Fantasy Football: Should You Ditch James Jones?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer INovember 30, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 28: Mike Harris #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars tackles James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 28, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Wide Receiver James Jones leads the Green Bay Packers with eight touchdown receptions. He’s third on the team in receptions (42) and yards (495) and is tied for second with 67 targets.

He did not get a look last week and Greg Jennings is set to return. Is now the time to move on?

Not so fast.

Greg Jennings (groin) has made it through practice, but the risk of re-injuring it during a game is significantly greater. Plus, it will likely take some time to get into game shape.

Besides, Jones is still capable of flashing that big-play ability. If he can get open, Aaron Rodgers will find him.

Yes, it will be crowded for Jones in Green Bay with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jennings and tight end Jermichael Finley. If you’re a defensive coordinator, Jones is probably the fourth or fifth option that you worry about.

Jones could find himself in a mismatch and Rodgers will make them pay.

The Packers have some solid matchups coming up. They face the Minnesota Vikings this week, who have not been the same team since Chris Cook went down. They also face the Vikings in Week 17 for leagues that play the full season out.

In Week 14 when typical fantasy football playoffs kick off, the Packers do battle with the Detroit Lions. That figures to be a high-scoring affair. You’ll at least want to hold onto James until after that game.

In Week 15 the Packers travel South to face the Chicago Bears. It’s debatable whether or not you want Jones on your roster for that game.

In Week 16, the typical fantasy football championship week, the Packers face the Tennessee Titans. That game has some potential for the Packers’ passing game.

At this point I would say that you don’t necessarily have to play James Jones, but he should at least be on a fantasy roster in most leagues.

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