After a stellar 2012 campaign, James Jones came to Green Bay training camp looking to pick up where he left off last season. With the departure of Greg Jennings and the newly injured Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, Jones will see extended time in the preseason as the number one target for Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
During the 2012 season, Jones led the league with 14 touchdowns to go along 67 receptions for 784 yards. The 29-year-old was able to haul in at least one touchdown in 9 of 15 games.
Jones was poised to start opposite of Jordy Nelson, but unfortunately for the Packers, Nelson is expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery on Monday. The only two veteran teammates that Aaron Rodgers can really count on are Jones and tight end Jermichael Finley.
Aaron Rodgers is slowly losing key pieces to his high octane passing game, which could cause his fantasy value to drop slightly. Rodger’s fantasy value will fall slightly yes, yet not enough to stop fantasy owners from drafting him.
James Jones is currently the 108th overall player in a 12 man league. Jones sits with an ADP of 89 which places him at the top end of the 7th round.
This ADP puts Jones sitting just behind wide receivers such as Miles Austin, T.Y. Hilton, and Denarius Moore. I expect his fantasy value to increase before the regular season and could be a really nice sleeper for fantasy owners.