Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones didn't have an explosive start to his NFL career in week 1 against the New York Jets. What is his fantasy outlook moving forward?
Jones, a rookie from ECU, is just that — a rookie. In his debut he caught one pass for 22 yards. That's not the fantasy start many were hoping for — especially those who started him in week 1.
So what do you do with him moving forward?
It's important to weigh his potential against your team needs. Unless you're loaded at wide receiver and need room for something else, dropping Jones now would be an overreaction after just one week.
Let's jump into the numbers:
Jones played in 66 of 74 plays for the Bills in week 1 and was on the field for every single passing play the Bills ran, according to Pro Football Focus.
In those 74 total plays Bills' QB Tyrod Taylor threw 28 passes, connecting with Jones on just one play for 22 yards. Jones was targeted 4 times though, more than any other wide receiver (running back LeSean McCoy led the team with 5 catches on 6 targets and tight end Charles Clay caught 4 passes on 9 targets). Jordan Matthews, the only other player besides McCoy and Clay to record more than one catch, had 2 receptions on 3 targets.
It's also important to take into consideration the game flow — Buffalo's defense was crushing the Jets' offense and there was no need for a sense of urgency on offense.
Zay Jones might not have had the eye-popping NFL debut you were hoping to see if he's on your fantasy football roster. But don't dump him yet — give it some time.