Fantasy Football Playoff Challenge Stud Performance: WR Julio Jones

By Corey March

The superhuman effort put forth by Julio Jones wasn’t enough to propel the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl, but it may have lifted owners in their fantasy football playoff challenge.

Jones saw 13 passes in his direction on Sunday and caught 11 of them, many in spectacular fashion. On the day, Jones registered 182 yards and two touchdowns, wearing out Tarrell Brown and the rest of the San Francisco 49ers secondary.

The talented Atlanta receiver was unstoppable, forcing San Francisco to double-team him at times. Jones looked like Calvin Johnson out there on Sunday, catching balls wherever they were thrown and locking them up with an impenetrable grip.

Jones belongs in the discussion with Megatron and Larry Fitzgerald as the most talented receiver in the league, and will warrant a second-round selection in fantasy drafts next season. While Roddy White is still in town, Jones’ number will be capped but he can still be counted on for 10+ touchdowns.

It’s not an exaggeration to expect Jones to go down as one of the best receivers of all-time by the time his playing days are over. That’s in the distant future though as Jones is just beginning to enter his prime. Jones will be 24-years-old at the beginning of the 2013 season, and will be in his third season with Atlanta. If Jones makes the statistical jump that is generally associated with third-year receivers, the sky is the limit.

He finished as the ninth highest scoring fantasy receiver in 2012, but top-five production can be expected  going forward. It may be hard to believe after the dominating show that he put on in the Conference Championship, but the best is still yet to come from Jones.

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