- Scott Engel, ESPN Fantasy Games
The Seahawks and 49ers have come to terms on a trade that sends wide receiver Darrell Jackson to San Francisco for a fourth-round draft choice. Jackson has always been a very good fantasy starter when he is healthy, but now his appeal could decrease slightly as he joins Seattle's NFC West rival.
Jackson had long been a favored target for Matt Hasselbeck. He was also the unquestioned leader of a deep crew of wide receivers. Despite missing three games last season, Jackson caught a career-best 10 touchdown passes. Jackson also missed 10 games the year before after knee surgery. Jackson has been banged up at other times throughout his career, yet he has always produced numbers worthy of being a top-15 fantasy starter when he plays.
With San Francisco, however, Jackson will lack the quality complements he leaves behind in Seattle. His most established partners in San Francisco as of now will be the annually disappointing Ashley Lelie and returnee Arnaz Battle, who has never been able to rise above mediocrity. Tight end Vernon Davis is a very promising future star, but he is only in his second pro season and still needs more time to develop after injuries hurt his overall progress last year.
Scott Engel examines the fantasy impact of the Darrell Jackson trade.