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It's hard to overstate how strange Julio Jones' stats have been in 2018. But a year after only having three touchdowns, he currently sits at zero.


Upon hearing that, you would assume Jones just isn't having a good year, but that's not the case at all. In fact, he's having a fantastic year. 


Jones has 34 receptions on 55 targets for 564 yards. Those numbers put him at ninth in the NFL in targets, 12th in the NFL in receptions (behind a few players who played on Thursday night), and third in the NFL in yardage.


He's currently on a 10-game touchdown drought and, if that wasn't bad enough, a defensive lineman has more TDs than he does this season. 

To further enforce how weird this is statistically, here are the players near him in receptions:


10. Antonio Brown - 35 receptions

10. Juju Smith-Schuster - 35 receptions

12. Julio Jones - 34 receptions

13. Golden Tate - 33 receptions

13. Emmanuel Sanders - 33 receptions


Here are the players around him yardage:


1. DeAndre Hopkins - 594 yards

2. Adam Thielen - 589 yards

3. Julio Jones - 564 yards

4. Michael Thomas - 519 yards

5. Odell Beckham Jr. - 506 yards


Now, here are some of the receivers that also have more than 100 yards on the year and no touchdowns:


Julio Jones - 564 yards, 0 touchdowns

Martavis Bryant - 202 yards, 0 touchdowns

Chester Rogers - 200 yards, 0 touchdowns

Cole Beasley - 193 yards, 0 touchdowns

Pierre Garçon - 188 yards, 0 touchdowns


The list goes on, but Jones is clearly an unbelievable outlier here -- not just by name, but by the fact that he has nearly six football field lengths worth of yardage and hasn't reached the end zone.


There are players like the Lions' Michael Roberts or the Titans' Dane Cruikshank who have exactly one catch this year, and it just happens to be for a touchdown. 


The NFL leader in receiving touchdowns is Jones' Falcons teammate Calvin Ridley, so part of the problem is that QB Matt Ryan is throwing touchdowns elsewhere while defenses lock down on Julio in the red zone. But it's still astonishing that he hasn't just stumbled into one at some point.


Jones is a sure-fire WR1 not matter what, but it's just unbelievably frustrating for his owners that he's only having solid weeks thanks to receptions and yardage. He matches up against a weak Buccaneers defense this week at home, so maybe he'll finally hit pay dirt in Week 6 making him potentially the No. 1 wideout in all of fantasy football.


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