WR Marvin Jones Jr - Detroit Lions
|6-2, 199||Born: 3-12-1990||College: California||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2012|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Jones didn't have a massive game, but he was still strong enough to justify a lineup spot with the third string quarterback in. He'll be worth a WR3/Flex spot against Minnesota this week.
Week 14: at Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Detroit Lions, now on their third starting quarterback of the season, enter week 14 with a long week of rest to build an offense around David Blough following a close Thanksgiving Day loss to the Chicago Bears. Detroit's impressive passing numbers this season are a product of Matthew Stafford's strong 2019 campaign, but without him, they mean very little moving forward. The Lions' passing attack should continue to be a high-volume unit, as they project to play from behind once again this weekend, which bodes well for the offense's raw totals, and Blough's overperformance (relative to expectation) in his debut could foster a surprisingly-strong fantasy environment for a select few Detroit pass-catchers. Blough, as many backup quarterbacks do, relied heavily upon his proverbial safety blankets through the air, peppering tight end T.J. Hockenson and slot receiver Danny Amendola with 11 and 8 targets, respectively. Both players run primarily short and intermediate routes. While Hockenson is out for the season, Danny Amendola may continue to see increased usage with the rookie under center. Logan Thomas should slot into the lineup for T.J. Hockenson, although he projects for very little usage through the air in this offense. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr. are the team's two most talented receivers, and while Golladay continued to command his high-value deep targets, Jones, Jr. saw little action with Blough at the helm. Exercise caution with this unit, as there is very little data about the receivers' usage with rookie David Blough at quarterback thus far. Minnesota's pass defense grades as a solid unit, ranking in the top third of the NFL in almost every meaningful category this season. As they have played with a lead for most of their 8-4 start to the year, the Vikings have defended the 9th-most pass attempts of any team in the league, allowing just 6.1 net yards per attempt, the 12th-best mark in the NFL. The Vikings field a deep unit of capable pass defenders, aside from one glaring weakness at cornerback. On the defensive line, Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter make up one of the strongest edge-rushing pairs in the league. Then, at the back-end of the defense, Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith, two of the league's best pass-defending safeties, do their best to mask the team's weakness at cornerback. Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes have been horrific in coverage this season, allowing 4 100-yard receivers over the team's last 4 games, and there is no reason to believe they'll right the ship anytime soon. This weekend, taking on one of the league's best wide receiver duos in Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr., the Vikings' weak cornerbacks will be put to the test. With a backup quarterback at the helm, expectations for Detroit's passing attack should be tempered in Week 14, as they take on a generally-strong pass defense with the one glaring weakness.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Marvin Jones Jr's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec)
Marvin Jones scored a touchdown against the Bears on Thanksgiving Day on a crossing route in the red zone for a touchdown. Jones had another opportunity in the red zone but dropped a ball that was behind him, one of two drops on the day. He did have a good comeback reception on the perimeter. The offense was more traditional with third-string quarterback David Blough starting instead of Jeff Driskel, but Blough does not possess the arm strength of Matthew Stafford which brings out the best of Jones's abilities. Jones will get a tough matchup on Sunday at the Vikings.
2019 Week 12 vs WAS (11 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
opportunities. He was overthrown on two deep targets including one where beat double coverage on a deep route but was overthrown for a would-be touchdown. He also drew a defensive pass interference on a slant route that he dropped. Jones caught five receptions which were primarily out and crossing routes. He was also targeted on two late interceptions, on two ill-advised throws by Jeff Driskel. Jones continues to be a high volume piece of the offense, but he does not have the same rapport on deep throws with Driskel as he does with the injured Matthew Stafford. He is unlikely to have Stafford back when he faces the Bears at home on Thanksgiving.
2019 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 43 / 2 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
Marvin Jones had a strong game, propelled by two touchdowns against Dallas on Sunday despite Matthew Stafford missing his second consecutive game with an injury. Jones worked a scramble drill with Jeff Driskel in the back of the end zone for the first touchdown and made a terrific run after the catch on a dig for the second touchdown. Without Stafford, the offense is more limited in the passing game, but Jones continues to make plays to help Jeff Driskel. He has a favorable matchup next week against Washington.
2019 Week 10 vs CHI (6 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)
Marvin Jones had a down game with Matthew Stafford missing the game against the Bears. Jones could have had a big day, but was held on a stop and go that could have been a 74-yard touchdown. Jones had a deep catch out of the slot for a third down conversion and added multiple catches in the final drive during a comeback attempt. Without Stafford, the Detroit offense is a lower upside unit, so his health is critical to monitor before Jones plays Dallas in week 11.
