Chandler Jones
Chandler Jones
29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Arizona Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jones remains an elite IDP asset in leagues where he still qualifies as a defensive lineman. However, with coordinator Vance Joseph installing a 3-4 defense this year, Jones will see his DL eligibility dissolve in many or most formats. It's tougher to stand out as an IDP at linebacker than defensive line, so this is no fault of Jones, who remains utterly dominant. Jones is an All-Decade pass rusher with 30 sacks in his last two seasons, so he should continue finding the quarterback at a standout rate despite the position change technicality. If the Cardinals Air Raid offense works, Jones could see more pass-rushing opportunities than ever if opponents need to drop back more often in response. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Cardinals in March of 2017.
Sack in season opener
LBArizona Cardinals
September 9, 2019
Jones recorded four tackles and a strip sack, causing a fumble he recovered, across 85 defensive snaps in Sunday's tie with the Lions.
Jones turned the tides early in the season opener, getting to Matthew Stafford halfway through the first quarter and forcing a turnover in Lions' territory. The veteran played in 97 percent of the Cardinals' defensive snaps and is quickly cementing himself as an IDP candidate yet again this season.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Chandler Jones
IDP Analysis: Week 11 Matchups
309 days ago
Jim Coventry expects J.J. Watt and the rest of Houston’s pass rushers to have a big game against Alex Smith and a decimated Redskins offensive line.
Streaming Defenses: Week 11 Options
309 days ago
Following a surprisingly competitive performance in Kansas City last week, Chandler Jones and the Cardinals are rewarded with a cupcake matchup against the tanking Raiders in Week 11.
IDP Analysis: Week 4 Matchups
358 days ago
Jim Coventry notes the Seahawks struggle to protect Russell Wilson, and the Cardinals likely will try to dial up the pressure, which should help Markus Golden and Chandler Jones notch a few sacks.
Exploiting the Matchups: Week 2 Start/Sit
September 13, 2018
Luke Hoover wants fantasy football players to trust Royce Freeman this week after his underwhelming Week 1 performance. Conditions should improve for him and several other names in Week 2.
Streaming Defenses: Week 1 Options
September 4, 2018
Sam Darnold will be pushed into the Lions' den without much help in his first NFL start.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
With James Bettcher off to the Giants and new coach Steve Wilks arriving from Carolina, Jones should switch from a 3-4 outside linebacker to a 4-3 end in what ought to be a Ron Rivera-style scheme. If so, Jones' IDP value stands to skyrocket. Fantasy points are more scarce on the line than at linebacker, so the position switch alone is a boon to his IDP worth. There's also the chance that playing with his hand on the ground more often affords Jones more sack opportunities. With 28 sacks the last two years, it's not as if he needed any help on that front.
Although the Cardinals' 7-8-1 finish tarnished many of the accomplishments from 2016, the acquisition of Jones from the Patriots has to be considered a success, both personally and collectively on the defensive side of the ball. Powered by his 11 sacks, the Cardinals jumped from middle of the pack to top of the heap, finishing with an NFL-best 48 sacks. Jones' presence opened the door for second-year pass rusher Markus Golden to emerge, as evidenced by the latter's team-leading 12.5 sacks. After the season, Jones deservedly received the team's franchise tag, which was soon followed by a five-year, $83 million contract. Living up to lofty expectations may be difficult due to Calais Campbell's departure in free agency, but Jones will nonetheless be searching for the fourth double-digit sack tally of his career in 2017.
The 2012 first-round selection spent four successful seasons in New England, where he racked up 211 tackles, including 36 sacks, and 10 forced fumbles through 55 games. Due to inevitable extension talks, though, the Patriots opted to ship Jones to the Cardinals in the offseason. He's played all 16 regular season games just once in his career due to the occasional minor injury, but if he remains healthy throughout 2016, he should flirt with double-digit sacks as he provides Arizona with a pass-rushing presence on the outside.
Jones, who missed six games last year with a hip injury, is bouncing back from an offseason procedure, but the Patriots unsurprisingly picked up his fifth-year option for the 2016 season and there is nothing to suggest that his availability for the coming campaign will be impacted by his repair work. The 25-year-old defensive end wound up with 43 tackles and six sacks in 10 games for the Patriots in 2014, but with his expected return to health, he’s a threat to record double-digit sacks while seeing every-down duty on the team’s stout defensive line.
Standing 6-5 with 35 and 1/2-inch arms and excellent quickness, there was always reason to believe Jones would turn into an IDP monster. The only obstacle in his way was durability. He missed five games with a leg injury during his final collegiate year in 2011, and a Week 11 ankle injury drained him of his effectiveness for the end of his 2012 rookie season. Jones had good injury luck in 2013, however, and he turned in an enormous season. With 79 tackles and 11.5 sacks last year, Jones gave reason to believe he can put up stats near the level of J.J. Watt, so long as his lanky legs and ankles avoid further injury. The Patriots are thin at defensive end, so Jones should get all the work he can handle after playing 1,056 snaps last season. You might want to rank Jones among your top three DL if you're the gambling sort, because the payoff will be big if he stays fully healthy. He has a lower floor than some other players in this range, however, as he's still only 1-for-3 on injury-free seasons going back to 2011.
Like Justin Tuck, Jones is a player with a ton of upside but also a low floor once you take his recent injury history into account. The Patriots' 2012 first-round pick bolted to a 33-tackle, six-sack start in his first eight games, a pace that had him firmly in Pro Bowl contention, but he disappeared in the second half of the year likely due to a lingering ankle injury suffered in Week 11. Jones also missed five games due to a lower leg injury at Syracuse in 2011. Nonetheless, once you've gotten past the more reliable options at the position, Jones' upside makes him worth a dice roll.
While like most rookies, he’s far from a sure thing, Jones has the skill set and opportunity to post sizable numbers right away, particularly in the tackle category. He finished his Syracuse career with 147 tackles (102 solo) in just 32 games, which projects to roughly 74 stops (51 solo) in an NFL season. With a mammoth wingspan (35.5-inch arms) and flexibility and balance for his size, Jones has truly rare side-to-side range to trap ballcarriers. He can plant, change direction and lunge much more gracefully than is natural for someone of his build. While he is not as explosive or fast as the San Francisco star, the Aldon Smith comparisons are not entirely unwarranted for Jones, though Jones will not rival Smith as a pass rusher.
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Sheds some weight
LBArizona Cardinals
April 9, 2019
Jones has lost 25 pounds, weighing in at 255 pounds at the outset of the Cardinals' offseason program, Mike Jurecki of the Cardinals' official sitereports.
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Another double-digit sack season
LBArizona Cardinals
January 5, 2019
Jones accrued 13 sacks among his 49 tackles during the 2018 season.
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Sack streak continues
LBArizona Cardinals
December 4, 2018
Jones recorded four solo tackles and a sack during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Packers.
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Another two-sack performance
LBArizona Cardinals
November 19, 2018
Jones posted three tackles and two sacks in Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Raiders.
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Posts two sacks in loss
LBArizona Cardinals
November 11, 2018
Jones recorded three tackles (all solo) and two sacks during Sunday's 26-14 loss to the Chiefs.
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