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89 James Jones WR
Height/Weight: 6-1/200 | Birthdate: 3/31/1984 | Birthplace: San Jose, CA, USA | Team: Oakland | College: San Jose State | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 38/9 | Average Draft Position: 159.74
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James Jones, Andre Holmes strengthened by numbers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/14/2014) After weeks of contributing next to nothing, Raiders wide receivers James Jones and Andre Holmes suddenly put up relevant numbers Week 15 at Kansas City, the former delivering eight catches for 57 yards and a touchdown and the latter providing five catches for 70 yards.

Jones had averaged 4.3 catches for 27.3 yards in his previous six games. Holmes had averaged 2.3 for 28.0 during that same stretch. Incidentally, the last time either of them was relevant was Week 8 at Cleveland, when rookie quarterback Derek Carr threw for 328 yards.

So what did this game have in common with that one? In both, Carr attempted more than 50 passes. At least for Week 15, that meant both Jones and Holmes got ample opportunity to contribute, each finishing with double-digit targets.

So what caused Carr to throw so much, and how can we know when it'll happen again? Ah, that's the question. The Chiefs have actually been one of the more difficult teams to throw against, as have the Browns, and though the Raiders fell behind in both games, giving them more incentive to pass, that's kind of what they do every week.

As with most scenarios involving a rookie quarterback -- or the Raiders, for that matter -- it's going to be too unpredictable for you to count on it in Fantasy. Leave Jones and Holmes for deeper leagues.


Raiders wide receiver James Jones scores late touchdown in loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Raiders wide receiver James Jones scored the Raiders’ lone touchdown during a 31-13 loss to the Chiefs Sunday.

Jones connected with quarterback Derek Carr on a 1-yard touchdown pass late in the game. Jones was targeted 11 times and hauled in eight receptions for 57 yards.

The Raiders next play Sunday against Buffalo.


Raiders backup pass catchers do little Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) The Raiders backup pass catchers didn't do much Week 14 against the 49ers. 

Andre Holmes picked up two receptions for 38 yards. He finished third in receiving yards during the contest. Vincent Brown caught one pass, gaining 20 yards. James Jones managed two receptions. He finished with 11 yards. Offensive tackle Donald Penn was the big star, however. He hauled in a 3 yard touchdown from Derek Carr in the second quarter. It was Penn's only catch of the game. 

The group will look for more Week 15 against the Chiefs. 


Raiders WR James Jones makes six grabs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Raiders wideout James Jones caught six of eight targets for 33 yards in the Week 13 loss at St. Louis. Jones tied for the team lead in targets and is up to 60 catches this season.

He'll play the 49ers in Week 14.


James Jones scores winning TD in first Raiders victory Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Raiders wide receiver James Jones caught five of his six targets for 47 yards and hauled in a game-winning nine-yard touchdown in his team's 24-20 victory over the Chiefs in Week 12.

Jones benefited from his man slipping on the decisive play, hauling in a relatively easy pass to give his team a lead with less than two minutes left in the game. The defense was able to hold up, putting an end to the Raiders' 16-game losing streak. Jones' TD, which was his first since Week 6, gives him four scores to go with 54 receptions and 545 yards. The Raiders are set to face the Rams in Week 13.


Raiders' Kenbrell Thompkins paces quiet receiving attack Week 11


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins caught two of his three targets for a team-high 47 yards in his team's 13-6 loss to the Chargers in Week 11.

Thompkins was responsible for one of the Raiders' few quality plays on offense, making a tough catch over the middle on a play from midfield and ripping off about 15 yards after the catch on a 35-yard play. The Raiders were unable to get into the end zone on the fourth-quarter drive though and settled for their second field goal of the day.

Tight end Mychal Rivera shared the team lead in receptions with running back Latavius Murray, with the tight end catching three of his five targets for 40 yards. James Jones added 35 yards while catching two of his five targets, while Andre Homes caught just two of his six targets for 19 yards. Backup receiver Brice Butler managed to catch one of his three targets for 15 yards.

The Raiders' passing attack will look for a big step up Thursday against the Chiefs.


Raiders' James Jones held to 20 yards despite eight receptions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Raiders wide receiver James Jones had a team-high 12 targets and eight receptions Sunday against the Broncos. Unfortunately, he didn't do much despite being heavily involved on offense.

Jones finished with just 20 receiving yards in a 41-17 loss. Only one other receiver has ever had fewer than 39 yards on eight-plus catches, according to the Associated Press. It was current 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin, who totaled eight catches for 29 yards in a game for the Cardinals in 2007. Although, Boldin did have two touchdowns in that game.

