Fantasy Football: 5 Reasons Not To Draft Oakland Raiders WR James Jones

James Jones: 5 Reasons Not To Draft Wide Receiver In 2014 Fantasy Football

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James Jones has just signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, and fantasy football players are wondering if this is a death sentence for the former member of the Green Bay Packers. The answer: Yes. Jones is now destined to rot away in Oakland.

Here are five reasons not to draft James Jones in the 2014 fantasy football season.

5. Age

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5. Age

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At age 29, James Jones is closer towards the end of his career than the beginning. The athletic ability of players around this age starts to deteriorate, and Jones also suffered a knee injury that had him sidelined for several weeks in the 2013 season.

4. Coverage

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4. Coverage

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No matter what other players are drafted or signed this offseason, Jones is going to be the primary offensive weapon for Oakland. Defenses are going to zone in on him each week, and he will have a difficult season with the coverage that he is going to face.

3. Poor Passing Attack

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3. Poor Passing Attack

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The Oakland Raiders ranked 25th in passing yards in 2013, and things probably won't get much better in 2014. With a limited amount of receptions, the productivity for Jones is going to take a massive hit.

2. Quarterback Issues

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2. Quarterback Issues

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The NFL community is not sure who will be the signal caller for the Raiders in 2014, and that obviously hurts Jones. Going from Aaron Rodgers to potentially Terrelle Pryor is a big change.

1. Stiff Competition

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1. Stiff Competition

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In 2013, the Oakland Raiders faced the Denver Broncos twice, the Kansas City Chiefs twice, the San Diego Chargers twice and the Indianapolis Colts once. Even if Jones is able to create a connection with whatever quarterback is throwing him the ball, he will still face a brutal schedule that will destroy his fantasy value.


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