Julio Jones Fantasy Football News 2018

Falcons WR Julio Jones did not report for the start of mandatory minicamp on Monday as he angles for a new contract. Jones has 3 years left on his current deal but is "only" the league's 8th highest paid WR in average annual salary. "We have been in contact with Julio and his representation," GM Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. "We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive." We'll see how long this standoff lasts. But for now, we're not adjusting our projections for Jones.

The Falcons selected Alabama WR Calvin Ridley with the 26th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Ridley broke Amari Cooper’s school record for receiving yards by a freshman with 1,045 in 2015. He didn’t reach 1,000 yards in either his final 2 seasons, although Alabama’s passing game wasn’t as effective. Consider that Ridley posted a 63.6% catch rate last year, while all other Tide wideouts combined to haul in just 52.0% of their targets. Ridley is arriving from a pro-style offense and is 1 of the best route runners in the draft class. In other words, he’s about as pro-ready as they come. The concerns are that he’s small (6’0, 189 pounds), unathletic (8th percentile SPARQ score) and relatively old (he’ll turn 24 in December). It all makes it tough to get excited about his upside. So does the fact that he’s stuck with target hog Julio Jones in the short term. Ridley will battle with Mohamed Sanu for #2 on the totem pole.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) isn’t listed on the final injury report after putting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. There was never any concern about his status for this weekend’s game against the Saints. Jones remains a WR1 for that one.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We don't have any details on the injury and haven't heard anything to suggest he's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Saints. But check back tomorrow for another update.

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Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, so there’s some added risk here. But Jones remains a must-start in season-long leagues.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) will play against the Cowboys on Sunday, according to the team’s official website. That’s no surprise after Jones played through the injury last week. He put in a limited practice on Friday after sitting out the first 2 days. There’s increased risk here, but Jones remains a must-start in season-long leagues.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. HC Dan Quinn said this morning that he thought Jones might be able to get in a limited workout, so it at least sounds like he was close. We'll see if he's able to get back on the field tomorrow.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (lower leg) did not practice on Wednesday. He did participate in the walkthrough, though, HC Dan Quinn said. Jones played through the injury last week and should tentatively be expected to play against the Cowboys this Sunday. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that WR Julio Jones played through a lower-leg injury yesterday. We saw him looking a bit hobbled on a few occasions, and Jones' snap rate was down a bit to 71.7%. But he caught 6 of 12 targets for a season-high 118 yards. We'll keep an eye on him this week, but he should be fine for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was limited in practice all week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s good to go for Sunday’s game against a leaky Dolphins pass defense.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was limited for the 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's fully expected to play against the Dolphins this weekend, but it'd be nice to see him put in a full practice on Friday.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was on the field for the start of Wednesday's practice. It's confirmation that he's on track to play vs. Miami this weekend. As usual, Jones will be a high-upside WR1 for that game.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons don't expect WR Julio Jones to miss any games. He's dealing with a hip flexor injury but gets a well-timed Week 5 bye. We'll keep a close eye on Jones when Atlanta returns to work next week, but owners can tentatively plan on getting him back for Week 6.

Falcons WR Julio Jones exited in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bills with a hip injury. He was shown heading back to the locker room with trainers. We'll update his status when we know more.

Update: Jones has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that WR Julio Jones is dealing with a lower-back injury. Quinn said Jones will be limited in practice this week but expressed no concern about his availability for Sunday's game against the Bills, per ESPN's Vaughn McClure. We'll keep an eye on the situation. Jones played a season-high 85.3% of Atlanta's offensive snaps and tallied a 7-91 line on 12 targets in the win over the Lions.

Falcons WR Julio Jones joined team drills Wednesday for the 1st time in training camp, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. More importantly, it marked his 1st full practice since the latest procedure on his left foot back in March. Jones said through the offseason that the operation wasn't a big deal, but it'll be nice to see him prove it on the field over the next few weeks. Of course, we already didn't have any trouble taking him in the middle of Round 1 of fantasy football drafts this year.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Wednesday that WR Julio Jones (foot) will be limited to begin training camp. That he'll be out there at all this early on is a good sign. Jones is returning from surgery to remove a bunion from his left foot on March 6. There's been nothing to suggest that it'll be an issue when Week 1 rolls around.

New Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian is looking to get WR Julio Jones more red zone targets this season. "When you have a player like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one on one," Sarkisian said. Hallelujah! Jones' 9 red zone targets last year ranked 6th on his own team. That number deserves to at least double in 2017. (Jordy Nelson led the league last year with 29 red zone looks.) A spike in TD production should follow for Jones, who scored just 6 times last year.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is targeting the start of training camp for his return to full action. He's spent the offseason recovering from surgery to remove a bunion from his left foot. The procedure had nothing to do with his twice-fractured right foot. “I just had to get something repaired,” Jones said of the March surgery. “That was it. It was light." This particular issue shouldn't be a concern in 2017, although Jones' durability remains a sticking point. He's missed 17 games through 6 NFL seasons. Of course, he's also finished among the top 6 WRs in fantasy points per game in 4 straight years.

Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones underwent what was deemed a minor foot surgery on March 6. He was in a boot but getting around without crutches at an appearance on Wednesday. “I’m good,” Jones said. "My thing right now is recovery." We'll continue to track his progress. For now, there's no reason to believe the procedure will impact Jones' 2017 campaign.


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