Julio Jones Fantasy News

Former coach calls Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham a 'nightmare matchup'

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 11:30am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Dorial Green-Beckham spent weeks sidelined by a hamstring injury. That aside, his former college coach believes the Titans have landed the equivalent of a "nightmare matchup for any cornerback at any level."

"I was with the Colts with Jim Mora when he had Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, I was with the Raiders when they had Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Jerry Porter and some other guys on the Super Bowl team," University of Texas receivers coach Jay Norvell told the Tennessean.

Norvell spent last season coaching the red-shirted Green-Beckham in practice at Oklahoma, saying: "When you go through the history of the draft and look at the guys with size and speed and all that, he is just unique. Calvin Johnson is probably one of the closest comparisons physically because of his size."

Armed with 4.49 speed and a 6-foot-5, 237-pound frame, Green-Beckham drew pre-draft comparisons from NFL Media's Charles Davis to Falcons star Julio Jones and former NFL wideout Plaxico Burress.

"He's not a finished product, but most players aren't," Norvell said. "So he's going to have to learn the pro game and that's a completely different game from college. But he's got some natural gifts that will help him in that game, and in some ways, the NFL is probably a better game for him than college football, just because of the bump rules and (less) contact and all of that. So there are some advantages he has. ... That's why they picked him."

Fantasy Impact:

If Green-Beckham picks up things quickly and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say — one offensive coordinator said he was “completely lost” at the whiteboard in a pre-draft interview — he could certainly start early in the season opposite Kendall Wright, since it seems that Justin Hunter is on the outs with the current coaching staff. If he sees starter’s snaps, he should be fantasy relevant as a rookie, though he'll have to prove he's ready for the mental side of the game. Long-term, he has a chance to flourish if both he and Marcus Mariota are the real deal.

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Jaguars Beat: Allen Robinson is 'by far' team's top receiver

Friday, June 19, 2015, 3:56pm

Florida Times Union - [Full Article]

Allen Robinson is by far the Jaguars’ No. 1 receiver.

A quick canvas of the league revealed 10 No. 1-caliber receivers: Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Alshon Jeffrey, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, DeMaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, T.Y. Hilton, Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown.

Robinson, the Jaguars’ second-year receiver, is below that level, but on this team at this moment, he’s the best.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson averaged 5.2 catches for 61 yards and 0.22 TD from Week 2 to Week 10, which extrapolates to an 84-974-3.6 over the course of a full 16-game season. He posted fringe WR2-type numbers before suffering a stress fracture in his foot. The Jacksonville receiving corps should feature Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. If QB Blake Bortles can progress, this could be a dangerous passing game, and Robinson would be the primary beneficiary.

Falcons WR Justin Hardy 'made a good first impression'

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 11:22pm

Atlanta Falcons - [Full Article]

Third-round draft pick Justin Hardy has made a good first impression on some of his fellow skill position players. On Tuesday, Matt Ryan praised the WR for his consistent improvements; today, Julio Jones commended Hardy for the way he’s responded to challenges thrown his way.

Fantasy Impact:

Hardy is competing with Devin Hester and Leonard Hankerson for snaps behind Julio Jones and Roddy White. He has a chance to be the third receiver for the Falcons, which doesn’t hold much fantasy value without an injury to a player higher on the depth chart.

Roddy White: 'We're not going to be passing 35-40 times a game'

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 1:01pm

PFT - [Full Article]

According to wide receiver Roddy White, the offense won’t be as reliant as throwing the ball as they were last season. The Falcons were third in the league with 39.5 attempts per game last season and White expects that number to drop significantly in 2015.

“We’re not going to be passing 35-40 times a game,” White said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

That may well be the plan, but the Falcons are going to have to be a lot more effective running the ball than they were last year if they are going to cut down on the size of the roles that White, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan play in the offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Color us doubtful. In seven seasons as an offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan's offenses have thrown the ball on average 34.8 times per game, and he's never at a quarterback of the caliber of Matt Ryan. We currently project the Falcons for 37.3 passing attempts per game.

Falcons reportedly hiring Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator

Monday, January 19, 2015, 11:18am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons are hiring Kyle Shanahan as their OC, per league source. Shanahan and (Seattle DC) Dan Quinn planned to be package deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Quinn is expected to be hired as head coach, but that can't officially happen until the Seahawks' season is over. Shanahan will have some talent to work with in Atlanta, namely QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones and RB Devonta Freeman.

Steven Jackson (quad) INACTIVE, Julio Jones (hip) ACTIVE

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:04pm

Falcons Inactives
Ricardo Allen CB
Charles Godfrey FS
Steven Jackson RB
Stansly Maponga DE
Sean Renfree QB
Jonathan Scott T
Tyler Starr OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman should split the work, with Freeman having more upside. Julio Jones active, as expected.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Douglas should play, but doesn’t have much fantasy appeal with both Julio Jones and Roddy White expected to play.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Given the return to practice, Jones figures to play through the hip injury in a crucial matchup with Carolina. The game is early on Sunday.

Julio Jones' availability will be based on pregame workout

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:22am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Last week, the Falcons waited until Sunday morning to decide whether receiver Julio Jones would play despite a hip injury. This week, it’ll be the same routine.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Jones’ availability for Sunday’s showdown with the Saints will hinge on the Sunday morning pre-game workout.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones wants to play and the Falcons sure need him. In his last two games played, Jones generated 448 receiving yards, with a whopping 259 yards coming in a Monday night loss to the Packers. Between the performances with Jones and the team’s struggles without him, the fourth-year wideout from Alabama is laying the foundation for a major payday at some point during the 2015 offseason, the story said. If Jones can't go, Harry Douglas would shape up to be a very good option again.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. If Julio Jones is back, Douglas won’t be startable, but he’s a WR2-type if Jones remains out. Stay tuned on Sunday morning.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 16. Jones is likely a game-time decision on Sunday, per HC Mike Smith. If he plays, expect him to be ranked as a WR2, depending on the pregame reports from the Atlanta/New Orleans beat writers. If he’s out, Harry Douglas and Roddy White would both be top 25 plays against a shaky New Orleans secondary. The Falcons play early on Sunday.

Falcons Beat: WR Julio Jones (hip) expected to play

Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:40am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons beat writer Vaughn McClure: I anticipate Julio Jones will be ready for the Saints, based on everything I'm hearing... If Jones indeed plays Sunday, I will be curious to see if his speed and ability to get down the field is hampered at all by the injury.

Fantasy Impact:

This isn't a ringing endorsement of Jones's availability for Sunday, but it is encouraging. We'd like to see Jones return to practice on Friday before penciling him into our lineups.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. If Julio Jones is back, Douglas won’t be startable, but he’s a WR2-type if Jones remains out.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) missed practice again Thursday. Jones may be a game-time decision on Sunday, per HC Mike Smith. If he’s out, Harry Douglas is a solid WR2. The Falcons play early on Sunday.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Douglas typically rests on Wednesdays after suffering this foot injury. If Julio Jones is back, Douglas won’t be startable, but he’s a WR2-type if Jones remains out.

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