Zay Jones
Zay Jones
23-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Buffalo Bills
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Jones had a disappointing rookie season in 2017. After leading the NCAA in receptions the previous year, he only hauled in 36.5 percent of his 74 targets in his first NFL campaign. There's still a high ceiling for Jones, but he didn't do much with his opportunities last year, and he'll have to move past the unusual off-field issues he went through during the offseason. He'll have a new quarterback and offensive coordinator, but he'll also have some tough competition for the No. 2 receiver job after the Bills traded for Corey Coleman in early August. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $6.78 million contract with the Bills in May of 2017.
Suddenly facing competition
WRBuffalo Bills
March 13, 2019
Jones could be forced to compete for a starting role in 2019 after the Bills reached agreements on contracts this week with fellow wideouts John Brown and Cole Beasley, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Barring an unexpected trade, the Bills will head into training camp with at least four wide receivers that can make a good argument for consistent playing time, with second-year player Robert Foster joining the aforementioned options. Jones has the benefit of draft pedigree (No. 37 overall in 2017) and a strong finish to his sophomore campaign working in his favor, but the overall body of work hasn't been good through two seasons (5.5 yards per target). Foster, on the other hand, was hyper-efficient with his limited workload as a rookie in 2018, averaging 20.0 yards per catch and 12.3 per target on 44 opportunities. With Beasley a safe bet for slot work and Brown presumably signed to be a starter, the two incumbents may end up battling for one starting job, though it won't come as any surprise if the Bills deploy a four-receiver rotation. The situation isn't conducive to any one player emerging as a top fantasy asset, but the outlook could change with injuries or if Josh Allen's accuracy improves.
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How do Zay Jones' 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
77.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.32
 
% Team Air Yards
26.3%
 
% Team Targets
21.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
12.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
54.9%
 
Drop Rate
4.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
2.5
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Zay Jones' measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
200 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.45 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.01 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.79 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
133 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
32.50 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Zay Jones
NFL Barometer: Looking Ahead To 2019
77 days ago
Juan Carlos Blanco wraps up this year's Barometer with a look at whose value could change significantly heading into 2019 drafts, and wonders what Sam Darnold might be capable of in his second year in a more QB-friendly offense.
NFL Game Previews: Week 17 Matchups
83 days ago
Erik Siegirst previews Week 17 in the NFL as the Andrew Luck and the Colts travel to Tennessee to battle the Titans for the final AFC playoff spot.
DFS Tournament Guide: Week 17
83 days ago
While a number of teams will be taking it easy on superstar players, the Giants may lean on Saquon Barkley to end an ugly season on a high note.
FanDuel Fantasy Football: Week 17 Value Plays
84 days ago
Kevin Payne notes that the tight end category is once again a wasteland in DFS this week so it makes sense to pay up for Travis Kelce or Zach Ertz.
Weekly Rankings: Week 17 Value Meter
86 days ago
Chris Carson should run wild at home against the Cardinals, assuming that the Seahawks play their starters.
2017 Fantasy Outlook
The Bills' second-round pick, Jones has an excellent chance for targets right out of the gate, especially with Anquan Boldin abruptly deciding to retire. Jordan Matthews is locked in as a contributor, but the depth chart is otherwise thin, leaving Jones as the likely No. 3 receiver. Jones could even push for the No. 1 outside role, as Matthews is best utilized out of the slot. While the Bills are a run-first team, they lack a designated third-down back or high-volume tight end. At 6-2, 201 with 4.45 40 speed, Jones is fast for a tall receiver and a strong route runner with good hands. He's not the home-run threat of the recently departed Sammy Watkins, but rather a more athletic (133-inch broad jump) possession complement than last year's version (Robert Woods). After notching 158 catches at East Carolina in 2016, Jones could make an immediate impact in a revamped receiving corps.
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Doubles rookie production in Year 2
WRBuffalo Bills
December 30, 2018
Jones caught six of nine targets for 93 yards in Sunday's 42-17 win over the Dolphins.
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Benefits from garbage-time score
WRBuffalo Bills
December 23, 2018
Jones caught five of nine targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-12 loss to the Patriots.
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Missing chance to shine
WRBuffalo Bills
December 16, 2018
Jones caught just one of six targets for 11 yards during Sunday's win over the Lions.
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Production limited by drops
WRBuffalo Bills
December 9, 2018
Jones caught three of nine targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Jets.
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Clear-cut lead wideout role
WRBuffalo Bills
December 5, 2018
Jones should serve as the Bills' clear No. 1 receiver the rest of the season after the team released Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes on Tuesday, The Buffalo News reports.
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