How To Treat Zay Jones as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target
Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images. Pictured: Zay Jones.
In need of a high-floor receiving option for the stretch run of the fantasy football season? Look no further than Jacksonville, where Zay Jones has been quietly putting together a solid campaign.
The veteran wide receiver has seen a steady stream of targets since Week 3. Over the last three weeks alone, he’s garnered 29 of them. Clearly, he has a solid connection with sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence, not to mention he has a plus matchup coming up against Detroit.
The Action Network’s fantasy football experts dish on what Jones can offer going forward below.
Sean Koerner: Jones is a guy I’ve been higher on than consensus all year. Over his last six games, he has a route participation of 97%. And on the season, his 21.2% targets per route run rate is higher than Christian Kirk’s.
He has a good matchup this week against the Lions and I’m projecting him for 5.0 receptions.
He saw more targets than Christian Kirk, Marvin Jones Jr. and Evan Engram combined and has a whopping 24 targets in the last two games.
Jones has been on the rise of late and clearly has developed rapport with quarterback Trevor Lawrence. He was solid before Jacksonville’s Week 11 bye, when he caught 8-of-10 targets for 68 yards and finishing as the WR30 for the week.
He will be in the WR3/flex conversation against the Lions, whose defense ranks 19th in pass DVOA and has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers.
Jones is actually tied for 13th in the NFL with 58 catches after carving out a steady role as Jacksonvilles’ No. 2 receiving option. He has played at least 90% of the Jaguars’ offensive snaps in each of the past six games.
Jones doesn’t have the breakout potential of some younger options, but he has one of the safest floors you’ll find on the waiver wire.