Julio Jones Injury Update Clouds Week 5 Value

Max Staley
Julio Jones' injury update clouds his Week 5 fantasy outlook.
Julio Jones' injury update clouds his Week 5 fantasy outlook. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Julio Jones technically played in Week 4, but fantasy managers might've been better off if he didn't. The seven-time Pro Bowler was on the field for just 15 snaps before re-aggravating a hamstring injury that would sideline him for the rest of the night. He caught just 4 passes for 32 yards.

He might have an uphill battle ahead in Week 5, as Jones has a short week to get ready for a divisional showdown with the Carolina Panthers.

Julio Jones Fantasy Outlook

We don't know whether or not Jones will be available on Sunday, or if he'll be anywhere close to full strength if he is active. But this is Julio Jones we're talking about, so you're obviously starting him if he's healthy.

Assuming he's on the field, he draws a decent matchup against Carolina. The Panthers' defense has been league average statistically for the most part, but they were the seventh-worst defense by DVOA last year, which could mean a regression is coming soon.

Still, we don't know whether or not he'll be out there on Sunday. He's currently the WR9 in our Week 5 PPR rankings, but fantasy managers will need to monitor this situation carefully.

If he's unable to play, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage and Hayden Hurst would see a huge boost in value.

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