News:Fred Jackson told WGR-AM he expects to be ready to work out when the team's offseason conditioning program opens in April. Jackson sprained his right LCL Week 1 and his season ended Week 14 with a Grade 2 MCL sprain of the same knee. "I'm on track ready to go," he said. "Im trying to hit the ground running and do as much as I can. I've been cleared by all the doctors so Im ready to get back into it, and get back on the field and prove to these coaches that I need to be on the field."
Analysis: It's good news for Jackson but the reality is that Jackson's age and wear-and-tear might have caught up with him last season, limiting him to just 10 games for the second consecutive year. Between his NFL and UIFL career Jackson has 1,563 carries and will be 32 when this coming season starts. Without any hint from the Bills the hunch is that Jackson will play second-fiddle to C.J. Spiller. It's probably best to aim for Jackson as a quality reserve rusher on Draft Day assuming his situation doesn't change.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson said recently he feels 100 percent healthy after he recovered from two knee injuries that ruined his season this past year, reports the team's official site. Jackson sprained his right LCL Week 1 and his season ended Week 14 with a Grade 2 MCL sprain of the same knee. "Im doing some lifting now," Jackson said. "Im 100-percent, I feel like it. I dont anticipate any kind of drawbacks or anything before I get cleared by the doctors next week."
Analysis: The 32-year-old Jackson also said he does not have a problem sharing carries with C.J. Spiller next season and Buffalo has made it clear that is what is going to happen. While we'd love for Jackson to rush for half of 2,000 yards, the reality is that Jackson's age and wear-and-tear might have caught up with him last season. It's probably best to aim for Jackson as a quality reserve rusher on Draft Day assuming his situation doesn't change.
News: New Bills running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley told the media he expects to utilize both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson in the Bills' rushing attack. He said the run game will involve both backs at times and one back at other times. Though he didn't get into what each back would do or how often they'd hit the field, he did share his thoughts on splitting reps, something he did as a pro. "Later in my career I shared with Charlie Garner, I shared with Napoleon Kaufman and Zack Crockett and it worked out perfect because I was in the mode and the philosophy that I had a specific role," Wheatley said. "In my opinion once a player understands his role and understand the overall scheme and philosophy, youre there. ... Do you want to rush for 2,000 yards and be home for the playoffs or do you want to rush for 500 yards and get a Super Bowl ring?"
Analysis: While we'd love for Jackson to rush for half of 2,000 yards, the reality is that Jackson's age and wear-and-tear might have caught up with him last season. Jackson sprained a knee ligament in Week 1 and suffered another sprain in Week 14, limiting him to just 10 games for the second consecutive year. Between his NFL and UIFL career Jackson has 1,563 carries and will be 32 when the season starts. Without any hint from the Bills the hunch is that Jackson will play second-fiddle to Spiller. It's probably best to aim for Jackson as a quality reserve rusher on Draft Day assuming his situation doesn't change.
News: Bills running back told the official team website he was never 100 percent healthy in 2012 after spraining his knee in Week 1. "Eighty percent is a good number," Jackson said. "That was probably the best I felt all year was 80 percent healthy. ... Getting hurt early this season just kind of set the tone for the year for me. It was just stupid. Without a doubt it was the hardest year I've ever been through."
Analysis: Jackson played in just 10 games in 2012, gaining 437 rush yards and three touchdowns with 217 receiving yards and a score through the air. His season ended when he sprained his MCL and was placed on injured reserve in December. Whether the Bills bring him back next season or not, chances are he'll never be given the kind of role he had before last season where he'd rack up roughly 20 touches per game. Speedster C.J. Spiller has emerged as a legit rushing threat who will pick up more playing time, plus Jackson is on the wrong side of 30 and has a lot of touches under his belt going back to his days in the Indoor Football League. It's probably best to aim for Jackson as a quality reserve rusher on Draft Day assuming his situation doesn't change.
News: The Buffalo News reports that Bills running back Fred Jackson called 2012 "just a complete disaster." Now, Jackson's future is up in the air. C.J. Spiller rushed for 1,244 yards, while averaging 6 yards a carry. He had 1,703 yards from scrimmage and scored eight touchdowns. "You just got to give C.J. credit," Jackson said. "He played amazing this year, and with the opportunity he got he made a tremendous amount of plays. That being said, I don't feel like I'm a slouch either. I feel like I can go out and play. I feel like I'm still capable of putting up plays and numbers if I get that opportunity." Former coach Chan Gailey insisted on splitting carries evenly when Jackson was healthy. But Jackson, who'll turn 32 next month, missed games with two knee injuries and a concussion. Jackson had his worst statistical season with a 3.8-yard average and four lost fumbles. Jackson wants to stay with the Bills in 2013. "This is where I started my career, and this is where I want to end my career," Jackson replied. "Even if I did leave here, who's to say where I go I won't be some third- or fourth-string back there? My thing is to go out and compete and make the most of the opportunities I do get. Whether that's here or somewhere else, I'm going to continue to show up and make plays and try and help my team win."
Analysis: We'll see what happens with Jackson this offseason, but it's clear the Bills need to give Spiller the majority of touches in 2013. If he returns to Buffalo he would be more like a No. 3 Fantasy running back as the backup to Spiller. And if he goes elsewhere his value will be determined on where he plays. Regardless, Jackson should now be considered a mid-round pick at best.
News: The Bills placed running back Fred Jackson on injured reserve Tuesday because of a Grade 2 MCL sprain.
Analysis: Jackson was already ruled out for the season Monday, so this was just a formality. It's a tough break for Jackson, who finishes the season with 437 rushing yards, 217 receiving yards and four touchdowns (three rushing). Jackson can be dropped in all seasonal formats and only has low-end Fantasy appeal in long-term keeper leagues. C.J. Spiller's emergence this season has certainly cut into Jackson's long-term appeal.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson confirmed the reports he has a Grade 2 knee sprain and coach Chan Gailey said Monday Jackson is out for the rest of the year with the knee injury. Gailey added Jackson is likely to be placed on injured reserve. "They told me it's a Grade 2 sprain of my MCL. I mean technically it's a tear off the bone, because you tear the ligament away from the bone. So that's why some people say it's a tear, but the ligament itself is intact. It's just pulled away from the bone a little bit," he told ESPN. "It's something that I've done before, so I knew what they were talking about when they said it. It's kind of both. Dealing with it that way you know that you won't have surgery by any means to repair it. They told me I would be out two to three weeks, but I think they might just put me on injured reserve so they can get somebody to come in and play because I won't be able to play the rest of the regular season it looks like. They probably will let me know for sure later today." Jackson hurt his knee in the fourth quarter Week 14 vs. St. Louis.
Analysis: There are only three games left in the regular season and the playoffs aren't likely for the Bills, so there is no point in rushing Jackson back. Since Jackson is done for the season, he will be limited to 10 games for the second straight season because of injury. This year has especially been tough because Jackson is averaging a career-low 3.8 yards per carry and lost his starting job to C.J. Spiller. Tashard Choice will now assume the backup role to Spiller.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson was forced from Sunday's game against the Rams in the fourth quarter, as he seemed to suffer a right knee injury that ended his day. Jackson immediately grabbed his knee after being tackled on a run, and had to be helped off the field by training staff. He pointed to the inside of his right knee when he reached the sideline, before being carted to the locker room. Jackson rushed nine times for 14 yards in the game and brought in five receptions for 16 yards, before leaving. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: Jackson suffered an injury to the same knee that cost him three games earlier in the season, but it is not known whether this injury is a re-aggravation of the previous one. It definitely did not look good for Jackson, who seemed very upset about the situation on the sideline. We will keep an eye on this situation moving forward, but it would not be a surprise if Jackson was forced to miss some time down the stretch. The Bills play Seattle in Week 15, and Fantasy owners will need to keep an eye on Jackson's status to see if he will be able to take the field.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson has managed to bust through the dueling road blocks of being in a time share and getting injured to put together a fairly decent season, which includes a 25-carry, 109-yard performance against the Jaguars in Week 13. The 11 Fantasy points marked the fourth time this season that Jackson hit double-digits in a game, which is more impressive when you consider Jackson missed several games due to injury and concussion isues.
Analysis: Jackson should get a chance to at least come close to last week's numbers in Week 14 against the Rams, a team that has allowed opposing running backs to score an average of 21.3 Fantasy points over the last three weeks. In fact, one of the most successful opponents against the Rams this year, the Jets (27 points from the RBs in Week 11), employ a strategy somewhat similar to the dual-pronged Bills attack. Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey told the Buffalo News that the inclement weather last week played a bit of a role in the running backs' usage -- Jackson was used more because of the situation. Leading up to the game, it was believed that Spiller would get 60 percent of the carries. Spiller is still the back you want in Buffalo, but Jackson is solid enough a play to warrant a start in most formats, as well. He's at least a flex heading into Week 14 against St. Louis.
News: Though Fred Jackson was expected to get only 40 percent of the snaps Week 13 against the Jaguars, with C.J. Spiller getting 60 percent, the veteran running back carried the load in the second half, with the Bills boasting a big lead. As a result, Jackson not only led the team in carries and rushing yards, but he set season highs in both, finishing with 25 for 109. Of those, 17 for 86 came in the second half. Jackson also had two catches for 10 yards in the contest.
Analysis: For the record, Spiller had a solid performance as well, finishing with 14 carries for 77 yards. He was also the one to score a touchdown, breaking a 44-yard run in the fourth quarter. Still, Jackson proved with his performance that he's still a significant part of the Bills offense -- and he did so just when the Bills seemed to indicate they'd be minimizing his role. Granted, if the Bills were playing from behind, Jackson probably would have taken a back seat to Spiller, but the distribution Sunday shows the Bills still trust Jackson more in obvious running situations and consider Spiller more of a big-play threat. Spiller remains the safer start of the two in Fantasy, but you wouldn't be crazy to look at Jackson as a flex option Week 14 against the Rams.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson, who returned from a concussion last week to rush for only 16 yards on six carries (compared to C.J. Spiller's 107 on 14 carries), certainly has the matchup for a rebound performance Week 13 against Jacksonville. The Jaguars rank 29th against the run, allowing 136.0 yards per game, and have surrendered the fifth-most Fantasy points to running backs this season. Then again, with coach Chan Gailey declaring Monday that Jackson would get 40 percent of the snaps to Spiller's 60 percent, Jackson will be fighting an uphill battle.
Analysis: Though Spiller has been effective in recent weeks, he hasn't scored a touchdown in his last five games. Jackson is still seen as the more powerful runner of the two, which means he still has a reasonably good chance of scoring a touchdown against a Jaguars defense that has allowed 14 rushing touchdowns this season, tied for third-most in the league. You can't count on big yardage from Jackson, but you could certainly do worse than him in your flex spot, especially given the matchup.
News:Fred Jackson played on nearly as many snaps as teammate C.J. Spiller but that's where their similarities ended on Sunday. Playing at the Colts, Jackson raked in just 16 yards on six carries with an 8-yard catch. Unofficially Spiller played 31 snaps at running back to Jackson's 29.
Analysis: Jackson's Fantasy owners might want a silver lining right about now and here it is: On separate drives when the Bills were in the hurry up offense late and near the goal line, Jackson was in. That's a little surprising given how effective Spiller had been in the game (he had 100 total yards for the sixth consecutive game). It seems like Jackson will have to score to be effect for Fantasy since Spiller is now the guy taking too much work away from him when it used to be the other way around. Consider Jackson a pretty decent flex option against the Jaguars for Week 13, but don't risk him in lineups if you can help it.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson was back in uniform and among the active players for Sundays game against the Colts in Week 12, after missing the teams previous game with a concussion. He is expected to back up C.J. Spiller in the game, after participating in full in practice.
Analysis: Jackson is expected to receive a smaller share of the teams carries than Spiller, who was deemed the starter earlier in the week. Jackson should still see a solid number of touches in the game, but maybe not as many as he did prior to the injury. Jackson is worth keeping in the starting lineup as a low-end starting option for the game.
News: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson was listed as probable on the team's injury report for Week 12 at Indianapolis after overcoming a concussion that forced him to miss last Sunday's game against Miami. Jackson was a full participant in practice throughout the past week and said Wednesday he expected to play. Fellow running back C.J. Spiller was also labeled probable after practicing in full all week despite a shoulder issue. The Bills will be facing a Colts defense that is permitting 119.8 yards per game on the ground this season, 21st most in the NFL.
Analysis: Buffalo coach Chan Gailey said Jackson will serve as the backup to Spiller on Sunday as the latter will receive the "majority of the snaps." That doesn't necessarily mean Jackson will be eliminated entirely from the offensive plans as he posted a sturdy average of 5.0 yards per carry against the Patriots in Week 10 prior to his injury. In his only game against the Colts, Jackson rumbled for a career-high 212 yards on 33 attempts. It's highly unlikely he tops those totals Sunday, but is still worthy of keeping active as a fine starter in most Fantasy formats for Week 12. Indianapolis is allowing an average of 18.6 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson, who sat out Week 11 vs. Miami because of a concussion, returned to practice Wednesday. He told reporters he was "full go" and he "100 percent expects to play" Week 12 at Indianapolis. Coach Chan Gailey said Jackson has been fully cleared and is expected to play Sunday. However, Gailey added C.J. Spiller will start and get "a majority" of carries. Gailey said Jackson will still get his share of touches, but the rotation between players is uncertain.
Analysis: It's not a big surprise to hear this news Wednesday. Gailey said Monday Jackson was on track to return Week 12 and it appears that will happen. The bigger news is that Spiller has now moved into the starting lineup and appears headed for more touches over Jackson, who has had some durability issues in 2012. Spiller is proving to be an explosive player, but prior to getting hurt Week 10, Jackson averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored twice. It's not like he can't perform at a high level either. Fantasy owners probably should consider Jackson a low-end Fantasy option Week 12.
News: Bills head coach Chan Gailey said running back Fred Jackson, who sat out Week 11 vs. Miami because of a concussion, is on track to return Week 12 at Indianapolis. Gailey added Jackson should be cleared Tuesday and be ready to practice Wednesday. "He says he's feeling well," Gailey said.
Analysis: Prior to suffering a concussion late in Week 10 at New England, Jackson averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored twice. The Bills are committed to getting Jackson and fellow running back C.J. Spiller touches. It makes it a nightmare situation for Fantasy owners, but F-Jax can still do a lot of damage with reduced touches. If he returns Week 12, then he could be worth starting in Fantasy.
News: As expected, Bills running back Fred Jackson was ruled inactive for Thursday's game against the Dolphins in Week 11 as he continues top deal with concussion-like symptoms. Jackson was injured late against the Patriots in Week 10 and was not cleared to play in a short week.
Analysis: It's not surprising Jackson is sitting out Thursday with the short turnaround and how the NFL is being cautious with head injuries these days. Jackson will likely use this week to recover and try to get back on the field in Week 12 against the Colts. Fantasy owners will need to use a healthier alternative in Week 11.
News: Bills coach Chan Gailey said Monday running back Fred Jackson has been diagnosed with a concussion and has been ruled out for Week 11 vs. Miami. C.J. Spiller will start in Jackson's absence.
Analysis: Earlier in the day on his weekly radio show, Gailey said Jackson was being tested for concussion-like symptoms after he didn't feel well on the flight home Sunday. Jackson left the game late Week 10 against the Patriots after taking a hard hit. It's not surprising Jackson is sitting out Thursday with the short turnaround and how the NFL is being cautious with head injuries these days. Fantasy owners will need to use a healthier alternative.
News: NFL.com reports Bills coach Chan Gailey said on his weekly radio show Monday running back Fred Jackson is being tested for concussion-like symptoms, but added it's too early to determine his status for Week 11 vs. Miami (Thursday). Gailey said Jackson wasn't feeling well on the flight home after Sunday's game against the Patriots. Jackson left the game late Sunday after taking a hard hit.
Analysis: Gailey said there might be a chance Jackson isn't ready to play Thursday. That's not surprising with the short turnaround and how the NFL is being cautious with head injuries these days. Unless we get a very positive report, then Fantasy owners should plan to start healthier alternatives Week 11. If Jackson plays, he could be used in deep formats. C.J. Spiller would see increase reps if Jackson is sidelined.
News: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson had a big game before suffering what looked like a head injury late on Sunday in New England. Jackson scored twice in the Week 10 game but was hit hard after a late fumble and had to leave against the Patriots. I dont know if theyre calling it a concussion, said coach Chan Gailey after the game. I dont know what the word is. I dont know if its a concussion or not. They didnt tell me. Jackson will have a short turnaround to get healthy for the Week 11 Thursday night game against Miami. Jackson finished the game with 16 carries for 80 yards and the two touchdowns. He added four catches for 35 yards through the air and was targeted five times in the passing game. Jackson did fumble twice, losing one of them.
Analysis: Jackson more than doubled his touchdown production on the season in the Week 10 loss to the Patriots. Jackson scored twice on the ground and only had one rushing touchdown on the season entering the game. Jackson has been a solid pass-receiving option for Ryan Fitzpatrick and looked good running the football Sunday until getting hit hard late, fumbling and coming up injured. He's had big Fantasy games in three of his last four contests but will likely be on the injury report heading into Week 11 against Miami Thursday. A healthy Jackson should be a solid Fantasy option for that game.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson is looking for a bounce-back performance heading into Week 10 at New England. Jackson, who totaled just 35 yards in Week 9 against the Texans, will try to record his first 100-yard performance of the season. He had six 100-yard games in just 10 games played last season but has now shared carries with C.J. Spiller since coming back from an injured knee. The Patriots have alowed just 88.6 yards per game on the ground, which is the eighth-fewest allowed in the league this season. Jackson rushed for just 29 yards on 13 carries his last time out against the Patriots.
Analysis: Jackson has been a bit disappointing this season but has told reporters in the last few weeks that his knee is close to being back at 100 percent. The problem is that the Bills are having him an Spiller share carries this season. Jackson has averaged 3.7 yards per carry on 59 attempts this season while Spiller has had a 7.2 yards per carry on 78 attempts, which is not a good sign for Jackson. Opposing running backs have scored an average of 12.5 Fantasy points per game, which is tied for the fifth-fewest allowed in the league. Fantasy owners should consider him as a low-end option in deeper formats heading into Week 10.
News: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson had a rough game Sunday at Houston in Week 9. He had six carries for 21 yards and five catches for 14 yards on seven targets. He was outplayed by C.J. Spiller, who had six carries for 39 yards and five catches for 63 yards.
Analysis: Jackson will look to rebound in Week 10 at New England. The last time he faced the Patriots was in Week 4 when he carried the ball 13 times for 29 yards and added three catches for an additional 50 yards with a lost fumble. Consider Jackson a No. 2 Fantasy option against the Patriots.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson is ready to go heading into Week 9 at Houston. The Texans run defense is solid, even without standout linebacker Brian Cushing (knee). They have only allowed Maurice Jones-Drew to score against them on a reception in Week 2 and just three running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points. But Jackson said his injured knee is close to 100 percent, and in his past two games he has 25 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown and 13 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: C.J. Spiller will share carries with Jackson, and Spiller is worth using as a starting option as well. But Jackson should continue to have success even in a tough matchup and should be active in all leagues. We like him as a Top 20 running back against the Texans.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson said Monday he is getting back to full strength as the team is coming off a Week 8 bye. Jackson missed two games earlier this season with a knee injury, but he played in the last four games prior to the bye. "It's about as close to 100 percent as it's been," Jackson said about his knee.
Analysis: It's great to hear Jackson give a positive report about his health. Fantasy owners have to get excited about that heading into the second half. F-Jax did average 7.9 yards per carry in Week 7 at Tennessee, but he totaled just nine carries and 17 touches on offense. His early-season injury allowed for C.J. Spiller's emergence and now the two running backs are in a timeshare situation. The duo have worked out a plan that they each rotate out of the lineup every two series. It seems to be working since both players have been productive the last few weeks, but that does mean less touches for both running backs. Jackson has managed more than 80 yards the last two games, so he can still be productive given his current situation. The Texans will be a tough challenge in Week 9 for Buffalo, so perhaps F-Jax should be considered a low-end starter this week.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson split carries with C.J. Spiller yet again in Week 7 against the Titans Sunday. Jackson made the most of his chances in the game, as he led the team with 71 rushing yards on nine carries. He added a team-high eight catches for 49 yards. Jackson brought in his first receiving touchdown of the season in the first quarter, scoring from 3 yards out on a screen pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jackson led the team with his eight catches, while being targeted 11 times in the game. His effort was not enough, as the Bills stumbled late in a 35-34 loss.
