College: Alabama | 10 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 220 lbs
Birth Date: 2/8/1989
2020 Bye Week: 10
Total Pts: 274.5
Avg Pts: 17.16
Rank: 3 WR
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones remains the best receiver in the league, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks. The 10-year veteran is an explosive track athlete with A-plus size and strength. Jones has reached 12,000 receiving yards faster than any pass-catcher in league history (125 games). He also has the highest career average in receiving yards per game (96.2) in NFL history. The 31-year-old has 1,300-plus yards in each of the last six seasons as the gold standard for the position. Jones is a dynamic route-runner with strong hands as well. He's on the wrong side of 30 and has dealt with nagging injuries in recent seasons, so he might not have the elite upside he once had, but Jones is one of the safest top-five fantasy wideouts around.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has amassed 63 contested catches since the start of the 2015 season - the most by any receiver over that span - according to Pro Football Focus.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was ranked third in Pro Football Focus' list of the top-50 players heading into the season. While that position on the list is acceptable for a player who has had such a storied career, it is surprising considering it ranks him ahead of the likes of Michael Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins. Though this topic could be highly debated, there is no question that Jones has been one of the most dynamic fantasy wideouts throughout the years. The 31-year-old finished 2019 with 99 catches for 1,394 yards and six touchdowns. He also ranked second in the league in targets with 159 and did so despite the progression of No. 2 receiver Calvin Ridley. He is expected to be selected somewhere in the first or second rounds in fantasy drafts for the 2020 campaign, but he could also easily find himself getting chosen as the first wide receiver off the board in many leagues.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones led all running backs, wide receivers and tight ends with 1,912 intended air yards in 2019.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has recorded 286 receptions that have resulted in first downs or touchdowns since 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. Jones trailed only Michael Thomas (299) for the most over that span.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill has amassed 1,765 yards on passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield - more than 500 yards than second-place Julio Jones (1,223) for the most in the league by a player since 2017.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones ranked second in the NFL in receiving yards in 2019, and he has finished third or better among wideouts in yards in each of the past seven seasons.
Fantasy Spin: Jones is probably in the latter stages of his prime, but while he may not be the favorite to finish as the No. 1 fantasy receiver, he is one of the safest bets to finish as a top-five option at the position.
The Atlanta Falcons look poised to make some noise with a trade up in this month's draft. They have spent plenty of time evaluating and talking to players that figure to be gone by pick No. 16 i n the first round, and other teams think Atlanta will be on the move from the 16th pick. General manager Thomas Dimitroff sent a huge package of picks, including a future first-rounder, in order to trade up for wide receiver Julio Jones in 2011. The Falcons are unlikely to trade up for a wideout this year, but cornerback C.J. Henderson or an edge rusher would make plenty of sense.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, with 12,125 yards, trails only Randy Moss (12,193) on the list of players with the most receiving yards by the age of 31 in league history. Jones turned 31 Saturday, Feb. 8.
Fantasy Spin: Jones finished fifth among fantasy wideouts last season -- his fifth straight top-six finish -- but he may be entering the downside of his standout career as his 1,394 receiving yards marked his lowest full-season total since his injury-shortened 2013 campaign.