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Fantasy Front Office

May 16, 2014

2014 Fantasy Baseball | Who is James Jones?

If you're not a Seattle Mariners fan or if you don't scour every box score every day you may not know about Mariners rooking outfielder James Jones.

Jones has been tearing it up so far in 12 games in the Majors. The 25-year-old has been so good, he was moved to the leadoff spot, where his minor league numbers suggest he may eventually become a star.

He had three seasons with at least 24 steals and developed some sneaky 10-15 homer pop in his second year at both A and high A. Jones jumped from AA to AAA in a year. This year, his second in AAA, he was hitting .316 with  two homers, five steals and 15 runs before he got the call.

Jones is batting .367 with a .941 OPS in 35 plate appearances for Seattle. He's hit safely in six straight games and 9 of his last 11.

Preseason projections were bearish on Jones, suggesting this might not last. But when a prospect goes on a hot streak and the manager moves him into the leadoff spot, he becomes an instant option in daily fantasy leagues, dynasty leagues and redrafts.

Jones was drafted in the fourth round of 2009. He made his Major League debut April 18 and is signed with the organziation until 2020.

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