Analysis: Jackson has now scored in two games in a row, as he seems to be gaining comfort in the teams two-back system. He topped 100 yards of total offense for the first time and is looking better as the season goes on. He still seems to be lacking explosiveness, though, with his longest run going for just 13 yards. The Bills are on a bye in Week 8, so hopefully Jackson can come back in even better health as he gets further removed from his knee injury. Unfortunately, Jackson might struggle to find much room to operate when Week 9 rolls around the Texans loom on the schedule. Houston has yet to allow a touchdown on the ground this season and rank sixth in the league with 11.67 Fantasy points allowed per game to running backs. Consider Jackson more of a low-end starting option for Week 9.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson has struggled to get going this season, as injuries and a split workload in the backfield have combined to slow him down. Through his first four games last season, Jackson had 369 yards on the ground and an additional 147 through the air, with four touchdowns. This year, Jackson has just 126 rushing yards and 85 receiving, while accounting for one touchdown through four games. Buffalo will continue to split touches between Jackson and C.J. Spiller in Week 7 against Tennessee. The Titans have struggled badly against running backs this season, however, so Jackson has a chance to get going.
Analysis: The Titans have allowed opposing running backs to total at least 20 Fantasy points in five of six games this season. The biggest issue is that Tennessee has badly struggled to stop running backs from catching passes out of the backfield. The 58.3 receiving yards per game that running backs are averaging against Tennessee is the third-worst mark in the league. They are also allowed 115.7 rushing yards per game, 10th-worst. The Bills are not likely to give either of their backs preference when it comes to touches moving forward. But with a solid matchup in Week 7, both Spiller and Jackson are viable starting Fantasy options in all formats.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson was finally able to get into the end zone in Week 6 against the Cardinals. Jackson was able to power in from a yard out in the third quarter, which capped off a five-play, 80-yard scoring drive. He finished with a season-best 53 yards on 16 carries in the 16-13 win and had a long of 7 yards. Jackson also contributed in the passing game as he hauled in five receptions for 30 yards. He was targeted five times by Ryan Fitzpatrick and averaged 3.9 yards each time he touched the ball.
Analysis: Jackson turned in his most productive statistical performance of the season Sunday as his combined 83 yards from scrimmage were a season-best. He also was finally able to get into the end zone but more importantly proved he could be productive while splitting touches with C.J. Spiller. While that trend is likely to continue moving forward, Jackson has received the bulk of the workload the last two games and now looks to have a fairly favorable matchup on tap in Week 7 against the Titans. Tennessee has been dreadful defending the run thus far, so we would expect Jackson to see a healthy number of touches next week as well. Fantasy owners should consider Jackson a viable low-end option next Sunday.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson looks to have another tough matchup on tap in Week 6 against the Cardinals. Arizona enters the contest rankled 16th in run defense after allowing an average of 103.1 yards rushing over the first five games. The Cardinals have only surrendered one rushing touchdown on the year while yielding an average of 11.6 Fantasy points to opposing RBs, which ranks sixth overall. Jackson needs just 133 more yards on the ground to join Thurman Thomas, O.J. Simpson and Joe Cribbs as the only Bills to rush for 4,000 yards.
Analysis: Jackson has been a bit of a disappointment this season as he is still trying to find his rhythm after returning from an early-season knee injury. The 31-year-old has 73 yards on 28 carries through three games and has yet to find the end zone as he has been splitting carries with C.J. Spiller. He now looks to have another tough matchup on tap this week as the Cardinals have been very stingy against the run thus far. Fantasy owners should also keep in mind that the Bills have lost three starters on their offensive line with long-term injuries over the past two weeks, which will make finding running room this week that much harder. Given the fact that Jackson has a tough matchup and will once again split carries with Spiller, he should be considered more of a low-end or flex option in most formats heading into Week 6.
News: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson could not get going on the ground in hsi second game back from a knee injury against the 49ers in Week 5. Jackson was bottled up by a stingy San Francisco defense and was only limited to 29 yards on a team-high nine carries in a 45-3 defeat. His counterpart, C.J. Spiller, rushed for 24 yards on 12 carries as both of them were held out of the end zone. Jackson was barely involved in the passing game, catching just one pass for five yards in a losing effort.
Analysis: It's not surprising that Jackson could not find a rhythm on the ground against San Francisco, as the Niners have not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season long. Jackson and Spiller continue to split carries on offense and both have failed to emerge as the top running back. Jackson has 73 yards on 23 carries through three games, while Spiller has not rushed for more than 35 yards in his last three games. Jackson will look to find the end zone for the first time this season on the road against an Arizona defense that has allowed one touchdown on the ground through five games, while permitting 103 yards per game. That said, Jackson is considered as a decent flex option in mixed formats heading into Week 6.
News: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson will try to be the first running back to eclipse the 100-yard mark on the road against a stingy 49ers defense in Week 5. Jackson, who missed two games this season, made his return from a what appeared to be a serious knee injury in Week 4 and ran for 29 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 50 yards while wearing a protective knee brace against the Patriots. According to the team's official website, Jackson is expected to wear that brace again in San Francisco. I think thats all going to depend on what the doctor says, said Jackson. Ill go talk to him, but as long as they tell me I have to wear Ill wear it. Im pretty sure theyll tell me Ill have to wear it this week, but after that I dont know.
Analysis: The 49ers have not allowed a starting running back rush for 100 yards or more since Marshawn Lynch reached that mark in Week 16 of last season. Jackson will have to slowly work his way back into the running game but the positive sign for owners is that he was more involved than C.J. Spiller last week in just his first week back from injury, even while wearing a knee brace. The 49ers have only allowed six Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs thus far, which ranks first among all defensive units, so it'll be a tough task for Jackson this week. Fantasy owners should view him as a decent flex option heading into Week 5.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson, in his first game since injuring his knee in Week 1, carried the ball 13 times for 29 yards and added three catches for an additional 50. He did not score a touchdown and lost a fumble.
Analysis: The good news: Jackson had more touches than C.J. Spiller (13 carries to Spiller's eight) and looked far more in tune with the offense. the bad news: Spiller still had eight carries, and as long as he's healthy and in the game plan, Jackson will have his value nearly halved. It wasn't a necessarily ugly game for Jackson, despite just gaining 29 yards on the ground. He looked spry and confident, and made a great 34-yard catch that accounted for most of his offensive output. Still, he's likely no more than a flex play in Week 5, as he has to deal with Spiller in the offense as well as a tough 49ers defense.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson, who injured his knee in Week 1, is active for Sunday's game against New England. "(The doctor) said as long as I feel like I'm capable of going, he's going to support what I do," Jackson told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora Friday. The RB isn't afraid of re-aggravating the injury either. "There's always going to be a risk, you always have to be aware of that," he said. "But that's part of the game. That could happen this week, it could happen Week 13. So just go out there and play."
Analysis: C.J. Spiller is also active for the Bills on Sunday, meaning the team will be trotting out two injured backs... and Tashard Choice. Even without the injuries, there was a debate as to how the two would be used. Now throw a couple earlier-than-anticipated returns on top of things, a bad knee and shoulder, a healthy, capable running back in the backfield -- it all adds up to one big mess. Nobody has any idea how the two will be used or in what capacity. Fantasy owners with no other options can put them in the flex spot and cross their fingers, but owners with better options should go with Plan B. Approach all Buffalo running backs with caution this week, as it's a very enigmatic situation.
News: ESPN reported on Sunday morning that injured Bills running back Fred Jackson will play in Week 4 against the Patriots.
Analysis: Official inactives will be announced around 11:30 on Fantasy Football Today (CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Network), so wait until there's official word on Jackson until you save your final lineup, but this is encouraging news for Jackson owners. Of course, there was no indication as to how much of the workload Jackson will carry, so still approach him with caution, and don't release your Tashard Choices just yet.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson is expected to play on Sunday Week 4 against the Patriots, reports CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Jackson will wear a knee brace during the game and is expected to suit up, despite being listed as questionable. "(The doctor) said as long as I feel like I'm capable of going, he's going to support what I do," Jackson said Friday. The RB isn't afraid of re-aggravating the injury either. "There's always going to be a risk, you always have to be aware of that," he said. "But that's part of the game. That could happen this week, it could happen Week 13. So just go out there and play."
Analysis: Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller also is a game-time decision for Sunday's game after spraining his shoulder last week against the Browns. Spiller's fate won't be known until inactives come out, but it appears Jackson will give it a go. Consider him a solid option in the majority of formats for Week 4 as the Patriots are permitting an average of 13.3 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
News: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson was listed as questionable on the team's injury report for Week 4 against New England as he attempts to make an expedited return from a serious knee issue. Fellow running back C.J. Spiller (shoulder) was also tabbed questionable. "Both have a chance," Bills coach Chan Gailey said Friday. Jackson sounded more optimistic and said he should be able to play barring "something freaky happening." He totaled 161 total yards from scrimmage, including 74 on the ground, and a touchdown during his last game against the Patriots.
Analysis: Jackson injured his knee during the season opener against the Jets and was originally expected to miss at least four weeks of playing time. But he has made rapid progress in his return from a sprained LCL and is expected to play during Sunday's game. Fantasy owners should continue to keep tabs on Jackson as his status is still not assured. We'll be first to know whether or not he'll be active this Sunday on Fantasy Football Today, 11 a.m. ET here on CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Network (check local listings). If he does play, consider him a solid option in the majority of formats for Week 4 as the Patriots are permitting an average of 13.3 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
News: Bills coach Chan Gailey told reporters Thursday he expects running back Fred Jackson to play Week 4 against the Patriots, barring a setback. "That seems to be the case," Gailey said. Jackson has missed the last two games and complained of soreness prior to practice Thursday. He was limited. "I was a little sore this morning. A little more sore than expected," Jackson said. Gailey said Jackson did well in practice Thursday and remains optimistic for his return Sunday.
Analysis: It's looking better and better for Jackson to make his return Sunday. The Bills have a key showdown with their AFC East foe Sunday and need Jackson, especially since C.J. Spiller (shoulder) is also banged up. Jackson complained of soreness Thursday, but apparently his coach didn't see any issues on the field. If Jackson suits up Week 4, then consider him a viable Fantasy option.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, said Thursday he was disappointed with how his knee felt after returning to practice Wednesday. "I was a little sore this morning. A little more sore than expected," Jackson said. Buffalo hosts New England Week 4, and Jackson still hopes to play. I do. In my mind, I'll play, but like I said it's not always totally up to me. But I feel like I can play right now," he said.
Analysis: We appreciate Jackson's honesty, but this is not the report the Bills or Fantasy owners were looking for with Week 4 right around the corner. Jackson still has plenty of time to get ready for Sunday's game against the Patriots, but there's always the chance he sits again. Remember, the original diagnosis was for him to miss at least three games. With C.J. Spiller also uncertain for Week 4, Tashard Choice would be the lead back for Buffalo if both running backs are out. Continue to track Jackson's progress, but have a backup plan in case Jackson is out.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, returned to practice Wednesday, according to coach Chan Gailey. Buffalo hosts AFC East rival New England Week 4. There are some things that I liked, but theres a lot of stuff that Ive got to work on too, Jackson said after practice, per the team's official website. Its a good thing that weve got a week. So well see how it goes, just hopefully continue to get better and work on the things I feel I need to. Some of the cutting and adjusting to guys coming at me and being able to get in and out of that didnt go as clean as I wanted to. So something else to work on and hopefully itll get better this week.
Analysis: Jackson was originally expected to miss at least three games after getting hurt Week 1, but he has made a surprisingly quick recovery and now has a chance to suit up Sunday against the Patriots. Even fellow injured running back C.J. Spiller (shoulder) might play Week 4, but he is looking more iffy than Jackson. Fantasy owners need to keep tabs on the Bills' running back situation. If it looks like Jackson is slated to return, then Fantasy owners might consider activating him Week 4.
News: CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports Bills running back Fred Jackson, who has missed two games with a knee injury, should play Week 4 against the Patriots. Bills coach Chan Gailey said Monday during his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550 he expects Jackson to practice this week. I dont know if itll be Wednesday or Thursday, but he should practice some time this week. His recovery has been amazing," Gailey said. Jackson said Monday he is hopeful he can play Week 4. "I like my chances," said Jackson, who will wear a custom brace upon his return and added he is 70-75 percent likely to play Sunday. "If we like what we see, then I'll be out there Sunday."
Analysis: La Canfora is reporting running back C.J. Spiller is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with a shoulder injury, so the Bills' running back situation is thinning out. Jackson was expected to miss 3-8 weeks, but it seems his timetable could move up given Spiller's situation. However, Fantasy owners still need to take a flier on Tashard Choice. He will be the guy pacing the rushing attack if Jackson and Spiller are both out. Continue to track Jackson's progress this week. If it looks like he is going to play without restrictions Week 4, then consider activating him in Fantasy.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson (knee) was inactive for a second straight game Week 3 at Cleveland. C.J. Spiller once again drew the start in his absence.
Analysis: The initial timetable for Jackson's absence was 3-8 weeks, so he is expected to miss at least one more game. He has begun to work on the side, but Jackson hasn't been cleared to return to practice. We will keep you posted about his status, but in the meantime keep him reserved in all Fantasy formats.
News: As expected, Buffalo running back Fred Jackson was ruled out for the team's Week 3 contest at Cleveland because of a knee injury. Jackson, who suffered a sprained LCL during the Bills' season opener against the Jets, has been taking part in his own drills away from the team during practice. C.J. Spiller will continue to start in his place as Jackson is reportedly expected to miss another three to four weeks of playing time.
Analysis: Jackson seems to making tremendous strides in his recovery from the serious knee issue and was able to make cuts on the field without hesitation on Friday, according to reports. He has also participated in change of direction drills, but the Bills have no need to hurry him along with Spiller emerging as a standout replacement. Fantasy owners should continue to keep Jackson reserved in all formats at this point.
News: The Bills' official website reports injured running back Fred Jackson (knee) has been on the practice field Wednesday and Thursday conducting his own drills on the side. He is encouraged by his progress and so is coach Chan Gailey, who said Jackson is ahead of schedule. Yeah he is, Gailey said. He must be a fast healer.
Analysis: Jackson is two weeks into his rehab for a sprained LCL. Gailey still won't put a timetable on Jackson's return, but the initial prognosis was 3-8 weeks. Jackson is hoping to be back in four weeks, but he will miss his second straight game Week 3 against the Chiefs. There is obviously some concern for Jackson owners since C.J. Spiller has thrived in his absence. However, the Bills would obviously make the running back situation work once Jackson is healthy. He is worth holding onto in all formats.
News: CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports Bills running back Fred Jackson, who sat out Week 2 with a knee injury suffered Week 1, is a little bit ahead of his rehab schedule. He was able to begin rehab work last week and he could end up missing just 3-4 weeks, which was the initial best-case scenario.
Analysis: If the Bills continue to get stellar play out of running back C.J. Spiller, then they might find a way to slow down Jackson's rehab and make sure he is 100 percent healthy once he is ready to return. Although, you know Jackson will be lobbying to return as soon as possible. We are still a few weeks away from Jackson's potential return, so continue to keep him stashed in Fantasy.
News: As expected, Bills running back Fred Jackson (knee) is inactive for Week 2 vs. Kansas City. He was ruled out Friday and is expected to miss at least three weeks recovering from a knee injury. C.J. Spiller will start in Jackson's absence.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should be patient and stash Jackson while he is sidelined. There is a good chance Spiller performs well in Jackson's absence, but Jackson is the team's starting back and has a good track record. The Bills will lean on him again once he is healthy.
News: As expected, Buffalo running back Fred Jackson was ruled out for Week 2 against Kansas City with a knee injury. Jackson is expected to miss at least the next three weeks after suffering a sprained LCL during the Bills' season opener against the Jets. C.J. Spiller is expected to receive the bulk of carries for Buffalo.
Analysis: Jackson's injury certainly comes at a tough time as he missed six games at the end of last season with a different knee injury. He said his current issue is not related to the injury he suffered last season as he hopes to return before the end of September. That could be a stretch as he will be re-evaluated next week. Fantasy owners should continue to keep Jackson reserved in all formats as he could return at some point.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson said Wednesday he is optimistic about a quicker than expected return from a sprained LCL, which he sustained in the season opener against the Jets. Hopefully sooner, but Ill definitely be back in four weeks, Jackson said, per the team's official website. Without a doubt. Jackson confirmed he only has a sprained ligament. No tear. Im good, he said. Obviously Im not where I want to be right now, but I feel good after looking at the film and then getting evaluated. So hopefully things happen sooner rather than later.
Analysis: Jackson is expected to be reevaluated in a week. Jackson continues to have durability issues, but we have seen in the past how valuable he is to Fantasy owners when healthy, so continue to stash him in all formats. C.J. Spiller will see the bulk of carries in Jackson's absence and is a viable Fantasy start heading into Week 2.
News: Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Monday starting running back Fred Jackson will miss at least three weeks because of a knee injury. "Its not going to be three (weeks), but I dont think its going to be eight. Its probably somewhere in there in between," Gailey said of Jackson's expected return. CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported earlier Monday the MRI on Jackson's knee didn't provide an exact timetable for his return, but his status will be monitored over the next 7-10 days. C.J. Spiller will fill-in as the starting running back for Buffalo, starting Week 2 against the Chiefs.
Analysis: The initial diagnosis on Jackson's knee revealed a sprained LCL and Gailey confirmed the report Jackson will be sidelined for at least a few weeks. It's time for Fantasy owners to start making alternate plans in Fantasy. If you handcuffed your Jackson pick with Spiller, then consider activating him heading into Week 2. Keep Jackson stashed on your Fantasy bench until further notice.
News: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson left the team's Week 1 matchup against the Jets with a potentially serious knee injury. Jackson suffered the injury when he was hit low by New York defensive back LaRon Landry early in the second quarter and was attended to by the team's trainers before walking off the field. He moved gingerly on the sidelines before heading to the locker room with less than five minutes to play in the first half. The initial diagnosis on his knee revealed a sprained LCL and he was ruled out for the remainder of the game, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Jackson, who started the game for the Bills, posted 15 yards on six carries before departing as C.J. Spiller took over in the backfield.
Analysis: This is obviously not the way Jackson wanted to begin his new season after missing six games last year with a season-ending leg injury. Jackson has worked hard to overcome that injury, but his latest issue certainly appeared serious as he was in obvious pain while being checked on by trainers. The 31-year-old is scheduled to receive additional tests, including an MRI, on Monday once the team returns to Buffalo. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor Jackson's status as he could be sidelined for an extended period following his early exit in Week 1.
News: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson scoffs in the face of adversity. As a slender teenager, he was overlooked coming out of high school and did not refine his game at a renowned college football hotbed, but rather resorted to a small Division III school in Eastern Iowa. He was unable to attract the attention of NFL scouts despite being named the MVP -- twice -- of the conference Coe College competed in and was not invited to the scouting combine. Now, he is motivated to move past a leg injury that abruptly ended his 2011 season in Week 11. "My goal is to be here and to play," he told the Chicago Tribune. "So you're going to have to peel me off this field, because I'm not giving up my spot. (The Bills) laid their neck on the line for me, bringing me in here, so I want to make it worth it for them."
Analysis: Jackson's journey to the NFL has certainly been arduous, but there is no questioning his talent when he is healthy. He was among the league leaders with 934 rushing yards prior to the injury and his name began surfacing in discussions for the MVP award. Despite missing six games, he still finished with the same number of 100-yard outings as the league's rushing champion, Maurice Jones-Drew (six). The first challenge in his quest to prove his doubters wrong again comes against the division rival Jets in Week 1. Jackson, now 31, amassed 120 total yards from scrimmage in his lone meeting against New York last season. The Jets have had trouble containing running backs recently and yielded 14 touchdowns to the position last year, along with an average of 17.2 Fantasy points per game. Fantasy owners should view Jackson as a solid secondary option in most formats, though C.J. Spiller still lurks to swipe touches.
