Welcome to The J Series!
As your fantasy football draft nears, you’ll have to ready yourself into making some difficult decisions. However, you won’t have to make them alone.
Over the course of training camp and beyond, we will be looking at some of the closest battles and make argument for who warrants your team’s selection.
On tap today: DeSean Jackson versus Jeremy Maclin.
There’s no denying that Jeremy Maclin is a very good receiver. There’s also no denying that DeSean Jackson had a very disappointing year in 2011. However, it’d be foolish to not pick Jackson ahead of Maclin in a fantasy draft setting.
Statistically, the Cal product outproduces the four-year pro from Missouri.
Last season, Jackson had more receiving yards (961) and a higher yards per reception average (16.6) when compared to Maclin (859 yards) and (13.6 yds/catch).
And one poignant aspect to point out is that Jackson accomplished these feats with not only contractual turmoil, but also with the reality that he’s often double-teamed—undoubtedly making him the focus of the opposition in the pass game.
Who would you take?
Over the course of Jackson’s career, he’s compiled a 17.8 yards per catch average to go along with two 1000 yard seasons. Maclin averages 13.7 yards per reception, and has yet to eclipse the 1000 yard mark.
Maclin’s success comes primarily from drags over the heart of the field and via underneath routes designed to utilize his quickness and agility.
These openings between the hash marks come as a result of opposing defenses playing two-deep schemes in order to neutralize Jackson on fly patterns and on deep routes.
Despite these hindrances, Jackson still has consistently put up bigger numbers when compared to his teammate.
More than anything, Jackson has something to prove. He was visibly troubled by the saga over getting a new contact. His new deal worth $51 million over 5 years unequivocally lifted a mass amount of weight off Jackson's shoulders.
He can now play without the constant barrage of questions from the media about his future in Philadelphia. Also, a personal worry about stability is all but squashed with this deal.
Maclin is a quality receiver with the ability to truly give Philadelphia a dangerous dimension from the slot. However, he’s no Jackson.
Expect Jackson to reprise his role as an elite deep threat in this league. His production should improve, and between the two, Jackson is clearly more fantasy attractive.
You can read the case for Maclin here
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