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DeSean Jackson getting reunited with the Philadelphia Eagles on a three-year deal should have fantasy gamers excited. Not only is he returning to the city that launched his NFL career, but he'll also be catching deep balls from one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL, Carson Wentz.
Wentz stands to gain the most, as the Eagles lacked a consistent vertical threat in 2018. Despite this, Wentz was able to post the best completion percentage, yards per attempt, and passer rating of his career while averaging a respectable 17 fantasy points per game. But these numbers should explode in 2019.
With the only exception being Jameis Winston, Jackson has improved the numbers of every quarterback he's been paired with. Adding him to a loaded offense commanded by Doug Pederson means Carson Wentz's fantasy stock is looking up.
The pairing of Wentz and Jackson should torment NFL defenses. Not only will Jackson boost his quarterback's deep numbers, but he'll also help Alshon Jeffery shake loose on his intermediate routes and help the running game by removing safeties from the box. This should open up the field for Wentz to have a career year.
Carson Wentz's completion percentage on deep balls has been poor relative to his accuracy. An upgrade in field-stretching personnel should help: https://t.co/SktxgFUTfj— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) March 21, 2019
Despite his advanced age, the 32-year-old Jackson doesn't seem far removed from his 4.35 40-yard dash. He led the NFL last season with 18.9 yards per reception and had 13 receptions of 20+ yards in only 10 starts.
Jackson should help Wentz's numbers return to their 2017 MVP-caliber form when he threw for 33 touchdowns and 3,296 yards. If he can post figures anywhere near those, Wentz will be a steal in your 2019 fantasy draft.
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