DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 6

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 13, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammate Riley Cooper #14 after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 15, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The San Diego Chargers won, 33-30. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Week 6 of the 2013 NFL regular season marked the Philadelphia Eagles' first game with Nick Foles starting for head coach Chip Kelly. It's safe to say the passing game is on point, as Foles was 22-of-31 for 296 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions Philadelphia's 31-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The question is, what does Foles' emergence mean for his two top targets, DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper?

Philadelphia certainly has something to be excited about. Cooper caught four passes for 120 yards and a touchdown, going 47 yards on his third-quarter score. Jackson, meanwhile, continued his torrid start, grabbing six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns on six targets from Foles.   

Truth be told, we shouldn't be surprised.

Jackson now has 34 receptions for 589 yards and five touchdowns through six games, establishing his reputation as a re-emerging star. Cooper hasn't been as strong on the year, but he's proven to be a reliable possession receiver.

At this point, the smart approach is simple: Continue to start Jackson, and add Cooper in fantasy.

According to ESPN, Cooper is owned in just 1.7 percent of fantasy football leagues, making him an available option for most owners. It's far too soon to determine whether or not he's a weekly start, but it's worth acquiring him and seeing how he's used in future games before another person in your does. It's evident he has a rapport with Foles. 

As for Jackson, it doesn't matter whether it's Foles or Michael Vick under center—he's going to catch passes and make big plays, and he remains a weekly WR1.

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