Fantasy Football: DeSean Jackson and Other WRs on the Move

DeSean Jackson

NFL Free Agency got officially started on Thursday and it was lit.Even with Alson Jeffery stealing the headlines, there were a ton of other wide outs on the move including DeSean Jackson, Brandon Marshall and Kenny Britt.

DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This signing might be one of the best of NFL Free Agency. If you were to look for a perfect complement to Mike Evans, a field stretching burner like Jackson would be it. He is coming off of another 1,000 yard season, his third in the last four years. He was incredibly productive down the stretch putting up 589 yards from Week 9 on.

With Jameis Winston, Jackson should be primed for another fantasy impactful season. It will be interesting to see what the Bucs do with their running game and Doug Martin. If they give Winston more leash it could be a 600 plus pass attempt season meaning Evans and DJax could both be in the top 20 WR conversation.

Brandon Marshall – New York Giants

Brandon Marshall is changing little outside of his jersey and locker room. He will stay in New York and play at the same stadium in his move to the New York Giants. He will lineup opposite Odell Beckham Jr. which should mean good things for the attention he gets in 2017.

Marshall is coming off of a poor season especially by his standards. He has only been under 1000 receiving yards twice over the last 10 years, with most of them being 1,200 yards plus. A season back in the 1,000 plus yard range feels fair for Marshall assuming he stays healthy and have a shot to be a touchdown producer.

Sterling Shepard remains the third option for the short term but should see the field plenty in the Giants offense. Expect Eli Manning to throw a ton in 2017 and for Marshall to be a benefactor of that production.

Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are rebuilding a depleted receiving core by adding Pierre Garcon who may not be the sexiest of names but one who can be reliable. Over the second half of last season Garcon caught 43 balls for 645 yards. More impressively he produced 2.6 yards per route run over that time period, which was good for 3rd in the NFL.

As of now it looks like Brian Hoyer will be under center. Even though he is not the sexiest of names, he has shown the ability to have his wideouts remain strong fantasy options. Matt Barkley was also brought in and should have a chance to start. Hoyer has shown the ability to produce well enough to make Josh Gordon and DeAndre Hopkins fantasy superstars. He also had Cameron Meredith being a fantasy stud for a good chunk of 2016.


Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers

Has Kyle Shanahan found Taylor Gabriel 2.0? The San Francisco 49ers are inking the speedy wide receiver to a two-year deal per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Speed has never been a question mark for the former olympic track star running a 4.27 40 yard dash in 2011. Goodwin has shown the ability to get behind the defense with pure speed.

The questions becomes what else Shanahan will do with him. I expect the 49ers to wide a wide variety of ways to get him the ball including end around, bubble screens, and crossing routes. Goodwin should complement newly added Garcon nicely. He will be an interesting guy to watch as the season approaches.

Kenny Britt – Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Brown and Kenny Britt have agreed on a four year and $32.5 million deal. The move doesn’t necessarily close the door on a possible Terrelle Pryor return but is a decent fall back plan.

The veteran wide receiver know for his injury issues has only missed one game over the last three season. Hes also coming off of a 1,000 yard and five touchdown season despite playing with Case Keenum and rookie Jared Goff. The Browns QB situation likely won’t be better but Britt should have plenty of opportunities to produce.

Torrey Smith – Philadelphia Eagles

Torrey Smith has joined the Philadelphia Eagles on a three year and $15 million deal. It clearly didn’t work in San Francisco but this is still a talented WR who can be productive. He might be a better option for actual football as opposed to fantasy. He can stretch the field opening things for Jeffery, Jordan Matthews, and Zac Ertz.

Assuming Carson Wentz throws the ball the 600 plus times like he did a season ago Smith could be a nice option in deeper leagues with the home run ability. It will be interesting to See if Nelson Agholor or Dorial Green-Beckham are shown the door. It could mean more targets for Smith.

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