Fantasy Football Week 12: Is Vincent Jackson Really Worth Starting This Week?

Ray TannockSenior Analyst INovember 26, 2010

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers prepares to enter the game against the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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One of the more common questions I have been fielding this week in my Start Sit Column is whether or not Vincent Jackson is really worth starting.

While I understand the fans’ hesitation to start a receiver who hasn’t played since 2009, the fact of the matter is, Jackson is still a top-shelf fantasy receiver.

But does that mean you just plug him into your lineup?

Well, the short answer is yes! I mean, let’s be real here, kids. Norv Turner already has the No. 1 passing offense, and he has done that with some players who are well below the talent level of Mr. Jackson.

And to boot, Turner has already verbally confirmed that Jackson will play a major role right off the bat, saying he’s excited to get Jackson back.

Of course he is; Indy’s pass defense is as leaky as a 30-year-old faucet.

But Jackson is also chomping at the bit, as he not only gets to play once again, he’ll do it as the primary focus on offense.

Antonio Gates is still injured and in jeopardy of missing the rest of the season—his backup Randy McMichael is licking some wounds too—fellow receiver Patrick Crayton is out with a pretty good wrist issue and Malcom Floyd is not 100 percent.

Oh yeah, and the running game will be "limping to the barn" at best this week.

If Philip Rivers can top the charts with a patchwork offense through 10 games, just imagine what he’ll do with Jackson in six.

The bottom line is this: Start Vincent Jackson without hesitation unless you really have a better option on hand, and keep him a must start for the remainder of the season.

It's that easy!

Have a question about your fantasy roster this week? Visit my WK 12 WR Start Sit column, and as always, good luck!