DeSean Jackson Fantasy Fallout: 7 WRs on the Waiver Wire To Pick Up Now
Falcons corner back Dunta Robinson laid a jarring hit on Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson over the weekend, leaving Jackson with a concussion and putting him on the shelf for at least this weekend's game and possibly longer.
The loss of Jackson has left many fantasy owners scrambling to find a replacement for their big-play threat.
Few receivers in the league can replace the kind of production and potential that Jackson can deliver, but there are still many valuable possibilities to step in for the injured Eagles star this weekend.
Here are seven guys you may want to consider claiming off the waiver wire this week to replace Jackson.
Britt has scored a touchdown in each of the past four games for the Titans, and he is currently available in nearly 35 percent of fantasy leagues on ESPN.
Quarterback Vince Young may or may not play after suffering a sprained knee against the Jaguars, but either way, you should be in good shape with Britt on your team.
Britt and Young have clearly established a connection so far this season, and if the former Longhorn doesn't play then the Titans second-year receiver figures to get even more chances with Kerry Collins at quarterback.
Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher has shown the desire to throw more with Collins under center than when Young is running the offense, so either way you can't go wrong with Britt in your lineup.
Moore has benefited from the absence of Reggie Bush, and you will benefit too if you pick up the 5'9" New Orleans receiver this week.
Moore has played well when given the chance this season, and he has been getting opportunities as of late, catching four touchdowns in the Saints' last four games.
The five-year veteran has been particularly good at home, where he has 11 catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints' last two games inside the Superdome.
New Orleans returns home for the first time in three games, and Moore will be facing a Browns defense that is 21st against the pass this season and has allowed four straight opponents to have a receiver with 90-plus yards and a touchdown. Moore could be that guy this weekend for the Saints.
The former Southern Cal star has managed to resurrect his career this season under former college coach Pete Carroll while playing for the Seahawks.
Williams is the closest thing to a go-to guy that the Hawks have at the wide receiver position this season, and coming off of a 10-catch 123 yard performance last weekend in Chicago, the big man would be a solid pick-up this week.
Seattle will be at home this weekend taking on the Cardinals and their 26th-ranked pass defense. Williams has yet to find the end zone this weekend but you would have to believe it's just a matter of time before quarterback Matt Hasselbeck finds the 6"5 receiver for six points.
With Deion Branch out of the equation, Williams appears to be the primary target in Seattle's passing game for the rest of this season, which makes him a good pick-up for not only this week but likely the rest of the year. Williams is available in over half of fantasy leagues on ESPN.
Naanee has been out the past two weeks with a hamstring injury, and there is no guarantee he will play this weekend—but if he does you will have the chance to get some big production from the Chargers wide receiver.
Tight end Antonio Gates and receiver Malcolm Floyd could both miss Sunday's game which would make Naanee even more valuable if he is healthy enough for action.
Naanee will try to practice this week, and if he is able to he should have a big role in the Chargers' plans this weekend when they face the Patriots and their 29th-ranked pass defense.
If you have an available roster spot or the ability to wait until later in the week for Naanee's status then he may be a guy you want to add to your team.
Branch is back in his comfort zone with New England and quarterback Tom Brady.
The 5'8" receiver came up huge last week in the Pats' comeback overtime victory over the Ravens, catching nine passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Branch has always been a favorite target of Brady, and the two didn't miss a beat in the receiver's return to the Patriots. San Diego has allowed the fewest passing yards of any team in the league, but that has had as much to do with who they have played so far as how they have played.
The Rams are ranked 19th in the league in passing, and they are the highest-rated aerial attack the Chargers have faced this season. There is little doubt the Patriots will pose more of a threat, so expect Branch to get some balls thrown his way this weekend.
Gaffney has quietly put together a nice stretch of games for the Broncos this season, as he has become one of the primary targets of quarterback Kyle Orton and Denver's third-ranked passing attack.
The former Florida Gator has at least five receptions in each of the Broncos' past four games, and he has had at least 80 yards in three of the four contests.
Denver likes to put the ball in the air, and with the possibility that Eddie Royal won't play this weekend Gaffney should get even more looks against the Raiders.
Oakland is in a similar situation to the Chargers defense, where their numbers don't tell the whole story because of who their opponents have been.
The Raiders shut down a Texans passing attack that was missing Andre Johnson, so their only true test so far this season came two weeks ago against the Chargers—and they failed miserably, yielding 431 yards through the air to Philip Rivers and Co.
Denver may not get to 400 yards this weekend, but you should expect at least 300 yards and a good chunk of those should go to Gaffney.
McCluster is the ultimate high-risk, high-reward pick-up this weekend at home against Jacksonville.
The Chiefs opened up the offense more last week on the road at Houston as quarterback Matt Cassel threw for three touchdowns.
Kansas City has been much more aggressive offensively at home this season than on the road, and they will be facing a Jaguars defense that has struggled this season, ranking 28th against the pass.
McCluster has not been targeted a lot for the Chiefs this season, but KC has been looking to get the speedster involved more—and this would be a good time to do it.
McCluster has value with his return ability and the fact that he can score anytime he has his hands on the ball. He has seen an occasional carry from the running back position and the occasional catch from the slot position this year, but expect him to get his hands on the ball more this weekend and find the end zone for the third straight time at Arrowhead this season.