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WR DeSean Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-9, 169Born: 12-1-1986College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2008

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): The quarterback situation, playcaller, and overall sense of stability around the Bucs are all eroding. Jackson still has a high weekly ceiling, especially against the Giants secondary, but he's only a what the heck WR3/Flex at this point.

Week 11: at New York Giants

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick remains an enigma, still explosive at 35 (400 yards or more in 4 of his 5 full games) but also wildly erratic at times (9 interceptions among just 225 attempts). His appeal lies in his aggressive, never-give-in approach to the deep ball - he's never afraid to push things downfield, and he trusts his explosive receivers in traffic. That mindset, plus the flow of a typical game for the 3-6 Buccaneers, usually leads to a big fantasy stat line. And fantasy players couldn't care less about his functional efficiency. Rather, they love that Fitzpatrick throws to a wide array of downfield dominators in Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard. Evans is not a consistent producer, even with big volume, but is always a threat to spend an afternoon winning contested throws down the field. He's been held to just 67 combined yards over the past 2 weeks but has recorded 137 or more 3 times. Jackson has averaged 82 yards in full-Fitzpatrick games, and Godwin is emerging before our eyes - he caught all 7 of his targets last week, for 103 of his own. Howard is a wild card, unreliable for volume but adept at finding room up the seams and moving after the catch. There's always enough opportunity and firepower in this unit to produce week-winning fantasy days. The only week-to-week question is whether Fitzpatrick will throw four interceptions and snuff out his own scoring chances in the process. The Giants pass defense remains one of the league's most unpredictable units. On some weeks, the pass rush clicks, forcing quarterbacks to make less-than-optimal throws into an underrated secondary. On others, they put no pressure on the pocket, and opposing passers have an easy path to 300 yards. It's easy to see that inconsistency in the performances of the key players. Top cornerback Janoris Jenkins has had a rollercoaster season, showing well against a few No. 1 receivers (Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins) but flailing badly against others (Alshon Jeffery, Julio Jones). Star safety Landon Collins and the linebackers have held tight ends mostly in check, but have also leaked a few big plays to the position - and San Francisco's George Kittle roasted them for 83 yards on 9 catches last week. All told, it's tough to project the play of this unit from week to week. But at the moment, the pass rush and coverage components are both struggling, and that always suggests an inviting fantasy matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs CLE 43 2 8 1 5 2 25 0 0 9.3
8 at CIN 46 1 4 0 8 3 68 1 0 13.2
9 at CAR 32 0 0 0 4 2 32 0 0 3.2
10 vs WAS 44 0 0 0 8 5 67 0 0 6.7
11 at NYG 0 0 0 0 7 4 38 0 0 3.8
11 at NYG PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 4 * * * *
11 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 4 * * * *
11 at NYG PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

DeSean Jackson's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 10 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)

Jackson tied for a team-high 8 targets, but couldn't get any big plays going down field as Fitzpatrick didn't have much time to throw. Djax caught a quick curl route and turned it up the left sideline for a nice gain in the 1st quarter. He was quiet until midway through the 3rd quarter when he caught a deep out route on play action to move the Bucs out of their own end zone. Fitzpatrick found him again on a quick curl route near the sideline two plays later, then a slant route for consecutive gains. DJax hauled in another slant route later in the 4th quarter for 1st down yardage. Fitzpatrick loaded up a play action deep ball for him on the next play, but overthrew the pass.

2018 Week 9 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)

Jackson had a slow day as Adam Humphries and Mike Evans dominated targets. He had a step on his defender on a deep corner route that would likely have resulted in a long touchdown in the 3rd quarter, but Fitzpatrick overthrew him. Jackson managed to secure a couple of receptions in the 2nd half after a quiet first half. Jackson drew a holding penalty later in the drive that set the Bucs up in the Carolina red zone. Jackson was the target on Fitzpatrick's second interception late in the 4th quarter. Jackson was tightly covered and Fitzy threw up a jump ball that the defender was able to come down with.

2018 Week 8 vs CIN (8 / 3 / 68 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Jackson picked up the majority of his week 8 yards as he left his defenders in the dust on a 60 yard touchdown late in the 2nd quarter. Winston hit him in stride right down the middle of the field for Tampa Bay's first touchdown of the day. Winston had him open again in the end zone in the 3rd, but overthrew him badly. Jackson nearly had another huge gain down the left sideline once Ryan Fitzpatrick came into the game late in the 3rd, but a defender knocked the ball loose as he fell to the turf. Fitzpatrick did find him for a couple of intermediate completions as the Bucs attempted to catch up in the 4th quarter. Jackson had a short carry on an end-around in the 3rd quarter.

