2014 Fantasy Football: New York Jets Will Allow DeSean Jackson To Succeed

By Jack Delaney
DeSean Jackson Fantasy Football
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With the current list of NFL teams that have shown interest in DeSean Jackson, the fantasy football season for the wide receiver appears to be doomed.

One of the teams that is supposedly interested in Jackson, which is also the team that is the worst fit for the wideout, is the San Francisco 49ers. Not only will Jackson have an incredible amount of competition with Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, but Colin Kaepernick only averaged 199.8 passing yards per game. There is no chance that Jackson would even be able to finish as a top-20 wide receiver if he plays for San Francisco.

Two other interested teams that would harm his fantasy value are the Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks. The Raiders would start the 2014 season with zero chemistry between Jackson and Matt Schaub, and wide receiver James Jones could find a better rapport with his new quarterback than Jackson. The Seahawks are not known for its passing attack, and Percy Harvin will be the top receiver in Seattle.

While the Carolina Panthers would be a nice fit for Jackson because of his familiarity of working with a mobile quarterback and just for the simple fact that Cam Newton needs an elite talent to throw the ball to, the organization is severely limited in signing players because of the salary cap. The New England Patriots have also been reported to have inquired about the services of Jackson, but New England is only rumored to be mildly interested.

Other than the Panthers and Patriots, Jackson does not seem to be in an ideal situation for fantasy stardom in 2014. The one team that could make him worth drafting, however, is the New York Jets. Jackson not only has a familiarity with his former quarterback Michael Vick, but he would be the best receiver on the team and Vick’s favorite target.

Everything will depend on if Vick or Geno Smith will start for the Jets, but the future looks much brighter with Vick and the Jets than it currently does anywhere else for the young receiver. While Jackson will probably not have a record-breaking year in 2014, he could at least be fantasy relevant with the Rex Ryan and company. If he goes anywhere else, however, remove this wide receiver from your draft boards in August.

Jack Delaney is a fantasy football writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @jackbmore13, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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