After a sophomore season that saw DeSean Jackson put up 63 receptions, 1,167 yards and 12 total touchdowns (10 of which were from 35 yards or longer) all in just 15 games, fantasy owners had every right to expect the world out of the Eagles wide receiver in 2010. Unfortunately, dreams of him becoming a Top 5 fantasy WR would fall short as Jackson would play just 14 games over the course of the year and end up quite a few spots outside of the Top-10.
Actually, not only did he finish under most of the normal big-name receivers in the league (such as Roddy White, Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson), but he also winded up behind previously unheard-of Steve Johnson, rookie Mike Williams of Tampa Bay and even second on his own team to Jeremy Maclin.
All things considered though, DeSean did have a pretty nice season when compared to the rest of the league.
He went over the century mark in yardage for a second year in a row (1,056 yards), amassed eight touchdowns (six receiving, one rushing, one punt return) and wound up leading the league in yards per catch (22.5) after placing second in that category the year before. Despite an obvious problem with his short and intermediate route-running, Jackson’s speed and elusiveness continue to make him one of the most feared receivers in the game.
If he can manage to improve in those areas before the start of the 2011 season, there’s no doubt DeSean can be a Top-5 fantasy guy next year.
However, his 47 catches (tied for 49th in the NFL) on 96 targets last year for a less than 50 percent conversion rate was plain awful, as only two of the top 50 fantasy WRs finished with a worse percentage (Malcom Floyd and Nate Washington).
If DeSean can’t improve on his shortcomings and become the complete receiver the Eagles need him to be in 2011, don’t be surprised to see the talented speedster turn in yet another fantasy season below expectations and quite possibly another second-place finish on his own team.
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2011 Pros & Cons
(+) Fastest, most elusive wide receiver in the NFL—Jerry Rice himself said he’s never seen anything like him.
(+) Plays in a West Coast, pass-happy offense.
(+) DeSean is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. In fact, the further away from the end zone the Eagles are, the more of a threat he becomes.
(+) With Michael Vick as his QB, no deep route he runs is ever too deep for Vick’s arm.
(–) Tends to be a one-trick pony which leads to his being lost for entire games against defenses that play the deep ball well.
(–) At 5’10”, 175 pounds, DeSean is too small to win many battles for the ball or break many tackles when he does have the ball.
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