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Fantasy Take: DeSean Jackson Down, Jeremy Maclin Up

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DeSean Jackson looks worried after hearing the news that Joe Haden will mirror him this Sunday. DeSean Jackson looks worried after hearing the news that Joe Haden will mirror him this Sunday. Icon

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden has appealed his suspension for a failed drug test. And because the league has yet to issue a ruling, he should be eligible to suit up against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. The news couldn't be worse for wide receiver DeSean Jackson and his fantasy owners.

Haden let it be known that he's going to be shadowing Jackson all over the field. This puts a dagger in the heart of Jackson's fantasy value this week. 

Last season, Haden allowed fewer than 50 percent of all passes thrown his way to be completed. That's even after suffering a knee sprain mid-season.

Haden will be on Pro Bowl watch this season and it starts this Sunday against Jackson.

While Jackson's value takes a monster hit with this news, fellow wideout Jeremy Maclin benefits from it.

With the defenses keying in on Jackson, making it a priority to wrap up running back LeSean McCoy and making sure Michael Vick doesn't run wild, Maclin will be able to roam free in the secondary. He's likely to see more targets and produce more fantasy points than Jackson this week.

It will be hard to sit a home-run threat like Jackson, but it's something to consider if Haden is permitted to suit up. 

Cedric Hopkins

Cedric Hopkins Bio

Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).

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Cedric Hopkins

Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).