Donald Jones: Bills Wide Receiver's Big Day Makes Him Viable Option

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIOctober 1, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Donald Jones #19 of the Buffalo Bills runs for a touchdown during an NFL game as Patrick Chung #25 of the New England Patriots gives chase at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones made fantasy owners everywhere look like geniuses after he caught two passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in Week 4.

On second thought, Jones probably made fantasy owners look more lucky than intelligent. The 24-year-old Youngstown State alum is owned in just 0.8 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues.

While the Bills took a beating from the New England Patriots on Sunday, anybody who picked up Jones and inserted him into their starting lineup got a huge boost this week.

For those who haven't jumped on the Jones bandwagon, now would be a great time to do so. He is now one of the more viable options on the waiver-wire in a flex or secondary wide receiver role.

Unfortunately, Jones left the game with an injury after he was absolutely decimated by Vince Wilfork, but it didn't appear to be something that would keep him out for an extended period of time.

Of course, high-impact injuries to the upper body are tricky things to evaluate, so make sure to check on Jones' status as the week goes on. He should be played with relative confidence if he is a go.

Over the first three weeks of the season, Jones saw a decent amount of targets from Ryan Fitzpatrick, but didn't show the ability to break off a big play. His longest catch of the season before Sunday's 68-yard touchdown reception notched a whopping 17 yards.

Not only does Jones' improving performance increase his fantasy stock, but his quarterback has looked better since a miserable Week 1 performance against the New York Jets as well.

Fitzpatrick threw four picks against the Patriots on Sunday to go with four touchdowns. That line isn't anything to write home about, but one should have expected the Pats defense to step up after losing two consecutive games.

Prior to Fitzpatrick's decent game today, he had thrown five touchdowns and posted a completion percentage just under 60 over his last two games.

Next week, the Bills will play the San Francisco 49ers (a less-than-favorable matchup for any fantasy receiver). However, the Arizona Cardinals, who just allowed 431 passing yards to Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins, are up after that.

Don't expect to see 15-20 fantasy points per game from Jones, but he's your guy if you're looking for a 10-spot or a bit more.