Fantasy Slant: DeSean Jackson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Vincent Frank on Friday, March 10th 2017
Fantasy Slant: DeSean Jackson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't make a ton of news on the opening day of free agency, but they did add one of the most-talented weapons available on the market. 

Long connected to former Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the team officially signed the former Pro Bowler to a three-year, $35 million contract. 

This is a massive move for Tampa Bay's offense, as Jackson will now team up with Mike Evans to form an elite-level wide receiver tandem. 

The 30-year-old Jackson is coming off a 2016 campaign with Washington that saw him put up 56 receptions for 1,005 yards while leading the NFL with 17.9 yards per reception. He will act as the deep threat to Evans, who is more of the possession receiver. Jackson will do so with up-and-coming Pro Bowl quarterback Jameis Winston tossing him the rock. 

There's a whole heck of a lot to focus on from a fantasy perspective here. 

First off, Jackson should still prove himself worth of being considered a mid-tier WR2 option. He will once again be a No. 2 receiving option after filling that role behind Pierre Garcon in Washington over the past two seasons. He also has an equal quarterback in Winston throwing him the ball. 

Secondly, this will do wonders for Winston's fantasy stock. After Vincent Jacksons struggled big time during a 2016 season that saw him regress, Winston didn' have another consistent receiver to throw the ball to behind Evans. This forced the second-year quarterback into targeting Evans an absurd 173 times. 

Not only will Winston have more success not having to rely as much on Evans, he should actually prove to be more successful when throwing to his No. 1 receiver. Jackson has the ability to take the top off a defense, which should give Evans one-on-one coverage on a consistent basis. Of course, this should also help Evans' stock moving forward as well. 

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