Week Seventeen Analysis:
DeSean Jackson was held in check in his first meeting against the Cowboys, but he has a good chance to redeem himself this week in Dallas. First off, the Cowboys' defense has been on a downward spiral for weeks, especially the secondary. They've allowed nearly 190 yards and two touchdowns per game to receivers over the last three weeks. Secondly, Jackson has scored at least once in six of seven road games this season.
Week Sixteen Analysis:
It'll be DeSean Jackson versus Chicago, and it's another meaty matchup for Jackson, who just scorched a similarly soft Vikings secondary. Chicago, which allows more than a touchdown per game to receivers, finally pulled the plug on Peanut Tillman's season, meaning there's no relief in sight for a secondary that's been in serious disarray. Cornerback Tim Jennings is having a so-so year without Tillman on the other side, and he should cover Jackson a fair amount. But that's an exploitable matchup because, according to Pro Football Focus, Jennings has seen only 22 snaps in slot coverage while Jackson runs more than 25% of his routes from the seam.
Week Fifteen Analysis:
DeSean Jackson has done far more damage on the road, scoring six of his eight touchdowns and averaging 94 yards per game as opposed to 74 at home. The Eagles are in Minnesota this week to take on the Vikings, who rank 30th in yards per game to opposing receivers over the last five weeks. They will also be without their emerging rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes, which is huge because he has become their best player at the position. Minnesota will also be without corner Josh Robinson, so their secondary will be incredibly thin, meaning Jackson should be in line for a huge day in a game Philadelphia needs to win.
Week Fourteen Analysis:
DeSean Jackson wasn't able to do much against Patrick Peterson and the stout pass defense of the Cardinals, but it should be much smoother sailing for him this week at home against the Lions. Don't be fooled by the Packers' poor performance against Detroit on Thanksgiving, Detroit's secondary has been in distress, as they've allowed 190 yards and nearly two touchdowns per game to opposing receivers over the last five weeks. The Lions have struggled against receivers of all shapes and sizes, but the very comparable Antonio Brown shredded them for 147 yards and two scores just three weeks ago. Quarterback Nick Foles has been on fire and should feed Jackson heavily on Sunday.
Week Thirteen Analysis:
DeSean is the only top-25 receiver averaging more than 11 yards per target, and he leads the league in catches of 20-plus yards, making him one of the biggest threats to go deep in the league. He'll have his work cut out for him at home against the Cardinals though. Jackson should draw exclusive assignment from cornerback Patrick Peterson, who hasn't surrendered a touchdown this season to anyone that stands shorter than 6'2" (those that scored: Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, and Jimmy Graham). Arizona is also ranked fourth in pass coverage by Pro Football Focus and holds the same ranking in yards allowed to receivers, so be warned.
Week Eleven Analysis:
Chip Kelly hasn't revolutionized offense in the NFL, but he sure appeared to be on that path in Week 1 against the Redskins, the opponent again this week. DeSean Jackson played a key role in that rout, catching seven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. His quarterback will be different in this week's rematch, but Jackson hasn't skipped a beat with Nick Foles under center. He has scored in two consecutive games and is now one of two receivers with at least 50 receptions, 900 yards, and seven touchdowns on the season (Calvin Johnson is the other). Washington's secondary is still soft and has allowed over 170 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game to receivers over the last three weeks.
Week Ten Analysis:
in three full games with Nick Foles under center, DeSean Jackson has averaged a very impressive 115 yards, and 1.3 touchdowns. The Eagles pay a visit to the Packers on Sunday, who just allowed touchdowns to both starting Bears wideouts. Stock in D-Jax is back on the rise, and he is now one of only two players with more than 50 catches, 800 receiving yards, and five touchdowns this season (the other is A.J. Green). Foles targets Jackson over seven times on average this season, ensuring a low downside.
Week Nine Analysis:
The fantasy stock of the high-flying Eagles has nose-dived Enron style, and DeSean Jackson has been a victim of the sudden quarterback carousel in Philadelphia. Nick Foles is projected to start this week in Oakland, and he and D-Jax have connected for three touchdowns in Philly's last two road games. Jackson is a fair comp to Antonio Brown, who caught nine balls for 83 yards against the Raiders last Sunday. Oakland allows the eighth-most yards and second-most receptions to receivers this season, and they rank bottom-10 in pass coverage according to Pro Football Focus. They are also one of three teams with their top three cornerbacks allowing receptions in over 60% of passes thrown at them.
