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WR DeSean Jackson - Washington Redskins

5-9, 169Born: 12-1-1986College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): Washington's commitment to balance and Kirk Cousins staying conservative is hurting the weekly ceiling of Jackson. He's still a boom/bust flex, but we aren't seeing much of the boom these days. He's not an essential hold in short bench leagues if you are solid at wide receiver.

General News (Thu Oct 27): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Oct 26): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 8: at Cincinnati Bengals

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Kirk Cousins had a good outing at Detroit last weekend (at least from a fantasy owners' perspective) with 30/39 for 301 yards passing, one TD throw and zero interceptions, while adding 3/19/1 rushing to punch up his fantasy stats. Jamison Crowder saw the most targets in absence of Jordan Reed (nine for 7/108/0 receiving), while Vernon Davis was second on the team in receiving (six for 6/79/0), followed by Chris Thompson (seven for 7/40/0). Neither DeSean Jackson (eight for 5/35/0) or Pierre Garcon (five for 2/22/0) did much with their chances last week, while Robert Kelley put the lone TD into the end zone (one for 1/1/1). Reed has been cleared to practice on Wednesday, October 26, but he is not expected to play in Week Eight in London. The Bengals beat up on the hapless Browns last weekend - their third-string quarterback, Cody Kessler, was knocked out of the game leaving fourth-stringer Kevin Hogan at the controls for the rest of the game - he threw two interceptions and zero TDs, leaving Cleveland with 21/35 for 172 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions at the end of the game. However, The Bengals got blasted for 29/35 yielding 358 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions while sacking Tom Brady three times for -18 yards two weeks ago - they've been up and down in this phase of the game recently. From Week Five to Week Seven of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Cincinnati has averaged 25.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-most in the NFL); but only 12.7 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (third-least in the NFL); with 13.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fourth-most). Hogan ran for 104 yards and a TD in the game last week, explaining part of the disparity between quarterback scoring and wide receiver scoring against the Bengals. This looks like a neutral matchup between streaky units.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs CLE 48 0 0 0 2 1 5 0 0 0.5
5 at BAL 51 0 0 0 7 3 35 0 0 3.5
6 vs PHI 50 0 0 0 9 4 55 0 0 5.5
7 at DET 54 0 0 0 8 5 35 0 0 3.5
8 at CIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
8 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
8 at CIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs DET (8 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)

DeSean Jackson still hasn't been able to get on track with Kirk. Washington has said they want to get DeSean more involved but they are struggling to find ways getting him the ball. Aside from missing on deep passes it seems they haven't been able to get him going in the intermediate to short areas. That can mainly be attributed to the fact they already have guys who operate in that area so it's tough to find a place for DeSean. If he isn't going deep it seems tough to find him. He had five catches on the day with less than fifty yards.

2016 Week 6 vs PHI (9 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)

DeSean Jackson once again had a relatively quiet afternoon but not because he couldn't get open. He did drop a touchdown in the second quarter that Kirk put right on target. However, there were times he got behind the defense but came up empty as well. The Eagles pressure completely disrupted the timing on some of Kirk's throws which had a direct result to DeSean's inability for the big play. He had four catches and it seems the connection between him and Kirk is improving but the big plays are still lacking.

2016 Week 5 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

DeSean Jackson only had three catches on the day but there was potential for more. Kirk has been out of sync this season connecting with DeSean, especially on deep passes. DeSean's longest play went for twenty-seven yards. Kirk missed DeSean on a touchdown in the third quarter as DeSean tried to adjust to an inaccurate pass. Kirk was under pressure trying to find DeSean in the end zone on a 20+ yard pass on the sideline. DeSean tried to keep his feet inbounds and extend for the grab but wasn't able to reel it in as it was slightly out of reach. Kirk also missed DeSean on a long gain downfield as the pass was overthrown out of reach. Whenever Kirk and Desean get back on the same page DeSean will be much more productive.

2016 Week 4 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

DeSean Jackson only had one catch for five yards but was targeted three times. Washington's most dynamic receiver was bottled up in this game as Cleveland rolled coverage his way to limit big plays. Kirk tried to find DeSean on a go route in the first quarter but it was broken up by a pass interference call. However, DeSean's presence did open up the middle of the field but it is rare that he is held in check like this.

2016 Week 3 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 96 / 1 rec)

DeSean Jackson didn't have many catches but his presence is always felt. Jackson caught a forty-four yard touchdown at the end of the first half where he completely outran coverage to grab a touchdown in the end zone. He also had another long completion but that is DeSean's calling card. He isn't going to see a ton of volume but the explosive plays are there for him every week. Kirk finally found him on target so hopefully this gets them in sync.

2016 Week 2 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

DeSean Jackson should have had a much bigger game but Kirk missed him a few times streaking up the field. DeSean started the game well as he had two catches and one of them going for twenty eight yards. Then the day quickly dialed down for him. Kirk missed DeSean in the first half for a potential touchdown as he outran double coverage only to have Kirk over throw him by quite a bit. DeSean had another opportunity for a long score in the second half but Kirk threw the ball over the wrong shoulder and he was unable to track it down. This had to be a frustrating game for DeSean knowing he got the better of Dallas' secondary but couldn't capitalize.

2016 Week 1 vs PIT (10 / 6 / 102 / 0 rec)

DeSean Jackson had the most productive day of all pass catchers as he went over one hundred yards on the day. His longest catch went for thirty three yards but most of his work was done on hitch routes. The secondary played soft coverage all game which allowed Kirk to continuously find him for dinks and dunks. DeSean had an opportunity for one big play downfield but it was taken away by a pass interference call. DeSean's elite speed terrifies opponents which in turn makes it easy for Kirk to find him on comeback routes towards the sideline. Even though DeSean was productive in this game none of it changed life for Washington's offense.


Latest News

Redskins | Limited session for DeSean Jackson (Thu Oct 27, 08:24 PM) - Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring, shoulder) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 27.

Our View: Washington is running more and Kirk Cousins isn't trying to stretch the field as much, and both things are holding Jackson's production hostage. At best he's a WR4 and not a very reliable one either. He can produce big numbers, it's just not happening consistently or often.
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Redskins | DeSean Jackson listed as limited (Wed Oct 26, 07:31 PM) - Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring, shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Redskins | Five grabs for DeSean Jackson (Sun Oct 23, 08:48 PM) - Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson had five receptions for just 35 yards in the Week 7 game against the Detroit Lions. He was targeted eight times.

Our View: The Washington offense has become more balanced with less downfield passing. A quality running game could set up more play action deep shots for Jackson, but for now, his fantasy lines are almost unusable heading into a matchup with Cincinnati.
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Redskins | Questionable tag for DeSean Jackson (Fri Oct 21, 08:57 PM) - Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 21, and is listed as questionable for Week 7.

Our View: Jackson is facing a Lions secondary that recently allowed Eddie Royal and Kenny Britt to go off for over 100 yards against them. As long as he's active, he'll be worth a look as a boom/bust WR3/Flex.

Redskins | DeSean Jackson does not practice (Thu Oct 20, 02:55 PM) - Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 20.

Our View: We are confident he plays this weekend, but watch the reports Friday because if he doesn't practice, we could be concerned. If he plays we like him as a WR3 start against a vulnerable Detroit Defense.
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