DeSean Jackson Injury Update Improves Week 4 Fantasy Outlook
By Larry Rupp
Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson seemed hopeful when he announced the wide receiver DeSean Jackson would participate in individual drills during practice on Wednesday. Jackson is looking to return to the field as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury.
The Eagles take on the 3-0 Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5 NFL and are 7-point underdogs, according to Fanduel Sportsbook.
DeSean Jackson Fantasy Outlook
The Eagles' wide receiver group has been decimated by injuries so far this season and getting Jackson back on the field would be a huge boost to an offense in need of a deep threat for quarterback Carson Wentz. Jackson played in the first three games of the season, but was clearly not 100 percent healthy as he only played limited snaps.
Jackson is playing in his 13th season in the NFL, but still has the game-changing speed he became known for when he first came into the league. He slides into the No. 1 receiving role on the team when healthy that is currently held up by second-year player Greg Ward and rookie John Hightower.
Fantasy managers should be wary of starting Jackson immediately upon his return as he has boom-or-bust potential as a deep-threat wide receiver. However, he should receive a healthy dose of targets if he is able to play and warrants some consideration for a FLEX role.
Jackson doesn't crack the top 40 wide receivers in our Week 5 fantasy football rankings, but he is a player to keep an eye on heading into Sunday. If he is able to suit up, you never know when he can beat a defense deep for a couple of long plays or even a touchdown.
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