Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
School: Northern Colorado
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
Vincent Jackson had many critics heading into the 2012 season, his first year as a Buccaneer, thanks in part to his boom or bust type of performances, which he was anything but last year. Really, he had less ‘stinkers’ than most other elite wide receivers had last year, even though it feels weird to mention him and elite in the same sentence. However, he proved he is one of the best in the league last year, finishing 6th among wide receivers in fantasy points scored thanks to the resurgence of QB Josh Freeman and Jackson’s size and athleticism.
Whether it be contract woes or spats with the organization, it always seemed to be one thing or another with the San Diego Chargers in the past, prompting the skepticism that Jackson would be effective in 2012. While he still has his detractors, Jackson proved he is more than a hit or miss player and clearly one of the better receivers in the league.
He ended up totaling 1384 yards on 72 catches and 8 touchdowns. Jackson isn’t going to burn defenders, but his size has made him a down field threat more than anything. That also means he is much more valuable in standard leagues, than ppr leagues. Even on a good year, he’s only going to get you around 70 catches, a number that he has only topped once, which was last year. It really remains to be seen whether he can do it again. I’d like to say yes, thanks to another year with Josh Freeman, but history suggests he will be around the 60-65 range.
Vincent Jackson is going to be taken in the top 10 among wide receivers in many standard league drafts, which is right where he should be. In ppr leagues, he’ll probably be around the 15th off the board. In a ppr setting, coming off a career year, it’s best to tamper expectations for 2013.