Jacoby Jones: Baltimore Ravens WR Is a Great Add for Struggling Fantasy Owners

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 10:  Wide receiver Jacoby Jones #12 of the Baltimore Ravens runs after a catch against cornerback Nate Clements #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones has been flying under the radar this season but is sure to find his way onto plenty of fantasy football rosters before the start of Week 4.

Jones was only owned in slightly more than two percent of ESPN Fantasy Leagues coming into this week, which means that he is more than likely available in your league. The Ravens host the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football this week, so struggling owners in need of a performing WR have limited time to add the veteran before kickoff.

Jones is off to a hot start this September, catching seven balls for 153 yards and a touchdown in three games. He is also a lethal return man who has three special teams touchdowns since 2008. Jones played five seasons with the Houston Texans before signing with the Ravens this past offseason, so he can be counted on.

What makes Jones a must-add this season, though, is the fact that the Ravens' passing attack, led by quarterback Joe Flacco, is torching the NFL and ranks third in the league. Flacco and company are averaging more than 300 yards through the air per game this fall.

With Baltimore's aerial attack turning into one of the most feared in all of football this season, Jones is sure to have his number called plenty. On Thursday night, the Ravens will suit up against the NFL's sixth-worst pass defense in the Joe Haden-less Cleveland Browns, giving fantasy owners even more reason to move on Jones before it's too late.

Another big reason why Jones will be so valuable for the Ravens and fantasy owners this season is because of the players that surround him. With so much attention being paid to stars like Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta on offense, Jones slips through the cracks and is often the guy who will have less coverage thrown his way.

Baltimore's offense has transitioned from a run-first unit to a pass-happy bunch, and Jones will be the beneficiary of that switch.

With Rice, Smith and Boldin unavailable to add off waivers, Jacoby Jones, the underrated star in the Ravens' wide receiving corps, should be the obvious choice for struggling fantasy football owners this season. 


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