DeSean Jackson Fantasy Football Outlook & Value 2019

DeSean Jackson is heading back home to the Philadelphia Eagles, and he looks to have a little bit left to give. Jackson will be turning 33 this year, and he has missed some games over the last two seasons in Tampa Bay. When healthy, Jackson posed the same home run threat he always did. He should thrive more with a more accurate Carson Wentz. While he won’t be the focal point in the offense, he will be a boom or bust weekly threat to take a shot on as a FLEX or deep WR3.

2018 Fantasy Recap

4 110.3 83 12 37.8 75 41 6.2 774 3 18.9 4 10.9

DeSean Jackson played 10 games last season, posting a 41-774-4 line. His catch rate was below 60%, which has been the case for most of his career. He had the third highest yards per reception in his career, sitting at 18.9. Putting Jackson back in this offense should help him out, even though Tampa Bay was throwing the ball a ton. Jackson finished as WR30 last season, but there are names ready to overtake him for 2019. It is a hard bet to make that Jackson finishes on par or higher than his 2018 numbers. We can also probably bank on him missing a few games due to a nagging injury.

2019 Fantasy Outlook

Position Ranking ADP Auction Value Bye Week Receptions Receiving Yards Touchdowns
WR48 10.12 $7 10 39.8 613.2 4.4

Jackson comes in just inside the top 50 in ranked wideouts for fantasy at the moment, and could slip out by the time August rolls around. His upside is capped behind Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery, and his deep threat is how he will be used. On a weekly basis it is hard to get more volatile than Jackson. It is hard to say even an injury would give him a jump in this offense, as the Eagles are loaded at the wide receiver position. Jackson is nothing more than a deep threat, and that is always a red flag for fantasy.

The Eagles are also one of the better teams at spreading the ball around. Jackson could certainly put up 2018 type numbers again, but six out of 12 games he failed to top 50 receiving yards. His production was also short lived after Week 2 when he had just one game over 100 yards and one touchdown the rest of the way. Those are not reassuring numbers heading into 2019, and that consistency is out the window.

Draft & Auction Value

There is a “meh” range of wideouts and DeSean Jackson is a part of it. Given he is in a part time role and set to miss a game or two minimum, this is not appealing. Even for a late round pick, Jackson’s potential doesn’t match guys like the secondary options in Pittsburgh. If Jackson is your a flyer within the last round or two, that is no problem. In auctions he shouldn’t cost you more than few bucks. Unless I need some deeper depth, Jackson isn’t going to find his way onto many teams.

Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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