Fantasy Files: Is Julio Jones Still a WR1?

Depending on the type of league you played in, if you drafted Falcons WR Julio Jones last year, you likely invested a mid 1st round pick on him. Those who did were left unsatisfied with his performance. Jones finished the 2017 campaign with 88 receptions, 1444 yards and just 3 touchdowns.

The 3 touchdowns are quite alarming if you put it in perspective. It was 6 less than Antonio Brown, who only played 14 games and it was the same amount of touchdowns as Odell Beckham Jr. who only suited up for 4 total games last year. To take it one step further, 2 of Julio’s 3 touchdowns came in 1 game and 1 was thrown to him on a bomb from fellow WR Mohamed Sanu.

You can cut the numbers anyway you’d like it, but Julio Jones flat out didn’t have that high end WR1 type season that you hoped for when selecting him in round 1. The Falcon offense, while not as explosive as the year prior, wasn’t terrible either in 2017. Jones is no spring chicken either. He’ll enter the 2018 season 29 years old and turn 30 just around the time of the Super Bowl. Is Julio Jones still a great player? Yes. But is he worth a top 10 pick? Likely not.

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