News: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson shared the team lead with seven carries for 34 yards and a touchdown during the Bills' 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh in their third exhibition game Saturday night. Jackson reached the end zone on a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter to account for Buffalo's only score of the contest and his first touchdown of the preseason. His yardage total, which was his highest output in three exhibition contests, was second on the team to only Tashard Choice (50 yards). He also netted four yards on one reception.
Analysis: Jackson was considered one of the top dual threats in the NFL last year before an injury ended his season after just 10 games. He has been effective out of the backfield and in the passing game again during the preseason, while creating some separation between him and backup C.J. Spiller. The two were expected to share touches this season, but Spiller has faltered and was not targeted with a pass Saturday. He also has amassed just four total yards in three games. Jackson should be viewed as a rising option in Fantasy drafts worthy of a selection beginning in Round 3.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson saw a little more action in Buffalo's second preseason game Friday night at Minnesota. Jackson touched the ball eight total times in 36-17 defeat, totaling 41 yards. He racked up 27 of those on five carries on the ground and also hauled in three receptions for 14 yards during his limited reps.
Analysis: Jackson ran hard Friday night, which is a good indicator that his foot injury is almost completely behind him. The 31-year-old was averaging 130 total yards per game before he broke his leg and was replaced by C.J. Spiller. While Jackson is expected to split carries with Spiller this upcoming season, he still will have a major role in Buffalo's offense this season as he is considered the team's workhorse. As long as he is healthy, Jackson can be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy RB worthy of a pick between Round 3 and early Round 4 in most formats.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson participated in the team's first preseason game against the Redskins Thursday night. He was targeted only once in the opening drive when Ryan Fitzpatrick failed to connect with the 31-year-old on a third down pass.
Analysis: Jackson dominated last year with over 130 total yards per game before he broke his leg and was replaced by C.J. Spiller. Whoever is the most productive back for Buffalo will be the one with the majority of touches from week to week. The Bills' financial commitment to Jackson this offseason should be enough proof that he won't disappear from the offense. It only helps his cause that he's averaged at least 4.2 yards per carry his entire career and has had at least 8.1 yards per catch in five of his six seasons. Jackson represents a solid value as a No. 2 Fantasy RB worth a pick between Round 3 and early Round 4.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson was back to work Monday after what is believed to be a foot injury sidelined him. As of now he's believed to be probable for the team's first preseason game.
Analysis: Jackson dominated last year with over 130 total yards per game before he broke his leg and was replaced by C.J. Spiller. Whoever is the most productive back for Buffalo will be the one with the majority of touches from week to week. The Bills' financial commitment to Jackson this offseason should be enough proof that he won't disappear from the offense. It only helps his cause that he's averaged at least 4.2 yards per carry his entire career and has had at least 8.1 yards per catch in five of his six seasons. Jackson represents a solid value as a No. 2 Fantasy RB worth a pick between Round 3 and early Round 4.
News: CBSSports.com Senior NFL Columnist Clark Judge reports that Bills running back Fred Jackson "is the best running back not on the national radar." Judge writes that "Jackson is everything you want from a running back, with one NFL assistant telling me that he reminds him of Marcus Allen because 'he glides more than he runs, and he sees everything.'" Jackson said he would rank himself "in the top five" of running backs this year. A year ago he was on track to run for nearly 1,600 yards before his season was cut short by a broken leg. At the time, he was third in the league in rushing, second in yards from scrimmage en route to a breakout year that included six 100-yard performances and an average of 5.5 yards per carry. "He's the best player we have on offense," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "He's a three-down back who, obviously, is great with the ball in his hands, has great hands in terms of the passing game and who is probably the best blocking running back in the league, in terms of pass protection and chips. So he's a complete player. "
Analysis: We agree with Judge that Jackson is overlooked as an elite running back, but he's a solid Fantasy option in all leagues. He will lose some touches to C.J. Spiller, but look for Jackson to remain the workhorse. We have no problem drafting Jackson in Round 2 in all formats.
News: Bills head coach Chan Gailey said he will be cautious using running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller at the same time this season, citing that he doesn't want to lose one and have a part of his offense unavailable. Gailey added that while he has a plan to use both backs throughout the year, he's preaching to both of them that winning is more important than personal statistics. One or both backs might not get the number of touches they'd like. "I can promise you this, we will not make everybody happy," said Gailey. "That will not happen this year. The only thing that will make everybody happy is winning. That's what the goal is, to come up with plans that incorporate everybody's abilities that allow us to win. Other than that I can't predict what's going to happen as far as percentages for their touches." In the same story, Jackson said he is healthy and "expects to go back to playing the way I was."
Analysis: The website went on to speculate that Jackson would "get a bit more of the work" after he dominated last year with over 130 total yards per game before he got hurt. Plain and simple, whoever is the most productive back for Buffalo will be the one with the majority of touches from week to week. The Bills' financial commitment to Jackson this offseason should be enough proof that he won't disappear from the offense. It only helps his cause that he's averaged at least 4.2 yards per carry his entire career and has had at least 8.1 yards per catch in five of his six seasons. Jackson represents a solid value as a No. 2 Fantasy RB worth a pick between late Round 3 and early Round 5.
News: Bills head coach Chan Gailey said that running back C.J. Spiller's improved blocking skills should earn him more time on the field. Gailey then went on to say that both Spiller and primary rusher Fred Jackson should find time together on the field in a variety of roles. "The great thing about it is we can put both of them anywhere," said Gailey according to the official team website. "We can leave one of them in the backfield and put the other one out as a receiver or motion them out. They both can block well enough so they create problems for the defense, so it's really a good thing for us to have."
Analysis: Plain and simple, whoever is the most productive back for Buffalo will be the one with the majority of touches from week to week. The Bills' financial commitment to Jackson this offseason should be enough proof that he won't disappear from the offense. Jackson averaged 17 carries and 3.9 catches per game last year before he got hurt. Chances are those numbers might drop a smidge this season so long as Spiller is productive, but Jackson remains the best bet to shoulder the workload in Buffalo. It only hjelps that he's averaged at least 4.2 yards per carry his entire career and has had at least 8.1 yards per catch in five of his six seasons. Jackson represents a solid value as a No. 2 Fantasy RB worth a pick between late Round 3 and early Round 5.
News: The Bills have delivered on their promise to reward running back Fred Jackson by signing him to a two-year contract extension that's potentially worth $9 million. He is now signed through the 2014 season. Jackson was the Bills' first-half MVP last season before his year ended after he broke a bone in his right leg in a 35-8 loss at Miami on Nov. 20. He still finished with six touchdowns and a team-best 934 yards rushing while averaging 5.5 yards a carry. Jackson has led the Bills in rushing in each of the past three seasons. He insists he'll have the same chip on his shoulder that has been paramount to his success. "Without a doubt, that's never going anywhere," Jackson said. "That's kind of what got me to where I am today."
Analysis: With doctors clearing him for football activities, Jackson should be an eager participant in the Bills' offseason practices. He should be the team's starter, but after C.J. Spiller ended last season with a bang, chances are they'll split reps with Jackson getting more work but not quite as much work as he had before he got hurt last year. Jackson's also 31 years old but doesn't have the wear-and-tear that typically comes with rushers over 30. It's clear that he's a part of their future and a potential 15-touch-per-game back, something Fantasy owners should feel good about. Jackson represents a solid value as a No. 2 Fantasy RB worth a pick between late Round 3 and early Round 5.
News:Fred Jackson has been cleared to return to football activities for a couple of weeks following a broken fibula, but the good news for him doesn't stop there. The official team website reports that Jackson has been promised by team GM Buddy Nix that he will receive a contract extension, with the timeline set for before the 2012 season. Jackson is slated to be in a contract year as it stands now, but a new deal would change that. "Fred and I have talked," said Nix. "We want to extend Fred. I'd like for Fred to finish his career as a Bill. He's meant a lot to us. I've got great respect for him. We do want Fred back and we do intend to try to work out a deal with him. I've told him that. What we said is what we're going to do."
Analysis: Jackson told the site that he's ready to get started in 2012 after missing the last six games of the season with a broken leg. While he was sidelined, C.J. Spiller stepped up and put some good moves on the field, complicating the Buffalo running back situation heading into the new year. Chances are the Bills will lean on Jackson as they have been, but Spiller could take a bigger share of the run-game workload than in the past, and that could put a cap on what Jackson is capable of doing. He's also 31 years old but doesn't have the wear-and-tear that typically comes with rushers over 30. If the Bills extend Jackson then it will be clear that he's a part of their future and a potential 15-touch-per-game back. If not, he'll be in a contract year and could play well in hopes of cashing in after next season. Either way he represents a solid value as a No. 2 Fantasy RB worth a pick between late Round 3 and early Round 5.
News: After having his MVP-type season cut short by a broken fibula, Buffalo RB Fred Jackson said he is not concerned about possibly sharing time with RB C.J. Spiller, who emerged as a solid threat in his absence. Jackson amassed 1,376 total yards from scrimmage before missing the final six weeks of the season after being placed on injured reserve. "Hes definitely got some thinking to do," Jackson said of Bills coach Chan Gailey. "But you know, thats what he does. Hes an offensive-minded guy. So it will be interesting to see what he does."
Analysis: Jackson, who said he is close to fully recovered from his injury, is expected to enter training camp next year as the team's starter. He is likely to receive more carries out of the backfield than Spiller, but the workload might not be a significant difference. "I wouldnt call it 50-50, but its closer to 50-50 than it ever has been because (Spillers) more confident and we have more confidence in him having experience now," Gailey said. Fantasy owners should view Jackson as a high-end No. 2 Fantasy RB worthy of an early selection in 2012 drafts.
News: GM Buddy Nix said Monday that RB Fred Jackson has been re-assured that the Bills will restructure the player's contract before the start of next season. Jackson has one year left on his deal and will be a free agent after the 2012 campaign. Jackson rushed for 934 yards with six touchdowns with 39 catches for 442 yards in 10 games before breaking his leg. He totaled over 100 yards in all but two games.
Analysis: Jackson is quietly one of the best Fantasy rushers out there: He doesn't always get a ton of work but he's been consistently productive since receiving regular playing time for the Bills. He's had at least 900 rush yards and at least 1,100 total yards in each of his last three seasons (keeping in mind he missed six games in 2011). He's obviously valuable to the Bills, but so is C.J. Spiller, who ended the regular season with a bang and has a longer commitment from the Bills contractually. If the Bills extend Jackson then it will be clear that he's a part of their future and a potential 15-touch-per-game back. If not, he'll be in a contract year and could play well in hopes of cashing in after next season. Either way he represents a solid value as a No. 2 Fantasy RB worth a pick between late Round 3 and early Round 5.
News: The Bills placed RB Fred Jackson on injured reserve on Wednesday due to a fracture to his fibula. Coach Chan Gailey said earlier in the day that Jackson has been ruled out for Week 12 against the Jets after suffering the injury this past Sunday. "Further tests on Freds injured leg have shown that he has a broken bone in his leg, so thats disappointing news for our team and certainly for Fred," coach Chan Gailey said. "He was having a great year." C.J. Spiller is expected to start in Week 12 against the Jets and Buffalo claimed Tashard Choice off waivers from the Redskins on Wednesday.
Analysis: This is a bad blow to Fantasy owners as Jackson had rushed for 934 yards with six touchdowns on the year. The injury was first thought to be calf issue but it ended up being more severe. Spiller and Choice would be wise adds off the waiver wire and owners in all Fantasy leagues should feel free to drop Jackson.
News: Bills coach Chan Gailey dropped the hammer Wednesday by ruling starting RB Fred Jackson out for Week 12 at N.Y. Jets because of a calf injury he suffered Week 11. "Fred's not good, and I know he'll miss this one," Gailey said. "Then we'll have to decide what happens from there." C.J. Spiller, who has been moved back to running back in wake of Jackson's injury, is expected to start Week 12. Gailey added Jackson will be re-evaluated after Week 12. "I don't know about that," Gailey responded to whether or not Jackson could end up on season-ending IR. "We'll have to wait and see."
Analysis: This is not good news for Fantasy owners, who have relied on Jackson all season. Unfortunately, Gailey sounds a little vague about his status for the rest of the season, which is alarming. But you can't drop Jackson. You just have to hope he improves. Fantasy owners need to start planning on using healthier alternatives Week 12.
News: Bills coach Chan Gailey said he is taking a wait-and-see approach with banged up RB Fred Jackson, who hurt his calf Week 11 against the Dolphins. Gailey said his star running back is hurting and he will likely not practice early in the week. Buffalo hits the road to face the Jets in Week 12. If Jackson is out, then C.J. Spiller is expected to start.
Analysis: Jackson had trouble running the football before getting hurt Sunday, but he did contribute 50 receiving yards to have a semi-productive day. Jackson racked up 120 total yards against the Jets in early November and his presence is key for a struggling offense. If Jackson suits up Sunday and is not restricted, then he remains a viable Fantasy start.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson left in the third quarter of Week 11 against Miami with an apparent calf injury. He did not return to the game and appeared on the Bills sideline in the second half with his right leg heavily wrapped. X-rays taken on his ailing calf were negative. Jackson, the NFL's leading rusher, gained 67 total yards before leaving, including a season-low 17 rushing yards on seven carries. He also had five receptions for 50 yards to top 50 receiving yards for the fourth time this season.
Analysis: Despite being slowed by an injury, Jackson continues to churn out strong performances and dominated carries again out of the backfield. Jackson had a better showing in the passing game and easily surpassed his total from last week against Dallas (one yard on four receptions). Fantasy owners should certainly monitor his status leading up to Week 12 against the Jets as the injury could linger during practice this week.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson leads the NFL with 917 rushing yards and has compiled six 100-yard performances. While he hasn't faced his Week 11 opponent yet this season, Jackson didn't do too well against Miami in 2010. In two outings versus the Dolphins he gained 55 yards on 19 carries and failed to score a touchdown. The Dolphins are giving up 105.1 rushing yards per game so far this season and just three rushing scores. Miami is allowing opposing team's running backs to score an average of 12.11 Fantasy points per outing.
Analysis: The fact touchdowns have been hard to come by for running backs against Miami, Jackson could have his work cut out for himself on Sunday. He's the engine of the Bills offense and will try to carry them to a victory in Week 11. Fantasy owners should keep him active as he's a No. 1 RB option this weekend.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson had his sixth 100-yard rushing performance of the season Week 10 at Dallas, but he failed to find the end zone and coughed up a fumble in a 44-7 loss. Jackson averaged 8.8 yards per carry, as he rushed for 114 yards on 13 carries. He added 1 yard on four receptions. Jackson had a 100-yard game in all four games against the NFC East this season.
Analysis: Too bad the Bills didn't make Sunday's game competitive or else Jackson might have had a huge Fantasy performance. He just didn't get enough touches and that fumble was costly. The Bills are done playing the NFC East, but that doesn't mean take Jackson out of your Fantasy lineup. He remains a must-start Fantasy option heading into Week 11 at Miami.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson has been terrorizing the NFC East this season and he will get one last chance to post big numbers against that division in Week 10 at Dallas. Jackson rushed for 100-plus yards in each of his first three games against NFC East opponents this year, and with the way the Cowboys have played as of late, then that goal is attainable Week 10. Dallas is allowing RBs to average 89.8 rushing yards per game, but have allowed a 100-yard rusher in two straight games. RBs average 15.3 Fantasy points per week, which is tied for 10th-lowest in the NFL, and have scored six times (five rushing) against Dallas.
Analysis: Jackson failed to rush for 100 yards for just the second time this season in Week 8, but he still averaged 4.6 yards per carry against the Jets. The road also hasn't been a problem for Jackson, who is averaging 99.7 rushing yards per game away from home. Keep Jackson active in all Fantasy formats in Week 10.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson finished with 120 total yards from scrimmage during the Bills' 27-11 loss to the Jets in Week 9. Jackson, averaging 153 yards from scrimmage this season, was limited to 82 yards rushing and 38 receiving. It was the first time he did not top 100 rushing yards in his past four games. He also fumbled for the first time this season during the third quarter that helped set up New York's first touchdown.
Analysis: Jackson left the game briefly after the fumble due to a stinger but said after the game that he felt fine and the injury wouldn't be an issue moving forward. Jackson had a tough assignment against the Jets' stout run defense and was unable to reach the end zone for the second game in a row, his longest stretch of the season. He still remains the Bills' workhorse in the backfield and backup RB C.J. Spiller did not record his first carry until Jackson left the game. Continue to consider Jackson a No. 1 Fantasy RB against Dallas in Week 10.
News: In playing a key role in the Buffalo's 5-2 start, RB Fred Jackson ranks fourth in the league with 721 yards rushing and second with 1,074 yards from scrimmage. And his yards from scrimmage total is more than Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas ever produced through seven games with Buffalo, and second-most in team history behind O.J. Simpson, who had 1,106 in 1975. As far as Fred Jackson goes, this team will go, Buffalo WR David Nelson said. Hes our horse. Jackson and the Bills host the Jets in Week 9.
Analysis: Jackson didnt get a sniff at the NFL until after two years of arena football and a stop in NFL Europe. But he has used his head-down, hard-pounding rushing style to bully his way into joining the leagues elite tier. Jackson said Wednesday he received some assurance from general manager Buddy Nix that the Bills are open to restructuring the deal. Hopefully, something happens sooner than later, but I cant control that, he said. The only thing I can control is what I do on the football field. New York is allowing an average of 20.2 Fantasy points per game this year. Consider Jackson a solid No. 1 Fantasy RB for Week 9.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson had a monster performance in the Week 8 win over the Redskins from Toronto. Jackson became the first Buffalo RB with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games since Thurman Thomas accomplished the feat back in 1994. Jackson rushed for 120 yards on Sunday on 26 carries and did not score a touchdown. His long run went for 43 yards. Jackson added a team-high 74 yards receiving on three receptions. Jackson totaled 194 yards on the afternoon.
Analysis: The only negative aspect of Jackson's game on Sunday was that he failed to score a touchdown for the first time since Week 1 of the season. That said, with five 100-yard games already this season to go with six rushing touchdowns, Jackson remains a must-start Fantasy RB heading into Week 9 against the Jets.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson gets back to work Week 8 against the Redskins as he is fresh coming off his team's Week 7 bye. Jackson has recorded at least one touchdown in five straight games and has gone over 100 rushing yards four times this year. The Redskins are yielding 16.0 Fantasy points per week to RBs and have allowed RBs to total five touchdowns (four rushing). Felix Jones and LeSean McCoy have been the only two RBs to rush for 100-plus yards against Washington this season.
Analysis: A lot of players talk but don't back it up on the field. That's not the case with Jackson. He complained about his role in the preseason, but he has gone out in the regular season and shown why the Bills need to keep feeding him the football. Jackson has delivered great value for Fantasy owners in 2011 and remains a must-start option heading into Week 8.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 at the Giants. He got off to a quick start, scoring on an 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The touchdown was his sixth of the season and gave him at least one score in each of his last five games. For Jackson, it was his second straight game with 100-plus yards. He has reached that mark in four of six games and has been one of the more pleasant surprises of the Fantasy season.
Analysis: Jackson continues to monopolize touches out of the backfield for an above-average Buffalo offense that gives him plenty of chances both to pile up yardage and to score. He was held in check for much of the game outside of the big run against the Giants, but Fantasy owners have been able to count on him to break off big runs just about every week. As long as he continues to get the ball almost exclusively, he should be able to find a way to put up useful totals. Owners will need to find a replacement option for him in Week 7 as the Bills will be on a bye, but he is running well enough to be considered a strong No.1 RB option for his next matchup in Week 8 against the Redskins.
News: Coming off his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season in Week 5 against Philadelphia, Fred Jackson will face a Giants defense that has been struggling to contain the run in the early going. The Giants rank 21st in the NFL against the run, allowing an average of 122.2 rushing yards per game. They have allowed six rushing touchdowns.
Analysis: Jackson could have a good chance to extend his current four-game touchdown streak. The Giants have allowed at least one touchdown to opposing running backs in all but one of their five games this season. In Week 4, they allowed three rushing touchdowns to Arizona RB Beanie Wells. Jackson has become a running back worth starting in all Fantasy formats, regardless of matchups, but this one appears to be very favorable.
