Week Eleven Analysis: DeSean Jackson is well on his way to his highest targets, receptions and yardage totals in his five year career. So where have the touchdowns been? Jackson has only scored twice this year. And this looks like another yardage game for Jackson. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles gets his first NFL start. Last week, Foles targeted Jeremy Maclin many more times than Jackson, but that's a very small sample size. Jackson should be very involved against a bad secondary. The Redskins have allowed seven wide receivers to top 100 yards this season and have yielded an 80-plus yard game to a wideout in eight of nine games.
Week Nine Analysis: Some could point out the fact that DeSean Jackson has only scored five times in his last 25 games as a reason to sit him on your bench. Others could mention the fact that in those last 25 games that he has bested 100 yards only three times. But I'll give you two reasons why you can keep him in your lineup this week. First, Jackson is more involved in the offense this year. He has had at least eight targets in all seven games this season, while he accomplished that only six times in 15 contests last year. Second, he plays the Saints this week. The Saints secondary is like leaving Halloween candy out on your front step with a note that says "take one." Except every team takes the whole bowl, which is why the Saints have allowed more wide receiver touchdowns than any team in the league.
Week Eight Analysis: Proving to be the anti-Chris Johnson, DeSean Jackson got paid in the offseason, and has actually improved his dependability. Last season, according to Pro Football Focus, in 95 targets Jackson dropped the ball nine times and the ball was intercepted when thrown to him seven times. This year he has yet to drop a ball and only one errant Michael Vick pass has flown to the bad guys. That said, I'm lukewarm on his chances against the Falcons. In their meeting last season, the Falcons held D-Jax to two catches and 21 yards, while Jeremy Maclin had all the fun. But, in that game, Atlanta corner Brent Grimes helped hold Jackson in check. He's out this year, so maybe Jackson can beat the overrated Dunta Robinson this year.
Week Six Analysis: In the wake of lingering injuries to Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson has stepped up in an uncharacteristic workman-like fashion to lead the Eagles wide receivers. He's topped 75 yards three times this season and is averaging nine targets per game (two more than he did last year). This week the Eagles host the Lions, or should I say, the "paper tigers". Detroit has only allowed two wide receiver touchdowns this season and only one wideout to surpass 70 yards. Sounds good, but he toughest quarterback that the Lions have schemed for this year has been Christian Ponder, or maybe Jake Locker, who threw for 378 yards against them in Week 3. If Michael Vick is dialed in, Jackson and the Eagles should flatten the paper tigers.
Week Five Analysis: Last year in Week 10, DeSean Jackson was benched for not shutting his fat yapper. Message received. Since the benching, Jackson's play has steadily improved. He's had 70 yards or a touchdown in eight of his last 11 games and is three of four in that category this season. The Steelers, sporting the No. 1 pass defense for passing yards, have allowed four touchdowns to wide receivers in three games. With the bye week over, they should get James Harrison and Troy Polamalu back, which could put an end to the touchdowns too.
Week Four Analysis: DeSean Jackson trails only Randy Moss, Steve Smith, Santana Moss and Greg Jennings among active players in touchdowns from beyond 50 yards. Considering Jackson has never caught more than 63 balls in a season, that's quite an amazing feat. He faces off against one of the worst and most injured defensive backfield in football this week as the Eagles host the Giants. Corey Webster of the Giants has been one of the most burned cornerbacks in football, allowing the second-most yards in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus at a clip of 23 yards per catch. Jackson hasn't scored against the Giants since December 2009, but a matchup with Webster and a little room to run could change that quickly.