Daniel Jones' Fantasy Outlook Paints Him as QB Sleeper in 2020

Larry Rupp
A solid amount of offensive weapons and a lack of pressure could lead to Daniel Jones having a big season for the New York Giants
A solid amount of offensive weapons and a lack of pressure could lead to Daniel Jones having a big season for the New York Giants / Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Daniel Jones was an unproven rookie coming into the 2019 season and had to live in the shadow of a New York Giants legend in quarterback Eli Manning. Called upon to start the last 12 games of the season, Jones passed for 3,027 yards and threw 24 touchdowns to go with 12 interceptions.

Jones heads into the 2020 season with a lot less pressure on him as Manning has since retired and Jones is seen as the team's starting quarterback of the future. This will be his first season as the surefire starter for him and there is a lot to like about his potential in fantasy football.

Jones shined at times last season as he put together two of the top-10 fantasy QB performances, something only Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson could say they did. However, Jones' rookie season was a rollercoaster for fantasy owners as he posted four games of over 28 fantasy points, but scored only 14.7 points or fewer across the other 12 games of the season.

There is no shortage of weapons on the Giants' offense for Jones to take advantage of as he has one of the leagues' best running backs in Saquon Barkley alongside him. Throwing to a receiving core that includes Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram is advantageous for any quarterback when it comes to fantasy football.

Fantasy owners know that Jones must cut down on the fumbles if he wants to become a top-10 quaterback as his 18 fumbles last season was the fith-highest total in NFL history. That came out to be a fumlbe on every 45.3 snaps. Jones has taken this downside to his game and really worked to improve it during the offseason.

The New York Giants may find themselves down in a lot of games after the defense gave up the eighth-most yards in the league last season, meaning Jones will be airing out the ball a lot trying to play catch up against the opponents. With the quarterback position being deep this fantasy football season, Jones' cost in drafts will not be much at all.

Jones comes off the board as the No. 21 quarterback in our 2020 fantasy football rankings, which makes him a prime candidate to be drafted as a QB2 on many fantasy football teams. Jones fits the mold or a fantasy quarterback that could outperform his average draft position and crack the ranks of a starting quarterback in 12-team leagues.

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