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What to do with DeSean Jackson in Week 3 fantasy football

DeSean Jackson looks to get right against a vulnerable Bengals defense in Week 3.

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DeSean Jackson’s second run with the Philadelphia Eagles continues to prove difficult for the veteran wideout. After missing all but three games last season with a core-muscle injury that required surgery, Jackson has largely struggled in 2020 like most of the Eagles passing game. While some of the issues holding Jackson and the offense back appear likely to persist throughout the year, Week 3 offers some reprieve in the form of the winless Cincinnati Bengals.

Fantasy Football analysis: Eagles WR DeSean Jackson

Whether out of preference or necessity due to a dearth of viable alternatives, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz hasn’t shied away from targeting Jackson this season. The veteran wideout’s 16 total targets trail only tight end Dallas Goedert for the team lead, and Jackson’s 277 air yards comes in more than double the next highest total in Philadelphia, according to NFL Next Gen Stats.

Still, whether because of inconsistent quarterback play or another cause, Jackson hasn’t converted enough of his opportunities into production. Just half of his targets have turned into receptions and his average yards per catch (13.8) come in 3.6 yards below his career average. So while Jackson has spent most of his career turning a small target share into massive output, that simply has not transpired thus far in 2020.

However, the Bengals have allowed decent production to wideouts through two weeks despite playing two middling offenses. Most recently, they allowed Odell Beckham Jr. to record a four-catch, 74-yard, one-touchdown performance. Though Beckham remains more dangerous than Jackson at this point in their respective careers, the Philly receiver could produce something similar given the Bengals’ limitations in coverage. It only helps Jackson’s cause that first-round pick Jalen Reagor will miss Sunday’s game.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Jackson looks like a solid streaming option this week in season-long leagues and an upside play in DFS.