By Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros), Thu, Sep 24th 2020, 9:55am EDT
When going through the draft season, I mentioned the brutal early-season schedule that Jones had, and while he played fairly well against the Steelers, he was shut down by the Bears defense. On top of that, he lost the guy (Saquon Barkley) who at least took some attention/pressure off him. This matchup against the 49ers suddenly doesn't look as bad as it used to, though. They will be without their top cornerback (Richard Sherman), as well as their top edge rusher (Nick Bosa), and even edge rusher Solomon Thomas. In fact, they could be without edge rusher Dee Ford too, as he missed last week's game with neck spasms. This is not a must-avoid matchup moving forward. Losing Barkley as an option in the passing game hurts, as does Sterling Shepard, who is dealing with a toe injury. There are so many variables in this game on both sides of the ball, it really is hard to comprehend, but the issue is that oddsmakers don't think the 49ers losses will matter to Jones much, as his team-implied total is just 18.3 points, one of the lowest on the slate. Jones played just one game without Shepard and Barkley last year, completing 15-of-31 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. It was against New England, so that was going to be a tough matchup regardless, but based on what we've seen from Jones this year, it's best to wait this out and see what happens.