Marvin Jones has become one of Andy Dalton's favorite red-zone targets, making him a dangerous fantasy weapon.
Every few weeks, fantasy football players are tricked and teased by players who blow up with a few crazy weeks just to have their performance drop off a few weeks later.
What is Marvin Jones worth in fantasy?
Marvin Jones is not one of those guys. Marvin Jones is a more-than viable option as a No. 2 receiver or flex player on any fantasy roster.
Yeah, it took Jones a minute to get things rolling. In ESPN leagues, Jones had just 17 points in his first five weeks combined, with over half of those points coming in Week 3 against Green Bay when he caught his first touchdown pass of the season.
However, now that Jones has had a little time to get acclimated, he's been a beast. Before his six-point performance against the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, Jones was rolling. He had games of 11, 16 and a ridiculous 36-point, four-touchdown outing against the Jets in Week 8, which shows that when Dalton can find him, he can make plays, especially in the red zone.
ESPN NFL Nation reporter Coley Harvey, by way of ESPN Stats and Info, shows just how strong the connection is between Dalton and Jones in the red zone:
Per @ESPNStatsInfo That pick-6 was Dalton's first red-zone incompletion targeting Marvin Jones this yr. Was 8-for-8 w 7 pass TDs before game— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) November 1, 2013
And, thankfully for Jones, Dalton throws the rock a bunch.
That was a career-high. Previous was 46 RT @LanceMcAlister 48th pass by Dalton...gotta be close career high#Bengals— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) November 1, 2013
If you weren't convinced that he's a viable scoring option, check out this fact from ESPN Stats:
#Bengals Marvin Jones enters today with 7 TD from in the red zone ... 1 shy of Wes Welker for NFL lead.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 1, 2013
Marvin Jones may seem like a flash-in-the-pan kind of guy, but he's heating up at just the right time to have a huge impact on fantasy lineups. He had a down week against the Dolphins, but Dalton wasn't on his game at all, throwing three interceptions and missing on 21 of his 53 pass attempts. It wasn't just Jones, either; he was missing everyone and got locked onto A.J. Green late in the game, targeting him 19 times. Jones was tied for third on the team in targets, getting seven looks from Dalton, including a few in the red zone and one long touchdown that got called back.
Fantasy Heartbreak. Marvin Jones long TD called back by very shaky holding call on Gresham.— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) November 1, 2013
Marvin Jones is still finding his way in the NFL, but he's put up numbers that are simply impossible to ignore, especially in deep leagues. Marvin Jones is a very strong option at the No. 2 receiver spot or even at the flex position, and we certainly haven't seen the last of his big numbers this season.