Fantasy football: Marvin Jones a solid catch?

Cincinnati receiver Marvin Jones took off against the Jets last week, piling up fantasy points with four touchdowns.
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Cincinnati receiver Marvin Jones took off against the Jets last week, piling up fantasy points with four touchdowns.

Is Marvin Jones the football equivalent of Vanilla Ice?

The Bengals receiver exploded for eight catches, 122 yards, four touchdowns, and nearly 40 fantasy points against the Jets. Prior to that effort, he had 16 catches this season, including three touchdowns, but wasn’t even owned in one of my leagues until two days ago.

So can Jones be counted on to start in your fantasy lineup or is he Vanilla Ice, a cornerstone of any musical “one-hit wonder” compilation because of his 1990 single “Ice Ice Baby”? Vanilla Ice’s relevance ceased with that song, and Jones, a second-year player from Cal, made me think of someone known for a singular success.


Jones had one touchdown catch in 2012 and started this season in nondescript fashion (nine catches and one touchdown through five weeks).

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In the two weeks prior to breaking out against New York, though, Jones had seven catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns. In Jones’s favor are the attention teammate A.J. Green receives on a weekly basis and the fact that the Bengals are seventh in passing offense.

By now Jones is owned in every league and should be given at least flex consideration unless his owners are loaded at the skill positions. The Vanilla Ice comparison should be put on hold.

Three up:

Dallas defense: In real life, the Cowboys are last in total defense, but in fantasy football, the Cowboys have the third-most defensive points because of fumble recoveries and sacks. At some point, the fantasy luck might run out, but this weekend’s matchup with the Vikings is favorable.


Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia: Foles is starting again, and with so many relevant fantasy quarterbacks on bye weeks, he’s a solid one-week replacement.

Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans: Any receiver in the top three on the Saints’ depth chart is worthy of starting as a bye-week fill-in, particularly against a Jets secondary that is in shambles.

Three down:

Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans: Sproles had one big week against Miami in Week 4 but otherwise cannot be trusted as a starter.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina: Williams has been average this season and will now lose carries because of Jonathan Stewart’s return to the Panthers’ backfield.


Tom Brady, QB, New England: Brady has 39 fantasy points in his last four games. Terrelle Pryor had 28 last week.

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