The Cincinnati Bengals will be without their No. 2 wide receiver Marvin Jones after he suffered a broken foot during a practice on Aug. 9.
It was thought that he would be placed on injured reserve and be unavailable for the first half of the season. However, it looks like he will miss just the first few weeks considering the recovery time for a fifth metatarsal.
That is why fantasy owners should still pursue the young receiver despite the injury.
Last season was the first season in which Jones featured in all 16 games and became a solid option behind A.J. Green. Quarterback Andy Dalton targeted Jones 80 times in 2013 and completed 51 passes to him.
The 24-year-old finished the season with 712 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, one of 13 receivers to have double-digit touchdown receptions. Delve a little deeper and Jones had the fewest receptions of any of those receivers. It adds some good value to a receiver who had the third-most receptions on the Bengals last season.
Dalton’s progression as a quarterback also bodes well for Jones. The team threw the ball nearly 55 percent of the time and the former Horned Frog completed 61.9 percent of his attempts and posted a career-high 4,293 passing yards.
Jones also played a small role in the run game as well, running eight times for 65 yards last season. While not a significant number at all, having a receiver on your roster that can post some extra yards on the ground is a plus.
Most owners would pass on an injured receiver because the timetable for his return is still uncertain. Still, Jones brings good value toward the end of the draft and is a solid option to stick on the bench for a couple of weeks.