Are you looking for a value wide receiver for Week 5? There are probably a lot of options catching your eye, but the Packers James Jones should be right near the top. With Greg Jennings seemingly out for at least this week with his second groin injury of the season, the opportunity is now for Jones to emerge.
He showed what was possible in Week 4 with 5 receptions for 56 yards and 2 TD. Before we simply write it off, saying that the Packers have too many other options to think Jones will get continuous looks, let’s take a look at his weekly performance thus far:
- Week 1 – 4 receptions for 81 yards and 1 TD
- Week 2 – 2 receptions for -1 yards
- Week 3 – 5 receptions for 55 yards
- Week 4 – 5 receptions for 56 yards and 2 TD
Outside of that Week 2 debacle, he has been steady. Granted, the Packers have five players with at least 20 targets, so you can’t expect him to be the main option (he does rank third with 23). However, if defenses focus on stopping Jordy Nelson and/or Jermichael Finley, it will be Jones who reaps the benefits.
While you are never going to go into a week expecting 2 TD from a player, the Packers offense appears to be hitting its stride and gets a Colts’ defense that statistically is good against the pass, but let’s not forget that Jacksonville hardly had to throw against them (Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 177 yards). In Week 1 Jay Cutler shredded them for 333 yards.
While Jones is no lock to produce, if you need a WR3 he is a pretty good bet to put up solid numbers once again. Figure him for 5-6 receptions, 60+ yards and the chance for a score. Going forward, it will really depend on Jennings’ status, but he’s worth grabbing if possible.
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