IDP Tipster’s Futures: Carolina Panthers Cornerback Donte Jackson, Ante Up

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It’s time to put your chips in and grab Donte Jackson for your fantasy team. He is a buy in candidate.

From The Sports Betting Glossary:

Futures – (Also, Ante Post) Bets placed in advance predicting the outcome of a future event.

This “take” may not be 100% up to the standard in terms of proper article writing. But the original idea of the “IDP Tipster” persona was to get the info we want to know about, on IDP players who are either “sleeping” or “under the radar” to hit before they go mainstream. So please, read the content more than the delivery with me as I follow up on this situation that’s come up.

We will start off by addressing the elephant in the room, per say. No, I do not promote cornerbacks overall in my rankings or as a suggested designated play in IDP leagues. As it can be explained a little deeper here in my IDP Bible. I simply believe that cornerbacks are dime a dozen during the season and can be streamed most of the time during the year per matchup. It actually makes my skin crawl when I see rosters with CB depth over rostering other more productive and consistent positions, even if it’s holding fliers. Again, all in My Bible.

But as anyone who gives me the time of day and follows me on Twitter or even catches my news desk reporting for @nfl_alerts (FantasyPros), I’ve been dropping “hints” about Donte Jackson for weeks now. It’s one of those cases that even if I don’t like the idea to use or value cornerbacks as I see a lot of the fantasy football community, I can’t simply ignore a CB that looks like a great IDP play. And I wouldn’t be doing my full diligence I’ve committed myself to if I don’t promote any CB that I see as a player that can help those who need the guy. So here we go, let’s talk about Jackson and why we should be finding a place on our roster for him now and before he breaks out.

My “hints” on Twitter have come from various sources while adding my thoughts to them as I post. But in general I believe it has been my personal reporting for the newsdesk that has had more detailed “takes” on his situation, such as these highlighted dime drops and then the final personal report:

As just a short note here, obligations to my personal followers, @IDPguys, and to FantasyPros will have me spreading out what I feel is relevant in some cases. If your full throttle into catching all I got to help you win with you might want to track all resources I offer information on. Including a weekly periscope segment and podcasts I’ll be popping up in.

Jackson was drafted by the Panthers out of LSU in the second round this past spring and there has been nothing but positive reports out of the organization as well by their team’s local resources the entire offseason. But it was not until camp recently started that we can really dive into what is occurring in practice. Tracking the situation it became relevant that the Panthers had something going on with the rookie who happened to be ranked seventh among the cornerbacks via the NFL combine rankings. It was also a little more notable that the organization choose to take Jackson as the fifth cornerback off the board over a couple other options ranked over him. But all of this is just scratching the surface.

If we look at the entire timeline we can see exactly how Jackson has been set up to succeed in Carolina. And just how the organization went as far as hedging their bet that Jackson would end up being a major contributor for the secondary his rookie season. It is just another piece of the puzzle here to help support my final “take” at the end. We will examine the timeline of the transactions involving the defensive backs by the organization this past offseason via the Panther’s website. (*****) will mark the more relevant moves made.

01/02 Signed CB Lorenzo Doss to reserve future contract

01/08 Signed S Damian Parms to reserve future contract

01/08 Signed CB Zack Sanchez to reserve future contract

01/08 Signed S Dezmen Southward to reserve future contract

02/26 Terminated vested veteran S Kurt Coleman*****

03/08 Terminated vested veteran CB Teddy Williams

03/14 Acquired WR Torrey Smith via trade with Philadelphia for veteran CB Daryl Worley*****

03/23 Unrestricted free agent signing CB Ross Cockrell*****

03/23 Free agent signing S Da’Norris Searcy*****

03/26 Panthers re-sign CB LaDarius Gunter

04/27 Drafted CB Donte Jackson (2nd round)*****

04/27 Drafted DB Rashaan Gaulden (3rd round)*****

05/14 Waived with injury settlement CB Zack Sanchez

08/01 Placed CB Ross Cockrell on injured reserve (leg)*****

08/12 Injured reserve S Damian Parms (shoulder)

Just by these transactions, we can get a little bit closer to the path set up for Jackson. There are really two major and relevant facts here that pertain directly to this situation. The first would be that former starter Daryl Worley was traded away. And the second was that the only real attempt to replace his talent in the secondary at cornerback was the signing of Ross Cockrell, who didn’t exactly inspire great confidence if you ask me. Cockrell is above average overall, but there something missing to say that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with. If I was to guess, in the end, if Cockrell had stayed healthy I think he’d basically ended up the slot guy leaning on his coverage skills. 

So cutting thru the clutter, the Panthers knew they were going to target a rookie cornerback to compete for the starting position across from James Bradberry, who actually had a down year in 2017 in terms of a performance level for the team. And by all indications of selecting Jackson in the second round, they had him high on their list as the main target. As it has played out they have not signed a veteran or made any moves what so ever after Cockrell went on I.R. with his leg injury. It is my humble opinion that with all of this in mind, Jackson was going to be a starter for them no matter if Cockrell was hurt or not. All that Jackson had to do was not fail in the process of getting to week one. And who knows, could Jackson have actually emerged, or still can emerge, as the best CB out of this whole situation? 

We will add a few quotes from camp about his play in practice and then get straight to my final take. I have no memory of ever “taking” on a cornerback out loud like this and I sure don’t intend making this article meant to promote him into a novel. So we will shortcut our way thru this. And by the way, there aren’t any negative things on Jackson to share here. The “quotes” aren’t actually a big part of the process mind you in determining breakout players per say. But in this “gist” of an article, and in Jackson’s case, we are going to take a look at them.


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