The Detroit Lions most prolific wideout, Golden Tate, has been shipped to Philadelphia in return for a third-round pick. That means changes for the Lions offense.
One under-the-radar name who could assume some of Tate's workload is wideout T.J. Jones.
Tate leaving DET opens up 9.7 targets per gm. Obviously helps Golladay and Marvin Jones but deeper leagues could look at T.J Jones, who has run 38 slot routes this year and I wonder if they play with Riddick there with Kerryon’s emergence? Theo’s run 10 routes from slot this yr. https://t.co/Q1x6spnobQ— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) October 30, 2018
Jones, just a year removed from 399 yards on 30 receptions, has familiarity with Stafford and might be the sneaky add in many leagues.
In a crowded Detroit offense, Jones has just six targets on the year but he has slot potential, as mentioned above. If Theo Riddick doesn't take the lead, Jones might make sense for fantasy rosters looking to make a final push for the playoffs.
My waiver priority list at WR is all players are available:— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) October 30, 2018
1) DJ Moore
2) Courtland Sutton
3) Christian Kirk
4) Keke Coutee
5) T.J. Jones
Inactive last week, expect Jones' snaps to increase exponentially if the Lions decide to roll with the fifth-year pro out of Notre Dame (almost poetic if he truly does replace Tate, another former Fighting Irish alum).
Keep an eye out for Jones' usage as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in Week 8.