Will Julio Jones Be the No. 1 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver in 2019?


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Sep 01, 2019, 11:26 AM EDT
  • Julio Jones has been one of the NFL's best wide receivers for the better part of the past decade, but can he emerge as fantasy football's best in 2019?
  • Ian Hartitz analyzes Jones' past touchdown woes and assesses whether he should be the No. 1 WR in season-long drafts.

We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2019 season; this is part of that series.

There are very few wide receivers in today’s NFL who truly deserve to be discussed as the best at their position.

Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr. and DeAndre Hopkins have been the league’s Mount Rushmore of wide receivers over the past half decade, but Davante Adams, Michael Thomas and Mike Evans (among others) have played well enough in recent years to warrant consideration.

We’re here to talk about Jones, who has emerged as one of the more polarizing receivers in the fantasy community due to his prolonged stretches of scoreless play. Still, we have ample evidence that suggests the only way to stop Jones is for his offensive coordinator to decide against throwing him the ball.

Let’s break down Jones’ 2019 outlook and his case as the overall fantasy No. 1 receiver in season-long drafts.

Julio Jones Is the NFL’s Most Efficient Receiver

Say what you will about Jones’ occasional inability to find the end zone — no wide receiver has been better than him at gaining yardage on a per-down basis over the past four seasons.

There have only been four instances of a wide receiver averaging at least 3.0 yards per route run over the past five seasons (per Pro Football Focus, minimum 25 targets). Jones is responsible for three of them.


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