Wide receivers are fickle creatures in fantasy football. You never really know what you’re going to get out of most of them.
That’s because it’s a position that is so dependent on their teammates. While all positions on a football field are dependent on their teammates, wide receivers have the least amount of control over their production. And, of course, the position they’re most dependent on is quarterback.
That’s going to a problem for Vincent Jackson this year. Jackson, a talented wideout by all accounts, will have either the constantly underachieving Josh Freeman or rookie Mike Glennon throwing him the ball this year. Either way, it could be a frustrating year for Jackson and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This is especially because Jackson thrives on the deep ball. He’s one of the best playmakers in the league when it comes to winning 50-50 balls down the field. But, he needs a quality passer to put the ball in the right place. Jackson had 72 receptions for 1,384 yards and eight touchdowns last year. For him to repeat that production this year is unlikely. He was targeted 147 times in 2012, the highest amount by far of his eight-year NFL career.
Those stats are a double-edge sword for Jackson and your fantasy draft board. He’s getting a lot of hype this year, and that will mean someone in your league will take him way too early. Don’t be the one who does. Remember that wide receiver is deep again this year, and that Jackson doesn’t have the kind of quarterback he needs to be a dominant fantasy receiver.