James Jones: Packers WR a Legitimate Fantasy Starter for Rest of Season

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIOctober 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07: James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers catches a touchdown pass during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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James Jones has been a bright spot on a struggling Green Bay Packers offense and he will shine for any fantasy football owner’s team as well. 

The Packers put up just six points in the second half as they allowed the Indianapolis Colts to erase an 18-point halftime deficit, dropping the team to 2-3 on the season.

However, those six points came on a touchdown reception from Jones that was followed by a failed two-point conversion. It was Jones’ second score of the game and the second time in as many games that he had multiple touchdown receptions.

These were the fourth and fifth TD catches for Jones on the season, while no other Packer wide out has come down with more than one pass in the end zone. 

While touchdowns are always the hardest statistic to predict in fantasy football, they are also more important. With Jordy Nelson underperforming the season and Greg Jennings struggling with injuries, five of Aaron Rodgers’ 11 touchdown passes have gone to Jones.

In the game against Indianapolis, Jones was also Rodgers’ favorite target, and the reigning MVP looked his way seven times.

This season, Jones has been targeted 30 times and caught 20 passes for 237 yards.

In addition to making catches in the end zone, Jones came up with an incredible catch at the end of last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints to help seal a victory. His ability to be a sure-handed target in important situations is causing Rodgers to trust him more.

Jones started the season behind Jennings and Nelson on the depth chart, and there was significantly more hype surrounding second-year wide out Randall Cobb than the 28-year-old veteran. 

But with Jennings out, Jones has proven that he is a more reliable option than Cobb, even if the young receiver is more explosive.  

Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette notes that Jennings’ groin injury could keep him out for more than just this past game, and this will lead to increased fantasy production for Jones.

The Packers’ offense is heavily based on Rodgers and the passing attack, and the receivers will put up solid statistics in most outings. The frustrating aspect of this for fantasy owners has been picking the wide out that will produce in any given week.

This season, Jones has been the safest bet of any receiver on the Packers’ roster, and his fine performances this season will earn him added playing time as the schedule continues.

He should be a fixture in fantasy football starting lineups going forward