by working back to Stafford along the sideline for a touchdown. The second was a deep out against zone coverage where Jones caught the ball behind Peterson along the sideline before making a safety miss and creating yards after the catch.


Latest News

Lions | Minnesota mashed by Marvin Jones (Thu Nov 23, 04:40 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones caught six passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Nov. 23.

Our View: Jones had a heck of a game, and found the end zone for a second week in a row. In his last five games, Jones has topped 100 yards three times, scored touchdowns in three games and multiple touchdowns twice.
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Lions | Marvin Jones rebounds in Week 11 (Sun Nov 19, 05:35 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones posted four receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears on seven targets.

Our View: Jones appeared to fade back into low floor WR3/Flex territory with the return of Kenny Golladay last week, but he was strong downfield this week. He'll tangle with Xavier Rhodes on Thanksgiving and present a boom/bust outlook.
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Lions | Just one grab for Marvin Jones (Sun Nov 12, 04:56 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones posted just one catch for 22 yards on two targets in Week 10 against the Cleveland Browns.

Our View: Jones had four straight good games going into this one, but the return of Kenny Golladay and continued contributions from Eric Ebron made him a small part of the game plan. He's not a drop, but the bust is back in his boom/bust weekly profile. The Bears pass defense up next week is good enough to consider benching Jones.
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