Jones has totaled 11 catches for 38 yards in his last two games. He doesn't have a touchdown in four straight games.

The Raiders are back in action Week 11 at San Diego. Jones had five catches for 56 yards and one touchdown in Week 6 against San Diego.


Raiders receivers do little Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) The Raiders backup receivers did little Week 9 against the Seahawks.

Andre Holmes hauled in two passes for 28 yards during the contest. He finished third on the team in receiving. Brice Butler also had two receptions, gaining 20 yards. James Jones grabbed three passes, but gained just 18 yards. Running back Latavius Murray caught two balls for 12 yards. Kenbrell Thompkins caught one pass, gaining 8 yards.

They'll look for more Week 10 against the Broncos. 


Raiders WRs Holmes, Jones, combine for 131 yards Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Raiders wideouts Andre Holmes and James Jones were targeted a combined 18 times Sunday in Cleveland and came down with 11 receptions between them.

Holmes was a bit more productive with five catches for 69 yards and a meaningless touchdown with seven seconds remaining in the game in which he snagged a screen and sprinted 10 yards into the end zone. Jones added six catches for 62 yards.

The pair will try again next Sunday in Seattle.


Raiders' James Jones doesn't do much Week 7


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Raiders wideout James Jones received a team-high eight targets Week 7.

He was unable to do much with those targets, though. Jones hauled in four receptions for 35 yards. He caught his last pass in the third quarter, and was shut out during the fourth. Jones will hope for more Week 8 against the Browns. 


Not a big enough role for Brice Butler


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/14/2014) Raiders wide receiver Brice Butler made his presence known in Week 6 against San Diego, catching three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. But in terms of targets, he was still the third wheel in a receiving corps led by Andre Holmes and James Jones.

And that was on a career day for rookie quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr won't always be so good, and the big plays won't always be so easy to come by. Remember, 47 of Butler's yards came on his touchdown grab in the third quarter. Remove it from the equation, and he was the same peripheral contributor he has been all season.

Jamey Eisenberg doesn't rank Butler especially high in his Playing the Waiver Wire column, and I agree with that assessment. He doesn't have a big enough role in a consistently prolific passing attack.


Raiders' James Jones gets back in the end zone Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Raiders wide receiver James Jones got in the end zone in a Week 6 defeat to San Diego on Sunday.

Jones came down with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr in the third quarter for his third touchdown of the season. He was targeted seven times and finished with five catches for 56 yards and a score, averaging 11.2 yards per grab in a 31-28 defeat. He has 328 receiving yards through five games.

Jones will look to score touchdowns in back-to-back games for the second time this season in Week 7 at home against Arizona.


James Jones posts 83 receiving yards in London game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Raiders wide receiver James Jones got off to a fast start and led the team in receiving Sunday against the Dolphins in Week 4.

Jones caught an acrobatic 30-yard pass on the first play of the game. Five of his six receptions came from rookie Derek Carr, who went down with injuries to the knee and ankle. In the fourth quarter, Jones caught a 29-yard pass from backup Matt McGloin for his second-longest gain of the day. He caught all six of his targets for 83 yards in a 38-14 defeat at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Raiders have a bye next week before hosting the Chargers in Week 6.


If you need a last-minute Brandon Marshall replacement...


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) What is a Fantasy owner to do if Brandon Marshall's lingering ankle injury forces the Bears to sit him down in Week 4?

Luckily, the Bears play at 1:00 pm EST, so we will know if Marshall is inactive by 11:30 am, giving you plenty of time to shuffle your roster.However, if you don't have any capable replacements available on your bench -- remember, six teams are on bye this week -- here are some guys you may be able to snag in free agency at the last minute to fill in for Marshall, all of whom are listed among the top-50 at their positions by Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg:

Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (42 percent owned), Raiders wide receiver James Jones (68 percent), Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (29 percent), Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (66 percent), or Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (53 percent).

If you have Marshall slotted into the flex spot, consider running backs Jerick McKinnon (19 percent) of the Vikings, Justin Forsett (63 percent) of the Ravens, Jacquizz Rodgers (19 percent) of the Falcons, Jonathan Grimes (13 percent) of the Texans, or Dexter McCluster (19 percent) of the Titans. 


Looking ahead at Week 4 WR waiver wire options


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Jamey Eisenberg considers Jordan Matthews of the Eagles, Brian Quick of the Rams, Allen Robinson of the Jaguars, James Jones of the Raiders and Hakeem Nicks of the Colts the first five receivers you should be targeting on waivers ahead of Week 4.

