The news last week that Chargers’ wide receiver Vincent Jackson will be suspended three games after getting arrested for a second DUI in as many years not only hurts San Diego, but also puts a big damper on Jackson’s fantasy value.
Jackson emerged last season as the team’s No. 1 wideout and became a low-end tier 1 option for fantasy owners. He finished 2009 by catching 68 balls for 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns and six 100-yard receiving games.
To further complicate matters Jackson, who is a restricted free agent, is threatening a holdout. The league allows players to serve a suspension while holding out, but there is a real possibility that Jackson could sit out until Week 10.
While this situation could clear itself up between now and many fantasy drafts, Jackson is definitely dropping in my wide receiver rankings.
Conversely you can expect the other Chargers’ wideouts, Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee, to see a slight boost in their value. Floyd now emerges as a solid sleeper option. There’s no doubt all of this could affect Phillip Rivers’ value as well. However, at this point I’m still treating him as a top five option for fantasy owners at quarterback.
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