Christian Jones had a decent season as a solid fantasy starter. He was the number #65 ranked LB and the #408 ranked player overall. Even though he missed a few games he played enough so that his overall fantasy rank was better than what it was based on average fantasy points (#95 LB). He trended up as the season went on. In his first 5 games he averaged 3.2 FPs. He improved to 3.8 in the next 5 games. In his final stretch of games he improved to 4.3 per game. His fantasy production is stable and he is not as volatile as most players based on a below average standard deviation. Our projected ceiling for Jones when he ‘goes off’ is 6 fantasy points (his average is 3.8FPs). Christian Jones (2019 Season Projection: 51 Solo, 25 Ast, 1.2 Sacks, 0.8 Fumrec, 3.5 PDs) is projected to take a significant step downward in the upcoming fantasy season. His rank based on total projected fantasy points has him as the #77 player at his position.
He was the #65 ranked fantasy LB based on total fantasy points. He averaged 3.8 FP per game (#95 ranked based on average). He is trending down based on lower per game fantasy ranking from 2017 to 2018.
Jones tallied 69 tackles, one sack, three pass breakups and one forced fumble over 16 games for the Lions in 2018.
Coming over from Chicago fresh off a 90-tackle season, Jones seemed to be a bad fit in Detroit over the first half of the season. However, the midseason acquisition of defensive tackle Damon Harrison seemed to change things for Jones, as he produced just 19 tackles in six games prior to Harrison coming to town compared to 50 in 10 games with Harrison around. With both Jones and Harrison under contract in 2019, next year it’s reasonable to expect Jones to pick up where he left off — on pace for an 80-tackle season.
Jones recorded six tackles (five solo) and a sack across 59 defensive snaps in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers.
After being limited to only 27 defensive snaps in the season-opener, Jones saw a major uptick in action Sunday. The linebacker played 92 percent of the Lions’ defensive snaps as a starter and tied Jarrad Davis for the lead in tackles. After a strong outing on an otherwise disappointing day, Jones has a good chance of seeing a similar workload Sunday night against the Patriots.