Bengals WR Marvin Jones eyeing huge season, wants to double his stats

Marvin Jones BengalsMarvin Jones quietly put together an excellent season for the Bengals last year, and the third-year player is eyeing an even bigger season this year.

Jones caught 51 passes for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and told Larry Brown Sports in an interview last week that he has some “huge goals” and aims to double his stats this season.

“Two-times better than I did last year,” Jones said with a laugh when LBS asked him about his goals for this season. “Near 100 (catches). I have some huge goals. My confidence in just me going out there and doing what I’m supposed to do no matter how many plays I get — whatever my opportunity is — just go capitalize on that.”

The Bengals have a new offensive coordinator now that Hue Jackson was promoted to replace Jay Gruden, who left to take the Redskins job. Jones told me about some of the differences between the two.

“I would have to say the attention to details. Coach Jay had great attention to detail, but it’s even more heightened with Hue. And we love it,” Jones said.

“One big thing is our running. Everybody runs. Everybody runs downfield after a play, helps out your brothers, stuff like that. That aspect of the game is a difference.”

There has been a lot of talk that Jones will be the team’s No. 2 receiver behind A.J. Green. Jones says he is looking forward to having an increased role.

“Definitely,” Jones said when asked about an increased role. “All of us are ready for an increase (in our roles). And I can’t wait to get an increased chance. I’m just happy that (the season is) nearing.”

Jones also said it’s the team’s mindset and goal to repeat as AFC North champions.

If you’re playing fantasy football and looking for a good, fairly late-round wide receiver to draft, keep Jones in mind. It sounds like he could be in for a big season.

Week 9 fantasy pickups include Marvin Jones, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Andre Brown

Marvin-Jones-BengalsFor many of you, the trade deadline in your fantasy leagues is likely just around the corner. It may have already even passed. One thing that means is that working the waiver wire will be more important than ever down the stretch. If your trade deadline has passed, picking guys up and strategically using your waiver priority will be the only way to acquire players. Here are some solid players you should be targeting on the Week 9 waiver wire.

Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals: Jones has come out of nowhere this month, hauling in 15 catches for 250 yards and a whopping six touchdowns over Cincinnati’s past three games. Most of us expected Mohamed Sanu to be the second option in the passing game for Andy Dalton behind AJ Green, but Jones has been that guy. He was probably added in a lot of leagues last week and will still be the most popular add this week. There are some red flags, however. Is his ridiculous touchdown pace going to continue? Not a chance. Andrew Hawkins is set to return from short-term IR soon and should steal some targets from Jones. He can still be productive, but don’t get sucked into the Eddie Royal trap if you already have decent receiver depth. His fantasy scoring rate simply can’t continue.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Colts: Reggie Wayne is out for the season with a torn ACL. The Colts are not going to stop passing with Andrew Luck, so Heyward-Bey and TY Hilton should both see a significant increase in targets. Heyward-Bey has shown some big-play ability and has played on roughly 75% of Indy’s offensive snaps this season. The Colts were on a bye last week, which should have helped DHB and Hilton prepare for expanded roles. The fact that the Colts did not swing a trade for a wide receiver or add a veteran means they trust the guys they have now. Heyward-Bey should be a viable WR3 based on volume alone.

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