I really like Hackett, and he gave me huge production for the three or four games he was healthy last year. So I'm a little surprised to see how low he's consistently ranked. The concerns are obvious: injury history, questions about QB health and competing with Moosh to be #2.
But I don't subscribe to the theory that a certain player should be labeled a constant injury risk and I think Hackett would have great upside as my WR4, and that I could get him for a cheap price in the auction.
What are your thoughts? Is is wiser to avoid him and look to VJax, Rice, Reggie Williams instead?
011472 wrote:What are your thoughts? Is is wiser to avoid him and look to VJax, Rice, Reggie Williams instead?
I like him more then those other guys, he should be more consistent, even with all those WR's in Seattle he was still the redzone WR and came back from injury to be the main target...Having a great line, somebody like S. Smith to take double teams, and a great running game...He does have injury concerns so that bumps his down, but I wouldn't worry about Moose stealing receptions at all, Hackett is more explosive with great hands himself...I wouldn't want to rely on him as a WR3 but I would love him off the bench to rotate with my solid starters.
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If Delhomme is fully recovered from his arm injury and healthy then I think DJ Hackett could have a very good year. I think he'll out produce Muhammed and be the 2WR for the Panthers. Right now I think he's a solid 3WR with the potential to be a good 2WR.
i love what DJ Hackett brings to the Panthers im just a bit nervous about Moose stealing targets from him. I think DJ has all the tools to become a really good WR in the league. For this year tho i like VJax a bit better than him. All reports out of SD is that VJax is catching everything even remotely in his direction and is running great routes
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Jake Delhomme is not Matt Hasselbeck and the Carolina system is not Holmgren's Seattle. And for whatever reason, in Seattle Hackett is known as being the guy with a lot of talent who could never really put it together and break through.
Hackett is moving from a pass first offense, with a wide open competition for WR1, and with a proven system up in Seattle. Moving to Carolina he is going into a run first system, with a fierce competition to be WR2 next to superstud SSmith, with a coach on the hotseat, and an offense in transition. Not to mention he goes from the easiest division in the NFL(arizona/SF/STl = money) to a middle of the road division.
I think the biggest thing for me is that Hackett is a relatively inexperienced player. Rarely does a guy like that go into a new system and make a big splash. Steve Smith is locked in as the primary target there. Mushin Muhammad is coming back to the team where he spent most of his career. It is going to be an uphill battle for Hackett to get a lot of playing time, let alone put up bigtime numbers. And it seems to me like the cards are just stacked against him in Carolina. I will let somebody else gamble on this guy as a WR4/WR5 sleeper and pick someone else. I really don't see the upside or the value in drafting Hackett this year in redrafts.
I really like Hackett. You gotta look at it this way, Moose is old and well past his prime and I'd say Hackett will eventually pass him on the charts. Plus, with Smith suspended that gives Hackett at least a couple games to show what he can do. You know they'll at least give him a chance. With what Hackett has shown he's capable of I think he's a very nice post-hype sleeper.