Off a career season with the Eagles, where he finished with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, DeSean Jackson was cut by Philadelphia this offseason, then signed by the Washington Redskins.
Jackson’s big jump on the stat sheet – his previous career highs were 62 receptions and 1,156 yards – came the same year Chip Kelly took over the Eagles’ offense. Does that mean fantasy owners should avoid Jackson, who will now team up with Robert Griffin III and Jay Gruden, in next year’s draft? John Hansen and Joe Dolan debated what Jackson will bring to the table in 2014 on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a better fit than the Washington Redskins,” Hansen said. “Why? Because his skill set meshes perfectly with RG3. What does RG3 do best? He throws an unbelievable deep ball, very accurate. So I think it is a really good spot for DeSean.”
Dolan argued that Jackson will be hit or miss.
“I’m telling you, this guy is gonna be somebody, more than likely, gonna be really frustrating to own for fantasy purposes,” Dolan said.
Hansen and Dolan agreed on their projections for Jackson: 60 catches, 17 yards-per-catch, and 1,020 receiving yards.
“I think we downgrade him,” Hansen said in relation to last season, “but Joe, just to throw a number out there: I think he’s gonna get 60 catches. I think 60 is close to basically the old DeSean, who was never a big catch guy, but also it’s a function, too, of they [Washington] just went and made this big deal to get him; they’re gonna get him the football.”