By Mary Cunningham
If you’re drafting fantasy in anticipation of Sunday night’s Eagles-Falcons game, don’t sleep on DeSean Jackson.
His return to Philly got off to an impressive start in Week 1, as the 32-year-old speedster hauled in eight of his nine targets for 154 yards and two touchdowns on his way to an 88.7 overall grade against Washington.
Only 18 of his 154 receiving yards came after the catch, six of his eight receptions went for either a touchdown or first down and he finished the game with a 15.6 average depth of target.
Jackson will test Atlanta’s secondary in more ways than one, putting the pressure on safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal to limit the big play.
Pairing a quarterback and his pass-catcher lets you double up on production. And the Eagles render that moot.
Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz all had between six and nine targets in Week 1; out of the backfield, Darren Sproles, Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders all had either two or three.
Even Nelson Agholor (5) and Dallas Goedert (3) were relevant. The Eagles’ ridiculous assortment of receiving weapons means that it’s one of the deepest and potentially best offenses in 2019, but it makes figuring out who to pair with Carson Wentz in a given week a daunting task.