- Matt Ryan focused on moving forward without Julio Jones
News: 20 hours agoJones caught three of four targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 25-16 win over the Colts.
Spin: Jones couldn't approach last week's stellar output despite seeing teammate A.J. Brown (hamstring) exit early on. Although Jones went for a long catch of 25 yards and still led Tennessee in targets, the team's receiving touchdowns went to lesser-known options Chester Rogers, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Jeremy McNichols. With another 30-plus-touch dose of Derrick Henry as well, Jones was a complement to the Titans' main focus, but he could re-emerge as a top contributor should Brown be sidelined in the immediate future, with upcoming matchups against the Jets and Jaguars appearing rather favorable to boot.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Jones was traded to the Titans after spending his first 10 seasons with the Falcons. The trade comes after Jones' streak of six consecutive top-seven fantasy seasons came to an end in 2020. Injuries were, of course, the culprit, as Jones missed seven full games and the better part of two others (he missed a total of four the prior six seasons). The good news is that Jones was still dominant when healthy. In seven games he played in full, Jones posted a 45-700-3 receiving line and was fantasy's No. 3 WR. He posted a career-high 11.2 YPT, and he has now finished top-5 in YPRR in eight consecutive seasons. There are concerns, though, as Jones is 32 years old and likely to play second fiddle to A.J. Brown in Tennessee's run-first offense. Perhaps Jones has another elite season in the tank, but he's best valued as a mid-range WR2.