Marvin Jones Fantasy News

Bengals expect WR Marvin Jones back Week 5

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 2:53pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Bengals are expecting injured wide receiver Marvin Jones to miss the first three games of the regular season.

Jones, who broke a bone in his foot on Saturday, is expected to miss the Bengals’ three September games and then return when Cincinnati comes back from its bye week at New England on October 5, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The 24-year-old Jones emerged as the Bengals’ No. 2 wide receiver last season, catching 51 passes for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:
If you haven't seen by now, we've been all over Jones as a potential sleeper this season. And while he'll miss some time, he should prove to have some value when he gets back for Week 5. We're now telling owners to still draft him, but as a WR5 later in drafts. While he’s out, the Bengals will count on Mohamed Sanu and Dane Sanzenbacher.

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Bengals WR Marvin Jones to miss 'a few weeks'

Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:40pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website, Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones will miss “a few weeks” after breaking a bone in his foot Saturday.

Surgery was performed to put a pin in his fifth metatarsal. It’s similar to the injury that cost Mohamed Sanu the last month of the 2012 season.

Jones emerged as a playmaker last season, catching 51 passes for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns, and paired with A.J. Green for one of the AFC’s top tandems of wideouts.

But now, they’re going to have to work without him for some time, opening the door for Sanu or Dane Sanzenbacher to play a more prominent role.

Fantasy Impact:

From our injury expert Russell Manalastas: "Normal fracture recovery timetables are around 4-6, 6-8 weeks. Unfortunately, if this is indeed a Jones fracture, due to the poor blood supply to this region, that timeline will probably be pushed back to 10-12 weeks, with that time frame being optimistic. For example, Aaron Dobson just came back from this same injury almost 4 months (16 weeks) from the surgery. The thing you need to consider most when allowing players to return to high level impact such as running, cutting, etc. is 1) pain with impact, 2) healing of the bone around the screw to prevent the likelihood of another incidence. I don't believe he's worth drafting at this time, but definitely someone to monitor during the season as a potential waiver wire addition."

Ten to 12 weeks would put Jones's return in the Week 8 to Week 11 window. If that's the case, he could end up tagged as "IR/designated to return" meaning that he'd miss at least the first eight weeks. We should know more soon, specifically the nature of the injury. Once we confirm whether it's a Jones fracture, we will have a better idea of when he'll be back.

Update: Albert Breer tweeted, "Bengals' hope right now is to have WR Marvin Jones back after their Week 4 bye. If it happens, he returns to play v. the Patriots on Oct. 5."

This is positive news, but we're only recommending Jones as a late-round pick, at best, if your league does not have an IR slot.

Monday, August 4, 2014, 2:39pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Cincinnati Bengals activated players to practice. That includes wide receiver Marvin Jones, tight end Jermaine Gresham and receiver Ryan Whalen.

Jones was on the non-football injury list, but injured his ankle before training camp. Gresham has a back injury and had offseason hernia surgery.

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 4:17pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bengals WR Marvin Jones is listed as a starter opposite of A.J. Green.

Bengals Beat: 'No doubt' Marvin Jones is team's WR2

Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:39pm

Richard Skinner, Twitter - [Full Article]

When asked if Marvin Jones is the Bengals' clear WR2 when healthy, Bengals beat writer Richard Skinner replied, "...yes no doubt. (Mohamed Sanu) has looked really, really good though."

Fantasy Impact:
After playing just 48% of the snaps in 2013, there is healthy skepticism in the fantasy community that Marvin Jones is truly the team's WR2, but all indications this offseason say that he is safe in that role. Sanu has been playing well in camp, but Jones was tremendously productive in his targets/snaps last season.

Marvin Jones (ankle) not practicing, will be 'ready' for Week 1

Friday, August 1, 2014, 1:03pm

Cincinnati - [Full Article]

Bengals WR Marvin Jones is yet to practice due to an ankle injury he suffered in a non-football-related activity.

Watching the rest of his team compete and run around has challenged his patience, but he's stayed confident in his progress working on the side field.

"In due time I will be out there," Jones said.

The most important question in regard to Jones' status is if he's concerned about possibly missing the start of the regular season. He wasn't having that.

"No, I'll be ready," Jones said.

Fantasy Impact:
He injured the ankle in an offseason workout with QB Andy Dalton. He isn't worried about his status for Week 1 and neither are we. He finished strong down the stretch, including an 8-130 outing against the Chargers in the playoffs.

Bengals WR Marvin Jones suffers minor ankle injury

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:27pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Bengals’ list of players on the non-football injury list surprisingly included receiver Marvin Jones, with an ankle injury.

