Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

by Tim Heaney on August 31, 2010 @ 18:00:00 PDT


Fred Jackson | Buffalo Bills | 6-foot-1, 215 pounds | 4th year

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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RB Fred Jackson, Bills

Pros: Jackson tallied 1,062 rushing yards in his second full season with increased responsibility. His carry average (4.5 yards per) remained stable, and he hauled in 46 passes (83 since '07), recording at least three receptions 10 times. The Bills don't possess much downfield potency, meaning liberal running back looks from ineffective quarterback Trent Edwards. Marshawn Lynch is the subject of trade rumors after a tank job last season; as last year wore on, his workload was decreased in favor of Jackson's.

Cons: Where are the six-pointers? F-Jax has little help from his surrounding offense. The O-line was awful and doesn't stand to improve drastically. Despite trade rumors, Lynch is still in town, and rookie C.J. Spiller has skills similar to Jackson, with more game-breaking explosiveness. Opposing defenses probably still won't respect Buffalo's passing game. Jackson is dealing with a fractured hand but wants to try to play in Week 1 with a cast.

Fantasy tip: It's hard to rely on Jackson as anything more than a No. 4 fantasy carrier. That value is more solidified in PPR setups. However, the presence of Lynch and Spiller limits Jackson's upside, so don't overvalue Jackson's status as the likely primary back. His seventh-round non-PPR ADP is a little rich.

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