Vincent Jackson was once considered a serious breakout candidate in fantasy circles. Now he’s becoming a major risk.
The veteran wideout has been suspended three games for violating the National Football League’s personal conduct code, meaning he won’t be available to owners until at least Oct. 3 against the Cardinals.
I say at least because Jackson has also threatened to hold out until November due to contractual issues.
With so much uncertainly surrounding him, I’ve dropped Jackson from the top 10 to No. 19 on my wide receivers board. If an extended holdout is imminent as training camp begins, his stock will fall even further.
In the interim, Malcom Floyd becomes the team’s new No. 1 wideout. He’s guaranteed to start three games in Jackson’s absence and is fast becoming a viable sleeper candidate. Legedu Naanee also figures to start, at least temporarily, but he’s more of a late-round flier.
The Chargers also figure to run the ball more often without V-Jack in the pass attack, which is great news for the value of rookie Ryan Mathews. I already think he’s worth a late first-round pick in drafts.
On the flip side, Jackson’s absence is bad news for Philip Rivers, who’ll lose one of his top options in the pass attack. He’s still a No. 1 fantasy quarterback, but I’ve now ranked Tony Romo and Matt Schaub ahead of him.