Per a league source, Jones is day-to-day due to a tweaking of the ankle that happened at the post-OTA passing camp arranged by quarterback Andy Dalton. Jones had an issue with the ankle in 2013.

Fantasy Impact:
He finished as the #21 WR in 2013, racking up 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets. What gives Jones upside is the fact that he played just 48% of the snaps, sharing time with the far-less-effective Mohamed Sanu. In that limited playing time, he posted the #4 FP/snap (.25) of all wideouts who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps. All indications are that Jones is going to start opposite A.J. Green, and even though new OC Hue Jackson likes to run it more than Jay Gruden did, Jones’ new role should ensure that he has plenty of opportunity to make plays in his third year.

Bengals WR Marvin Jones headed for 'massive spike in production'

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 10:34am

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

Bengals Marvin Jones may have been the most efficient receiver in football last year. Of the 22 receivers with at least six touchdowns, Jones (10 TDs) did it in the fewest snaps (555). In fact, only two others on the list accumulated less than 725 total snaps. A full year of Jones on the field most plays and a burgeoning relationship with Andy Dalton could mean a massive spike in production from his 51 receptions for 712 yards.

Fantasy Impact:
He finished as the #21 WR in 2013, racking up 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets. What gives Jones upside is the fact that he played just 48% of the snaps, sharing time with the far-less-effective Mohamed Sanu. In that limited playing time, he posted the #4 FP/snap (.25) of all wideouts who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps. All indications are that Jones is going to start opposite A.J. Green, and even though new OC Hue Jackson likes to run it more than Jay Gruden did, Jones’ new role should ensure that he has plenty of opportunity to make plays in his third year. He is shaping up to be a terrific value in the 9th-11th rounds.

DeSean Jackson 'probably won't' match 2013 production

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 1:14pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Whether it’s by getting open deep or by snagging a pass in stride on a crossing pattern, the Redskins want WR DeSean Jackson to eat up big chunks of yards on a regular basis. So while he has the ability to catch 80+ passes for 1,300 yards, he probably won’t. With Garçon on the other side and Jordan Reed roaming in the middle, he won’t need to. The goal will be to make his touches count in a big way.

Fantasy Impact:
He's changing teams, which is rarely a good thing for a wideout unless he's moving into a larger role. In this case, he's joining a team with a proven target-hog (Pierre Garcon) and an up-and-coming tight end (Jordan Reed). New HC Jay Gruden does have a reputation for being pass-happy, but the Redskins actually attempted more passes (611) than the Bengals did (587) last season, so the pie may not grow as expected. In Cincinnati, Marvin Jones was the WR2 and saw 80 targets while playing just 48% of the snaps. If Jackson plays 80% of the snaps and sees the ball at the same rate, he would be targeted roughly 133 times. That’s plenty of work for D-Jax to post top 20 numbers, though Reed demands more targets than Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham/Tyler Eifert combo last season.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:12pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Mark Bullock of The Washington Post believes Redskins WR DeSean Jackson will play the "Z" position in Jay Gruden's offense, which was A.J. Green's spot under Gruden in Cincinnati. Pierre Garcon will play the "X" receiver (Marvin Jones's position), while Andre Roberts will play "Zebra" (Mohamed Sanu's position in the slot).

Fantasy Impact:
The article does a nice job of using snapshots to illustrate how each receiver might be used.

Bengals WR Marvin Jones has sights set on Pro Bowl

Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:51am

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

Bengals WR Marvin Jones has high aspirations for himself:

“I’m not going to go out and just say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m definitely going to the Pro Bowl. I’m going to be an elite receiver,’’ Jones said. “I do believe that in my heart. But I’m not going to go out there and say it. I’m going to say it by what I do on the field. What I do on the field, it can’t be denied if I just take care of my opportunities. Whether it’s 15 targets, six targets or three targets. I want to make sure they’re all 100 percent when I go out there on the field.”

Elite may be just a few fingertips away.

Jones had 77 of those opportunities in his second season and caught 51 of them, making him 29th in the league in converting targets into catches, best on the Bengals, according to profotballfocus.com. That allowed Jones to join Green, Isaac Curtis, Cris Collinsworth, and Chad Johnson as the only Bengals to average at least 14 yards per catch while scoring at least 10 touchdowns.

Those guys have been to a total of 15 Pro Bowls.

