Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/21/12

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers stands on the field during AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
The Bucs will be entering the 2012 season with an additional offensive powerhouse who could be the aid they need to succeed. I mean, I wouldn't exactly say they are now Super Bowl material, but hopefully it will be a step in the right direction. With Vincent Jackson, their receiving core will be looking a little intimidating. They will have Jackson teaming up with Mike Williams, who had a quiet year last year, but has the potential to break through. So will Jackson be a success in the fantasy world?

I guess the definition of success here is debatable, but I can't really see him having an outstanding season. I am thinking it will be another Chad Ochocinco/New England kind of thing. A big name going to a new team and not really having the impact they had hoped. Although I imagine he will do a little bit better than Ochocinco, who was virtually non-existent this past season. I would say he gets around 800 yards receiving and maybe five or six TDs, which is respectable. That is, if he stays healthy and out of trouble.

In a big league I would deem Jackson to be a starter in the beginning for sure, and see where it goes from there. Maybe a smaller league too depending on how your wide receiver selection went. He also won't be having All-Star Philip Rivers throwing the pigskin to him anymore. Although Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman is certainly nobody to sleep on.

With Jackson's addition, I can see the stock of Freeman going up a bit. With the two weapons that are Jackson and Williams, he might gain some more confidence and start racking up the points. I still would not consider putting him on the starting lineup, unless you have a big league. He is definitely a solid bye-week quarterback to have, or to replace an injured starter. Although he is a year older and a year wiser, so he may just come out swinging. As for Williams, if anything, his stock will probably drop a little. He is no longer the head honcho of the receiving core, but still a possible starter. He needs to redeem himself after a poor performance last year, and it's not going to be any easier with Jackson sharing the field with him.

LeGarrette Blount is another Buc who may fall down the line in the fantasy draft. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan might be a little more inclined to have Freeman throw the ball a bit more now. Blount is also hit and miss. He can go from stud to dud in no time. Jackson's presence might overshadow Blount just a bit. However, this could be motivation for Blount to try even harder. Either way, I think this running back's stock will be knocked down a few pegs.

On the other end of the spectrum, San Diego now has an offense with a 6'5 230 pound hole missing. Still, I don't think Jackson's absence will have any effect on when Rivers gets selected in the draft. This is another guy who didn't have the most impressive year this past season, but I don't think many people think much of it when it comes to fantasy. This guy is still a prime starting quarterback. Their offense still has the other big guy, Antonio Gates, who is probably on the down-slope of his career, but still can make big plays. His stock may drop a bit, but nothing too significant. Besides him they have Malcolm Floyd who has potential to reel in some touchdowns, as well as Vincent Brown who will be in his second year this coming season. If anything, these guys might be getting a bump up in the draft.

The signing of Jackson certainly will have its ripple effect on the world of Fantasy Football. It will be interesting to see how it plays out, and which team will come away with a better record, and if Jackson can prove that no matter where he is, he can be an elite receiver.


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