Fantasy Football Studs: Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson Shines


The NFL and Fantasy Football seasons continued this past weekend. Some players established themselves for a second consecutive week as legit threats who should be in your starting lineup on the regular.

Let’s look at the Fantasy Football Studs from Week Two.

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons — Jones was targeted by Matt Ryan 14 times, catching 11 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. Even when Roddy White returns to 100 percent, I still see Jones as a top three receiver, both on the field and in fantasy in the NFL.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles — For once, everything we thought about how a player will fit into an offense looks to be right. DeSean Jackson appears to be having a career revival and his fantasy stock is through the roof. He logged a high number of targets anyway, but he has the added upside of being the main deep threat for the Eagles as well. In Week 2 against the Chargers, he was targeted 15 times, catching nine balls for 193 yards and a touchdown.

Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers — Royal can’t trip and fall over without landing in the endzone this year. He’s starting to look like the breakout player of 2013. With Malcom Floyd banged up, look for even more from Royal, who is already a favorite of head coach Mike McCoy. Against the Eagles, Royal was targets eight times, catching seven passes for 90 yards and three touchdowns.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks — No running back was more impressive over the weekend than Lynch, who rattled off three touchdowns against what many thought might be the best defense in the NFL. His skillset should allow him to continue to be one of the more consistent performers at the position in 2013.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions — Megatron was back in full force on Sunday, catching six passes for 116 yards and two scores. Look for more of the same from Johnson as the season progresses and Detroits ends up in multiple shootouts throughout the year.

James Starks, RB, Packers — Eddie Lacy goes down, James Starks goes in and tears it up. Starks played like the veteran he is in Lacy’s absence. Another performance like that will make it tough for Lacy to see much of the field, even when he returns at 100 percent. Starks’ number on Sunday: 20 carries, 132 yards and a touchdown. 4 reception, 36 yards.


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