James Jones: Why Green Bay WR is Worth a Fantasy Pickup for Week 5

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers leaps into the stands after catching a touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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James Jones has finally become a viable fantasy option out of the Green Bay offense. Look no further than his performance against New Orleans in Week 4.

He served as Aaron Rodgers' security blanket in the red zone, catching two touchdowns on the day. He currently leads all Green Bay skill players in touchdowns this season. 

Not Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson nor Jermichael Finley, but James Jones.

Yet the Green Bay wideout is owned in only 21 percent of ESPN leagues?

With the Packers offense struggling to get in the red zone overall, fantasy owners should snatch up the one guy in that offense who's still doing it with ease. 

You know what they say: One fantasy owner's trash is another's treasure.

Jones is no longer a fringe player on fantasy teams. The sixth-year player has been averaging double-digit YPC (yards-per-catch) this season and has three total touchdowns.

Even better, Jones also caught Rodgers' longest pass of the year. The same goes for Sunday's game in New Orleans. If the Packers star quarterback is going deep, Jones has become his primary receiver as well.

Plus with Greg Jennings unable to stay on the field and Jordy Nelson in a bit of a regression season, this may be James Jones' time to break out from Green Bay's other stars.

The upcoming four weeks could be especially tasty. Green Bay's offense should be in high gear against Indianapolis, St. Louis and Jacksonville, with Jones playing a starring role. Perhaps a starting role too, if Jennings stays on the sideline.

While the Green Bay running game ranks as one of the league's worst, the passing game may have found its bearing after putting up 28 against the Saints. These next few matchups should help Jones and Co. get into form.

Even if they don't, that means more garbage points in the second half when Green Bay has to come from behind.

With Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, would fantasy players want anybody else to be throwing to Jones in that situation?

I can't think of another quarterback. There's good reason Jones has such a high ceiling.

Looks like a pickup of the week.