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DeSean Jackson expected to play against Giants; fantasy value high

DeSean Jackson has a shoulder injury and is questionable, but he's expected to play against the Giants on Thursday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to play against the New York Giants on Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Jackson was listed as questionable on the official injury report due to a shoulder injury and missed some practice time, but this report says he'll be in action under the bright lights of Thursday Night Football.

Jackson's shoulder injury knocked him out of Washington's Week 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had just one catch in that game before sustaining his injury. He did come back and play in Week 3 against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, and performed very well. Jackson caught five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, but the missed practice time had many doubting his status.

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Fantasy Impact: Even when it came out that Jackson was questionable, most figured that he would be active for this game. This report is solid-enough confirmation that fantasy owners should feel comfortable giving Jackson the start. The Giants aren't particularly good, and the pass defense is middling at best. Jackson could be primed for a big game, especially if his play against Philadelphia is an indication of how he performs while injured.