WR Marvin Jones - Detroit Lions
|6-2, 199||Born: 3-12-1990||College: California||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2012|
Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals
FBG says: Tough matchup. After throwing for multiple touchdowns in six of his first seven games, Matthew Stafford has thrown for two touchdowns only once in his last five contests. Since week nine, Stafford has thrown only four touchdowns to five interceptions, and has not exceeded 275 passing yards in any of those games. This past week, Stafford was 20 of 33 for 245 yards with one touchdown and one interception. If there is something to be optimistic about, it is that Stafford's 7.4 yards per attempt was actually his fourth highest mark this season (and most since week eight). The Lions passing game has suffered since trading Golden Tate, and the loss of Marvin Jones Jr. to injury has destroyed the depth the Lions once had at wide receiver. Kenny Golladay has produced very well since atop the Lions depth chart, totaling 22 catches for 331 yards and two touchdowns in his last four games. Bruce Ellington has stepped into the #2 position with Jones Jr. out, and although he has 19 catches in his last three games, he has only 105 receiving yards to show for it. Theo Riddick has also stepped up in the short passing game, catching 28 passes since week nine, but the problem for the Lions has been throwing the ball down the field. The Lions offensive line has performed as a lower-middle tier group throughout the season, allowing 23 sacks on the season which is tied for 11th most in the NFL. The Cardinals pass defense played one of their best games of the season against the Packers last week, holding Aaron Rodgers to 31 completions on 50 attempts for only 233 yards and one touchdown. While the Cardinals were only able to sack Rodgers once during the game, they were constantly in the backfield, forcing Rodgers to dance around the pocket and try to either throw his receivers open on the sidelines or throw the ball away entirely. It was an impressive performance for a secondary that has held it together for most of the season, despite offenses constantly being in advantageous passing situations as the Cardinals have to put additional players in the box with their horrendous run defense. The defensive line has fared much better against the pass, racking up 38 sacks, which is tied for third best in the league this season. Patrick Peterson continues to be one of the premier players at his position, and he will face off against Kenny Golladay in what will be a great matchup within this matchup. Golladay brings size, speed and physicality, and will test Peterson's ability to cover him down the field. Working in Peterson's favor is the fact that the Cardinals defensive line will be able to put consistent pressure on Matthew Stafford. The Lions offensive line has just not been able to give Stafford time to throw, and his production has suffered mightily. With the Lions wide receiver depth completely depleted, and Golladay the only player able to create big plays on his own, look for the Cardinals to have their way with the Lions passing offense.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Marvin Jones's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs CHI (7 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)
Marvin Jones was held scoreless on seven targets in a loss to Chicago. Jones was used more in the middle of the field than earlier in the season as Detroit adjusts the offense without Golden Tate. Jones was involved early in the game with both slant routes and in breaking routes. Jones worked the perimeter more later in the game including a deep out for a game high of 32 yards. Jones was also targeted on an interception where he fell down and dropped a dig route. He also had a deep target where he nearly the ball in despite drawing an illegal contact penalty on the defender. Jones saw no red zone opportunities in the game. He will face Carolina next week.
2018 Week 9 vs MIN (8 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)
In the first game since Golden Tate was traded, Jones tied for the team high in targets with 8, while leading the team in receiving yards. Jones is the most trusted receiver for Stafford and did most of his work in the short and intermediate area of the field. He caught a corner route for a third down conversion and later caught a curl that set up a goal to go situation. However, he was unable to catch a back shoulder throw up the sideline and later fell down on a comeback route on third down. Jones did add two later catches in garbage time but did not get any opportunities near the end zone. He faces Chicago next week.
2018 Week 8 vs SEA (10 / 7 / 117 / 2 rec)
Marvin Jones had a breakout game against Seattle scoring twice and breaking the century mark. His first touchdown was a deep target where he got lost in coverage on a Matthew Stafford scramble. His second was a red zone go route where he split the safety and corner in Cover 2 coverage for an easy completion. Jones is a frequent target of Stafford's along the boundary when facing Cover 2 defenses and Sunday was no different. Jones had a multiple catches along the boundary throughout the game. His day could have been bigger as he almost had a one-handed catch that was too far off his body to catch and also drew a defensive pass interference that was over 50 yards down the field. Jones had several near misses deep early in the season, so he was due for deep ball success. He will face Minnesota next week, who he roasted for 2 touchdowns and 109 yards on Thanksgiving last year.
2018 Week 7 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Marvin Jones had a quiet day with Detroit rolling in the running game. He managed a big gain on a curl route where he broke a tackle but had two near miss big plays. Jones had a deep target that could have been a touchdown but was interfered with and later was overthrow by Stafford along the sideline. The quiet day for Jones was a product more of the effective running game than a limitation of his role.
2018 Week 5 vs GB (4 / 1 / 8 / 1 rec)
Marvin Jones had a quiet day outside of a red zone touchdown against Green Bay, but it could have been better. Jones was used frequently to try to exploit Green Bay's weaknesses on the deep perimeter, but it never truly came together. Jones had a long catch called back by a penalty and had a deep end zone target that went through his hands. Jones was also called for two offensive pass interferences penalties for push offs on comeback routes. While the numbers may seem low for the game, Jones has high leverage usage in the offense and remains an underrated weapon despite Kenny Golladay's emergence.
2018 Week 4 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)
Marvin Jones had a highlight over the shoulder catch along the sideline and caught a deep crossing route in contested coverage. Jones was also targeted on a fade in the end zone that was well covered and fell incomplete. Despite Kenny Golladay's continued emergence in the offense, Jones has a secure role as a deep threat for Matthew Stafford and the two were able to connect after near misses earlier in the season.
2018 Week 3 vs NE (6 / 4 / 69 / 1 rec)
Marvin Jones connected on a deep ball for a touchdown after several near misses last week. Jones continues to work as the deep threat in the offense despite Kenny Golladay's expanded usage. Jones was used in high leverage situations including an incomplete fade where he was well covered by Stephon Gilmore.
2018 Week 2 vs SF (9 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec)
Marvin Jones had the opportunity for a huge day but was limited by inaccuracies from Matthew Stafford. Jones had three deep opportunities where he was overthrown by Stafford and a fourth end zone target that was overthrown. Jones was able to score a touchdown along the back of the end zone to manage a solid fantasy day, but his fantasy day could have led the league if Stafford was more accurate. Jones is playing well despite the continued emergence of Kenny Golladay.
2018 Week 1 vs NYJ (8 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Marvin Jones was the third most targeted receiver against New York. Jones had a solid run after catch for 28 yards and was overthrown on a deep ball into the end zone. Jones continued to run as a first team receiver, despite being out targeted by Golladay (12 to 8) and should remain a focal point of the deep passing game
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