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2021 Fantasy Football: Daniel Jones a Tempting Fantasy Vixen

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The New York Giants have had an awesome offseason thus far, improving both the offense and the defense and becoming a legitimate threat in the NFC East. But the addition of Kenny Golladay could be a game-changer for fantasy football managers in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues, in the form of Daniel Jones.

The Giants have quietly put an elite group of weapons around the one-time first-round pick, Daniel Jones. The Giants’ depth chart includes Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, John Ross, Dante Pettis, Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, and what they hope is a healthy Saquon Barkley. In addition, the Giants have the 11th overall pick in the 2021 draft, giving them even more ammunition to add weapons to this offense.

Fantasy Football: Is Daniel Jones a Solid Option?

Along with the supporting cast, Jones has above-average athleticism and adds the ever valuable threat of running with the football. In 2020, Jones rushed for 423 yards in 14 games, seventh-most for a QB, an average of 30 yards per game, or an extra three fantasy points per game.

Jones’s ability to provide points as a rusher is similar to that of 2020 breakout star Josh Allen, but the comparisons won’t stop there. Both Allen and Jones were Top 10 picks. Both flashed in their first two seasons and had extended stretches of struggles. And both have now been given an elite wide receiver heading into their third year. The hype surrounding Jones is going to palpable this season. The label of “sleeper” will surely follow him in fantasy football as we inch closer to draft time.

Per Fantasy Football Calculator, Jones is currently being picked with the 164th pick in a standard format, in or the 14th round. At this price, Jones is a steal and the perfect bench stash for managers who like to wait on or stream the position. But this ADP will surely rise as more data becomes available. After all, there are very few teams who will be able to boast the type of weapons of the New York Giants.

But the Daniel Jones Hype Train will surely need some safety checks. While we can see the upside surrounding Jones, there are certainly some warning signs based on what we’ve seen thus far. Jones struggled at times in 2020, throwing just 11 touchdowns in 14 games, while also throwing 10 interceptions.

In addition, Daniel Jones complete 62.5% of his passes in 2020, which seems like a fair number. But Jones also ranked 19th in air yards, meaning the Giants passing attack was focused more on quick hitters than taking shots downfield. In this style of offense, the quarterback needs to be closer to 70% completion. The addition of Golladay and Ross should lead to more downfield passing, but Jones needs to be good at it for their presence to be felt.

However, many of Jones’s issues could trace back to an offensive line that struggled to protect him. Jones was sacked 45 times in 2020 and was pressured on 30.3% of his dropbacks, both good for fourth-worst in the league.

But all of Jones’s struggles can not be blamed on the offensive line. He ranked 27th in “on-target throws” and was middle of the pack in “bad throw percentage”. Now, neither of these metrics eliminates Jones as a viable fantasy asset. Heck, Jones, and superstar Patrick Mahomes rank back to back in the bad throw percentage metric and his on-target throw percentage was higher than the likes of Baker Mayfield and Tom Brady.

At the end of the day, Daniel Jones remains a huge mystery. We simply do not have enough data to determine whether or not he produces a viable fantasy starter. But with the addition of Golladay, it appears the New York Giants are making a statement. 2021 is going to be a make or break year of Jones and could be the difference-maker for fantasy managers everywhere.

Right now, I’d feel comfortable selecting Jones in the 10th round of standard leagues. In 2QB or SF leagues, I’d love to pair Jones with a high floor, high ceiling QB, like Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, or Patrick Mahomes. I’m not yet ready to hitch my fantasy season on the Daniel Jones Hype Train, but a lot can happen between now and August.

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ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 11: New York Giants Quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is chased out of the pocket by Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Aldon Smith (58) during the NFL game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys on October 11, 2020, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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