2013 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Marvin Jones

Marvin Jones

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First things first, when anyone on your fantasy football roster that is not a quarterback scores three, four or five touchdowns, you should really consider that a bonus, not the standard. There is also a point to be made about not chasing fantasy points. Eddie Royal was a touchdown machine in the first few weeks of the season so owners hopped on board and were left in the cold. Joseph Fauria caught three touchdown passes in one game a few weeks ago, but been a fantasy ghost since.

With all that being said, Marvin Jones is still worth a roster spot on your team. Fantasy owners should understand that eight receptions might be the ceiling. They need to consider it a bonus if he clears the 100 yard receiving mark. They should not be expecting four touchdowns on a weekly basis. Still he could make for a serviceable second or third wide receiver, and could very well chip in a few more days with over 60-70 receiving yards and a few touchdowns sprinkled in.

Look at is this way. There is no doubt that A.J. Green is the number one wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, and the primary read on the majority of pass plays. Green is right there with Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones and Dez Bryant as among the best wide receivers in football. With being a number one receiver typically comes the matchup against the opponent’s top shutdown defensive back. This leads to Jones getting matched up with the opponents number two defensive back.

Jones has excelled recently against number two defensive backs, hauling in six red zone targets in the last three weeks, all for touchdowns. He is using his body to get position on smaller defensive backs. He has the size to out jump the defense in tight spaces.

Again, I don’t expect Jones to come in and save your fantasy season, or clinch the Super Bowl for you. However, as bye weeks continue and receivers keep getting injured Jones could be a serviceable WR3. Don’t expect three or four touchdowns each week, but with opponents focusing the bulk of their attention on Green, Jones could be the one who benefits. You saw today what is possible.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

Dustin Manko is an author at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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