News:Fred Jackson rumbled for 111 yards on 26 carries with a score and added a team-best 85 yards on six catches vs. the Eagles in Week 5, pushing his team to a win. As you might expect, most of the catches came on well-designed screens that saw Jackson escape the line of scrimmage and pick up big chunks of yardage (two went for over 20 yards).
Analysis: Jackson was expected to have a monster week thanks to the terrible Eagles run defense. He has over 100 total yards in four of five games with 98 total yards in the one game he missed the mark by, and he has scored in four straight games. He's got the Giants next week in New Jersey and should be able to keep both streaks alive. Jackson remains a must-start in all leagues.
News: We know you're starting Fred Jackson in your Fantasy game this week, but we'd still like to let you know that he's taking on an Eagles run defense that is giving up 139.5 rush yards per week. Philadelphia just had Frank Gore gallop over them in Week 4 and have allowed at least one touchdown to a running back in every game so far this season. Jackson's had at least 90 total yards in every game with a touchdown in his last three.
Analysis: We would start Fred Jackson ahead of Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Beanie Wells without hesitation this week -- that's how much we like his matchup against Philadelphia, and only a couple of players in the league have been playing at the level Jackson has. If you own him, start him.
News: Bills head coach Chan Gailey told reporters on Wednesday that he hopes his team will have more success running the ball in Week 5 against the Eagles. "We'd like to use Fred Jackson a little more," said Gailey. Jackson was held to a season-low 66 yards rushing on 17 carries in Week 4 at Cincinnati.
Analysis: Jackson did get into the end zone for a third consecutive game, however, and totaled 98 yards when you add his 32 receiving yards. Jackson has been a very strong part of Buffalo's surprisng 3-1 start and if Gailey wants to give Jackson more work against the Eagles, it could mean 20-plus carries against an Eagles defense that ranks 30th in the NFL against the run, giving up 139.5 rushing yards per game. This is shaping up to be a productive week for Jackson, who remains a great play in any Fantasy format for Week 5.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson posted 17 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown during the Bills' 23-20 loss to Cincinnati in Week 4 on Sunday. Jackson, who had a long run of 21 yards, finished with an average of 3.9 yards per attempt -- the first time this season he's mustered a total less than five in a game. He scored on a 2-yard run with less than a minute left in the second quarter for his fourth touchdown over his past three games. Jackson also had a team-high five receptions for 32 yards. He was targeted eight times by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Analysis: Jackson entered Sunday's game as the only player in the NFL to total 300 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards this season. However, the Bengals did a solid job bottling him up on the ground as they held the Buffalo offense to a combined of 83 rushing yards. Jackson remains the team's unquestioned leader in the backfield and dominated the number of carries over C.J. Spiller, who finished with only three attempts. Fantasy owners should consider him a No. 1 Fantasy RB for Week 5 against Philadelphia, which has struggled against the run.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson has been spectacular as a runner this season, but he's also impressed in pass protection. Jackson registered several key blitz pickups in last Sunday's 34-31 win over New England, which helped him stay in the game for additional plays. "I dont know if there's a better pass protecting back in the league," Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said. Jackson finished with 112 total yards against the Patriots.
Analysis: Jackson is off to a solid start, ranking fourth in the NFL with 303 rushing yards and second with an average of 6.4 yards per carry. The 30-year-old is hoping to extend his impressive 100-yard outings to four games in Week 4 at Cincinnati. The Bengals, however, are the leagues stingiest run defense, allowing 2.9 yards per attempt. In his last game against Cincinnati, Jackson rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Consider him a No. 1 Fantasy RB for Week 4. The Bengals are permitting an average of 14.9 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson averaged 6.2 yards per carry in a Week 3 win against the Patriots. Jackson got just 12 carries in the 34-31 win, but he rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown -- a 1-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. He almost had a second touchdown on a 39-yard catch in the fourth quarter that would have been the go-ahead score, but he was ruled down at the 1-yard line. He still finished with five catches for 87 yards.
Analysis: A lot of folks passed on Jackson on Draft Day, going with him as either a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy RB because of the uncertainty if he would be the Bills' lead back. Well, through three weeks Jackson has not only established himself as Buffalo's top back, but he is producing like one of the top RBs in the NFL. Needless to say, you better have Jackson active heading into Week 4 against the Bengals.
News: Despite producing as one of the NFL's top running backs, Buffalo's Fred Jackson said Wednesday he is "annoyed" that he does not have a new contract to recognize his efforts. Jackson said he's gotten nowhere in a bid to renegotiate the final two years left on his contract. That includes this season in which he's set to make a base salary of $1.75 million, making him the 10th highest player on the team. "We've approached them, and it's not gone the way we would've liked it to," Jackson told The Associated Press. "I'm annoyed by it. I've been playing at a high level for three straight years now. I would like something to be done about it this year. I want something done that's fair for myself and the team."
Analysis: Despite being unhappy, Jackson stresses he's not letting off-field issues distract him. "Not at all. I'm going to play football," he said. "I come to help this team and get wins. And that's what I'm going to continue to do." Jackson's 229 rushing yards leads the league, and he ranks fifth in averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Just as important, he's played a key role in helping the Bills get off to a 2-0 start as they prepare to host AFC East rival New England on Sunday. It's encouraging he won't take a sour approach on the field and Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end No. 2 Fantasy RB against the Patriots in Week 3. New England is allowing an average of 20.8 Fantasy points per game to running backs. Jackson has 74 carries for 362 yards and no touchdowns in his last five games against the Patriots.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson made his mark in Week 2 against the Raiders, scoring twice while totaling 140 yards. He rushed 15 times for 117 yards and caught two more passes for 23 yards. He broke a 43-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter and punched another in for a 1-yard score in the fourth.
Analysis: Jackson's afternoon did not get off to a great start, with many runs going for little or no gain. He got loose for a 34-yard scamper in the first half and later broke off a few big runs in the second half to take advantage of a matchup against a Raiders defense that seemed to tire as the game wore on. After also breaking 100 yards in the team's opener, Jackson has established himself as a solid option in just about any Fantasy format going into Week 3. However, a matchup against the Patriots is not going to be nearly as favorable. Consider him a No. 2/3 RB option with excellent long-term upside this season.
News: After becoming just the fifth Bills running back to crack the 100-yard mark in a season opening game, Fred Jackson will look to keep the momentum going in Week 2 at home against the Raiders. He will be up against a Raiders team that allowed the fewest rushing yards in Week 1 (38), but is coming off a 112-yard effort on the road in Kansas City. Last season, the Raiders allowed the fourth most rushing yards in the league at 133.6 yards per game. In his past five home games, Jackson has totaled at least 90 yards or a touchdown, with four touchdowns in those games.
Analysis: While the fact that the Raiders gave up just 38 rushing yards in Week 1 may worry you, there are significant factors playing in Jackson's favor in Week 2. To begin with, the Raiders will be working off a short week after playing on Monday night in Denver. They will be traveling across the country, and that has historically been known to cause some lackluster performances over the years. Jackson has established himself as the team's primary back, capable of 20-plus touches per game. In Week 1, the Raiders faced a Broncos team that threw the ball 46 times and ran it just 13. We expect Jackson to play a much more active role in the Bills' offense in Week 2, putting to the test a Raiders run defense that struggled all of last season and could be dealing with some tired legs. Consider Jackson a solid No. 2 Fantasy RB for Week 2 against the Raiders.
News:Fred Jackson became the fifth Bills running back to crack the 100-yard mark in a season opening game when he rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries in Week 1 against the Chiefs. He joins O.J. Simpson, Larry Watkins, Thurman Thomas and Travis Henry. Jackson, who didn't score, also had one catch for 5 yards. I just wanted to get established early, kind of help (QB Ryan Fitzpatrick), Jackson said. We feel if we get the run game going it allows him to make more plays for us. We did a great job protecting him.
Analysis: Jackson was concerned this preseason that he wouldn't enter the year as the Bills' lead back. Well, those concerns were put to bed Week 1 as he led the team in carries and rushing yards. C.J. Spiller did get a rushing touchdown late in the game, but Jackson got red-zone carries, so he is a big part of the Bills offense. Consider Jackson a No. 2 Fantasy RB for Week 2 against the Raiders.
News: Despite speaking out this preseason about his unhappiness with how he is treated in Buffalo's offense, RB Fred Jackson heads into Week 1 as the team's starting running back against the Chiefs. Jackson has faced the Chiefs three times in his career, but he doesn't have a touchdown. He has totaled 219 yards on 49 carries and 54 receiving yards on eight catches. He has totaled 20 carries in each of his last two games against K.C. in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, the Chiefs allowed 18.6 Fantasy points per week to opposing running backs, which was tied for 13th highest in the NFL.
Analysis: Jackson had a pretty good preseason by averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He spoke out because he was afraid the Bills will going to split carries between him and C.J. Spiller, and that upset him because Jackson has proven himself many times that he can be the team's primary back. Jackson should get the bulk of carries in Week 1, so view him as a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy RB.
News: The Bills started Fred Jackson, not C.J. Spiller, at running back on Saturday vs. the Jaguars. That should end speculation that Jackson is not a lock to start this season; he received nine carries for 33 yards and a 30-yard reception on a deep ball while Spiller took on 21 yards on four rushes.
Analysis: We suspect that both running backs will see a lot of time on the field, but Jackson is the one who should dominate the carries, including at the goal line, while also picking up yardage as a receiver. Jackson is worth a pick between Rounds 5 and 7 as a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy RB.
News: The Buffalo News reports that Bills coach Chan Gailey still hasn't decided on who he wants to start at running back for Week 1 against Kansas City. C.J. Spiller started last week's preseason game at Denver, but veteran Fred Jackson, who this week voiced his displeasure about his role, was inserted into the game on the second play from scrimmage. "I'm not saying anything because I don't want Kansas City to know," Gailey said. "It's not for you guys, I know what's going to happen, but I don't want Kansas City to know. We have two great players."
Analysis: We expect Jackson to start, and he has more Fantasy value than Spiller. Jackson should be considered a solid No. 3 Fantasy RB in all leagues, and he's worth drafting with a mid-round pick. Spiller should only be taken as a No. 4 option at best with a late-round selection.
News: One day after voicing his concerns about the prospect of losing his starting job to C.J. Spiller, Bills RB Fred Jackson said he spoke with offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins about the matter. "We had a productive talk," Jackson said. "He told me that I was a starter and we can go from there. But we'll see how things pan out." Jackson has the support of his veteran teammates in his battle with Spiller. While the media spoke with Jackson, CB Drayton Florence made it a point to speak loudly nearby. "Respect is earned, not given, Fred. And you've earned it, my friend. You've earned it," Florence said. Coach Chan Gailey said on Monday after Jackson spoke out that he regards both players to be starters, while adding Jackson is "a little bit ahead" of Spiller.
Analysis: It's hard to overlook the facts. Jackson has been the Bills' top gainer the last few years and he is still being looked at as potentially a timeshare running back. He is also averaging 7.4 yards per carry in the preseason, as opposed to Spiller who has gained just 13 yards on eight carries (1.6 ypc). But the team did draft Spiller in the first round in 2010 and they do have to see if he can be an every-down back in the NFL. In the end, the Bills probably are going to have to lean on Jackson, who rushed for 861 yards over the final 13 games in 2010. Look to Jackson as a No. 3 Fantasy RB on Draft Day.
News:Fred Jackson is feeling underappreciated in wondering what he has to do to prove to the Buffalo Bills that he's their No. 1 running back. Jackson says he doesn't know where he stands with the team after C.J. Spiller started and got a majority of snaps with the first-stringers in a 24-10 preseason loss at Denver on Saturday. The five-year veteran spoke out after the team returned to practice at their facility in Orchard Park on Monday. Jackson believes he's earned the right to be treated as the Bills starter based on how he's led the team in rushing the past two years. "I feel like a No. 1 back," Jackson said. "I feel like I should be treated like one, know what's going on, know where I stand and what the situation is. It's been like this for two, three years. I've got to keep fighting for what I feel like is my job." Coach Chan Gailey says he regards both players to be starters, while adding Jackson is "a little bit ahead" of Spiller. "I would hate for somebody to feel that way because it's not true from my standpoint," Gailey said. "Nothing's changed with our thoughts with Fred and where Fred is with our football team. He's a major part of what we're trying to get done here."
Analysis: It's interesting that Jackson is getting upset seeing how he is leading the team with 52 yards on seven carries. He is averaging 7.4 yards per carry, as opposed to Spiller who has gained just 13 yards on eight carries (1.6 ypc). But the team did draft Spiller in the first round in 2010 and they do have to see if he can be an every-down back in the NFL. In the end, the Bills probably are going to have to lean on Jackson, who rushed for 861 yards over the final 13 games in 2010. Look to Jackson as a No. 3 Fantasy RB on Draft Day. Hopefully, the Bills will calm this situation down and Jackson can focus on the task at hand. "I'll continue to show up on the field," he said, "make plays when I get that opportunity."
News: The Bills official team website reports that RB Fred Jackson could be headed toward his best season in the NFL. He has a year invested under head coach Chan Gailey and his offensive staff, so Jackson appears to have the benefit of the doubt and the opportunity to be the true incumbent starter at running back heading into 2011. Provided he stays healthy through the preseason along with the anticipation of an improved offensive line, Jacksons rushing production this fall could very well be his best to date.
Analysis: We expect Jackson to keep his role and start ahead of C.J. Spiller, who is more of a third-down RB and change of pace rusher. Jackson played well last season and rushed for 614 yards in the second half of the season, tying with Ray Rice for sixth in the NFL in that span. The running backs ahead of them were Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles, Maurice Jones-Drew, Chris Johnson and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Jackson is a solid No. 3 Fantasy RB in all leagues, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 6 or 7.
News: The Bills official team website speculates that rookie RB Johnny White will open the season behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, but White could end up "being a goal line back as the season wears on." The report says the Bills could use White to spell "Jackson a bit here and there."
Analysis: This would be discouraging if Jackson lost goal-line chances as the season goes on, but we'll wait to see it happen first before hitting the panic button. Plan on drafting Jackson as a solid No. 3 Fantasy RB in the majority of leagues. He is worth taking with a mid-round pick on Draft Day.
News: According to ESPN.com, Bills RB Fred Jackson plans to keep his role as the featured option in the backfield ahead of C.J. Spiller. "Right now, I feel like I'm the No. 1 guy, and C.J. will come in and get a lot of plays," Jackson said. "I feel like I'm going to be the guy that's carrying the load and has got to make that running game go. I'm sure C.J.'s working hard and will [have] the opportunities as well, but I just got to shoulder the load ... I want to be that guy."
Analysis: We expect Jackson to keep his role and start ahead of Spiller, who is more of a third-down RB and change of pace rusher. Jackson played well last season and rushed for 614 yards in the second half of the season, tying with Ray Rice for sixth in the NFL in that span. The running backs ahead of them were Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles, Maurice Jones-Drew, Chris Johnson and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Jackson is a solid No. 3 Fantasy RB in all leagues, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 6 or 7.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson certainly didn't do much in the regular-season finale loss in New York. Jackson rushed the ball 13 times in the game for 35 yards. He had a long carry of just 6 yards in the game. Jackson, who was targeted once in the passing game, caught one pass for 13 yards.
Analysis: Jackson struggled against a team that many running backs struggle against and there is no shame in that. Still, it is a poor way to end his season. He scored five touchdowns this season but didn't get to 1,000 yards rushing, though he topped the mark in yards from scrimmage. Entering next season, Jackson's value is tied to C.J. Spiller. We still expect Jackson to enter the season as the potential starter. He should be drafted as a No. 3 Fantasy RB with a mid- to late-round pick.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson heads into Week 17 in New York without a rushing touchdown since Week 11 in Cincinnati -- he had two that game. Jackson has only topped 100 yards rushing once in his last five games, though he managed 81 yards on just 13 carries last week. Jackson has a rough matchup against the Jets. New York allows the second-least average Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs on the season.
Analysis: Only the Steelers are more stout at limiting the Fantasy points of opposing running backs than the Jets. That said, New York has allowed a 100-yard rusher in each of their last two games against Rashard Mendenhall and Matt Forte. That said, those two are far better than Jackson and the Bills have nothing to prove in Week 17. Consider Jackson worthy of a start only as a No. 3 Fantasy RB, at best.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson produced 81 rushing yards and two catches for 11 yards in a 34-3 Week 16 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Jackson's stats were pretty good on Sunday considering the Bills were down big in the second quarter and turned the ball over a ridiculous seven times. While fellow back C.J. Spiller was fumbling, Jackson was averaging 6.2 yards a carry. In Week 17, Buffalo play at the Jets in what is a pretty meaningless game. Jackson should do enough to be worth using as a No. 2 Fantasy RB in leagues with 12 teams or more.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson will be looking to follow his namesake Brandon Jackson's footsteps in Week 16 when Buffalo hosts the Patriots. B-Jax ran for 99 yards against New England last week, while F-Jax was held to only eight yards on four carries earlier this season against the Pats, but was a backup to Marshawn Lynch at that point. New England is allowing Fantasy RBs to average 19.9 points against them.
Analysis: Jackson has been held under 60 yards in three of his last four games, but does have three 100-yard outings in his last six, so it's been feast or famine for him over the last couple of months. The Patriots defense has been playing better lately, but B-Jax proved last week that a running back can succeed against them, and if the weather is bad that might help his cause even more. Start Jackson as a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy option for Week 16.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson ran for only 36 yards on 15 carries in a Week 15 win at Miami. He was also targeted twice but failed to bring in a catch.
Analysis: The Dolphins defense has been tough for Fantasy RBs to crack all season, and Sunday was no different as Jackson found few holes in the Miami front seven. The Bills ended up relying more on QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's arm in the game, as Jackson averaged just 2.4 yards a carry, and his Fantasy numbers suffered as a result. In Week 16, Jackson and the Bills will host the Patriots, which is a better matchup. Get Jackson back in your lineup as a low-end No. 2 option.
News: The Bills visit Miami in Week 15, and Buffalo RB Fred Jackson might find yards hard to come by against a Dolphins defense that has been very stingy lately. In their last nine games, Miami has allowed only three total touchdowns to running backs, and is allowing only 15.3 Fantasy points a game to opposing RBs.
Analysis: Jackson has three 100-yard rushing games in his last five, but with WR Lee Evans out of the picture, Jackson is likely to see a lot of defenders in the box on Sunday, at least early on. Miami has also allowed just two rushers to reach triple digits against them this season. Still, Jackson should get the majority of touches on Sunday, and hopefully he will be able to at least find the end zone. Use him as a low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3 Fantasy option for Week 15.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson led Buffalo to a Week 14 upset of the Browns. Although Jackson did not score, he had a team-high 29 carries for 112 yards and helped Buffalo run out the clock as they were clinging to a 13-6 lead late in the fourth quarter. Jackson, who also had one catch for 3 yards, has 100-plus rushing yards in three of his last five games.
Analysis: Jackson became just the third RB to total 100 or more rushing yards against Cleveland this season, joining Michael Turner and Maurice Jones-Drew. It's not like he had an overly easy matchup heading into Week 14, but with inclement weather in Buffalo, the Bills were forced to keep the ball on the ground for most of the game and Jackson benefited. He has settled in nicely as the Bills' feature back and is worth using as a No. 2 Fantasy RB. The Bills play the Dolphins in Week 15.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson, who has been held under 60 yards rushing in his last two games but racked up 104 receiving yards and a touchdown a couple of weeks ago against Pittsburgh, will try to help his Fantasy owners out in Week 14 against the Browns. Cleveland ranks just 20th against the run in 2010, but they've allowed just three rushing touchdowns to running backs. Two of those have come in the last three games, however.
Analysis: Jackson was held to 48 total yards by the Vikings last week, but Minnesota is a top-five run defense, while the Browns aren't even close to that. Last month, against two other poor rush defenses in the Lions and Bengals, Jackson ran for 100 yards in both contests. His owners will be hoping the Bills can stay within a couple of touchdowns on Sunday so that they don't abandon Jackson and the run game. Consider him a No. 2 Fantasy option in all formats for this favorable matchup, even if a trip to the end zone might not be in his future this weekend.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson was stymied by the Vikings rush defense, as he carried the ball 11 times for just 42 yards in a 38-14 loss in Week 13. It was his lowest yardage total and yards per carry average since Week 9 against the Bears, when he totaled 16 yards on eight carries. It was also the second week in a row that he did not score a touchdown, after he had scored at least one touchdown in each of the previous three games.
