Fantasy Football 2013 Sleeper: DeSean Jackson

By Tristen Challe
DeSean Jackson
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Receiver in the 2013 Fantasy Football Draft is the deepest position arguably just outside of the quarterback position. Many players have shown they can perform at a high level, giving your team an added boost in gaining a tally in the win column.

One receiver that has the talent to perform as your no. 1 guy is Philadelphia Eagles‘ DeSean Jackson, who has the title of “sleeper” written all over him.

Jackson has huge upside in terms of ADP. Currently ranked as the 35th overall best receiver and 89th best of all NFL players, Jackson is quite the catch. Fantasy owners will not have to use a significant draft pick on the young wideout, and can wait until the eighth or possibly ninth round to draft him.

For fantasy owners who drafted Jackson last season, they were disappointed with his 700-yard, two-touchdown season. Don’t give up on the 26-year old wide out yet. Jackson is very excited about what has taken place so far this season in Philadelphia under new head coach Chip Kelly.

Jackson sure has a right to be excited, as Kelly is known for his quick pace offense. With Jackson’s incredible speed, he’ll be a big-time deep threat to any opposing defenses. The no-huddle offense greatly benefits Jackson in the passing game. As the defense quickly tires out and will not be able to get fresh legs on the field, Jackson will have no problem getting behind cornerbacks on his way to the end zone.

A new wrinkle that has been thrown in Jackson’s direction is the fact that he has been asked to play multiple wideout positions. At first, Jackson admitted to having difficulties with it, but he now and believes that he will be able to keep defenses off balance in his new role.

In short, having a receiver on your fantasy team that can play from anywhere on the field is quite rare, and Jackson will be able to post never-before-seen numbers in the 2013 season.

Who will be the starting quarterback in Philadelphia has not yet been decided but Jackson has no opinion on it. He is confident that either quarterback will be able to get him the ball, aiding him in making those big-time plays we had been accustom to seeing from him.

Jackson will be a later-round gem in the 2013 draft. Coach Kelly is poised to get this Eagles team headed in the right direction and back into the playoffs. His offensive regime will bring big fantasy points to Jackson and if you have the chance to grab him, he will not disappoint.

Tristen Challe is a fantasy writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle

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