Fantasy Impact:
He finished as the #21 WR in 2013, racking up 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets. What gives Jones upside is the fact that he played just 48% of the snaps, sharing time with the far-less-effective Mohamed Sanu. In that limited playing time, he posted the #4 FP/snap (.25) of all wideouts who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps. All indications are that Jones is going to start opposite A.J. Green, and even though new OC Hue Jackson likes to run it more than Jay Gruden did, Jones’ new role should ensure that he has plenty of opportunity to make plays in his third year.

D-Jax looking forward to forming 'one-two punch' with Pierre Garcon

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:24pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson says he thinks his addition to the Washington Redskins this offseason will prove to be beneficial to both him and Pierre Garcon, the team’s top holdover wideout.

“I respect Garcon,” Jackson said after Tuesday’s opening practice of this week’s minicamp at Redskins Park. “He’s a good player in this league, a great receiver. This is my first year really getting to know him and having that relationship with him. I think me and him will be able to be like that one-two punch in the NFL and have a great year. So whatever it is I can help him with, vice versa, whatever he can help me with, I look forward to that.”

Fantasy Impact:

DeSean Jackson is changing teams, which is rarely a good thing for a wideout unless he's moving into a larger role. In this case, he's joining a team with a proven target-hog (Pierre Garcon) and an up-and-coming tight end (Jordan Reed). New HC Jay Gruden does have a reputation for being pass-happy, but the Redskins actually attempted more passes (611) than the Bengals did (587) last season, so the pie may not grow as expected. In Cincinnati, Marvin Jones was the WR2 and saw 80 targets while playing just 48% of the snaps. If Jackson plays 80% of the snaps and sees the ball at the same rate, he would be targeted roughly 133 times. That’s plenty of work for D-Jax to post top 20 numbers, though Reed demands more targets than Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham/Tyler Eifert combo last season. For more on D-Jax's potential workload, click here.

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 2:32pm

Bengals - [Full Article]

In the two years that Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson spent in Oakland, he helped 255-lb Marcel Reece earn the nickname the “Matchup Nightmare.” Jackson used Reece as a fullback, tailback, and even had him line up at wide receiver to take advantage of his unique skills as a runner and receiver.

Could Jackson have similar things in mind for Mohamed Sanu?

“He’s got me doing some stuff,” said Sanu with a grin. “I love it. I’m embracing it and I’m going to do everything that I can to make sure that I’m the best at it.”

“He’s rolling,” said Marvin Jones. “He’s gotten a lot faster and more explosive and it’s good to see out there.”

“He’s running a lot better I think than he has the last two years,” said Andy Dalton. “He looks smooth and I think his speed has increased. It’s been fun to see all of the things that he does. He’s a guy that’s outside, inside, and can play all of the positions. You need a guy on the team like that that can do it all.”

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:45pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

The great misnomer about Hue Jackson’s clarion call to emphasize the running game is that it’s going to reduce the passing game. Just the opposite. On paper the hope is it is going to make it more explosive and with Jackson a big believer in vertical routes, wide receivers A.J. Green and Marvin Jones should get more chances to catch touchdowns and not less.

Pass attempts, TD passes and interceptions should theoretically be down with the hope the run jacks up completion percentage and yards per attempt in a more efficient passing game.

Green and Jones are coming off a season they became the first tandem in Bengals history to have double-digit TD catches and they should lead the pack again simply because they’ll have the most chances.

Beat: D-Jax could be third on team in catches

Monday, June 9, 2014, 1:33pm

John Keim, ESPN - [Full Article]

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon, not DeSean Jackson, will be the primary receiving target this season. No one has said that to me because until we get closer to the season – and probably into the season – no one really knows how things will unfold. But Garcon is a sturdier player, capable of running a greater variety of routes. Jackson caught 82 passes last season, but his previous high was 62. He can be dangerous to defend even when grabbing around 60 passes. In fact, it wouldn't stun me at all to see Jackson as the third leading receiver in terms of total catches behind Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed. Durability plays into this as well (though Jackson has missed fewer games than Garcon in his career; both have played six seasons).

Fantasy Impact:

He's changing teams, which is rarely a good thing for a wideout unless he's moving into a larger role. In this case, he's joining a team with a proven target-hog (Pierre Garcon) and an up-and-coming tight end (Jordan Reed). New HC Jay Gruden does have a reputation for being pass-happy, but the Redskins actually attempted more passes (611) than the Bengals did (587) last season, so the pie may not grow as expected. In Cincinnati, Marvin Jones was the WR2 and saw 80 targets while playing just 48% of the snaps. If Jackson plays 80% of the snaps and sees the ball at the same rate, he would be targeted roughly 133 times. That’s plenty of work for D-Jax to post top 20 numbers, though Reed demands more targets than Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham/Tyler Eifert combo last season. For more on his potential production, click here.