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Welp, that was quick. After spending an entire week as a free agent (and being called an alleged gang-member, or I guess “having” affiliations with gangs, or maybe he’s just really bad at sign-language and a lover of blue tees), DeSean Jackson has been signed by the Washington Football Team. From an NFL perspective, Washington now has four wide recievers roughly the same height, and three of them that can spread the field faster than Dan Snyder can sign 35-year-olds to egregious contacts. In fact, I’m pretty sure Jackson had to lie about his age to get signed. And from a fantasy perspective, this signing certainly changes some things…

With Jackson, the fantasy impact with the signing is notable, if for only the fact that if he signed with, let’s say, the Buffalo Bills, his fantasy production would be the first victim. The second victim would be his street cred, since Buffalo doesn’t seem like a place where gangsters can thrive. Don’t get caught drinking your juice in the hood near Suzanne’s Crullers… yeah, doesn’t really mesh. Some might point out that Pierre Garçon and Jackson could vulture targets from each other, but I’m not so sure. There are certainly examples of two good wide receivers getting plenty of production opportunity between them. Look at the Bears and their two-headed beast in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery last season. Heck, even Denver found a way to have 18 Pro Bowl receivers, so I’m just saying, the idea of a target cap may be overrated. Even when you enter Andre Roberts into the mix, I’m sure Jay Grudan’s affinity for a ‘throw or die’ strategy will only stimulate the passing game, especially when you have three guys that can all find separation from coverage with their game-changing speed. And for Jackson himself, his value doesn’t really change at all and I’d probably rank him in the same spot if he were still with the Eagles. Same with Garçon and Roberts.

As for Santana Moss, not that any of us should care, but his days in the District seem numbered. I’m iffy on changing Jordan Reed‘s outlook as well. The receiver depth chart means a lot of downfield options and you can’t do 8-step drop-backs and throw 25 yards every play. I mean, you can, but that didn’t work out so well for Cam Cameron. There will still be plenty of check-downs, read options, and a mid-range game to fuel his possible 2014 break out.

In the end though, the player that will gain the biggest boost from this signing is Robert Griffin III. There’s no denying that there are a lot of weapons on this team, so, now that I think of it, maybe Jackson isn’t such a great fit. (Sorry.) As I mentioned earlier, Jay Gruden loves the vertical game, no doubt. The numbers he was able to squeeze out of Andy Dalton completely speaks to his penchant to push the ball downfield in large chunks. Either way you look at it though, this is essentially the best scenario for RGIII, and while I’m hesitant to upgrade his potential ranking by a large margin, I think this move could put him close to the top-10 door, where I probably would have ranked him closer to 15-ish at the beginning of the off-season.

  1. Fantasy with Dase or Days

    Fantasy with Dase or Days says:
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    The Chicago Bears top two WRs, Brandon Marshall had 163 targets and Alshon Jeffery with 150 targets. Last year by himself, Pieere Garçon had 184 targets. I understand that the Redskins are going to throw the football but they only attempted 10 more passes then the Bears did last year. So, a noticeable regression in targets is something that is going to happen for a player like Garçon. On a side note it’s crazy to see that the Denver Broncos threw it 88 more times then the Bengals and and 98 more times then the Bears.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fantasy with Dase or Days: It was a career high anyways, so regression should have been baked in regardless. And that was 313 targets with McCown starting in five games, not to mention that Jay Grudan is no Kyle Shanahan.

      That being said, I agree, the targets will come down, but I’m not sold on the fact that those two will lose a tangible amount of value. You could argue that there will be more big plays and more TD’s in this system and with all three receivers breaking down coverage with their speed.

      • Fantasy with Dase or Days

        Fantasy with Dase or Days says:
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        @Jay: A.J. Green saw a 180 targets last year with Jay Gruden as his OC last year. So it was not unrealistic to think that Pierre Garçon could have had similar targets as last year. I don’t see what the 313 pass attempts for Josh McCown has to do with anything. In his (McCown) his six games were he played at least 75% of the Bears offensive snaps, he averaged 35.5 pass attempts per game. That is almost one more attempt then Jay Cutler at 34.8 pass attempts.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Fantasy with Dase or Days: it shows that even a journeyman QB can spread enough targets around with the right personnel.

          And as stated above, the ‘quality’ of the targets will offset any change in quantity.

  2. TheNewLeaf says:
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    Having nothing to do with anything, I really hate deSean Jackson. Granted, I’m a Giant fan…but I’d hate the guy no matter what. Shades of him capping a 24-point 4th qtr comeback with a punt return where he runs parallel to the goaline for 5 seconds before taking it in just makes it a little worse. Maybe this makes me as a**hole, but I think if that guy got laid out on the field and remained motionless for a while, while everyone gathered around him and the crowd held their breath…there’s a part of me that would hope for the worst. You’re in the NFL and still have gang ties. That just sums him up perfectly. Him and Vick deserved each other.

    Now from a fantasy perspective, I agree that his value won’t change much. He already was having diminished numbers when Vick got sidelined, and as explosive as the Eagles offense is I’m not sure a full season with Foles would’ve translated to a repeat season.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @TheNewLeaf: To be fair, the gang ties are allegations, and shouldn’t be enough reason to release a receiver coming off a career season. But yeah, he did some nasty things against the Giants… and he stays in the same division. Should be interesting.

  3. Fantasy with Dase or Days

    Fantasy with Dase or Days says:
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    I see you say that D-Jax does not move up or down in your rankings by this move to a new team. What are you projecting or rough projections for DeSean Jackson in a Washington Redskins uniform?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fantasy with Dase or Days: It’s a great question. I don’t have any firm numbers, but I’d say there’s a chance here of 15% less receptions, 25% more TD’s, same-ish yardage as 2013.

      • Fantasy with Dase or Days

        Fantasy with Dase or Days says:
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        @Jay: Oh, dang! You really like you some D-Jax. That would give him a stat line of 72 catches, 1,300 yards & 11 touchdowns. Those #s would have had him finish as the 7th best WR in standard (Non-PPR) scoring.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Fantasy with Dase or Days: Well, that’s also considering the health of RGIII… so it could easily blow up in my face.

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