Analysis: Jackson's Week 13 performance will not inspire much confidence in his Fantasy owners, but bear in mind that the Vikings entered the game with the league's fifth best rush defense. In Week 14, he will get a much more favorable matchup against the Browns, so he is still a decent use of a No. 2 RB slot in most formats.
News: In Week 12, Bills RB Fred Jackson failed to record a third straight game with 100-plus rushing yards, but he made up for it with 104 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. Jackson will face the Vikings in Week 13, and he could struggle once again to rack up rushing yardage. While not quite as formidable as the Bills' Week 12 opponent, the Steelers, Minnesota enters the current week as the league's fifth-ranked rushing defense. However, like Pittsburgh, they have been mediocre at containing the passing game.
Analysis: Given Jackson's strong string of performances, owners should plan to roll the dice with him again in standard formats for Week 13. Despite a potentially strong challenge from the Vikings' defense, owners should use Jackson as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy RB.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson's 65-yard touchdown catch in Week 12 against the Steelers saved his Fantasy day. Jackson only had 59 yards rushing, but finished with five catches for 104 yards and the score.
Analysis: Jackson's one big play on Sunday turned a decent Fantasy outing into a special one for his owners who kept faith with him in Week 12 despite the tough matchup. On the touchdown, Jackson caught a relatively short bubble screen pass over the middle and showed off his speed and agility to get into the end zone. In Week 13, Jackson will have another tough foe in the Vikings, but he's certainly worth continuing to use in deeper formats as a flex option or low-end No. 2 Fantasy RB in deeper formats after these last two quality outings.
News: With the Steelers bring without injured DLs Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel in Week 12, Bills RB Fred Jackson could see some extra running room on Sunday. The Steelers rank first in the NFL against the run, allowing just 63 yards a game and a total of four touchdowns on the ground.
Analysis: Pittsburgh has allowed just 10.6 Fantasy points a game to opposing running backs this season, which certainly doesn't bode well for Jackson, even with his hot play of late and these two key defensive components being out. Only Patriots RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis has managed to go over 50 rushing yards against the Steelers, while only two backs have gone over 40 yards receiving. With this very difficult matchup, Jackson should only be started as a No. 3 Fantasy running back for Week 12.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson, who comes into Week 12 off back-to-back 100-yard games and has four rushing scores in his last three contests, will get a stiff test on Sunday when Pittsburgh comes to town. The Steelers rank first in the NFL against the run, allowing just 63 yards a game and a total of four touchdowns on the ground.
Analysis: Pittsburgh has allowed just 10.6 Fantasy points a game to opposing running backs this season, which certainly doesn't bode well for Jackson, even with his hot play of late. Only Patriots RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis has managed to go over 50 rushing yards against the Steelers, while only two backs have gone over 40 yards receiving. With this very difficult matchup, Jackson should only be started as a No. 3 Fantasy running back for Week 12.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson's 30-yard touchdown run capped a miraculous comeback for Buffalo in Week 11 against the Bengals. Trailing 31-14 at the half, Buffalo scored 35 unanswered points in the second half, capped by Jackson's second touchdown run of the day. He also scored from 7 yards out in the first half. Jackson rushed for 116 yards on 21 carries. He added three catches for 13 yards.
Analysis: Jackson has 100-yard performances in consecutive games and four rushing touchdowns in his last three games. Can you imagine how far along Jackson might be had he not started the year injured? C.J. Spiller is banged up and might have to sit out again Week 12 against the Steelers. It's not an ideal matchup for Fantasy purposes, but with the way Jackson is running, you have to consider starting him in Fantasy.
News: Buffalo's Fred Jackson has not had a great season thus far. He enters the Week 11 game in Cincinnati as just the third-best running back with the last name Jackson in the NFL behind Steven Jackson and Brandon.Jackson. That said, only Keiland Williams of Washington had a better Week 10 game in terms of Fantasy points. Jackson, who entered the Week 10 game having not rushed for more than 73 yards all season, totaled 133 yards on the ground against the Lions on 25 carries. Jackson is playing his best football right now as he's scored a touchdown in consecutive games. He has never faced Cincinnati before.
Analysis: Buffalo changed their offense a little Week 10 against the Lions. They became very run-centered and all of a sudden Jackson became an instant success. Facing the Bengals in Week 11, Cincinnati is much better against the pass than the run. Buffalo would be smart to continue handing the ball to Jackson. The Bengals have allowed opposing running backs to net at least 76 yards on the ground in every game this season and an opposing RB has scored at least one touchdown in the last seven consecutive games against them. Jackson should continue to be fed the pigskin and is a solid start in all Fantasy leagues for Week 11.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson, who had yet to rush for more than 73 yards in a game this season, nearly doubled that total with 133 yards on 25 carries Week 10 against the Lions. He also set season highs through the air, catching six passes for 37 yards. He scored two touchdowns, lunging into the end zone on a 1-yard score in the second quarter and juking his way 16 yards to paydirt on a short pass in the third. He also lost a fumble. He did leave briefly in the third quarter with a knee injury but ran as hard as ever after returning. "It was a shot to the back of the knee," he said. "I got hit on the nerve, and they said it's a nerve like the funny bone. My foot just kind of went numb, and I couldn't stand, but I feel fine now."
Analysis: Even against the Lions' 22nd ranked pass defense, the Bills turned away from their recent pass-heavy approach and made Jackson the focus of their offense. He hit the holes like a master, looking swift and agile -- just like the guy who racked up 1,062 yards in part-time duty last year. Yes, his success was partly the result of facing the 27th-ranked run defense, but given his performance, you have to think the Bills will make him more of a priority going forward. After all, he did just lead them to their first win. The Bills are still a bad team and might not have much choice but pass the ball if they fall behind early. But if they can keep the score close, Jackson will make his presence known. He's worth starting as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy RB at Cincinnati in Week 11.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson, who has yet to rush for more than 73 yards in a game even though he's getting the majority of the team's carries, has a chance to set a season high Week 10 against a Lions defense that ranks 27th against the run, allowing 127.9 yards per game. Of course, the Lions also rank 22nd against the pass (233.2), giving the Bills offense an excuse to lean on QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and WR Steve Johnson again.
Analysis: The Lions are often playing from behind, giving the opposition an invitation to run the ball against them. But they have a good enough offense to force an 0-8 team like the Bills into catchup mode, which would again leave Jackson out of the game plan. Still, if there was ever a time to use him in Fantasy, this is it. The Lions have given up 21.8 Fantasy points to running backs, tied for fourth-most in the NFL. You might even be able to get by with Jackson as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy RB this week.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson scored on a 4-yard TD run in the third quarter of the Week 9 loss to Chicago. That was the only positive Jackson could take away from his performance. The starting RB rushed eight times and finished behind C.J. Spiller in yards with 16. Spiller had 20 yards on seven carries. Jackson added five catches for 20 yards and was targeted seven times in the passing game. Jackson also lost a fumble in the performance.
Analysis: Jackson had rushed for at least 64 yards in his last three games but saw far more carries in those contests. The Bills threw the ball 51 times against the Bears in the Week 9 loss and it still wasn't enough to avoid dropping to 0-8 on the year. With just one touchdown all season, it is hard to recommend Jackson as anything greater than a No. 3 RB option in Fantasy right now entering Week 10 against the Lions.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson has seen a boost in carries with Marshawn Lynch gone, getting at least 20 in his last two games. That said, Jackson still has yet to top 73 rushing yards this season and has scored just one rushing touchdown back in Week 2 at Green Bay. He's facing the Bears in Week 9 and he did score the last time he faced an opponent from the NFC.
Analysis: Jackson was given an increased role in the offense for the 0-7 Bills but so far it hasn't translated into any kind of value boost. Facing the Bears in Week 9, Jackson could be in for a decent game. The Bills are going to struggle throwing the football so the ground game might be where they make their mark. The Bears are in the lower end of defenses allowing Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Washington's Ryan Torain rushed for 125 yards against them Week 7 before a bye. Because Jackson gets the bulk of the work, Fantasy owners can use him as a No. 2 Fantasy RB for Week 9.
News: For the second straight game, Bills RB Fred Jackson got at least 20 touches, but he only produced 64 yards in a 13-10 overtime loss to the Chiefs in Week 8. He carried the ball exactly 20 times, but his longest run was for just nine yards. With a total of 43 carries over the last two games, Jackson has amassed 133 yards for an average of 3.2 yards per carry. He also caught the ball three times against the Chiefs for 11 receiving yards.
Analysis: Since the departure of Marshawn Lynch, Jackson has been getting a lot more touches, but he is generating precious few yards. He has only one touchdown on the year, and he hasn't been much of a factor in the passing game, so Jackson's increased role hasn't translated into much value for Fantasy owners. Consider him as a potential bye-week replacement or flex option, especially if the matchups are favorable.
News: With Marshawn Lynch in Seattle, Fred Jackson is beginning to re-establish himself as the Bills' top running back. He has rushed for 73 yards in two straight games and looks to keep the momentum going into Week 8 against the Chiefs. The Chiefs have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 2010, but two running backs -- Ryan Mathews and Arian Foster -- have broken 70 rushing yards. Running backs have also totaled five touchdowns (four rushing) in the last three games against the Chiefs.
Analysis: The only knock against Jackson is that he has just one touchdown this season. The Bills have found a lot of success through the air thanks to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, so that is a big reason why Jackson hasn't had many chances to score. The Chiefs have given up a lot of TDs lately to RBs, so consider Jackson a low-end No. 2 Fantasy RB for Week 8.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson ran 23 times for 73 yards and caught a 4-yard pass in Buffalo's Week 7 OT loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Jackson's performance on Sunday was solid, considering it was against the Ravens, but Baltimore have looked human against the run this season. Jackson will continue to get a heavy dose of carries in the Buffalo offense, but with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing so well at the moment, Jackson will continue to be just a flex option in deeper formats for the time being. Buffalo plays at Kansas City in Week 8.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson will face the Ravens and their solid defense in Week 7. The Baltimore run defense that ranks as the seventh toughest unit in Fantasy play this season, although they are giving up over 100 yards a game to opposing RB corps. Jackson is coming off his best game of the season, a 73-yard effort against the Jaguars.
Analysis: Yes, Jackson is the clear No. 1 back in Buffalo for now, but unfortunately, the Bills offensive line is a disaster, and their QB play will need to improve if teams are to stop stacking the box against them. Jackson has never faced the Ravens in his career, and the chances of him doing anything special are pretty slim, as Baltimore has only given up more than 80 yards to one back this season (Peyton Hillis). Use Jackson only as a low-end No. 3 Fantasy RB or flex option if you're stuck with bye week issues.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson carried the ball just 12 times in Week 5 against Jacksonville, but he finished the game with a respectable 73 yards. Most of the yardage came on a 31-yard scamper. Jackson also added one catch, but that went for a 7-yard loss. In the first game following the trade of Marshawn Lynch, Jackson got a majority of the team's rushing attempts. Rookie C.J. Spiller received five carries for 31 yards.
Analysis: Jackson was clearly the team's No. 1 running option, but the Bills did not commit heavily to the run. That has been a recurring theme for the Bills this season and is something that could continue to happen all year unless Jackson establishes himself as a workhorse. For Jackson, the 12 carries still marked a season high and his 73 yards nearly doubled his previous best. Being used as a primary back should provide him with a chance to be very useful in Fantasy leagues the rest of the way, but the presence of C.J. Spiller means Jackson is no guarantee to finish the year as the No. 1 option. For now, consider him a viable low-end No. 2 RB or flex option, but he won't be available for Week 6 with his team on a bye. The Bills return to action in Week 7 with a very tough matchup at Baltimore.
News: After the trade of Marshawn Lynch, Bills RB Fred Jackson thinks it will be easier to find a rhythm with one less running back around. "We knew going into the season that we weren't going to be able to get all three of us involved like they wanted to," Jackson said. It's now Jackson and C.J. Spiller pacing the running game heading into Week 5 against the Jaguars. Jackson said on Wednesday that he has been told he is the new starting running back.
Analysis: Jackson was a star in the backfield for Buffalo last season and was expected to begin the 2010 season as the starter before getting injured in the preseason. Now that he seems back to 100 percent, it could be the Fred Jackson show again for Buffalo. Running backs have racked up 354 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Jacksonville this season. Both Mike Tolbert and Joseph Addai have scored multiple touchdowns against the Jags. Consider Jackson a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy RB for Week 5.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson has reclaimed the starting job he had last year in what's suddenly a much less crowded backfield in the wake of the team's trade of Marshawn Lynch to Seattle. I have (been told that Im the starter), Jackson told the team's official website. Its one of the things that I was told when I got here that I would be the guy thats going to be doing it. Im excited about it, looking forward to the opportunity and hopefully we can kind of get some things turned around out here. Jackson rushed for 1,062 yards last season, but lost the starting job to Marshawn Lynch this season.
Analysis: This move was pretty much a formality for the Bills, who are expected to use both Jackson and Spiller in the backfield. Spiller will play more of a hybrid role in the running and passing game behind Jackson. In Week 5, Buffalo takes on Jacksonville, who are allowing 101 yards per game with six rushing touchdowns on the season, so consider Jackson a solid No. 3 Fantasy RB in this matchup.
News: The Bills traded RB Marshawn Lynch to Seattle on Tuesday. Seattle has given up a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012. Lynch will now compete with Justin Forsett for the starting job with the Seahawks. With Lynch gone, the Bills will use Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in tandem for their RB spot. Jackson, who has not featured in an abysmal offense for the Bills thus far this year, will likely be the starter with Spiller backing him up and playing more of a hybrid role in the running and passing game. Its one of those things that Im excited about, said Jackson to the Bills' official website. Its a chance for me to go out and try and prove myself again. I think theyre showing a lot of faith in me if I do get a chance to go out there and be the number one back. I dont want to let them down.
Analysis: Jackson has struggled so far with 87 rushing yards after four games with one touchdown, but he's still coming back from a broken hand suffered in the preseason. We expect Jackson to get a significant boost without Lynch, and he has a favorable matchup in Week 5 against Jacksonville. The Jaguars are allowing 101 yards per game with six rushing touchdowns on the season, so consider Jackson a solid No. 3 Fantasy RB in this matchup.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson had an ugly day running the football against the Jets in Week 4. Among his fellow running backs, however, he was tops. While quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bills in rushing with 74 yards on seven carries, Jackson led the tailbacks with 21 yards on three carries. Marshawn Lynch managed 8 yards on four carries and C.J. Spiller, who didn't get his first carry until after halftime, managed 11 yards on two carries. Jackson was targeted twice in the passing game but did not make a grab.
Analysis: Jackson was targeted twice in the passing game and received three carries. That is all the offense he was able to take part in on Sunday. While he was the best running back on the roster in terms of yardage, that isn't really saying anything as the Bills could do nothing on the ground. Jackson has 87 rushing yards after four games with one touchdown. He cannot be a recommended Fantasy play heading into Week 5 against the Jaguars.
News: After three weeks of the NFL season, the third-most dropped Fantasy RB has been Buffalo's Fred Jackson. Jackson has rushed a total of 17 times in three contests for 66 yards with one touchdown. He's caught two passes and hasn't gained a receiving yard. Jackson, who doesn't even have a solid history against his Week 4 opponents, the Jets, shares the ball with Marshawn Lynch and now rookie C.J. Spiller and appears to be falling behind both. Jackson likely won't be able to get anything going Week 4 against the Jets. New York has been the No. 1 team at limiting Fantasy points to running backs after three weeks of the season.
Analysis: Giving up less than nine Fantasy points per game, the Jets have held running backs the likes of Ray Rice, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams to paltry totals of an average 59.7 yards per game on the ground with just one touchdown scored. Jackson is looking like the third option in the running game at this point. The Jets have been the best team in the NFL against RBs this season thus far. We just can't see Jackson being worth starting in Fantasy Week 4.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson ran just four times for 8 yards in a Week 3 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Along with C.J. Spiller, Jackson has taken a backseat to Marshawn Lynch in Buffalo, and after Lynch averaged 6.1 yards a carry on Sunday, Jackson looks to be staying there for now. Feel free to hold on to Jackson in deeper leagues just in case Lynch gets dealt, but Jackson should not be starting in Fantasy play heading into Week 4 against the Jets.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson will take on the Patriots in Week 3, and while the amount of carries he'll get on Sunday is up in the air, Jackson has a good recent history against New England. In two games last season vs. the Pats, Jackson totaled 252 rushing and receiving yards and also caught a touchdown.
Analysis: Jackson took a back seat to Marshawn Lynch last week in Green Bay, and coach Chan Gailey said that Lynch would be heavily used in Week 3. That's a shame, because it would have been nice to see if Jackson could continue his good form against the Patriots, who rank 26th in total defense so far in 2010. You're better off just keeping Jackson stashed away for now until his role gets more defined or he gets dealt.
News: Bills RB Marshawn Lynch got a majority of the carries in a Week 2 loss at Green Bay for Buffalo. He got 17 carries for 64 yards, both team highs. Meanwhile, Fred Jackson carried nine times for 39 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Rookie C.J. Spiller carried the ball just once for a gain of three yards.
Analysis: The Bills RB situation has been an avoidable one for Fantasy owners considering how little has been established at this early point of the season. The three backs split carries much more evenly in Week 1 against the Dolphins, but if this is a sign of what is to come this is not good news for Jackson despite his touchdown. The Bills have very little going for them offensively, but Lynch does have the best track record of the three backs and could begin to step ahead of the other two in terms of touches. Jackson has big-play ability and will continue to see touches, even in the passing game, but limited touches behind Lynch would cap him to being at best a flex option or No. 3 RB for deeper formats. We don't recommend starting Jackson for Week 3 at New England.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson will be facing a Packers team that ranked No. 1 in the NFL against the run last season in Week 2 at Green Bay. They allowed just five touchdowns in 16 games a year ago and an NFL-low 83.3 yards per game on the ground. In Week 1, the Packers held Eagles running back LeSean McCoy to just 35 yards on seven carries.
Analysis: Jackson says he is fully recovered from the hand injury he suffered in the preseason that required surgery, but the way the Bills are splitting carries among C.J. Spiller, Marshawn Lynch and Jackson, Fantasy owners should wait to see him prove his worth on the field before activating him -- especially considering the matchup against one of the top NFL run defenses. While his outlook for the rest of the season might be a little better than what we saw in Week 1, Jackson shouldn't be started in Fantasy play for Week 2 at Green Bay.
News: On Monday following his Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, Bills RB Fred Jackson told reporters that he feels recovered from his hand injury that required surgery. "I feel fine. Actually, at halftime (Sunday) I took the little brace that they had on me and took it off. So the hand feels like it's at 100 percent now. Jackson ran four times for a team-high 19 yards in a Week 1 loss to Miami. He also caught two passes for zero yards.
Analysis: In Week 1, Jackson got a target from QB Trent Edwards on the first play of the game but couldn't hold on. He split carries with Marshawn Lynch and rookie C.J. Spiller, but the Bills offense really struggled to get anything going against Miami except on their one scoring drive and Jackson ended up with very minimal stats. While his outlook for the rest of the season might be a little better than what we saw on Sunday, Jackson shouldn't be started in Fantasy play for Week 2 at Green Bay. Continue to monitor his progress.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson ran four times for a team-high 19 yards in a Week 1 loss to Miami. He also caught two passes for zero yards.
Analysis: Jackson got a target from QB Trent Edwards on the first play of the game but couldn't hold on. He split carries with Marshawn Lynch and rookie C.J. Spiller, but the Bills offense really struggled to get anything going against Miami except on their one scoring drive and Jackson ended up with very minimal stats. While his outlook for the rest of the season might be a little better than what we saw on Sunday, Jackson shouldn't be started in Fantasy play for Week 2 at Green Bay.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson is expected to play in the team's opener against the Miami Dolphins this weekend. Jackson has been out a month after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand. Head coach Chan Gailey said before practice Wednesday that Jackson "will be fine for the game" and that he will wear a pad around the injured hand. C.J. Spiller has reportedly been named the starting running back.
