While it’s never good to wish injury upon NFL players, I’m sure that fantasy football owners far and wide were happy when Jacoby Jones suffered a knee injury on Thursday night. Torrey Smith is undoubtedly the Baltimore Ravens‘ number one target, so he is naturally going to benefit if Jones’ injury is serious…right?
Not so fast.
Prior to Jones getting hit with a friendly-fire tackle, Smith was excelling with over 40 yards in just the first quarter alone. However, as soon as Jones went down the Baltimore offense took a complete nosedive, which has all but halted Smith’s once-promising night. While this could just be a case of the Denver Broncos making defensive adjustments, it should also worry Smith owners.
Jones was a long-ball threat during his first season with the Ravens, but was supposed to play a bigger role in 2013 with Anquan Boldin leaving in the offseason. Baltimore’s offense is thin to say the least, so losing a threat like Jones throws a monkey wrench into Joe Flacco‘s plans. Throw a hobbled offensive line into the mix and suddenly the Ravens offense has only Smith to turn to.
Some players respond to the spotlight in a good way, so while Smith has shown promise in the past he has never been counted on as a go-to target. Therefore, a Jones injury isn’t exactly a good thing for fantasy football owners, who took a chance on Smith this offseason.