Marvin Jones Fantasy Outlook Includes Undervalued Upside in 2020

Jason Schandl
Marvin Jones' fantasy outlook could make him an absolute steal in 2020.
Marvin Jones' fantasy outlook could make him an absolute steal in 2020. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

Analyzing Detroit Lions players for 2020 fantasy football requires an understanding of just how different this team was before or after Matthew Stafford got hurt last season.

With that in mind, fantasy football drafters seem to be sleeping on the huge upside being offered by Marvin Jones in the 2020 season.

Marvin Jones Fantasy Football Outlook

Through nine weeks with Stafford at the helm, the Lions' 25.5 points per game ranked No. 12 in the NFL, while their 295.2 passing yards per game ranked No. 3. By season's end they ranked No. 18 in points per game (21.3) and No. 10 in passing yards per game (243.8).

And in case you don't believe this was Stafford's doing, his 9.1 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) ranked No. 2 among all QBs on the year.

Through those first nine weeks, there actually wasn't an especially clear distinction as to who the Lions' No. 1 wide receiver was. Kenny Golladay led the team in yards (640) and touchdowns (7), but Jones was right behind him (535 yards and 6 touchdowns).

The volume was even closer, with Golladay only holding a 62 to 57 edge in targets (a difference of about 0.6 per game) while Jones led the team with 42 receptions (to Golladay's 35).

Stafford is back and healthy, so the Lions' offense could be positioned for big things in 2020. Golladay's average draft position (ADP) reflects that, going off the board as the WR7 according to FantasyPros. Jones' ADP does not, as he's going as WR36.

That huge gap is leaving Jones underrated, making him a terrific high-upside pick in the middle rounds of your draft.

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