Analysis: Jackson might see around a dozen touches in the game, which is in the neighborhood of what he had in two separate games against the Dolphins in '09. In Miami he had nine carries for 42 yards with another 26 yards receiving and in Buffalo he had 73 yards on 15 carries with a pair of touchdowns and another 43 yards on five catches. Jackson's versatility isn't as explosive as Spiller's, but the Bills can't possibly ignore it. Consider him a low-end No. 3 Fantasy RB at best for the matchup since Spiller's workload will lighten Jackson's.
News: Even though Bills RB Fred Jackson (thumb) returned to practice this week, he was ruled inactive for Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions. "He did OK. He's rusty," head coach Chan Gailey said on Tuesday when Jackson returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hand in mid-August. "He hasn't done much of anything and has a hard time handling the ball completely, but he moved around pretty good. He's in good shape still; he takes care of himself."
Analysis: Jackson was expected to miss 4-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his left hand, so his status leading up to the season opener is right around the four-week timetable. This is a situation Fantasy owners will likely have to follow up to the wire in Week 1. Even if Jackson is active, the emergence of C.J. Spiller is going to cut into his production. Consider Jackson a low-end No. 3/high-end No. 4 Fantasy RB on Draft Day.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson (hand) returned to practice Tuesday. He said he was a "full-go", except that he could not hold the ball in his left hand because he has to wear a small brace on it as it continues to heal.
Analysis: Jackson's cast has been removed, and the running back is progressing nicely after breaking a bone just over two weeks ago. While Jackson is still unlikely to be ready for the season opener, he should be able to return soon after that and has the potential to be a decent No. 3 Fantasy RB if he can get enough touches alongside impressive rookie C.J. Spiller and Marshawn Lynch, who is also banged up. Continue to draft Jackson with a middle- to late-round pick.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson confirmed Monday that he will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his left hand. Jackson broke his fourth metacarpal in Friday's preseason opener against the Redskins. "It's a huge disappointment," said Jackson, who finished last season as the Bills' starter and led the team with a career-best 1,062 yards rushing. "Standing on the sideline, you can't do much to help your team." With fellow RB Marshawn Lynch expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks with a sprained ankle suffered on Friday that now thrusts rookie RB C.J. Spiller into the spotlight for Buffalo.
Analysis: This injury now puts Jackson in jeopardy to be healthy by the start of the season. The four-week timeline would take him right up to the opener against the Dolphins on Sept. 12. But that is definitely the optimistic outlook in all of this. The only thing we can be grateful for is that it seems Jackson dodged a season-ending ailment. Jackson was the 37th most drafted running back in CBSSports.com leagues before this injury. We still think Jackson can be a decent low-end No. 3 Fantasy RB when healthy, but this injury is likely going to allow Jackson to drop a few extra spots on Draft Day. He might be a bargain with a middle- to late-round pick.
News: Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson will have more tests to determine the severity of a left hand injury that will force the starter to miss at least the remainder of the preseason. Jackson's agent, Jerome Douglas, told the Associated Press by telephone on Saturday that it's too early to determine whether his client will require surgery on what he referred to as "a bone injury." Douglas added that depending on what team doctors inform Jackson, it's likely the player will seek a second medical opinion.
Analysis: Following the game, coach Chan Gailey didn't divulge the nature of the injury, and would only say that Jackson will miss Buffalo's final three preseason games. "We hope to get him back for the first game," Gailey said, referring to Buffalo's regular-season opener against Miami on Sept. 12. Jackson gained 1,062 yards on 237 carries in the 2009 season. He had the chance to remain Buffalo's starter this year even with the addition of C.J. Spiller and Marshawn Lynch still on the roster. With the injury, Spiller will likely emerge as the No. 1 RB in Buffalo, but we'll wait to see how long Jackson will be out. When healthy, Jackson should be considered a low-end No. 3 Fantasy RB, but his value will now slip. Continue to monitor his progress, but plan on drafting Jackson with a late-round pick as long as his hand injury doesn't linger deep into the year.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson broke his hand in Friday night's preseason game at Washington and will miss the rest of the preseason. Jackson started the game against the Redskins and had two carries for 11 yards. He hurt his hand on a 7-yard run on Buffalo's second play from scrimmage. Coach Chan Gailey said Jackson's status for Week 1 of the regular season is in jeopardy. "Fred hurt his hand and we hope to be able to get him back for the first game," Gailey said. "We're not sure." Jackson was competing for carries with rookie C.J. Spiller and Marshawn Lynch, but Lynch was also hurt in Friday's game, leaving with a sprained ankle. He did not carry the ball, but he caught one pass for 12 yards. Spiller, in his NFL debut, had four carries for 16 yards.
Analysis: Jackson gained 1,062 yards on 237 carries in the 2009 season. This is terrible news for Jackson, who had the chance to remain Buffalo's starter this year even with the addition of Spiller and Lynch still on the roster. With the injury, Spiller will likely emerge as the No. 1 RB in Buffalo, but we'll wait to see how long Jackson will be out. When healthy, Jackson should be considered a low-end No. 3 Fantasy RB, but his value will now slip. Continue to monitor his progress, but plan on drafting Jackson with a late-round pick as long as his hand injury doesn't linger deep into the year.
News: Having RB Marshawn Lynch finally attending practice is a start for Chan Gailey. The Bills coach will worry later about where Lynch will fit in what's become a crowded backfield. "At this point it doesn't matter. It only matters when we get to September," Gailey said Wednesday, referring to how he foresees splitting the workload between Lynch, returning veteran Fred Jackson and rookie first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller. "Let's get everybody on the same page and get all of the basics down," Gailey added. "Then we'll worry about all that other stuff." Lynch returned to practice Tuesday after he had skipped the previous 12 voluntary sessions. The 2007 first-round draft pick is unhappy playing in Buffalo and hoping for the possibility to be traded to get a fresh start elsewhere. With the Bills insisting they have no intention of trading the player, Lynch now has plenty of catching up to do in learning a revamped offense Gailey has been unveiling this spring. "Both on the field and off the field he has some catching up to do, but it seems like he's a quick study," Gailey said.
Analysis: We expect Jackson to remain the starter, Spiller to be used in a variety of ways, including as a receiver out of the backfield, and Lynch as a reserve. Jackson should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy RB with a mid-round pick. Plan on drafting Spiller also as a No. 3 Fantasy RB in seasonal leagues, and his value is higher in formats where receptions count. In keeper leagues and rookie-only formats, Spiller has much more value because he's the future for the Bills.
News: The Buffalo News reports Bills RB Fred Jackson said he was in "total shock," when the team drafted RB C.J. Spiller, but he plans to work well with the rookie and Marshawn Lynch. Last year, Jackson rushed for 1,062 yards and had 46 receptions for 371 yards. In his 11 starts, he averaged 112 yards from scrimmage and 4.8 yards a carry. He outplayed Lynch and proved himself, but now he has to do it again. "I look at myself as the underdog who still has that target on his back," Jackson said. "I want to go out and showcase myself and show I am the type of guy you can depend on." But Jackson also knows it's hard to get in a rhythm with three guys sharing the ball. "The better a running back is, the more touches he gets," Jackson said. "You could definitely see it being hard to get into that groove, the rhythm that running backs need. At the same time, you've got to take advantage of the ones you do get."
Analysis: We see Jackson continuing to be a key cog in the Bills backfield even in a shared role with Spiller and Lynch. Jackson will likely be used in most running-down situations with Lynch as the backup option. Spiller will also get carries and be used in passing situations. Jackson should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy RB with a mid- to late-round pick. Plan on drafting Spiller also as a No. 3 Fantasy RB in seasonal leagues, and his value is higher in formats where receptions count. In keeper leagues and rookie-only formats, Spiller has much more value because he's the future for the Bills. Lynch is worth drafting with a late-round pick if he remains with the Bills, but there's a chance he could be traded, which would be the best scenario for all three running backs.
News: The official team website of the Bills reports that rookie RB C.J. Spiller will be lining up in a lot of different places this year, but he's unlikely to be a full-time rusher with Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch still handling that load. Through the rookie minicamp, Spiller lined up only in the backfield as the coaching staff installed the base offense over those three days. When the staff decides to expose Spiller to the different roles he's expected to play come the regular season will largely be determined by how effectively he absorbs all the play call assignments being given to him. Lynch told yahoo.com that he wasn't upset the Bills drafted Spiller. "It gave us another weapon," Lynch said. "We should be able to utilize him in some exciting ways. I see it as a good thing." Lynch also expects to be a significant contributor this year. "My mentality is that it's time to get back to work," Lynch said. "All I can do is showcase what I've got, and if they utilize it, they do. And if they don't, then you know what, they don't. At the end of the day, it's still going to be a business. ... What will you see from me this year? Beast mode."
Analysis: No matter what Lynch says and where Spiller lines up, Jackson will continue to get carries for the Bills in 2010. He is worth drafting as a No. 3 RB with a mid- to late-round pick. Spiller is the future in Buffalo and Lynch will still get his share of carries if he's not traded prior to Week 1, but Jackson, for this season, still has value as a quality RB for the Bills.
News: The Buffalo News reports that it appears like the Bills plan to hang on to RB Marshawn Lynch despite drafting C.J. Spiller in the first round of the NFL Draft and already having Fred Jackson on the roster. The paper reports Seattle and Green Bay considered making a trade for Lynch before going in a different direction, but Bills GM Buddy Nix has been adamant that the team has no plans to trade Lynch. "I've said time and time again, he's ours, he's here and we'd like for him to be here," Nix said.
Analysis: Jackson and Lynch will likely share carries with Spiller working as a receiver out of the backfield and in the return game. If Lynch remains in Buffalo then Jackson's Fantasy value will take a hit. He should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy RB at best coming into 2010, but he's still worth a mid-round pick. The best scenario for Jackson remains if Lynch is traded, which could still happen if Buffalo gets the right offer.
News: The Bills drafted RB C.J. Spiller with their first-round pick in the 2010 draft, and expectations are that they'll find creative ways to utilize him in offense alongside Fred Jackson, one of the team's bright spots from last season. The Bills also have RB Marshawn Lynch on the roster.
Analysis: We expect the Bills to take a page out of the Saints' book and utilize Jackson as a "traditional" running back while Spiller will serve as more of an X-factor. That should still leave slightly more than 15 touches per game for Jackson, but with an offensive line still considered a weak spot, no quality quarterback to speak of and potentially two backs cutting into his reps (they still have Lynch, after all), Jackson isn't as attractive as he was before the draft. A candidate for 1,000 total yards at this point, figure Jackson to be a low-end No. 2/top-end No. 3 Fantasy RB depending on the size of your league's active rosters.
News: The Buffalo News reports the Bills should release RB Marshawn Lynch because he "isn't worth the trouble." On Saturday, the Buffalo News reported that Lynch was accused of stealing $20 from a police officer's wife. He also has previously pleaded guilty to gun possession in L.A. And he had the hit-and-run incident in downtown Buffalo. Lynch was suspended three games by the NFL, and in 2009 he was outplayed by backup RB Fred Jackson. The newspaper writes that "Lynch is approaching bust status. ... The Bills are evaluating their entire operation. They should take a long, hard look at their troubled running back. Any serious evaluation of Lynch has to conclude that he's headed for more trouble, and the worst might be yet to come. Let it be elsewhere. Trade him, cut him, but get Lynch out of our town, before he does something truly regrettable."
Analysis: The Buffalo News is taking a hard stance with Lynch, but the Bills might be inclined to make a move with Lynch based on his play. Lynch finished the 2009 season with 120 carries for 450 yards and two touchdowns and 28 catches for 179 yards. By comparison, Jackson had 238 carries for 1,062 yards and two touchdowns and 46 catches for 371 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson should enter 2010 as the starter, but the Bills could give Lynch his job back if he has a good offseason. Still, with a new coach ready to enter the fold, the running back situation in Buffalo remains up in the air. Keep an eye on what happens this offseason, but Lynch's Fantasy value heading into 2010 is no better than a No. 3 RB since he will definitely share carries with Jackson no matter who is starting.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson ran 33 times for 212 yards in a Week 17 win over the Colts. He also caught two passes for 15 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: While Jackson only finished 2009 with two rushing touchdowns, he totaled 1,062 yards and established himself as someone the Bills are likely to rely on heavily in 2010. While he's still probably going to split carries with Marshawn Lynch, unless one of them gets traded, Jackson will certainly be worth taking in all drafts this summer as either a nice low-end starting Fantasy RB or high-end bench option, depending on the size of your league.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson is the clear-cut starter over Marshawn Lynch for the Bills. That didn't matter much against the Falcons in Week 16 as neither player did much offensively. Jackson rushed for 39 yards on 13 carries. He added two catches for 14 yards. Jackson did lose a fumble in the game.
Analysis: Jackson has completely taken over for Lynch as the teams primary ball carrier. Jackson had at least 80 rushing yards in his previous two games but was held in check by the Falcons in Week 16. He hasnt scored since Week 12 against Miami, when he scored twice. Jackson is definitely the better Fantasy option for Week 17 against the Colts. Consider him a No. 2 Fantasy RB.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson ran 15 times for 80 yards and caught four passes for 32 yards in a Week 15 loss to New England.
Analysis: As expected, Jackson got more than twice as many touches as Marshawn Lynch on Sunday, but a touchdown would have made his Fantasy day complete. In Week 16, the Bills will play at Atlanta and Jackson will probably be an OK No. 2 Fantasy RB option for that matchup.
News: With the Patriots missing starting DLs Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork due to injury in Week 15, Bills RBs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch could find plenty of holes to run through on Sunday in Buffalo.
Analysis: Jackson is the more Fantasy-viable option in this running back by committee situation, and could even be used as a top-end No. 2 choice for this matchup. Lynch is more of a No. 3 or flex option.
News: Buffalo RBs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch shared carries against the Chiefs in the Week 14 victory. Jackson carried 20 times and caught three passes while Lynch had 12 touches on the ground with three receptions of his own. Jackson rushed for 99 yards and led the team in receiving with 23 more. Lynch had the game's longest carry of 47 yards but rushed for a total of 84 yards with 10 more receiving. Neither player sniffed the end zone.
Analysis: Lynch clearly saw fewer carries than did Jackson against the Chiefs but his long run of 47 yards proved to be the most explosive play by either of the two backs. Lynch scored a touchdown in Week 13 but the rushing situation for the Bills is a little too murky to really like either back in Fantasy play. We still believe that Jackson is the better Fantasy option and call him a No. 3 Fantasy RB for Week 15 against the Patriots. Lynch is a low-end No. 3 or No. 4 option.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson, who claimed the starting job from Marshawn Lynch with his good performance last week, wasn't quite as effective Week 13 against the Jets. He had 13 carries for 31 yards and three catches for 24. Lynch, meanwhile, had six carries for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: This time, Lynch looked like the better running back of the two -- a development that only clouds the Bills' backfield situation further. We still think the more consistent Jackson will get more touches than Lynch going forward, but with a good matchup Week 14 at Kansas City, both might make worthwhile contributions in Fantasy. Treat Jackson as a No. 2 Fantasy RB and Lynch as a No. 3.
News: RB Fred Jackson is officially starting for the Bills against the Jets in Week 13. He supplanted Marshawn Lynch as the starter after having 15 carries for 73 yards and five catches for 43 yards last week.
Analysis: Jackson started the first three games for the Bills with Lynch serving a suspension and emerged as a must-start Fantasy option, averaging 97.0 rushing yards and 44.7 receiving yards. He'll probably have more success than Lynch did, but he has a tough matchup against the Jets this week, especially running behind a patchwork offensive line. Treat him as a No. 3 Fantasy RB.
News:Fred Jackson will have to do a lot to top last week's two-touchdown effort against Miami, but he'll try in Week 13 against the Jets on Thursday in Toronto. Jackson has seemingly supplanted Marshawn Lynch as the primary rusher in the Buffalo offense, though he's still working behind a patchwork offensive line. In three career games against the Jets Jackson has totaled 147 yards with one touchdown, including 52 rush yards in his previous meeting with them this season. The Jets enter the game ranked 13th against the run but holding opposing rushers to 3.9 yards per carry with only eight touchdowns allowed on the ground.
Analysis: We like the fact that Jackson should see around 15 touches, but that's not a guarantee. It's also not a guarantee that he'll be productive against the Jets. Consider Jackson a No. 3 Fantasy RB or flex choice for this matchup.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson ran 15 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 12 win vs. Miami. He also caught five passes for 43 yards.
Analysis: Jackson got the start over Marshawn Lynch on Sunday and made the most of his extra work. However, once Lynch gets a little healthier, Jackson's Fantasy value might take a bit of a hit because there is no guarantee how many carries he'll get. Against the Jets in Week 13, consider Jackson a high-end No. 3 Fantasy option.
News: Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was fully participating in the portion of practice open to the media on Wednesday. Lynch left Sunday's game against Jacksonville with a shoulder injury but seems to be on track to play against the Dolphins in Week 12. Fred Jackson was expected to get the start had Lynch been unable to play.
Analysis: Lynch might be healthy enough to go, but his offensive line is a mess and the Dolphins' run defense won't be such a good matchup for him considering his big men up front. If you own Lynch, consider other options before starting him in Week 12. He and Jackson are both low-end No. 3 Fantasy choices at this point.
News: Bills running back Marshawn Lynch's status is uncertain after he hurt his left shoulder and did not return against Jacksonville in Week 11. Lynch was hurt in the second quarter, when he lost a fumble and landed on his shoulder before getting carted to the locker room. Interim head coach Perry Fewell labeled him as day-to-day and would only say that Lynch was feeling better on Monday. "We'll see (Tuesday) how he feels and continue from there," Fewell said.
Analysis: If Lynch plays, he would continue to take carries away from teammate Fred Jackson and keep both of them limited to low-end No. 3 Fantasy running backs. But if Lynch takes the week off to rest then Jackson would likely take the strong majority of reps at running back and have a shot at putting up 100 total yards against a Dolphins defense missing their best run stuffer for the rest of the season. We'll keep you posted on the Bills' backfield this week.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson became the starting RB by default during the Week 11 game at Jacksonville. Starter Marshawn Lynch was injured early in the game and Jackson replaced him as the lead runner. Jackson finished with nine carries for 35 yards and no scores. He added four catches for 20 yards.
Analysis: Jacksons Fantasy value for Week 12 against Miami will have a lot to do with the status of Lynch, who could be in doubt for that game now. Jackson rushed nine times for 42 yards against Miami in Week 4 in his last game as starter before Lynch returned from suspension. The Dolphins are among the better rush defenses in the NFL so consider Jackson a No. 3 Fantasy RB, at best, if Lynch is out. Hes nothing but a flex option if Lynch can play.
News: You're probably not inclined to start Fred Jackson in Week 11 at Jacksonville, but here's some recent history that's good food for thought: Jackson played at Jacksonville last season and while sharing the backfield with Marshawn Lynch was able to total 100 yards from scrimmage.
Analysis: Jackson began to get re-involved with the Bills offense last week, throwing a touchdown and totaling 71 yards from scrimmage (not including passing yardage). If you're desperate for a flex option in Week 11, Jackson is worthy of some consideration, but don't expect any more than, say, 90 total yards.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson rushed eight times for 48 yards in Week 10 at Tennessee. He also caught three passes for 23 yards and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans.
Analysis: Outside of the trick touchdown, Jackson did not amount to much. He did out-gain Marshawn Lynch, but not by much. Jackson has not had more than 10 carries in a game since Week 6 and he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1 and Jackson is no longer worth owning as anything but a handcuff to Lynch. Keep him reserved for Week 11 at Jacksonville.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson will take on the Titans in Week 10 as he looks to get back involved in the Buffalo rushing attack. Tennessee ranks 18th against the run in 2009.
Analysis: Jackson has just 30 rushing yards on 14 carries in his last two games, and not even a week off is likely to increase his Fantasy value any time. He remains just a handcuff for Marshawn Lynch owners and is only worth a shot as a low-end emergency flex option in super-deep leagues.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson rushed nine times for 28 yards Week 8 in a loss to Houston. Jackson tied for the team lead in carries with Marshawn Lynch but Lynch had 43 yards.
