by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (6:41 pm ET) If the last two weeks are any indication, as quarterback Kirk Cousins goes, so go wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. Both were complete busts in Week 4, when Cousins threw four interceptions in a laugher against the Giants.
The correlation is especially troubling with the Redskins set to host defending champion Seattle in Week 5. The Seahawks, in case you haven't heard, are pretty stellar on defense. Though statistically, they don't rank as high against the pass as you'd expect thanks to some tough matchups against Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning to begin the season, Cousins isn't of the same caliber. And not all of them did so hot anyway. Rodgers threw for just 189 yards in Week 1.
If you're going to pick one, Garcon is probably the better choice since his role as the possession receiver should theoretically make him a little more consistent than the boom-or-bust Jackson, but neither Jamey Eisenberg nor Dave Richard has either higher than 32nd at wide receiver this week.
Washington will have their studs Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/25/14) Washington will have their studs available for Thursday's game against the Giants.
DeSean Jackson, Brian Orakpo and and Alfred Morris are all active for the game. Jackson entered the contest as questionable due to a shoulder injury. Orakpo and Morris were both probable entering the game.
Report: DeSean Jackson expected to be active Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/25/14) Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who is questionable for Week 4 due to a lingering shoulder injury, is expected to play Thursday against the Giants, a source told NFL.com. However, he will test the injury during pregame warmups to make sure he is able to play.
DeSean Jackson looking like a good fit
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/24/14) If Week 3 at Philadelphia is any indication, the switch from Robert Griffin III to Kirk Cousins at quarterback will only help Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. He turned in his biggest play of the young season against his former team, beating the secondary down the middle of the field for an 81-yard touchdown.
It wouldn't have been possible without Cousins, though. The former fourth-round pick has an accurate deep ball. On this particular play, he threw it from the Redskins' 10-yard line, and Jackson caught it at the Eagles' 30. It was a perfect strike 60 yards downfield.
So now in three games with his new team, Jackson has put up quality numbers twice. He had eight catches for 62 yards with Griffin under center in Week 1, when he didn't get a chance to stretch the field, and five catches for 117 yards with Cousins under center in Week 3, when he did. His one poor showing was when he bruised his shoulder on the Redskins' second drive in Week 2 and had to leave. Hard to blame him for that.
Jackson wasn't ranked especially high coming into the year because of the change of scenery and the threat of Pierre Garcon, but let's not forget he was the ninth-best wide receiver in standard CBSSports.com leagues last year, the 15th-best in 2010 and the sixth-best in 2009. I say we treat him as such going forward. The Giants certainly aren't a threat to his production Thursday night, ranking 22nd against the pass.
DeSean Jackson questionable for Thursday Night Football
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/24/14) The Redskins listed wideout DeSean Jackson as questionable for Thursday Night Football against the Giants. He's been limited in practice all week with a shoulder injury, but is expected to play.
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DeSean Jackson had a career season with the Eagles in 2013, and he was rewarded for it by being cut due to apparent differences with coach Chip Kelly and management. The Redskins signed Jackson, and he will immediately become their No. 2 receiver behind Pierre Garcon and deep threat for Robert Griffin III. Jackson had career highs in catches (82) and yards (1,332) in 2013, and he matched his career high for touchdowns. His value will take a hit going to the Redskins since 2013 was the first time he was the clear-cut No. 1 option (he previously shared that role with Jeremy Maclin). We’re expecting him to post stats similar to his production prior to 2013, which was around 55 catches, 950 yards and five touchdowns on average. He should be drafted as a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver worth a pick in Round 5 or 6. The touchdowns should be better than his average prior to 2013, but don’t be surprised if he falls below 1,000 yards and has fewer than 60 catches with this move to Washington.