James Jones remains a buy
Now that 5 weeks have elapsed, we can begin to use the PFF database to evaluate growing trends and look for future breakout candidates. In this edition of Advanced Targets, we’ll go behind the scenes of the NFC using the advanced pass route data to find future sleepers, buy lows, and sell highs.
Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown have led the way for the Cardinals’ elite passing attack with 154 and 148 routes respectively. Brown has been good in averaging 2.03 yards per route (yprr), but Fitzgerald has conjured echoes of his mid-career form at 3.18. Running 62 percent of his routes out of the slot, the future Hall of Famer holds a 14-target lead.
After suffering a gruesome multi-finger dislocation in the preseason, Michael Floyd has gotten off to a predictably slow start and currently sits below 1.0 yprr. Over the last three weeks, however, he’s run almost the same number of routes as Fitzgerald and Brown (96 to 92 to 80). Routes frequently lead to targets, especially for big, fast, former early round draft picks. With Carson Palmer currently No. 3 in PFF’s adjusted quarterback rating, Floyd probably represents a good buy low for the season’s second half.