Analysis: Jackson is slowly becoming the team's kick return specialist with less emphasis on the running game. In the last two games, Jackson has 14 carries for 30 yards and he hasn't had a rushing touchdown all year. Jackson is no longer worth owning as anything but a handcuff to Lynch. The Bills have a bye Week 9.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson, who began the season strong in place of suspended Marshawn Lynch, continued to forfeit touches Week 7 at Carolina. He ran a season-low five times for 2 yards, getting tackled in the end zone for a safety in the second quarter. Lynch, meanwhile, had 17 carries, reestablishing himself as the team's feature back.
Analysis: Jackson hasn't offered much to Fantasy owners since Lynch returned in Week 4, and his contributions have become less and less over the last few weeks. Now that Lynch once again looks like the clear favorite of the two, Jackson doesn't have much Fantasy appeal except as a handcuff option. The Bills have a decent matchup Week 8 against the Texans, but you can't trust Jackson for it. You might even consider cutting him, depending on your needs.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson will take on the Panthers in Week 7 as he looks for his first rushing touchdown of the season. Carolina ranks a woeful 29th against the run this season.
Analysis: Jackson is still featuring with a decent amount of carries in the Bills running game, despite the return of Marshawn Lynch. Jackson has a nice matchup in Week 7, but there's no guarantee how many touches he'll get, so consider him just a low-end No. 3 Fantasy RB or flex option.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson, who has become almost a sidekick out of the backfield with the return of Marshawn Lynch, got 15 carries for 52 yards at the Jets in Week 6. He didn't factor in the passing game, though, after averaging four catches over his first five games.
Analysis: Jackson made a huge Fantasy impact with Lynch serving a suspension, but in his current role, you can't expect much from him, especially with the Bills offense struggling as a whole. Jackson still deserves a roster spot in Fantasy, but think of him as a low-end No. 3 RB for Week 7 at Carolina.
News: The Bills play at the Jets in Week 6, and it will be a telling game for RB Fred Jackson, who could be gradually phased out as Marshawn Lynch continues to work off the rust. The Jets rank 19th vs. the run after a good start to the season.
Analysis: Jackson is clearly a very risky play in Fantasy right now, as there's no guarantee how many carries he'll get on a game-by-game basis. Start him as a No. 3 RB/flex option for Week 6, but only in deeper formats.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson had 13 carries for 30 yards and two catches for 17 yards vs. the Browns in Week 5. His backfield mate Marshawn Lynch saw more work and better totals: 17 carries for 69 yards with 56 yards on six catches.
Analysis: Jackson's numbers have nosedived after a red-hot start to the season. Owners are advised to keep Jackson benched for the foreseeable future, starting at the Jets in Week 6.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson will face the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. The Browns rank 31st in the NFL against the rush through the first four weeks of the season, allowing 176.8 rushing yards per contest.
Analysis: Jackson led the team with nine carries for 42 yards during a Week 4 loss to the Dolphins despite the return of Marshawn Lynch. We still think Lynch will be the more productive back in Week 5, but Jackson can be a useful No. 3 RB, flex option or bye week replacement thanks to this very favorable matchup. There could be plenty to go around for each player.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson led the team with nine carries for 42 yards during a Week 4 loss to the Dolphins. His longest carry went 9 yards. Jackson also had three catches for 26 yards, with a long gain of 18 yards. Unfortunately, Jackson did not find the end zone.
Analysis: Week 4 was the first time Jackson had to share touches with Marshawn Lynch, who just returned from a three-game suspension. Even though Lynch is back in uniform, the Bills have said they will use both running backs. That's good news for Jackson, who doesn't lose all of his Fantasy appeal. But it still hurts that he is losing touches. Consider Jackson at best No. 3 Fantasy RB or flex option for Week 5 against the Browns.
News: With RB Marshawn Lynch back from suspension for Week 4 at Miami, the Bills may split RB Fred Jackson out as a WR to get both players on the field at the same time. "I don't know exactly what we're going to do yet but I don't mind that at all," Jackson said Wednesday.
Analysis: That would be interesting to get Lynch and Jackson on the field together. We like Jackson and Lynch as No. 3 Fantasy options this week at best since with Lynch back, it will take production away from Jackson. Keep an eye on what happens, but keep in mind that Miami is No. 3 in run defense and could do a good job in containing both Lynch and Jackson this week.
News: The Buffalo News reports Bills RB Marshawn Lynch is excited to return from his three-game suspension, which ended after Buffalo lost to New Orleans on Sunday. He will be active for Sunday's game at Miami. "It was hard, but that was part of the deal. I had to sit out. I'm just glad to be back," he said. "I'm always hungry and it's time to eat." Lynch did not have an idea of how much playing time or how many carries he would receive Sunday against the Dolphins, but insisted he did not care who was deemed the starter. Fred Jackson filled in for Lynch with 291 yards rushing and added 15 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown in three starts. His 425 yards from scrimmage in the first three games is the fourth-best start to a season over that stretch in team history. Last season, Lynch averaged 20 touches per game to Jackson's 10.5. It's clear those numbers could get closer after Jackson's strong start. "Going into the season, even in the offseason when we knew about Marshawn's suspension, I said, 'We've got to be careful with Fred because he's a really good player and we don't want to overload him.' He had a lot of touches and did a great job," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "Now Marshawn's back and we'll take some of that load off and evenly distribute it because both those guys are good. It'll make us a better team."
Analysis: It's apparent Lynch and Jackson will share carries, at least heading into Week 4 at Miami. Consider both running backs a No. 3 Fantasy option at best and hopefully we'll see how the split works. The Dolphins are No. 3 in run defense and have only allowed one rushing touchdown to an opposing running back.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson totaled 18 carries for 71 yards during a Week 3 loss to the Saints. His longest carry went for 12 yards. Jackson also had four catches for 26 yards, totaling 97 yards on the day. Unfortunately, he did not find the end zone.
Analysis: Jackson, who was coming off a 163-yard rushing performance against Buffalo, has been running very well in the absence of Marshawn Lynch, who has one game left on a four-game suspension. When Lynch finally returns, Buffalo is going to have to give serious thought to a two-back system since Jackson is averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Jackson will be the feature back heading into Week 4 against the Dolphins. However, Miami has a pretty good run defense, so consider Jackson a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy RB. Jackson had 10 carries for 41 yards in two games against Miami last season.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson will take on the Saints in Week 3, in what will be the final game before RB Marshawn Lynch's suspension is over. The Saints are fifth vs. the run this season, allowing just 59 yards a game.
Analysis: Jackson's performance in Week 2 has made the return of Lynch to the No. 1 spot no formality, but Jackson is certain to at least lose some carries once Lynch returns in Week 4. The Bills will likely seek to beat the Saints through the air a little more than on the ground, as New Orleans has given up 288 yards a game through the air so far. Still, you can consider Jackson a low-end No. 1 option for Week 3.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson put up some gaudy stats Week 2 against the Buccaneers but failed to get into the end zone. He ran for 163 yards in the game and made six catches for a total of 25 yards. However, Jackson did fumble the ball once deep in Tampa Bay territory.
Analysis: Jackson is building a case to continue to get touches once Marshawn Lynch returns from his suspension in Week 4. He has been great in the first two games of the year, racking up 140 combined yards Week 1 at New England. Keep him active in all formats for Week 3's game against the Saints but be aware that Lynch will return Week 4 and Jackson will likely return to a backup role.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson comes into Week 2 against Tampa Bay with a good matchup, and he's the CBSSports.com Start of the Week for this scoring period. In Week 1 at New England, Jackson had 57 rushing yards on 15 carries and five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. The Buccaneers weren't horrible in run defense last week against Dallas, allowing 118 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, but Jackson will again get the majority of touches with Marshawn Lynch suspended for the next two games.
Analysis: Jackson should be considered a must-start in all leagues for Week 2. Look for him to play well in this matchup against Tampa Bay.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson, starting the first three weeks of the NFL season with Marshawn Lynch suspended, looked like the best offensive player on the field for the Bills in Week 1's loss to the Patriots on Monday night. Jackson led the Bills in rushing and receiving in the game. He totaled 140 yards (57 rushing, 83 receiving) and scored a touchdown through the air. Jackson put Buffalo ahead in the game 24-13 with 5:32 to play in the game with his 4th quarter 10-yard touchdown catch from Trent Edwards. He saw 15 carries and five catches in the game.
Analysis: Jackson definitely proved he will be well worth using while Lynch is out, and may have earned much more playing time once he returns as well with his performance in Week 1. Buffalo plays Tampa Bay in Week 2 and the Bucs limited the Cowboys to 118 rushing yards in Week 1. Still, we don't see Jackson slowing down much in that game. If he has similar production, go ahead and use him as a high-end No. 2 Fantasy option Week 2.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson is ready to start the season opener at New England in Week 1 with Marshawn Lynch suspended. He also started the season finale against the Patriots with Lynch injured and played well with 27 carries for 136 yards. But Buffalo's offensive line was much improved in that game compared to Week 1, and the Patriots will likely key in on stopping Jackson.
Analysis: Jackson has the chance to get plenty of touches in this game, and the Patriots are going through a change on their defensive line with Richard Seymour now gone. Still, the Bills are more of a mess than the Patriots by far after offensive coordinator Turk Schonert was recently fired. Jackson could make some plays in the passing game with Buffalo likely playing from behind, but Jackson's first game in place of the suspended Lynch likely won't be very productive. He should only be started as a flex player in Week 1 or in deeper leagues as a No. 2 option.
News: In a mild surprise, Dominic Rhodes has been released by the Bills, according to multiple sources. Rhodes was expected to provide depth at the position through at least the first three weeks of the season while Marshawn Lynch served a suspension. Fred Jackson will not only start for Buffalo in those games, which was expected, but he'll likely be used on every down now that Rhodes has been released.
Analysis: Great news for those owners who drafted Jackson since he might legitimately be a 20-touch runner for the first three games. The Bills' O-line is a mess and the team fired their offensive coordinator after the first-team offense couldn't score a TD in five preseason games, but Jackson will at least be in a place to be relevant in Fantasy circles for the start of the season. He's a must-get for those folks who have Marshawn Lynch, and he's also worthy of being a low-end No. 3 RB in deeper leagues this season. For Weeks 1 through 3, however, Jackson should be considered for a starting spot as a flex since his reps will be plentiful.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson (wrist, thumb) was not active for Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions. He has missed the last two preseason games, but is expected to be ready for Week 1 against the Patriots.
Analysis: The Bills took it easy on Jackson late in the preseason since they could ill-afford to be down another back with Marshawn Lynch already suspended for the first three games. Jackson is expected to start for the Bills until Lynch comes back, so he could be worth starting early in the season.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson sat out of Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers with wrist and thumb injuries as expected. He is probable for the start of the regular season but remains questionable for the preseason finale against Detroit.
Analysis: Jackson should be fine for the start of the regular season and Fantasy owners should not be too concerned with his status. The Bills are counting on Jackson to play a key role to start the season by filling in for Marshawn Lynch, who will miss the first three games while serving an NFL suspension. Jackson is worth a mid-round pick as a sleeper for a breakout season.
News: The Buffalo News reports that Bills coach Dick Jauron does not expect Fred Jackson to play in Saturday's preseason game against Pittsburgh, although he said Jackson might practice some on Friday. Jackson has a sprained left wrist, though the injury is not expected to prevent him from being ready for the start of the regular season.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should not be worried about his status for the start of the season. The Bills are counting on Jackson to play a key role to start the season by filling in for Marshawn Lynch, who will miss the first three games while serving an NFL suspension. Jackson is worth a mid-round pick as a sleeper for a breakout season.
News: Bills running back Fred Jackson has a sprained left wrist, though the injury is not expected to prevent him from being ready for the start of the regular season. Jackson missed practice Wednesday, a day after aggravating an injury to his wrist and thumb. He said tests came back negative after he was struck just above the left thumb during a running play. He expected to test the injury in practice as early as Thursday. "Yeah, I'll be fine," Jackson said, referring to being ready for the regular season. "Right now everything's just precautionary, so I'm excited about that."
Analysis: Coach Dick Jauron wouldn't rule Jackson out from playing in Buffalo's preseason game at Pittsburgh on Saturday, so Fantasy owners should not be worried about his status for the start of the season. The Bills are counting on Jackson to play a key role to start the season by filling in for Marshawn Lynch, who will miss the first three games while serving an NFL suspension. Jackson is worth a mid-round pick as a sleeper for a breakout season.
News:Fred Jackson aggravated a left thumb injury in practice Tuesday. Jackson's status is uncertain as he was having tests after being hurt during a team drill near the end of the two-hour practice. Jackson was hurt during a running play, when he took a pitch to the left. He was hit as he burst through the line of scrimmage, fumbled the ball and fell to the ground in pain. With several teammates and trainers looking on, Jackson eventually got up and was holding out his left hand while being escorted to the training facility. Jackson's hand already was heavily taped around the wrist and thumb.
Analysis: The injury is potentially troublesome because Jackson is slated as the team's starter while Marshawn Lynch serves a three-game NFL suspension to open the regular season. The Bills added insurance this offseason by signing eight-year NFL veteran Dominic Rhodes in free agency. He's followed on the depth chart by Xavier Omon, who had brief playing time as a rookie last year. Coach Dick Jauron said Jackson was hit in the same spot - just above the thumb - where he had been previously injured. It's not clear when Jackson was initially hurt, but he was bothered by the injury when he lost a fumble in a 31-21 loss at Green Bay last weekend. Jackson is worth a mid-round pick as a sleeper, but this is an injury worth keeping an eye on.
News: Buffalo RB Marshawn Lynch was held to 6 yards on six carries in Saturday's preseason game at Green Bay. He did not record a catch. His backup, Fred Jackson, who will start the first three games with Lynch suspended, had four carries for 18 yards and two catches for 17 yards but also lost a fumble.
Analysis: Despite missing the three games, we still view Lynch as a No. 2 Fantasy RB, but you're going to have to get a quality backup, like Jackson, for the three games Lynch will be out. Plan on drafting Lynch around Round 3 in all leagues at the earliest, and Jackson is worth a mid-round pick as a sleeper.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson filled in for starter Marshawn Lynch on Saturday in the preseason game against Chicago and had eight carries for 17 yards and one catch for 5 yards.
Analysis: Jackson will start the first three games of the season with Lynch suspended. Continue to view Jackson as a sleeper worth a mid-round pick. He'll lose value when Lynch returns, but Jackson has the chance to be a good flex option for the first three games of the season and is great insurance in case you draft Lynch with an early selection.
News: The Buffalo News reports the Bills will continue to run RB Marshawn Lynch with the starters during practice despite the fact he will miss the first three games with a suspension. One might think the Bills would run his backup, Fred Jackson, with the starting unit during practices. Jackson gets plenty of repetitions, and some of them are with the starters. But Lynch still runs the majority of plays with the starting group.
Analysis: Despite missing the three games, we still view Lynch as a No. 2 Fantasy RB, but you're going to have to get a quality backup, like Jackson, for the three games Lynch will be out. Plan on drafting Lynch around Round 3 in all leagues at the earliest.
News: Bills coach Dick Jauron said Monday that as of now, RB Fred Jackson would start in place of the suspended Marshawn Lynch to start the season. "Unless something happens, it will be Freddie," Jauron said. "But (he and Dominic Rhodes) will both be playing a lot." The NFL announced that Lynch's three-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy has been upheld after an appeal from Lynch.
Analysis: We expect Jackson to start the first three games with Lynch out, but Rhodes will get some carries as well. Continue to view Jackson as a sleeper worth a mid-round pick, and Rhodes is worth drafting with a late-round flier in deep formats.
News: In an interview with CBSSports.com, Bills RB Fred Jackson said he is excited about the chance to start three games with Marshawn Lynch out with a suspension. "It's a year that can be a coming-out party for me," Jackson said. "I can showcase my game and make a name for myself." Jackson has spent the past two years as the No. 2 RB behind Lynch. In 2007, Lynch missed two games with an ankle injury. Jackson had 151 total yards at Washington and 121 total yards against Miami. Last year, with Lynch dealing with a shoulder problem toward the end of the season, Jackson had three games with over 100 total yards and scored two touchdowns in December. He finished with 571 rushing yards and three touchdowns and 37 catches for 317 yards. Now comes 2009, and Jackson has the opportunity he's been waiting for. "When Marshawn does come back, I want to make it hard for them to take me off the field," Jackson said.
Analysis: Jackson said in the interview he wants to have 1,500 total yards this season and expressed his optimism about seeing time at WR when Lynch is back. We have Jackson as a sleeper this year, and he is worth drafting with a mid-round pick as a No. 3 Fantasy RB. He'll lose value when Lynch returns, but Jackson has the chance to be a good flex option for the first three games of the season and is great insurance in case you draft Lynch with an early selection.
News: According to the official team web site, Bills RB Marshawn Lynch could see a decrease in carries this year when he returns from his three-game suspension. The same could go for Fred Jackson with the addition of Dominic Rhodes this offseason. "We'd like to take a little bit of pressure off of them," said Bills coach Dick Jauron of Lynch and Jackson. "We wanted to find a guy with a little more experience in that third spot." The goal is to keep Lynch and even Jackson fresh for the end of the season. Lynch dealt with an ankle injury in 2007 and a shoulder problem in 2008. Lynch is also a RB that doesn't shy away from contact, hence his nickname, "Beast Mode." Lynch, however, said he wants to carry the ball as much as he can. "I feel pretty much the same," Lynch said. "I bulked up to about 230 and put some mass on. We'll see how that's going to work. I haven't lost a step."
Analysis: Lynch has already lost some value with the three-game suspension, so losing even more touches to Jackson and Rhodes will further lower his value. We view Lynch as a No. 2 Fantasy RB, but you're going to have to get a quality backup, like Jackson, for the three games Lynch will be out. Plan on drafting Lynch around Round 3 in all leagues at the earliest. Jackson should be considered a mid-round selection and viewed as a sleeper, and Rhodes is worth a late-round flier in deep leagues.
News: The official team Web site reports that Bills RB Fred Jackson has been lining up as a receiver quite a bit during their most recent minicamp -- more so than fellow WR Roscoe Parrish. Jackson is in line to start for the Bills for their first three games while Marshawn Lynch serves a suspension, but this news suggests that Jackson could be in for more playing time than originally believed once Lynch comes back in Week 4.
Analysis: Jackson has good hands (37 catches last year) and might fill in as a fourth receiver on passing downs. If he does find playing time with Lynch this year, it will only enhance his appeal. We like Jackson as a middle- to late-round pick whether you draft Lynch or not, and he should serve as a low-end No. 2/top-end No. 3 Fantasy RB in the club's first trio of games: at New England, vs. Tampa Bay and vs. New Orleans.
News: The Bills announced a contract extension between themselves and exclusive-rights free agent Fred Jackson, keeping the speedster out of Coe College in the fold for four more years. Jackson wasn't able to negotiate with other teams but also wanted a fair deal, especially in the wake of him starting as many as three games to begin the 2009 season because of Marshawn Lynch's suspension. "I'm excited about it and looking forward to the opportunity," Jackson said, while noting he'd prefer Lynch wasn't suspended. "I'm heading into the season knowing that I'm going to be the guy that they're going to be leaning on."
Analysis: Jackson is a good stop-gap option to begin the season since he'll log a lot of work in the Bills' first three games (Dominic Rhodes will also pitch in on the ground game). We like Jackson as a middle- to late-round pick whether you draft Lynch or not, and he should serve as a low-end No. 2/top-end No. 3 Fantasy RB in the club's first trio of games: at New England, vs. Tampa Bay and vs. New Orleans.
News: In an effort to add depth to their running game, and perhaps in an effort to create some leverage against exclusive-rights free-agent RB Fred Jackson, the Bills signed veteran RB Dominic Rhodes to a two-year deal. The signing not only adds another running back to the mix, but it almost certainly means that Jackson's value as an early-season starting option takes a big hit. Rhodes should aid Jackson, if not supplant him, with the running duties while Lynch is suspended. Then when Lynch returns, one or both could split reps working as a backup. The Buffalo News believes that Jackson will still start games while Lynch is suspended.
Analysis: Previously, Jackson was considered a decent sleeper since he'd start your season off as a No. 3 Fantasy RB, but that was under the impression that he'd see a ton of reps. Now, expect Jackson to land somewhere between 60 and 70 percent of the reps over the first three games of the season, with Rhodes getting the rest, and that's assuming Jackson signs a new contract and does OK in training camp and in the preseason. Jackson slips back into being a middle- to late-round pick, still holding some value as a stop-gap and/or must-draft option for those owners who take Lynch with an early-round pick.