2019 Week 9 vs OAK (10 / 8 / 126 / 1 rec)
Marvin Jones had a spectacular first half against the Raiders before a quiet second half. Jones had a contested-catch where he caught a deep pass falling down for 47 yards to set the Lions up in scoring position early in the game. He then added a touchdown on a red zone post route. Jones was all over the field and consistently making plays during the first half before contributing only a couple of receptions in the second half. He has a good rapport with Matthew Stafford and is the most diverse wide receiver in the Detroit offense. He will have a tough matchup next week against the Bears.
2019 Week 8 vs NYG (5 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Marvin Jones had a quiet game against the Giants after his breakout performance last week. Jones drew a deep target on a double move but was underthrow by Matthew Stafford in double coverage for an easy interception. He got his first reception in the middle of the second quarter and his work was confined to the short area of the field while taking a backseat to Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola during the game. Jones did see a red zone reception on a curl, but the play was well defended and gave Jones little chance for a touchdown. Jones will look to rebound next week against the Raiders.
2019 Week 7 vs MIN (13 / 10 / 93 / 4 rec)
Marvin Jones had a career game against the Vikings with four touchdowns. All four touchdowns came in the red zone with Jones making plays on the perimeter, including two against Xavier Rhodes. Jones also drew a long defensive pass interference against Rhodes and had multiple catches in the middle of the field. Jones dropped a touchdown pass but made up for it by scoring on the same drive on a terrific contested catch. Jones creates easy separation and lifts the Lions offense to a higher level when he is heavily targeted. He will get a matchup next week against the Giants.
2019 Week 6 vs GB (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Marvin Jones had a quiet game against the Packers on Monday night. Jones has taken a backseat to Kenny Golladay in the passing offense frequently this season and Monday was no exception. Jones had the opportunity for a big play down the field in the fourth quarter but looked to be interfered with on a play that was not called a penalty. The play was one of many calls that went against the Lions during the game. One of his two receptions was a reception where he was tackled on the two-yard line and set up a Lions field goal. Jones will face the Vikings next week.
2019 Week 4 vs KC (5 / 3 / 77 / 0 rec)
Marvin Jones had a relatively quiet game against the Chiefs in week four. Jones caught a deep post on third down in the first quarter to set the Lions up in the red zone but was quiet through much of the rest of the game. He had a near-miss at the end zone where he was overthrown on a slant where he could have scored a touchdown. Jones will be off in week five before facing the Packers in week six.
2019 Week 3 vs PHI (9 / 6 / 101 / 1 rec)
Marvin Jones had a strong game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He caught a touchdown pass on a well-thrown touch pass by Matthew Stafford on a crossing route. He had several strong catches during the game, including a crossing route for a third down conversion, but two big-play opportunities. Jones won on a double move early in the game but stumbled at the catch point limiting what could have been a big play and later had a long target negated by a strong defensive play. Jones will face the Kansas City Chiefs next week at home.
2019 Week 2 vs LAC (6 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Marvin Jones had a quiet start to the game for a second consecutive week, before playing better later in the game. Jones had a highlight diving catch on a corner route and was targeted on an underthrow deep heave where the Chargers were drawn offsides. He also had a critical catch for a fourth down conversion on a quick out from the slot. Jones was targeted on a quizzical throw into coverage by Stafford that was intercepted. Jones has been down in volume through two games but has established himself as a go-to receiver for Matthew Stafford in high leverage situations. He will look to increase his volume in a tough matchup at Philadelphia in week three.
2019 Week 1 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Marvin Jones was the third most targeted wide receiver for the Detroit Lions but had an effective day on low volume. He was sporadically involved in the offense early, with a slot reception and a screen catch in regulation before two nice targets in overtime. He caught two passes in overtime, a good dig route where he gained good separation and a downfield sliding catch. Jones consistently gets more separation from Kenny Golladay and helps create easier opportunities for Matthew Stafford. He will face the Chargers in week two.
Latest NewsLions | Marvin Jones finds end zone (Thu Nov 28, 04:18 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones caught three passes for 40 yards and one touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 13. He was targeted six times during the game. link to story Lions | Marvin Jones targeted 11 times (Sun Nov 24, 09:18 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones caught five of his team-high 11 targets for 46 yards in a 19-16 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 12. link to story
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