Daniel Jones Fantasy Value Explodes With Outstanding Debut Against Tampa Bay

TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants looks to throw a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
New York Giants v Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Any controversy surrounding the New York Giants' benching of Eli Manning has been completely erased.

Daniel Jones debuted on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, and he was nothing short of incredible. The rookie completed 23 of his 36 pass attempts for 336 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added a ton of value with his legs, running four times for a team-high 28 yards and two more touchdowns in an intense last-second victory.

Admittedly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense isn't the toughest matchup in the world, but Jones isn't surrounded by a particularly good supporting cast and spent most of the game playing without the Giants' top playmaker in Saquon Barkley.

Jones didn't just turn in a good performance either — he dominated. Since 2000, only one quarterback threw more passing yards in their NFL debut than Jones' 336 (Cam Newton with 422).

The performance was good for 34.2 fantasy points, which was the highest single-game score of the season for a QB as of the conclusion of the victory.

Jones is still not going to be an every-week starting QB in fantasy football, but this massive showing (in particular his rushing production) makes him an absolute must-add in two-QB or deep leagues, while he's immediately on the radar as a waiver wire streaming option in standard leagues as well.

Danny Dimes will also have a good shot at turning in another big game in his second start, with a favorable matchup on tap against the Washington Redskins in Week 4.

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