Daniel Jones, aka Danny Dimes, was not expected to make much of an impact in fantasy football this season, at least not early on. After just one start, however, he has already surpassed one quarterback in standard fantasy scoring, Mitchell Trubisky, who has had the benefit of starting two more games this season than Jones.
Jones shocked the NFL in Week 3, finishing with 336 passing yards and two touchdown tosses, adding four carries for 28 yards and another two scores on the ground. Jones averaged an impressive 9.3 yards per attempt, hitting up Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton for chunk plays against a shellshocked Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.
Trubiskiy, on the other hand, struggled mightily through his first two starts against the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos, accounting for zero touchdowns and one pick. The third-year QB out of North Carolina did pick things up in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins (231 passing yards, three touchdowns to one pick), but it wasn't enough to nudge past Danny Dimes in the overall fantasy QB standings.
While it's fair to say Trubisky has a lot of catching up to do, the question over which QB is more worth owning in fantasy going forward is a fascinating one.
Despite the high draft collateral spent on Trubisky (picked over a couple of guys named Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson), the Chicago Bears have implemented a gadget-play based offense in the early goings, potentially trying to hide their QB from having to do too much. The running game has yet to get going, but the Bears, with their elite defense, would likely love to enforce a ground and pound game plan going forward.
Meanwhile, the Giants are handing the keys to the offense to Jones, who will be tasked to do a lot more than expected now that Saquon Barkley is out multiple weeks with a high-ankle sprain. When combined with a defense that will give up tons of points, Jones should see himself in several pass-heavy game scripts going forward.
Jones is just 19 percent owned in Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, and while he is too risky to label a QB1 going forward, he does draw a juicy home start against the same Redskins team Trubisky broke out against, in Week 4.
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