Bucs WR DeSean Jackson has finished as
the WR 30 , WR17 and WR10 in his last three full seasons.
DeSean Jackson, the 5’10’’ speedster from the
nation’s capital takes his game to central Florida after
inking a big deal with the Buccaneers on the opening day of free
agency. Jackson is a known fantasy commodity having played 9 seasons
in the NFL, so can past results give us a window into future success?
Over his 9 seasons, Jackson has had the luxury of playing with
some quality quarterbacks, as well as being a complement to some
accomplished receivers during his stops in Philadelphia and Washington.
The one constant to Jackson’s game is his speed, something
that will be a tremendous asset in a Tampa offense that wants
to move the ball in chunks. Jackson has a career 17.8 yards per
catch average and despite entering his age-30 season, still has
the wheels to run by nearly any defender in the NFL. He had his
fifth 1,000 yard season in 2016, and reached 100 targets for the
first time since 2013. Despite a slow start to the season last
year, Jackson finished scorching hot, compiling four 100-yard
games in the Redskins final six contests, and entered free agency
looking for one last big payday. And while he got his, what will
he give to the Bucs, and your fantasy season in return?
Jackson is an inconsistent deep threat that is as likely to win
you a week as he is to lose it. His slight frame means he’s
a strong bet to miss a few games per season (he’s played
only two 16-game seasons in his career), and he’ll never
be confused with a possession receiver. As far as receptions go,
he’s only surpassed 63 catches once in his career, and while
he’s got a decent touchdown conversion rate, he hasn’t
had more than six since 2013. Jackson’s boom or bust nature
is very likely to continue, as he’ll again be utilized as
field stretching weapon employed to take some heat off of all-world
teammate Mike Evans.
Jackson is truly a fantastic fit for this Buccaneer offense, as
he’s got a rocket armed quarterback, and an aggressive offensive
play caller in Dirk Koetter. The presence of Evans mean’s
he’ll rarely see a double team, and the conditions are absolutely
perfect for Jackson to continue to be a fantasy asset. He has
finished as the WR10 and WR17 in his last two “full”
seasons, prior to last year’s WR30 total. The biggest problem
I see with relying too heavily on DJax is his injury history,
and the fact his game is entirely predicated on speed. Any soft
tissue injury instantly renders him useless. The weeks he goes
off for a 75-yard bomb are likely winning weeks, but on the flip
side his floor can be frustratingly low. This will be the best
offense he’s been in since his prolific Eagles days, but
the age and consistency factors lead me to believe he’ll
have low end WR2 value at the absolute best.