When Jones was selected by the Giants with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, he didn’t receive a warm welcome from the New York faithful. Instead, the fan base booed the rookie quarterback as they weren’t in agreement with the selection.
The initial plan was for Eli Manning to start under center until Jones showed enough to earn the job. Then, in Week 3, Pat Shurmur chose to bench Manning in favor of Jones against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The disdain for Jones in New York subsided once he threw for 336 passing yards and four total touchdowns. Since then, the first-year quarterback has been inconsistent with his play on the field.
As a rookie, that comes to be expected, especially for one who was thrown into a less-than-ideal situation. Nevertheless, Jones has totaled 1,984 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He’s also tacked on another 208 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.
Those numbers are good enough to make Jones the 20th highest-scoring quarterback in fantasy football so far. Impressively, the rookie out of Duke has had three games where he has eclipsed 28 fantasy points.
On the other hand, in his other five starts, he has averaged only 10.04 points. Provided that, there is no reason to believe that Jones will have a productive game for the Giants in Week 12 versus the Bears.
First and foremost, the game will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago. While the sun is expected to be out during the game, the temperature will still be in the mid-30s.
That doesn’t bode well for Jones, who has fumbled it 13 times through the first 11 weeks of the season. Furthermore, Jones has yet to have a game that he’s avoided throwing an interception or fumbling the ball.
Along with the weather and turnovers, the Bears’ defense has been remarkable against opposing quarterbacks. Chicago’s defense has only given up nine passing touchdowns — fourth-fewest in the NFL — and just 13.3 points per game to quarterbacks (fifth-fewest in the NFL).
Even though the absence of Akiem Hicks has been felt, the Bears still have a talented pass-rushing duo of Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd. It’s safe to say that Chicago’s defense will force Jones into making a mental error in the game.
On top of that, it’s tough to see Jones being able to have success through the air in cold weather. If anything, this seems to be a game that Saquon Barkley could be in line for a heavier workload.
In light of that, avoid starting Jones in your fantasy football lineups in Week 12.