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Impact of Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Brandon Marshall Moves on Fantasy Football: Fan’s Take
The first day of free agency in the National Football League saw several blockbuster moves. Through trades and signings, several top-tier wide receivers received a fantasy boost, but how big will the moves be for potential fantasy GMs?
Jackson is the latest San Diego Chargers product to become a star on the west coast before moving on. He rebounded from an injury-shortened 2010 season by playing in all 16 games during the 2011 NFL season, making 60 catches for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns.
He had a great fantasy season with Philip Rivers throwing him the ball, but moving to Tampa Bay is a downgrade at the quarterback position. Josh Freeman had a nice 2010 season, but struggled a year ago. Some would argue that those struggles can be related to the lack of talent at the wide receiver position and that is where Jackson comes in. He is a second round pick, or third at the latest in most drafts.
Despite Peyton Manning missing the 2011 season, Garcon still put together a nice campaign for the Indianapolis Colts. It was the best season of his four-year career, which led to the Redskins bringing in the Mount Union product with a five year, $42.5 million deal.
Washington traded up in the NFL Draft so they can draft Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, and Garcon will be a major part of his success or failure in the next couple of years. Even if Griffin has a terrible rookie season, he can't be any worse than the combination of QBs throwing Garcon the ball in Indianapolis last season. Garcon will likely be a late second to early third round pick next season.
Marshall saw his exit from Miami after just two seasons. His new team, the Bears, stole him away from the Dolphins for two third-round picks. As Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports, the Dolphins may have given away Marshall in an effort to bring in Peyton Manning. While Marshall would likely have great numbers with Manning, the report says that Manning didn't want to deal with the Pro Bowler.
With Chicago, Marshall should be able to extend his streak of consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. The streak is currently at five years, including 167 catches for 2,228 yards and nine touchdowns with the Dolphins and their unsteady group of QBs. With Jay Cutler at QB, Marshall has a stable quarterback for the first time since 2008 when Cutler was his QB in Denver. Marshall could be a late first to early second round selection with the Bears.
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Hobson Lopes has been playing fantasy football for more than 10 years and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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