DeSean Jackson's release shakes up Eagles' values

After weeks of speculation, the Philadelphia Eagles have released DeSean Jackson. It's a huge move from a fantasy perspective, and it leaves a lot of questions about Jackson's potential landing spots.

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The California product is coming off his best fantasy season, posting 82 catches, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in the offense of coach Chip Kelly. Some of that production will be absorbed by Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, who are now in the No. 3 fantasy wideout conversation. Tight end Zach Ertz also figures to see a bump in production and is a borderline No. 1 or 2 sleeper option at his spot.

The player who could see the biggest spike in value is Darren Sproles, who figures to line up both in the backfield and as a receiver. A perfect fit for Kelly's system, Sproles will now be in a position to post 70-plus catches. He's back to being a viable No. 2 runner in PPR formats.

As for Nick Foles, his value doesn't change a whole lot. While he needs Maclin to stay healthy, he still had plenty of weapons and remains one of the top six fantasy quarterbacks heading into 2014.

The biggest question now, of course, is where Jackson will end up next season.

First, one has to wonder if a team will be willing to give him a big payday considering some of his off-field concerns. The best landing spot from a fantasy standpoint would be the Carolina Panthers, who lack a playmaking wide receiver in their pass attack. The New York Jets and Oakland Raiders are also likely to be in the mix ... the former even more so after the addition of Michael Vick.

One thing is for sure, this is a story fantasy leaguers need to watch in the weeks and months to come.


Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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