By Jeff Brubach
Let’s just get this little piece of James Jones trivia out of the way up front.: Who led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2012? Yes, it was our dear friend Jimmy Jones of the Green Bay Packers. Now, please understand that touchdowns are a fickle statistic and can rise and fall with the tide, as illustrated by Calvin Johnson’s measly five touchdowns last season. Jones is not the best wide receiver in football, nor is he the worst, so we can safely say that his touchdown total will regress to somewhere in the 5-7 range. That makes Jones a solid wide receiver, but not quite the fantasy scoring machine he was in 2012.
On the other side of the equation is the departure of Greg Jennings. This is what Jones has in his corner, as he should see an increase to the 98 targets he received from Aaron Rodgers last season. With Jones eyeing a new deal next offseason, he should make the most of the increased workload, but keep that touchdown total in mind. I’m projecting just a slight dip in his overall fantasy point total, which still makes Jones a solid target for both Rodgers and your fantasy team in 2013.