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DeSean Jackson has signed a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay was always considered a front runner for Jackson, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. While wide receiver Mike Evans is one of the best targets quarterback Jameis Winston could ask for, the Buccaneers have not provided enough weapons for the 23-year old quarterback to succeed.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a bust, and the Buccaneers cut former fifth-round pick Kenny bell on Sept 8.

But now with Jackson to distract defenders and the emergence of tight end Cameron Brate, this will be a fun offense to watch. And if pass-catching specialist Charles Sims can stay healthy, Tampa Bay could be a tough competitor for the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers to overcome in 2017.

Here’s an early look at what to expect from Jackson and the rest of this offense in 2017 Fantasy Football leagues.

DeSean Jackson Signs With The Buccaneers

Fantasy Implications

This signing appears to increase the Fantasy value of Winston. With the speed of Jackson, Evans, and Brate, Winston has a lot of talent around him.

But I only say that it appears Winston’s Fantasy value will increase because head coach Dirk Koetter hasn’t been pleased with Winston’s performance when he attempts too many passes. For example, Winston averaged 43 passing attempts per game from Weeks 1-3. And during that time, he threw six interceptions. After Koetter limited his workload, Winston only averaged 32 passing attempts per game.

So while Winston has a new target for deep passes, he may still be kept in check in terms of his passing attempts. He will have to be more efficient with the passes he does throw in order for his Fantasy value to increase.

For Evans, this should help his 2017 Fantasy Football value. He will no longer receive all the attention from defenders. Now, I know some Fantasy players might be worried Tampa Bay can’t support two relevant receivers at the same time. But Evans and Vincent Jackson were both Fantasy relevant in 2014. With Josh McCown and Mike Glennon leading the passing attack in 2014, Evans posted a 68-1,041-12 stat line and Jackson posted a 70-1,002-2 stat line.

But in term of Jackson’s Fantasy value, is he worth drafting?

Should I Draft DeSean Jackson in 2017?

Depending on when he’s available, I’ve added Jackson over the last several years to my season long leagues. But that’s only if he’s still on the board in Round 6 or later. However, I don’t ever want to have to rely on him as one of my main starters.

That’s because of his boom-or-bust reputation. In 2016, Jackson recorded seven games with three or fewer catches. In fact, he had two games with only one catch.

But he also had a few big performances in 2016 PPR leagues:

Week Receptions Receiving Yards Touchdowns Fantasy Points
1 6 102 0 16.2
3 5 96 1 15.2
12 4 118 1 21.8
14 3 102 1 19.2
15 7 111 0 18.1


That’s why I like to target him in best ball leagues like MFL10s, where only the points from the highest-scoring players count.

It’s hard to predict when Jackson will go off, which is why drafting him in MFL10s gives you a way to capitalize on his upside while helping to avoid his downside. And as an eighth-round pick right now on, he’s an absolute steal.

Make sure to check out our latest article on Brandon Marshall signing with the New York Giants, right here.


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