NFL fantasy football: Vincent Jackson making impact

Paying off: Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was one of the biggest signings of the offseason, and as NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington points out, Jackson has “already started earning his cash this training camp with a work ethic and level of production that’s rubbing off on the rest of the team.” From mentoring the talented but young Bucs receiving corps, to serving as a “vocal leader,” there is no doubt who the No. 1 wideout is in Tampa. The Northern Colorado product has an ADP of 61.84 in fantasy football drafts, making him a borderline No. 2 or 3 receiver. Though the Buccaneers are expected to focus on the run game, it was only two seasons ago that Josh Freeman posted 25 touchdowns, connecting with Mike Williams for 11 scores and 964 yards. If Jackson can post similar numbers, he will be worth taking a chance on, and is a safer selection than other wideouts who are among NFL.com’s fantasy guru Michael Fabiano’s list of riskiest fantasy players.

Vincent Jackson could pay big fantasy dividends. (Mike Carlson/Associated Press)

It’s time: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has all the tools he needs, but there is still debate on if he can break into the ranks of top-ten quarterbacks. While his on-field potential can be a source of contention, his production in fantasy football leagues has already been proven. The Boston College product finished 8th among all fantasy quarterbacks in 2011, and is projected to be a borderline No. 1 or 2 QB in 2012 drafts. With the Falcons expected to pass the ball more and the development of Julio Jones, he will have no excuses on the field or in fantasy land. For owners who miss out on the elite quarterbacks, Ryan could provide good value in the middle-rounds.

Does it all: NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal believes Oakland Raiders wideout Denarius Moore has shown “more of the attributes that make a pro receiver successful in one year than Darrius Heyward-Bey has in four seasons.” He also adds the Tennessee product “has the big-play ability to hurt you on any play.” Moore’s current fantasy football ADP of 110.88 leaves him best selected as a borderline No. 3 or 4 wideout, but considering how effective he was with Carson Palmer at the helm for only half a season, big results could be in store this year.

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