Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has turned in bi-polar performances so far this season. In Week 1 he showed his dominance with six catches for 108 yards and two scores, then he went into hiding in Week 2 (four catches for 14 yards). Bouncing back in Week 3, Jones nabbed five passes for 67 yards and a score. And in keeping with his back-and-forth pattern, he turns in a dud in Week 4 with a single catch for 30 yards.
Fantasy owners didn't draft Jones to be inconsistent. The second or third receiver taken off of most draft boards needs to provide steady production week-in, week-out. Jones hasn't lived up to that standard.
Despite not turning in highly productive weeks, now is not the time to panic if you have Jones on your roster.
Jones' Week 4 disappearing act could possibly be explained by the cut that he suffered in the Week 3 game against the San Diego Chargers. Unofficial reports are that it's a cut on the webbing between his fingers. His cut/hurt hand is a non-issue. Even his two disappointing weeks thus far are nothing to be concerned about.
Jones is an explosive wideout on arguably the most prolific passing offense in the league. Fantasy owners need to put Jones' Week 4 game into perspective.
Yes, Roddy White had more targets (11) than Jones (8), but Jones' targets were plenty for him to do statistical damage. Matt Ryan targeted Jones in the red zone but the pass was picked off. And Jones would've had about another 50 yards added to his total if he would've gotten his second foot in-bounds on a play-action pass. We're talking inches away from Jones putting up WR1 numbers.
Add in the fact that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter kept Jones from running his signature slants and screens (probably because of Jones' cut hand) and it's clear that Atlanta didn't plan on having Jones be too involved in Week 4.
What's important is that Jones put in a solid day at practice on Wednesday and looks to be ready to perform as expected against the Washington Redskins.
With Jones getting back to his dominant self, fantasy owners need to sit tight and enjoy having him rostered. And if there is an owner who is leaning on the Julio Jones Panic Button, then by all means steal Jones away. He figures to be a top-5 wideout the rest of the way.
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