Week Eight Analysis:
DeSean Jackson did little against Dallas last Sunday, but he draws the Giants again, a team he dismantled for seven receptions, 132 yards, and a touchdown just three weeks ago. Despite denying nearly every Vikings pass attempt last Monday, New York allows a touchdown per game to opposing receivers, so Jackson and Michael Vick should have a good shot to pick up where they left off. The Giants have given up a minimum of 27 points on the road, so start Jackson with confidence this week, and expect him to continue his pivotal role in Philly's offense.
Week Seven Analysis:
Even though most of his day was spent on Revis Island, DeSean Jackson crossed the stripe twice last week and is now the NFL's leading receiver. Not bad for a guy with a preseason ADP of around 72. D-Jax also has the most catches of 40-plus yards this season, and he'll look to keep the good times rolling against the Cowboys, who are allowing nearly 180 yards and over a touchdown per game to opposing receivers. Nick Foles looked great last week, completing over 70% of his passes with three touchdowns and zero picks. He'll get the nod at quarterback again and could find extra time in the pocket with DeMarcus Ware questionable to play.
Week Five Analysis:
DeSean Jackson delivered his first official dud of the season last week, but he should bounce back against the doormat defense of the New York Giants. The once-vaunted Giants' pass rush has the fewest sacks in the league, and New York is tied for the second-most touchdowns allowed to receivers over the last three weeks. Jackson has averaged over 70 receiving yards per game in his career against New York, and so far this season he is sixth among wideouts in target percentage, receiving yards, and yards after the catch. The Giants could also be stretched thin at corner with Corey Webster and Jayron Hosley nursing leg injuries.
Week Four Analysis:
DeSean Jackson was fed a small dose of reality last Thursday against the Chiefs when he was held to three catches for 62 yards. He did manage to reel-off another catch of 40-plus yards and now leads the league in that category. Jackson has seen over 34% of his team's targets, the second-highest ratio in the league, and his 19 yards per reception is tops among receivers. The Broncos are allowing 327 pass yards per game, and even though cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to make season debut; nickel corner Tony Carter and starting strong safety Duke Ihenacho could both sit with ankle injuries. Lastly, the Eagles could be in come back mode beginning from the opening coin toss.
Week Three Analysis:
Chip Kelly's super-charged rushing attack certainly sputtered last week, but DeSean Jackson picked up the slack with a league-high 193 receiving yards on nine catches. And, he was a near miss on another two bombs that would have given him close to 400 receiving yards. So far he's averaged an astounding four and a half yards per passing play and is sure to be heavily utilized Thursday night. Dunta Robinson will be back defending the slot for the Chiefs after missing last week for family matters, but their top corner Brandon Flowers has surprisingly struggled in coverage. Kansas City should still be his toughest opposition to date, but D-Jax leads the league in receiving yards and plays of 20 plus yards, and he is obviously still a very solid start.
Week Two Analysis:
Philly ran an astounding 53 plays in the first half of last week's game. And DeSean Jackson played a huge role throughout, snaring seven catches for 104 yards and a score. D-Jax accounted for nearly half his team's receptions. And considering the dearth of talent at his position, should remain a focal point against San Diego on Sunday. The Chargers surrendered 31 points and 346 yards through the air at home against Houston last Monday night, making the usually mundane Matt Schaub look explosive. Making matters worse, the Chargers make the long trek east on a shortened week. Jackson's stock should continue to soar.
Week One Analysis:
Last season was basically a wash for everyone in Eagle green. Endless injuries and a crumbling regime paved way to a fantasy wasteland. But things are looking-up with Chip Kelly infiltrating Philly's facilities. Running backs are the lifeblood of his fast-break offense, but DeSean will still be a huge factor in multiple facets of the game. Washington was one of the worst against the pass last season. They allowed the second-most passing yards and 18 touchdowns to wide receivers. The Skins addressed those concerns by signing cornerback E.J. Biggers and spending two of their first four picks on the secondary. The healthy return of Brian Orakpo will greatly aid the pass rush, but Jackson remains a must-start. He's practically the only real receiver left on the team. And he looked in midseason form when he hauled-in a 47-yard touchdown against the Pats a couple weeks back.
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With Jeremy Maclin out, DeSean Jackson becomes the undisputed go-to receiver in the Eagles offense. He's never needed to carry the weight of passing game, but he'll need to do so here. It might surprise you to know that Jackson only dropped one pass last season. In the previous two seasons he had dropped a combined 21 balls. That's Troy Williamson-bad, but Jackson seems to have turned it around. A new offense that should highlight Jackson's fast-twitch muscles has been installed by coach Chip Kelly, who is targeting to run almost twice the league average of offensive plays. A quick passing game with plenty of YAC has always been key to the Kelly offense, so with few other options at receiver, Jackson could be sitting on a career year in receptions if things play out right.