Additionally, Riley Cooper, Greg Jennings, Jarrett Boykin, Kenny Stills and Miles Austin are mentioned as possibly worth dropping if you need the roster spot right away.  


James Jones leads team despite step back


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Raiders wide receiver James Jones, who broke out with nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown Week 2 against Houston, wasn't nearly as productive Week 3 at New England, catching three passes for 43 yards. But with a conservative game plan that yielded just 174 yards for quarterback Derek Carr, he was still the team's leading receiver.

Wide receiver Denarius Moore and running back Marcel Reece both had more targets (seven) than Jones (five), but Jones was clearly still Carr's favorite target once the Raiders opened up the passing game a little more in the second half. He didn't get a single target before then.

The Raiders have a more favorable matchup Week 4 against Miami. Jones will look to get back on track then.


Don't believe the hype on James Jones


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) James Jones is off to an amazing start this season with 14 catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns through two games. He comes into this matchup tied for the No. 8 receiver spot in standard Fantasy leagues. 

Rod Streater (hip) could be out for this game, which should help Jones solidify himself as the No. 1 receiver in Oakland. With that title, however, comes a likely matchup with Darrelle Revis, and we expect him to slow down Jones at home. 

Derek Carr could be under heavy duress in this matchup and we expect Jones to take a significant step back in his production.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


James Jones cracks century mark, sneaks late-game touchdown


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Raiders wide receiver James Jones lost a fumble but still enjoyed a productive performance with a late touchdown Week 2 at home against the Texans.

Jones caught a back-shoulder pass from Derek Carr before fumbling once. He recovered his own fumble, but was stripped again by Johnathan Joseph on what would have been a huge gain. He came down with a 5-yard touchdown reception with 13 seconds left in the game.

He was targeted a game-high 14 times and finished with nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown, averaging 12.4 yards per grab. Through two games, he has 12 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

The Raiders will travel to New England for a Week 3 showdown against the Patriots.


Rod Streater, James Jones lead Oakland receivers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Raiders receivers Rod Streater and James Jones led the team in receiving Sunday in Week 1 at the Jets in a 19-14 loss.

Streater was second on the team in targets with seven and finished with five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. Jones had three targets for three catches, 34 yard and a touchdown.

Denarius Moore led the Raiders in targets with eight, but he finished with just two catches for 8 yards.

The Raiders play host to the Texans in Week 2.


Raiders list inactives for preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The following players will not dress for Thursday's exhibition game finale for the Raiders against the Seahawks: Nick Roach, Sio Moore, Rod Streater, David Ausberry, James Jones, Justin Tuck, Antonio Smith and Kevin Burnett .

James Jones gets plenty of attention, but not many catches


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Raiders wideout James Jones was targeted a team-high 10 times Friday night in Green Bay. Unfortunately, he snagged only four for 36 yards.

Jones has been tossed to 17 times in the last two games with just six receptions.


James Jones, Rod Streater named Week 3 preseason starters


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson revealed Tuesday that James Jones and Rod Streater will be the team's starting wide receivers for Friday's preseason game against Green Bay, Comcast SportsNet California reports.

The designation is notable in that most teams use the third preseason game as a dry run for the regular season. Jones started over Andre Holmes in the Raiders' last preseason game as well but caught just two of his seven targets for 42 yards.


James Jones gets the start over Andre Holmes in preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Raiders receiver James Jones leaped over Andre Holmes in the starting lineup Friday against the Lions in preseason action.

Jones played the entire first half with Matt Schaub and Derek Carr under center. He was targeted seven times and finished with two catches for 42 yards.

Holmes came off the bench in the second half to work with Carr and Matt McGloin. He caught two of the five passes thrown his way for 29 yards.

James Jones doesn't crack starting lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Raiders' initial depth chart lists receiver James Jones on the second team, behind starters Rod Streater and Andre Holmes. Greg Little joins Jones on the second team.

Denarius Moore and Juron Criner are the third-string wideouts.

Jones had a career-high 817 receiving yards last year with the Packers. He's caught 24 touchdown passes over the past three seasons.


James Jones has sprained shoulder


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/20/2014) Raiders receiver James Jones has a sprained left shoulder, reports Comcast Sports Net.

Jones injured himself on Tuesday diving to catch a pass near the sideline. Coach Dennis Allen said Jones' sprained AC joint should be fine by training camp.

Jones also missed time last week with a hamstring strain.