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WR Zay Jones - Buffalo Bills

6-2, 201Born: 3-30-1995College: East CarolinaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Jones took a backseat to Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie in the Bills somewhat meager passing game. He's back to the bottom of desperation play rankings with Darius Slay and the Lions up this week.

Week 15: vs Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Good matchup. Rookie Josh Allen continues to flash big, explosive traits as a pro quarterback. His mobility and footspeed have been huge for the Bills' anemic offense, and his arm is truly NFL-caliber. And his aggressive mindset has created a handful of big plays, plus a dynamic connection with fellow rookie wideout Robert Foster. Still, Allen remains an exceptionally raw passer. In terms of adjusted net yards per attempt, which factors in touchdowns, interceptions and sacks, he sits dead-last among 35 qualifying quarterbacks. Allen has averaged just 169 yards per start, with just 5 touchdowns on the season. He's paying off with his legs, but remains miles from fantasy relevance as a passer. Foster has emerged as the team's most dynamic receiver, racking up 330 yards over the last 4 weeks. He's broken loose for receptions of 47, 43, and 75 yards, and caught 7 of his 8 targets last Sunday. Foster is primarily a vertical threat, but certainly boasts the talent to unseat Zay Jones as the Bills' No. 1. Jones is a severely limited receiver, averaging an anemic 6.2 yards per target on the year. Altogether, there isn't nearly enough volume or efficiency here to produce a worthwhile fantasy starter, despite a few moments of dynamism between Allen and Foster. The Lions continue to struggle mightily against the pass. The raw numbers aren't terrible: they're allowing just 233 yards per game, good for 11th-best in football. But that's a deflated number, as the 5-8 Lions have faced just 31 attempts a game, second-fewest in the league. And from an efficiency standpoint, they've been a bottom-of-the-barrel unit. Opposing passers are completing 67% of those throws and producing 6.9 net yards per attempt (seventh-most). Their Week 10 drubbing by Allen Robinson and the Bears was extreme, but a great snapshot of their weaknesses, specifically tight coverage and downfield tackling. Aside from top cornerback Darius Slay, who's been good but not great this year, the Lions sorely lack talent in the secondary. Teez Tabor and Nevin Lawson have been targeted frequently and with great success, leading to Tabor's complete benching in Week 12. His replacement, Mike Ford, has been a step up but still nothing to fear. This group will breathe a little easier Sunday against erratic Bills rookie Josh Allen and his barren receiving corps, but remains very beatable by the big play. Robert Foster will see some downfield opportunity, and he faces some very winnable matchups beyond Slay.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
12 vs JAX 55 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
13 at MIA 66 0 0 0 9 4 67 2 0 18.7
14 vs NYJ 69 0 0 0 9 3 22 0 0 2.2
15 vs DET PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
15 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
15 vs DET PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Zay Jones's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs NYJ (9 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Zay Jones had a rough day in the first game since Kelvin Benjamin was waived. Jones was targeted early on quick out routes but dropped a crossing route and a curl later in the game. He was also targeted in the end zone, but tightly covered and the ball was broken up by good coverage. Jones also had the opportunity on the Buffalo version of the Philly Special, throwing a high point ball to Josh Allen in the end zone that Allen could not haul in. Jones will look to bounce back next week against the Lions.

2018 Week 13 vs MIA (9 / 4 / 67 / 2 rec)

After a quiet game last week, Zay Jones had a career game against the Jets. Jones caught two touchdowns, one across the back of the end zone on a Josh Allen scramble and the other a contested dig route where Jones showed good strength, concentration, and effort to catch the ball and get into the end zone. Jones could have had an even bigger day, but Josh Allen threw the ball behind him on a post in the end zone, where he was wide open. Jones had a drop on a crossing route on a high ball, but the game was one of the better of his career. Allen is high variance and struggles in the chain moving role Jones had with Nathan Peterman, Derek Anderson, and Matt Barkley playing quarterback, so seeing him play deeper in the passing game is a good development for his role in the Allen led offense. Jones will look to continue his strong play next week against the Jets.

2018 Week 12 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Zay Jones recent stretch of strong play took a hit with the return of Josh Allen. Allen missed Jones badly on a third down crossing route on his only legitimate target. Jones was also in the vicinity of an end of the half Hail Mary attempt but was unable to reach the ball before it fell incomplete. He will look to rebound against Miami next week.

2018 Week 10 vs NYJ (11 / 8 / 93 / 1 rec)

Zay Jones had one of his best performances in his career against the Jets on Sunday. Jones found the end zone on a well-run post pattern from the slot. Jones has seen his role stabilize as a chain moving receiver in the slot in recent weeks. He was a frequent target on third down and worked well with Matt Barkley's ability to throw the ball in the short area of the field. Jones was able to get a big play of 33 yards on a short crossing route he turned up field to make a contested catch. Jones has a bye next week and will face Jacksonville in two weeks.

2018 Week 9 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Zay Jones had a quiet game against Chicago. His work was primarily in the short passing game and was targeted multiple times on third down, but managed little fantasy success. Jones was targeted in the red zone on a quick screen but was held out of the end zone.

2018 Week 7 vs IND (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Zay Jones had a quiet game on a day Buffalo's offense was not good. Jones was involved early in the game on a screen and had a good in the intermediate middle but was otherwise quiet. Jones has been more consistent this season than last, but the volume and quality of the targets remain low.

2018 Week 6 vs HOU (8 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)

Zay Jones led the Bills in targets with 8 and scored the only Buffalo touchdown. Jones ran a double move with a hard fake to create room for a score in the back of the end zone, one of the few times this year where Jones has been used as a vertical threat. Jones was also used in a chain moving role, with multiple targets on third down, including a catch that set up a long field goal. Jones has been a much better player this year than last and has seen a consistent role in a possession receiver type role.

2018 Week 5 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Zay Jones was used early in the game to move the chains on third downs. Jones was motioned to get him free and was able to convert two third downs with runs after the catch along the perimeter. The volume was low in the game, but Jones has become the most dependable target for Josh Allen over the past two games.

2018 Week 4 vs GB (7 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Zay Jones had a quiet start to the game but had four catches in the fourth quarter, establishing what is the first rapport Josh Allen has showed with a receiver. Jones was running short and intermediate routes and getting open, albeit in garbage time. Jones could build on the performance next week if Kelvin Benjamin misses time.

2018 Week 3 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Zay Jones caught his only target, a dig route across the middle. Jones was off the field in favor of Robert Foster and Ray-Ray McCloud at times during the game.

2018 Week 2 vs LAC (3 / 2 / 63 / 0 rec)

After being heavily targeted in week one, Kelvin Benjamin was limited against the Chargers to only three targets but converted one on a post for a touchdown. Benjamin may a good catch on the play in tight coverage to haul in a Josh Allen fast ball. Benjamin was not targeted in the first half.

2018 Week 1 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Zay Jones led the Bills in receiving against the Ravens. Jones struggled with drops last year and was able to haul in a sliding catch that required high level of concentration, so there was positive to take from his performance.

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Latest News

Bills | Zay Jones quiet in Week 14 (Sun Dec 9, 06:09 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones caught three passes for 22 yards against the New York Jets in Week 14.

Our View: Jones was a dud this week as Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie were more productive for Josh Allen. He was working his way into our circle of trust, but took a big step back this week and won't be a top what the heck flex against Detroit next week.
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Bills | Zay Jones scores twice (Sun Dec 2, 09:13 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones caught four of his nine targets for 67 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 13.

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