DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-04-2014 by Larry Gold
The DeSean Jackson Show joins Redskins nation after six drama-filled years with the Philadelphia Eagles. Week to week, Jackson has always been one of the more difficult players to handicap. In his first year in Chip Kelly's high-octane offense, Jackson posted career-best in targets (126), receptions (82), yards (1,332) and touchdowns (9) and had three monstrous games where he eclipsed 150 yards receiving. But Kelly grew tired of Jackson's antics, alleged gang ties and ultimately released him for what may be nothing. Jackson now finds himself on an equally exciting offense with an opportunity for an explosive year beside Pierre Garcon. Jackson is expected to be on his best behavior in an effort to stick it to the Eagles, but fantasy owners continue to be uneasy given Jackson's history of disappearing from the stat line games at a time. Jackson is currently falling to the fifth round (54.18 ADP), which he can easily outperform if he and RG3 develop immediate chemistry, especially on deep balls.
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday that Robert Griffin III is nearing a return to action. "I think Robert is very, very, very close and we just have to decide if he's ready," Gruden said. "Physically I think he'll be ready to go. Doctors are feeling pretty good about it, they still want to feel around this week until we make the final determination. I just want to make sure he feels good in the pocket."
Griffin dislocated his ankle in the team's Week 2 game versus Jacksonville. There was some level of confidence in backup Kirk Cousins. That, however, has subsided. In relief, Cousins threw almost as many interceptions (nine) as touchdowns (10). Washington lost each of the four games he played in full. Cousins was benched in favor of Colt McCoy at halftime of the team's Week 7 game. McCoy got the start in Week 8 and played admirably. In spite of that, it appears the team will gladly turn back to Griffin as soon as he's physically ready to go.
This is good news for everyone in Washington as RGIII is easily the most talented QB on the Redskins' roster. His health has been an issue and was the source of many fantasy stories and headaches last season. If Griffin returns for Week 9, he'll have his work cut out for him. The 'Skins Week 9 opponent, Minnesota, gives up the second-fewest fantasy points in the league to quarterbacks.
The biggest beneficiaries from this news are WRs Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, along with TE Jordan Reed. Griffin being under center bumps up their value significantly. While we wouldn't recommend starting Griffin this week, his skill players should be used as they normally would, with a little added confidence.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/29 - Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) nearing return
10/29 - Report: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III to start Week 9
10/25 - Redskins QB Robert Griffin III questionable for Monday night
10/19 - QB Colt McCoy replaces Kirk Cousins for Redskins, leads team to comeback win
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|5.02||2006 World Champion - This was an odd draft as I waited on WR and start with Jackson. Has a ton of upside in WASH - hoping for a similar stats as last year.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|5.08||#28 World Ranked - Jackson is coming off a very strong year catching 82 passes (3/4 of his targets) for 1132 yards and 9 TD's. If he can approximate that in Washington, he's a steal here.|
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