James Jones: Packers WR Is Excellent Flex Option for Fantasy Owners This Week

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Ladies and gentlemen, if you are in need of some help at the flex and wide receiver James Jones is available in your league—or you've already added him to your lineup—he's an excellent start this weekend.

No, it's not because the Green Bay Packers' wideout had a huge game last weekend, catching five passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns.

No, it's not because he's been a major part of the Green Bay offense to this point, because he hasn't been. His 16 catches for 191 yards and three touchdowns are decent marks, but his 23 targets are hardly inspiring.

Nope, it all has to do with this tweet from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:

Packers WR Greg Jennings (groin) has been ruled OUT for Sunday, per the Packers. Ouch.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2012

With a very favorable matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, Jones' value takes a huge boost now that Jennings has been ruled out (and Jordy Nelson becomes a clear WR1 as well).

The Colts are 27th in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers per week, are giving up 321 passing yards per game and have allowed five passing scores in three games. The latter numbers aren't terrible, but they have played the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars this year.

In Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, they allowed Jay Cutler to throw for 333 yards. Just imagine what Aaron Rodgers can do...

Yes, there is the possibility that Jermichael Finley might have a huge game, or Randall Cobb could be Rodgers' best friend rather than Jones. But given what he did last week after Jennings was limited, I think you have to really like him once again this week.

So go ahead and add Jones as a flex this week. Mark him down for 8-12 fantasy points, and enjoy the show. I expect the Packers' passing game will be in full effect against the Colts, and Jones will reap the benefits.


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