After his breakout fantasy football performance in 2012, WR James Jones suffered a injury-plagued 2013 season with the Green Bay Packers. He managed to play his way out of Green Bay, but quickly cashed in a three-year, $11.3 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.
Jones is a very experienced wideout, and even though he doesn’t work with A-Rod anymore, he has learned a lot from the veteran quarterback. Jones will bring a great understanding of the game with him to Oakland and that alone will keep him on the field.
During his tenure in Wisconsin, Jones hauled in a career-high 14 touchdowns back in 2012 and a career-high 817 receiving yards last year. The receiver has proven that he can be a reliable fantasy commodity when given the chance and the targets. He will never come close to that 2013 season, but he could easily be a guy that catches 5-8 touchdowns with the right role in Oakland’s offense.
The only bad thing about leaving Green Bay as a free agent as that you no longer get to catch balls from Aaron Rodgers. Jones will quickly realize why receivers don’t move to Oakland, and even worse, why receivers don’t leave Green Bay.
Jones now heads to probably the worst quarterback situation in the game. They brought in Matt Schaub to compete for the starter, but the drafting of rookie Derek Carr out of Fresno State shows the lack of confidence they have in the struggling veteran. Either way, the quarterback position doesn’t look very promising this year in Oakland and the team will most likely be at the bottom of the league offensively again.
The nail in the coffin for Jones could be that he is already 30 years old. He may not have had an All-Star career, but his best years are likely behind him. He won’t be playing too much longer and it is only a matter of time until nagging injuries start to catch up with the eight-year veteran.
Jones may have a couple decent games, but he is a bench option only at this point in his career. Don’t lose sight of the fact that Jones is no longer playing in Green Bay.
Bye Week: 5
Projected Round: 14
Auction Value: $1