Fantasy Football Fodder: What to do with Fred Jackson?
The first answer that comes to mind is “Play Him”. This weekend anyways as he takes on the New Orleans Saints. The Bills are going to need every bit of firepower they can muster to keep up with the high-octane New Orleans Saints. Fred Jackson has 220 rushing yards (5.1 ypc) and 11 receptions for 108 yards and a TD. Last year Jackson had 571 yards (4.4 ypc) and 3 TDs and 37 catches for 317 yards, so clearly what he’s done is not a fluke.
The problem comes next week when Marshawn Lynch returns from his suspension. Even though Jackson filled in admirably for Lynch, things are gonna change. Lynch is too talented of a back to keep on the sidelines. He has averaged 1075.5 yards and 7.5 TDs on the ground while averaging 4.1 ypc. He has added 65 catches for 484 yards and a TD through the air. If he weren’t such a knucklehead, he probably wouldn’t have to worthy about his role in the Bills offense.
In my opinion, Fred Jackson is better suited for the Bills no-huddle offense. The time Lynch missed gives Jackson the advantage, especially considering how well he’s played. It make little sense to abandon that style and go with the more deliberate Lynch. I’m not saying Lynch won’t get his reps, I just think he takes a backseat to Jackson. Even last year, long before the suspension, Jackson was heavily involved it Buffalo’s Offense. It may be hard to rely on either one after this week, but they both absolutely need to be on fantasy rosters. If I had to choose one to play in Week 4, I would lean towards Fred Jackson, barring injury of course.
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