Fantasy Impact: A somewhat high-profile free agent, Jones totaled a career-high 73 catches in 2014, but they were mostly empty from a fantasy perspective, totaling 666 yards and six touchdowns. Being released by a WR needy team isn't a harbinger of big things to come for a veteran WR, and the 31 year old Jones may be done with the fantasy relevant phase of his career, although we could've said the same thing about Brandon LaFell last year.
Jones caught a touchdown early in the fourth quarter on Sunday in the Raiders' loss to the Chiefs. He dropped another sure-fire touchdown in the third quarter.
Fantasy Impact: Jones finished with 57 yards and was targeted 11 times. He remains a WR4 in most formats, and there's no need to own or play him in the fantasy championship week, unless you're in a deep 14-16 team league.
James Jones, the leading receiver for the Raiders, caught 6 passes for a measly 33 yards on Sunday. He tied Marcel Reece for game high honors in receptions.
Fantasy Impact: In a 52-0 blowout, garbage time stats are usually expected...and there was plenty of garbage time in this one. The Rams d-line was just too much for the Raiders to handle, as evidenced by Carr's 4.4 yards per attempt, 6 sacks and 2 interceptions. Jones still leads the Raiders in receptions on the year but you just can't expect much from this inept offense.
Thursday night always produces strange things in the NFL world. The Raiders won!!! What could be more strange than that? Raiders WR James Jones was an integral part of that first victory as he hauled in the game winning TD from Derek Carr with 1:42 left in the game. Final line: 5 receptions for 47 yards 1 TD on 6 targets.
Fantasy Impact: What a difference playing in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers is to now catching passes in Oakland from a rookie quarterback. While Jones may not be an elite option, he does provide some value. He is the leading Oakland receiver with 49 receptions for 498 yards and 3 TDs. Carr trusts him and prefers to throw to his wideouts rather than the TE.
Jones finished Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Denver Broncos with eight catches on 12 targets. However, Jones could only muster 20 yards receiving.
Fantasy Impact: Jones continues to be Derek Carr's go-to guy in between the 20's, but he's beginning to lose crucial targets inside the red zone. He's being relegated to nothing more than a matchup plug-and-play option going forward.
James Jones finished Sunday's London mathcup against the Dolphins with 6 catches on all 6 of his targets for 83 yards, including a long reception of 30 yards. The Raiders offense looked anemic almost the entire game, losing 38-14 to Miami.
Fantasy Impact: In the absence of the injured Rod Streater, Jones looks like the only Raider with any fantasy value. The only factor of concern is that Andre Homes ended up with double the amount of Jones' targets with 12. Although he only converted them to 5 catches, Holmes did score a touchdown. Fantasy owners should not be overly concerned, however, as most of the second half offense was led by backup QB Matt McGloin and not Derek Carr who has definitely shown a preference in looking the way of James Jones. If Carr is to miss any significant time with a knee injury suffered in the 3rd quarter, it would be a situation to consider.
It was a less-than-impressive fantasy day for the Raiders as a whole, outside of kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Jones' 43 yards actually led the team in receiving yards.
Fantasy Impact: New England possesses a stout secondary led, of course, by Darrelle Revis. Oakland has really struggled to run the ball with any success this year, so relying exclusively on the pass against the Patriots was heavy billing. Oakland's other starting receiver, Rod Streater, suffered a fractured foot in the contest and could miss considerable time. This should shift even more of QB David Carr's focus on Jones. Look for him to have a better game with a matchup against the Dolphins in Week 4.
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.