James Jones Fantasy News
Vikings steal Greg Jennings away from Green Bay
Friday, March 15, 2013, 7:25pm
If Jennings can stay healthy, he should be able to post nice numbers as the Vikings' main weapon (along with Kyle Rudolph) in the passing game. He'll benefit from playing against defenses that will be focused on stopping Adrian Peterson, but he won't enjoy the benefit of playing in the Packers' potent passing attack (with QB Aaron Rodgers). So expect more targets and lower efficiency. He looks like a low-end WR2 at this point. This is an upgrade for Christian Ponder, who could certainly use the help. (It's also an upgrade for Peterson.) In Green Bay, Jennings' departure means that Jermichael Finley will likely be around another season. Expect good numbers from Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones. All four players should be startable in most formats.
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James Jones looking forward to more targets in 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 1:27pm
"It's exciting because it means more opportunities," Jones said. "As long as we can stay healthy, it means more opportunities for me, [Randall Cobb] and [Jordy Nelson]. When you lose playmakers like [Donald Driver] and if [Greg Jennings] doesn't sign back, that's two less guys we gotta give the ball to which means you're going to get a lot more action."
Could Jones register 100 catches in 2013?
"I think a 100-catch receiver is gone out of our offense just because Aaron (Rodgers) spreads the ball around so much," he said. "If anybody had a shot to get 100 catches, I'd probably say Randall because he's in the slot and he'll probably get a lot more targets.
"I can see me, Jordy and Randall getting about 80 catches a piece. I can see us all having over 1,000 yards."
Jones's ADP is going to be interesting to watch heading into 2013 drafts. He turns 29 in March, so he's still in his prime. He has finished in the top 5 in FP/target in each of the last two seasons and his TD rate (% of catches resulting in a TD) actually increased from 18.4% (3rd in league) in 2011 to 21.9% (1st) in 2012. Drops are no longer an issue and he's clearly a red zone favorite of Aaron Rodgers. Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson will hold more value on draft day, but we would not be at all surprised if Jones led the Packer WRs in fantasy points again in 2013.
Jordy Nelson limited against the Vikings
Monday, January 7, 2013, 2:21pm
“I feel great,” Nelson said. Asked what he did to his leg late in the game, Nelson replied, “Nothing.”
Nelson, who missed three games with a hamstring injury and then aggravated his knee during last Sunday’s regular-season finale at Minnesota, played just 19 snaps by unofficial count in Saturday night’s game, catching three passes for 51 yards.
“It just kind of unfolded that way, just with the groups we went with, starting off with what we call the ‘Zebra’ (package) – the three wide receiver, one tight end, one back set,” McCarthy explained. “That’s just the way it sorted out. (With) Jordy coming back off of injury, I don't want to call it a rep count, but it wouldn’t have been smart for him to try to go out and play 60 plays.”
Cobb was coming off an injury as well, but he played 38 snaps on Sunday. At this point, we're expecting Nelson to be fourth in the WR pecking order in terms of snaps.
Jordy Nelson on track to play vs. Vikings
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 7:57pm
"I feel good," Nelson said.
Asked if he had any doubts he would play, he said: "No, none whatsoever."
Randall Cobb apparently avoids 'significant damage'
Monday, December 24, 2012, 7:57am
X-rays on receiver Randall Cobb’s injured ankle were negative, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
An MRI will be conducted on Monday. Currently, it’s not believed that Cobb has any significant damage.
He could play on Sunday against the Vikings; he should be ready to go for the postseason — especially if the Packers end up with a bye.
While the story says he could play Week 17, it would seem unlikely the team puts him out there with all their WR depth, and of course being poised for a long playoff run. However, the number-two seed and a bye is up for grabs yet. James Jones has developed into a nice second option and Greg Jennings could also see more work.
Randall Cobb leaves game with an ankle injury
Sunday, December 23, 2012, 8:28pm
Cobb, who has developed into the Packers' version of Percy Harvin, was injured after he fielded a punt. He slowly jogged off the field with a noticeable limp, but he originally looked to be fine as he jogged on the sideline. Moments later, Cobb was taken to the Packers' locker room.
Cobb had three receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown before he left the game.
Jordy Nelson (hamstring) still not back at practice
Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 1:43pm
Monday, December 17, 2012, 5:24pm
James Jones exploded this week for 3 TDs in Nelson's absence. We'll look to see how Nelson practices this week.
Jordy Nelson a "longshot" to play in Week 15
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 4:31pm