With the state of the Eagles’ offense — or at least their passing game — DeSean Jackson had already checked out for fantasy purposes, along with Jeremy Maclin to a lesser extent. Jackson’s value has been depleted due to Nick Foles’ inability to connect deep with any consistency, as he had just five yards on two catches last week during the rookie’s first start under center.
Last night was more of the same, with only one catch for nine yards, but Foles wasn’t to blame. No, instead nature receives our ire, as does the cruel hand of those who oversee football fate. I remain convinced that rulers of some kind exist, and they hate us all.
Jackson left the game early, going to the locker room with a rib injury. At the time the severity was unknown, as we only knew that he wouldn’t be returning.
Now we know the severity, and it’s the most severe severity possible. Jackson has been placed on injured reserve with broken ribs, and he’ll miss the remainder of the regular season.
The cold-hearted jerkface in me is rejoicing, because I own Maclin in two leagues. So like all Maclin owners, I’m rather pleased that he’ll now receive more of the intermediate targets for Foles’ remaining time as the starter, because after a while those 10-yard catches add up. Like, if he catches 10, that’s 100 yards. Math, it’s more than just a bunch of numbers.
But then there’s a larger problem to discuss. Despite the struggling Eagles offense and Foles’ longest completion last night being a 15 yarder, Jackson still epitomized the ideal boom/bust option as a flex play. That’s the roster spot where you’re plugging in a wideout of Jackson’s makeup, and hoping for that explosion.
More often than not he’s fizzled this year, but that potential still remained. Jackson’s still had three games with 90 or more receiving yards, and his 76 overall fantasy points amazingly put him within reach of Larry Fitzgerald (83), and Mike Wallace (86). Don’t kid yourself: you’ll miss this mouthy little fast guy.
We’ll explore this with a bit more depth later on this afternoon when we embark on our weekly journey deep into the scary depths of the waiver wire, but for now know that if you’re in a deep league, you may have to look further down the Eagles’ depth chart to replace Jackson. And that’s a murky, unpredictable place.
Jason Avant missed last night’s game, because that’s just what you’re supposed to do if you’re on the Eagles’ roster. If he can recover for Week 13, then he’ll likely be the next man up after Riley Cooper was targeted only twice last night following his five catches in Week 11. If Avant is out, though, Cooper will likely slide up to play opposite Jeremy Maclin, but he’ll still have minimal fantasy value while Foles continues to be a rookie quarterback. There’s also a chance that the increased targets go to Damaris Johnson. But really, just stay away from the Eagles WR depth chart if it’s at all possible, because every receiver not named Maclin (and likely him too most weeks) is unstartable until/if Michael Vick returns.
Look elsewhere, and reach as deep as you have to, clawing at all bottom feeders everywhere. Again, we’ll have more depth later on today as we list and explore the top three waiver options at each position. But for now here’s a glance at who you’ll be targeting during your button-mashing search on the wide receiver waiver wire:
- Ryan Broyles (owned in 1% of ESPN leagues, and 22 percent of Yahoo leagues)
- Chris Givens (1% ESPN, 8% Yahoo)
- Mohamed Sanu (1% ESPN, 3% Yahoo)
- Julian Edelman (2% ESPN, 16% Yahoo)
- Pierre Garcon (60% ESPN, 55% Yahoo)
- Mario Manningham (53% ESPN, 21% Yahoo)