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by Scott Pagel

WAS RB Matt Jones - Week 8, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 at Cincinnati
Matt Jones followed up a very impressive game against the Eagles in Week 6 with a disaster in Week 7. Jones ran 10 times for 27 yards and continued to have fumbling issues. Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley handled much of the work after that point.

Now the question is what happens to Jones this week. We still rank him ahead of Thompson and Kelley, but one has to wonder if he'll see a drop in his workload if he's able to overcome injury woes and suit up. He's probably not a great play even if he's healthy. Jones is ranked 24th on our standard RB list, making him a low-end RB2 option. The Bengals are 17th in allowing fantasy points to RBs (so it's not a bad matchup), but Jones' workload is a bit of a question mark.

by Scott Pagel

WAS RB Matt Jones - Week 7, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at Detroit
Matt Jones wasn't supposed to have a good day running the ball, but carried 16 times for 135 yards and another TD last week. While he struggled against the Ravens the week before, Jones does have two 100-plus yard rushing days in his last three games.

This week, it's just an OK matchup against the Lions, who are 13th in allowing fantasy points to RBs. The Lions are much worse against the pass, but Jones has been playing fairly well as of late and is averaging about 16 touches a game. He comes in just 23rd on our list this week, which is lower-end RB2 value. The Skins should be able to stay around in this game on the road to give Jones a chance to at least reach his average in touches. Robert Kelly did have a nice day last week (5-59-0) as well and we had heard rumors leading up to last week that he'd be more involved, so he will steal some carries again this week it seems.

by Scott Pagel

WAS RB Matt Jones - Week 6, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs. Philadelphia
Matt Jones ran 14 times for just 31 yards and fumbled against the Ravens last week. We knew coming in this wasn't going to be a good matchup for Jones and the running game, but were a little more hopeful for a better performance after a Week 4 line of 22-117-1 against Cleveland.

Things won't get much easier this week as the Eagles are third in allowing fantasy points to RBs so it's another tough matchup on paper. On top of that, we had a new item saying the Skins could give more work to backup Robert Kelly. Jones' role in the offense seems safe for now and he should still be used as an RB2. If Kelley does become a bigger contributor, though, there could be major cause for concern. The Redskins are one of just six teams whose RBs account for 50% or fewer of team touches, so this team likely can't support two fantasy-relevant backs.

by Scott Pagel

WAS RB Matt Jones - Week 5, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Baltimore
Matt Jones finally had the kind of fantasy day owners have been expecting since last season. Jones collected his first 100-yard rushing performance with a TD and added two catches for 21 yards.

Jones looked really good against the Browns, gashing them for big chunks of yards. But this week will be a much tougher test against the Ravens. Baltimore held the Raiders rushing game in check last week, as Latavius Murray had a long run of just four yards. Jones is probably best used as a low-end RB2 or flex option this week, with owners hoping the momentum gained last week carries over. Keep in mind, Jones has a lot of tough matchups on the horizon -- four games against defenses in the top-10 in fantasy points allowed to RBs over the next four weeks.

by Scott Pagel

WAS RB Matt Jones - Week 4, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Cleveland
Matt Jones carried 17 times for 65 yards and caught two balls for 14 yards on two targets last week. Those obviously aren't great fantasy numbers, and not scoring a TD put a damper on his overall performance.

This week, Jones gets the Browns, who are ranked 19th in allowing fantasy points to RBs so it's not a bad matchup (especially if the Skins can play with a lead and try to run the ball and kill the clock). The good news is Jones' carries have increased since Week 1, so the team seems committed to using him, but Chris Thompson will continue to steal some work. More bad news is if you look at his rest of season schedule there is a lot of "red" signifying difficult matchups pretty much the rest of the way, but especially starting Week 5 and running through Week 8.

by Scott Pagel

WAS RB Matt Jones - Week 3, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at New York Giants
It was a much better week for Matt Jones owners in Week 2. Jones ran 13 times for 61 yards and scored his first TD of the season. He averaged 4.69 yards per rush. The only problem was the Skins trailed the Cowboys, which limited Jones' production.

This week, Washington travels to the Giants. Last week the Giants D kept the Saints in check, so while the numbers say the G-men are 21st in allowing fantasy points to RBs, the fact is they've kept Ezekiel Elliott and Mark Ingram in check so far this season. As a result, Jones comes in ranked just 32nd on our RB list. Also keep in mind that in 2015, Jones carried a total of 19 times for 57 yards and no TDs in two games against the Giants. It's shaping up to be a tough go, but Jones is at least a RB3 or flex option this week coming off a pretty good performance in Week 2.

by Scott Pagel

WAS RB Matt Jones - Week 2, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Dallas
It was a disappointing Week 1 for Matt Jones and his owners. Jones carried just seven time for 24 yards and caught one ball for nine yards. It was a tough matchup coming in but the Steelers jumped out to a lead and Washington had to play from behind.

Jones gets a much better matchup this week against Dallas and last week Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen averaged about five yards a carry running the ball. Washington's run game has struggled the last two years but they may look to find some success with Jones this week. We're not really buying into that though, as Jones is just 42nd on our RB list and doesn't appear to be trustworthy in Week 2.

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