Raiders free-agent signee James Jones may have cemented his role as a true number-one receiver with his new team. Jones had 9 catches on 14 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against Houston.
Fantasy Impact: Keep in mind that Rod Streater did leave the game in the second-half with a hip flexor issue. But even with Streater in the game, QB Derek Carr seemed to be looking Jones' way almost exclusively. This is a good thing for Jones' fantasy value, even if it's on a bad team. If Streater ends up missing any time with this injury, that could mean even more looks for Jones. He is definitely worth a roster spot and strong consideration to start in deeper leagues, although a tough matchup against New England and Darrelle Revis looms.
In his first game back in Green Bay after signing with the Raiders, James Jones tallied 4 receptions for 36 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Jones appeared to have made an impressive 14-yard touchdown catch on a jump-ball in the first half. It was later overturned as official replay showed he did bobble the ball just a bit as he went down. However, the play showed the type of red-zone threat that Jones can be.
Although the Raiders "official" depth chart to this point has listed Andre Holmes as the starting WR opposite Rod Streater, James Jones was in the starting lineup ahead of Holmes against the Lions on Friday night. Jones finished his stint with 2 catches for 29 yards.
Fantasy Impact: There was speculation that listing Jones as a second-teamer was possibly a tactic of making sure the newcomer earns it, but with Jones' pedigree and a newly inked three-year, $11.3 million contract and with Holmes struggling in the preseason opener, it seemed inevitable that Jones would end up a starter. Coming off a year in which he tallied a career high 817 yards but just 3 touchdowns while struggling with nagging injuries after racking up 14 TDs in 2012, the Raiders and fantasy owners alike are hoping he can cement himself in the starting lineup and prove to be a solid WR3 / Flex option in 2014. Friday's starting nod was a positive indicator toward that.