2018 Week 7 vs CLE (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec, 2 / 8 / 1 rush)

Jackson had a slow week through the air but managed a touchdown on the ground as he showed off his still-blazing speed on an end around for a 14 yard touchdown at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Winston nearly found him for a second touchdown in the back corner of the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but Jackson couldn't secure the well-defended pass as he fell to the ground. Jackson was quiet in the second half until he hauled in a 14 yard reception up the right sideline to set the Bucs up for the game-winning field goal in overtime.

2018 Week 6 vs ATL (9 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Jackson drew a team-high 9 targets. He didn't catch his first pass until late in the 2nd quarter, securing a big gain up the seam. Winston found him on a deep comeback route up the right sideline for another solid gain in the 4th quarter. Jackson got wide open on a deep crossing route later in the 4th, picking up 21 yards as the Bucs tried to battle back. Jackson had a step on his defender for what would have been a touchdown on the next drive, but Winston overthrew him badly in the end zone. Winston found him once more on the final drive of the game, connecting on a medium crossing route underneath Atlanta's prevent defense. Jackson carried the ball once in the 3rd quarter on an end around run that picked up 7 yards.

2018 Week 4 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 112 / 0 rec)

Jackson benefited the most from the game script after the Bucs fell behind early in the contest. Jackson was second only to Evans(9) with his 8 targets, and he was the only receiver able to get open for big plays downfield. He hauled in an out route from the slot for a nice gain and a 3rd down conversion in the 1st quarter. Jackson lined up wide left and got all kinds of open on a deep crossing route later in the same drive. Fitzpatrick hit him in stride and Jackson racked up 48 yards with nice run after the catch. Jackson had another huge gain down the left sideline late in the 2nd quarter. Chicago challenged the ruling that he had kept both feet in bounds by securing the catch, but the ruling was upheld. Jackson grabbed another quick slant route late in the 4th quarter from Winston.

2018 Week 3 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

Jackson finally cooled off after a hot start in the first two weeks. Fitzpatrick targeted him 5 times, and couldn't connect on any big plays as Evans stole the show. Djax didn't secure a catch until early in the 3rd quarter when he hauled in a curl route from the left receiver spot. Jackson caught a 17 yard post route at the end of the 3rd quarter for this biggest gain of the day. Fitzpatrick looked for him in the end zone on a deep ball the very next play, but Djax couldn't get under it. Jackson housed a punt for a touchdown in the 4th quarter, but the play was called back for holding.

2018 Week 2 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 129 / 1 rec)

Jackson continued his week 1 tear, picking up more of the big chunk plays that he's known for. In addition to piling up yardage on big plays, Jackson is also being incredibly efficient, catching 4 of 4 targets in week 2 to put his season total at 9 of 9. Jackson split out wide right of a run formation on the first offensive play of the game, easily burning his one defender on a deep ball from Fitzpatrick for a 75 yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick found him again down the left sideline in the third quarter for a huge gain. Jackson made a fantastic back shoulder catch on the play.

2018 Week 1 vs NO (5 / 5 / 146 / 2 rec)

Jackson had a big day that started early. He hauled in Fitzpatrick's first pass attempt for a short gain on an out route, then scored two plays later. For his first touchdown, Jackson lined up just off the offensive line, then took off on a fly route down the right side of the field. His defender totally lost him, and Fitzpatrick laid the ball up for an easy score. Jackson flexed a couple of yards off the line of scrimmage and burned his defender right down the middle of the field for a 36 yard touchdown early in the 4th quarter on another dime pass from Fitzpatrick. The two hooked up on another deep ball down the right sideline on the Bucs' next drive, with Jackson going down after the catch. He left the game and was later diagnosed with a concussion. Jackson was a perfect five of five on his targets before leaving the game.


Latest News

Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson suffers injury (Sun Nov 18, 03:00 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) suffered a thumb injury during the Week 11 game and is considered questionable to return.

Our View: Jackson hasn't riffed with Jameis Winston in the deep game, and didn't do much once Winston was in. He returned to the game. With OJ Howard nursing an ankle sprain, decisions with your Bucs pass catchers could be easier next week against the 49ers.
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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson not happy (Sat Nov 10, 09:41 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson said he would 'be lying' if he said he was happy with his current situation. 'I can't say I'm as happy not winning, not being productive,' Jackson said.

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