The Mac Jones era is starting sooner than anyone expected. The New England Patriots have released Cam Newton, opting to go with the rookie from Alabama in Week 1.
Obviously, this news is huge for Jones' fantasy value, as most thought he'd be sitting for a good chunk of the year. Still, he's probably not someone you're going to be targeting in one-QB leagues this season.
Mac Jones Fantasy Outlook
Jones currently carries an average draft position (ADP) of QB36, per FantasyPros. That doesn't account for the news that he's starting, though, so his ADP will obviously go up in the coming days.
It's fair to expect him to settle in right around QB26-27. QB26 is currently fellow rookie Zach Wilson, who also looks poised to start all 16 games. And the Patriots former starter Cam Newton is currently one slot behind Wilson at QB27.
That would make him a backup option even in two-QB leagues. And frankly, it's hard to see Jones being much more than a mid-to-low-end QB2 this season. Only two teams ran the ball more than the Patriots did last season. That could shift with the change from Newton to Jones, as Newton carried the ball 137 times last year.
But this is still going to be a run-heavy team with an average to below average skill-position group.
Mac Jones ADP
Jones isn't worth targeting in one-QB formats unless he lights it up over the first few weeks of the regular season.
But in two-QB leagues, he's a nice low-risk, high-reward option to stash on your bench.
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