News: Bills RB Marshawn Lynch will miss the first three games of the regular season after being suspended without pay by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The NFL announced the suspension Thursday, a month after Lynch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge in Los Angeles. It was the player's second run-in with the law, following a hit-and-run accident in Buffalo in May. The suspension means the Bills will be without the 2007 first-round draft pick for their prime-time season-opener at New England on Sept. 14. Lynch apologized for his actions, and anticipated he'd be suspended after meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month. Under league rules, the suspension takes effect after the Bills final preseason game, and Lynch will be allowed to take part in the team's offseason programs, including training camp. Lynch has the option to appeal the ruling.
Analysis: Without Lynch, the Bills will be missing one of their key offensive threats. He's coming off consecutive seasons with 1,000 yards rushing, and last year led the team with nine touchdowns. Backup Fred Jackson would likely take over as the interim starter. Jackson, however, has yet to accept the team's one-year $460,000 tender offer while attempting to negotiate a long-term deal with the Bills. Even with the suspension, Lynch is still a quality Fantasy option that should post solid stats. He's worth drafting as a No. 2 Fantasy RB with a pick beginning at the end of Round 2 or beginning of Round 3 in all leagues. You'll need a good stop-gap option, and taking Jackson for the first three games would make sense assuming Jackson, as expected, signs his tender offer. This news makes Jackson a No. 2 Fantasy RB to start the season and a No. 3 option throughout the year if he shares carries with Lynch.
News: Two days after it was reported that Bills RB Fred Jackson, an exclusive-rights free agent, wasn't in attendance at the club's offseason workout program because he wants a new contract, the Buffalo News reported that starting tailback Marshawn Lynch is expected to be suspended for three games by the NFL for pleading guilty to gun misdemeanors in California earlier this offseason. That means Jackson will be in line to start the Bills' games in which Lynch is suspended for. As an exclusive-rights free agent, Jackson can only negotiate with the Bills and really can't negotiate a large contract. Jackson had a career season in 2008 as a backup, running for 571 yards and three touchdowns with a fumble lost and also caught 37 passes for 317 yards.
Analysis: With this news, Jackson is in play as a quality middle-round pick this summer. Not only is he a must-add for those owners that spend a Top 25 pick on Lynch, but he's expected to start as many as the first three games of the NFL season for Buffalo and their improved offense. Even if you don't draft Lynch, you can target Jackson and use him early on as a No. 3 Fantasy RB. Expect him to go off draft boards beginning in Round 8 this summer.
News: The Buffalo News reports that exclusive-rights free agent Fred Jackson, the primary backup to Marshawn Lynch for the Bills, will not report to the team's offseason conditioning workouts. The rusher is unhappy with his contract status with the team, though he has no leverage. As an exclusive-rights free agent, Jackson can only negotiate with the Bills and really can't negotiate a large contract. Jackson had a career season in 2008 as a backup, running for 571 yards and three touchdowns with a fumble lost and also caught 37 passes for 317 yards.
Analysis: Despite this news, Jackson is in play as a quality middle-round pick this summer. Not only is he a must-add for those owners that spend a Top 20 pick on Lynch, but he's expected to start as many as the first two games of the NFL season as Lynch will likely be suspended for off-field problems he had this offseason. So even if you don't draft Lynch, you can target Jackson and use him early as a No. 3 Fantasy RB. Expect him to go off draft boards beginning in Round 8 this summer.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson had perhaps the game of his life on the most important day of his career on Sunday in Week 17. The Bills had to keep the ball on the ground a lot due to crazy wind against the Patriots and without starter Marshawn Lynch, it was Jackson's time to shine. He didn't disappoint with 27 carries for 136 yards.
Analysis: Jackson is a free agent with exclusive rights to the Bills next season. That means Buffalo can either resign him or let him go. He's definitely earned a pay raise with touchdowns in two of the last three weeks and this final big day. Jackson has been a great backup to Lynch all season and would be valuable to any team in the NFL. If he can find a residence in which he'd by the No. 1 guy, he'd automatically be someone to draft across the board in Fantasy drafts next season.
News: Bills RB Marshawn Lynch will miss his team's season finale vs. the Patriots with a badly bruised shoulder. Fred Jackson is expected to start in his place with Xavier Omon seeing some touches.
Analysis: Jackson would be an ideal option, with Omon a last-ditch choice off the waiver wire. With the winds howling in Orchard Park this Sunday, Jackson could see a ton of touches. We like him as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy RB this week, especially for owners who just lost Lynch.
News: Bills RB Marshawn Lynch remained limited in practice for the second consecutive day Friday with a badly bruised shoulder and has been listed as questionable for Week 17 vs. the Patriots. According to the official team web site, Bills head coach Dick Jauron feels that Lynch's chance of playing this week are "about the same" as they were last week. Lynch split reps with Fred Jackson in Week 16 and will likely do so again on Sunday.
Analysis: Starting Lynch in Fantasy will be a tough call. The Patriots are good against the run, and one or two squared hits on Lynch's shoulder could KO him for the game. Treat Lynch like a No. 3 Fantasy RB as his odds for putting up a big number on New England, a team he's had one career TD and zero career 100-total-yard games against, are not good. Jackson is equally a No. 3 option, though is likely the better choice in PPR leagues because of the amount of receptions he gets out of the backfield.
News: Bills RB Marshawn Lynch (shoulder), who did not participate in Wednesday's practice, had limited participation Thursday. Lynch is nursing a sore shoulder that kept him out of most of the second half of Buffalo's win at Denver last Sunday. He has accumulated 1,036 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on the ground this season.
Analysis: Keep an eye on Lynch's status against the Patriots, and we will know more leading up to the game. When healthy, Lynch is a No. 2 Fantasy RB, but this is a tough matchup for him. If for some reason Lynch doesn't play, Fred Jackson would start.
News: Bills starting running back Marshawn Lynch missed practice Wednesday, but coach Dick Jauron is optimistic he'll play in the finale against New England. Lynch is nursing a sore shoulder that kept him out of most of the second half of Buffalo's win at Denver last Sunday. He has accumulated 1,036 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on the ground this season. His backup, Fred Jackson, has added 435 yards rushing, including 43 at Denver when he came in for Lynch. Jackson would start if Lynch can't play, and both will see plenty of work on Sunday.
Analysis: We'll keep an eye on this situation heading up to Sunday, but expect Lynch to start and see about 60-to-70 percent of the carries with Jackson pitching in. If that's the case, Lynch is a low-end No. 2 Fantasy option while Jackson is a low-end No. 3. Obviously, if Lynch doesn't play, Jackson would see nearly all of the carries and be considered a low-end No. 2 choice.
News: Bills RB Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) was able to start in Week 16 in Denver after being listed as questionable on the injury report. He had 11 rushes for 34 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter before leaving the game due to the same shoulder injury in the second half. Fred Jackson took over the load when he left and managed 43 yards on 10 carries, including a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also caught three passes for 70 yards.
Analysis: Lynch hurt Fantasy owners when he could not stay in the game in the second half. He appeared to have his shoulder in a sling under his overcoat. With the Bills having nothing left to play for in Week 17 against New England, it could be the last we've seen of Lynch this season. Fantasy owners should monitor his progress over the week. If Lynch can't go, Jackson will become a very solid option as a No. 2 back for the final week of the season.
News: Buffalo used Fred Jackson's 11-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter of Week 15 against the Jets to take the lead. The Bills would ultimately lose that lead when J.P. Losman fumbled the ball on the 11 yard line with just over two minutes remaining. The fumble was returned for a touchdown and the Bills lost the game. Jackson rushed for 31 yards on seven carries and fumbled himself in the game. He also caught six passes for 24 yards.
Analysis: Jackson got far more opportunities against the Jets than he did against Miami in Week 14. But with just two touchdowns on the season running behind Marshawn Lynch, we cannot suggest starting him in Week 16 at Denver.
News:Fred Jackson acknowledged that he was tossing and turning in his bed until 5 a. m. Monday after the Buffalo Bills trudged home with their sixth loss in seven games. Perhaps his sleepless night was a result of not being very tired after watching almost the entire game. Jackson failed to touch the ball and stewed on the sideline over his limited role during the 16-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Toronto. Once counted upon to change the pace of the offense, he played only six plays and was helpless while the Bills failed to score a touchdown for the second straight game. "It was pretty frustrating to know that the guys were out there struggling, and you wanted to be out there to help them and weren't getting opportunities," Jackson said. "It's just something where you have to grin and bear it, so to speak. They were out there trying their hardest. I just wasn't able to help them."
Analysis: Jackson probably wouldn't have made a difference in the outcome, but the fact he spent the game warming the bench took him by surprise. He had averaged 9.4 touches through the first 12 games, had averaged 4.2 yards per carry and had caught at least one pass in 10 games. The Bills, obviously, were desperate for a spark. "I was approached by two or three coaches," Jackson said without being specific. "It wasn't anything that I was doing [wrong], that we just didn't have the opportunities, don't think it was something that I was doing last week in practice, just keep my head up. They want to get me out there as much as possible. They just weren't able this week." Jackson is a capable backup to Marshawn Lynch, but Lynch has been playing well lately. Jackson should only be held on to as injury cover if you own Lynch. Do not start Jackson in Week 15 against the Jets.
News: Bills TE Derek Fine, RB Fred Jackson, FB Corey McIntyre, WR James Hardy, TE Robert Royal and QB Gibran Hamdan all dressed for Buffalo's Week 14 loss vs. Miami in Toronto, but failed to record an offensive stat.
Analysis: Jackson, Hardy and Royal have some minimal value in deeper leagues, but none of these guys should be started in Week 15 vs. the Jets.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson ran five times for eight yards and caught two passes for 13 yards in a Week 13 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Jackson is a capable backup to Marshawn Lynch, but Lynch has been playing well lately. Jackson should only be held on to as injury cover if you own Lynch. Do not start Jackson in Week 14 vs. Miami in Toronto.
News: In the Bills' 54-31 win at the Chiefs in Week 12, RB Fred Jackson had 56 rush yards on nine carries with 20 yards on two catches.
Analysis: Jackson continues to spell Marshawn Lynch and produce a healthy amount of yards each week. Look for him to do the same in Week 13 vs. the 49ers. Thus, consider Jackson a low-end No. 3 Fantasy RB in deeper leagues.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson ran 12 times for a season-high 60 yards Week 11 against the Browns. He had only four carries in the team's last game at New England.
Analysis: Jackson clearly sits behind Marshawn Lynch on the depth chart, but the Bills mix him into the game plan a good bit each week. Still, think of him more as a handcuff option than a Fantasy starter in Week 12 at Kansas City.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson had four carries for 14 yards and two catches for 11 yards Sunday at New England.
Analysis: Jackson is the No. 2 RB for the Bills behind starter Marshawn Lynch. Don't plan on using Jackson unless Lynch gets hurt, so consider Jackson a reserve in Week 11 against Cleveland.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson carried seven times for 15 yards and caught three passes for 25 yards for a total of 40 yards against the Jets in Week 9.
Analysis: Jackson came into Week 9's game with one touchdown and 351 total yards. He's the backup in Buffalo and is nothing but a handcuff for Marshawn Lynch. Jackson remains only worth owning if you also own Lynch. The Bills are at New England in Week 10.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson matched his season-high with 10 carries in a Week 8 loss to the Dolphins. Jackson finished with 41 yards rushing and one catch for one yard.
Analysis: Jackson had only 11 carries in his previous two games combined coming into Week 9, but Miami can be a brutally humid place to play, so maybe Dick Jauron was just keeping Marshawn Lynch fresh. In Week 8, the Bills host the Jets, and Jackson remains only worth owning if you also own Lynch.
News: Notable Bills who helped the club's offense in Week 7 vs. San Diego include: TE Robert Royal (4 catches, 53 yards), RB Fred Jackson (33 rush yards, 28 receiving yards), WR Josh Reed (32 receiving yards), WR Roscoe Parrish (19 receiving yards) and FB Derek Schouman (18-yard catch).
Analysis: Royal was worth a shot this week as the Chargers have struggled with tight ends all year. He's not normally a reliable Fantasy option. Jackson is a low-end option when he's not a solid insurance policy for those who own Marshawn Lynch. Reed and Parrish have little upside to be regular Fantasy receivers and Schouman isn't productive enough for Fantasy use. The Bills play at the Dolphins in Week 8.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson caught three passes for 32 yards on Sunday in Week 5 against the Cardinals. Jackson also rushed once for five yards.
Analysis: Jackson was emerging as a dual threat, receiving and running, but didn't do much of either on Sunday of Week 5. Jackson is still really only Fantasy viable as a handcuff for Marshawn Lynch, the starter. In Week 6 the Bills have a bye so he really doesn't have any Fantasy value next week.
News: Bills backup RB Fred Jackson's emergence as a capable compliment to Marshawn Lynch has helped revitalize what had been a sputtering offense last year. Together, they've combined for 567 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns in helping the Bills (4-0) get off to their best start in 16 years. "I joke with Marshawn and tell him to go out there and soften them up for me and I'll try to finish them off," said Jackson, whose 22-yard touchdown run in a 31-14 win against St. Louis last weekend was his first career score, and also the Bills' longest run from scrimmage this season. "I was very determined," Jackson said, describing how he punched his way up the middle and dived the final 3 yards into the end zone. "Guys talk about how you can smell the end zone. It was in sight and I knew I wanted to get there." Jackson has certainly arrived.
Analysis: Lynch is the workhorse, but Jackson's role is increasing in only his second NFL season. He has 118 yards rushing on 28 carries and 11 catches for 93 yards. Jackson's best game came in helping secure Buffalo's 20-16 comeback victory at Jacksonville in Week 2, when he had a team-best 83 yards receiving and 17 yards rushing. The Bills so much like Jackson as a dual threat that they have occasionally used both him and Lynch on the field at the same time to keep defense's guessing. He's still mostly just a handcuff for Lynch in the majority of Fantasy leagues, but if his role continues to grow, Jackson could become a decent "flex" option in deeper formats. For now, however, continue to keep him on the waiver wire.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson gained 46 yards on seven carries in Week 4 at St. Louis, including a 22-yard touchdown. He also caught three passes for nine yards.
Analysis: Jackson proved to be a nice change-of-pace back in Week 4 against a defense that had a fair amount of success stopping Marshawn Lynch. He scored a touchdown and Lynch didn't for a change, but is not likely to get more than a handful of carries each week and for that reason should only be owned in Fantasy leagues as a handcuff for Lynch.
News: Notable Bills performers from Week 3 vs. the Raiders include: RB Fred Jackson (24 rush yards, 1 receiving yard), FB Darian Barnes (34 yards receiving) and TE Robert Royal (34 receiving yards).
Analysis: Jackson has value as an insurance policy for Marshawn Lynch's owners, and as a low-end reserve Fantasy RB. Royal got off to a hot start but has cooled off. None of these players are expected to be highly productive at St. Louis in Week 4.
News: The Buffalo News reports the Bills' coaches said they planned to get running backs Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson more involved in the offense, and the two were used extensively and in a variety of ways during the 20-16 win over Jacksonville. Either Lynch or Jackson were involved in 33 of the Bills' 51 offensive plays and accounted for 167 of the team's 285 net yards. Lynch led the way in rushing with 59 yards, while Jackson had team highs in catches (seven) and receiving yards (83). The most interesting aspect of the Bills' game plan was using Lynch and Jackson together. There were 10 plays in which both of were on the field at the same time.
Analysis: While having Jackson on the field will cut into Lynch's production, he remains a No. 1 Fantasy RB at this time and should be in line for a good outing in Week 3 against Oakland. Jackson also is worth adding if he's going to be involved this much in the game plan. Consider picking up Jackson off the waiver wire as a reserve Fantasy RB.
News: Bills RB Marshawn Lynch rushed 19 times in Week 2 at Jacksonville and was held to just 59 yards, but he scored on a 11-yard touchdown to give him a score in each of the first two games of the season. He also caught a pass for eight yards. Backup running back rushed six times for 17 yards, but lead the team in receiving with seven catches for 83 yards.
Analysis: Jackson had 10 rushes for 31 yards in Week 1, but didn't have any catches. In Week 2, the Bills used a lot of high-percentage passes to Jackson in the flat and it worked to move the chains more often than not. He helped Trent Edwards finish with 20 completed passes out of 25 and the Bills could look to incorporate this style of play next week against Oakland. Consider scooping him up in larger formats as a possible stopgap Fantasy running back, but wait to see if this becomes more of a regular occurrence before activating him.
News: Bills backup RB Fred Jackson totaled 31 yards on 10 carries in a Week 1 win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: Jackson is a solid backup to Marshawn Lynch and 10 carries is definitely more than most people expected him to get on Sunday. Still, he's only worth owning if you have Lynch in deeper formats.
News: Buffalo second-string RB Fred Jackson came into Saturday's game against the Redskins after Marshawn Lynch left after one series. Jackson rushed five times for 16 yards and also caught two passes for another 13. He didn't look great, but it is obvious that Jackson is the backup that the Bills like.
Analysis: Jackson played well last year when Lynch missed time with an injured ankle. You should plan on handcuffing Jackson to Lynch with a late-round pick or even drafting Jackson as a low-end reserve RB in deep leagues in 2008.
News: The Buffalo News reported in Wednesday's edition that Bills RB Fred Jackson continues to look good running and catching passes during the team's spring practices. Jackson is expected to be the No. 2 RB in Buffalo behind starter Marshawn Lynch.
Analysis: Jackson played well last year when Lynch missed time with an injured ankle. You should plan on handcuffing Jackson to Lynch with a late-round pick or even drafting Jackson as a low-end reserve RB in deep leagues in 2008.
News: Veteran running back Anthony Thomas had his contract terminated by the Bills on Wednesday. The move did not come as a surprise, because the Bills are stocked at running back. Behind starter Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson had a strong finish after Thomas was hurt, while the Bills also selected Dwayne Wright in the fourth round of last year's draft.
Analysis: Jackson emerged as the No. 2 RB for the Bills behind starter Marshawn Lynch with 58 carries for 300 yards and 22 receptions for 190 yards with one start. He started against Washington on Dec. 2 when Lynch was out with an injured ankle and had 82 yards rushing and 69 yards receiving. He'll enter 2008 as the No. 2 RB for the Bills, which means that he should be drafted as insurance for Lynch. Otherwise, keep Jackson on the waiver wire but make sure you grab him if something ever happens to Lynch because Jackson has proven he can play.
News: Buffalo RB Fred Jackson has emerged as the No. 2 RB for the Bills behind starter Marshawn Lynch. In 2007, Jackson appeared in eight games with one start. He had 58 carries for 300 yards and caught 22 passes for 190 yards. He started against Washington on Dec. 2 when Lynch was out with an injured ankle and had 82 yards rushing and 69 yards receiving.
Analysis: Jackson will enter 2008 as the No. 2 RB for the Bills. In deep leagues, Jackson should be drafted as insurance for Lynch. Otherwise, keep Jackson on the waiver wire but make sure you grab him if something ever happens to Lynch because Jackson has proven he can play.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson rushed six times for 37 yards in Week 16 vs. the Giants.
Analysis: Jackson is not in a position, as the No. 2 running back, to produce significant stats for Fantasy owners. Leave him on the waiver wire until further notice.
News: According to weather forecasts as well as CBS on the scene in Buffalo, there are strong winds and rain forecast for this Sunday in Western New York which will impact the Giants-Bills Week 16 contest. The Weather Channel reports that the wind is at 27 m.p.h. with gusts up to 37 m.p.h.
Analysis: Such weather will result in both teams opting to run more and throw short-area passes to negate the impact of the weather. All told, it's a bad week to start Eli Manning, Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer on the Giants as well as Trent Edwards and Lee Evans on the Bills. However, running backs Brandon Jacobs and Marshawn Lynch (and Fred Jackson in deeper leagues) should see quite a workload. We'll let you know if the weather changes, but don't expect it to.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson had seven carries for 16 yards and three catches for 36 yards Sunday in the snow at Cleveland.
Analysis: Jackson returned to his backup role behind Marshawn Lynch (21 carries for 82 yards). Jackson should now be considered a No. 3 Fantasy option in Week 16 against the Giants.
News: After running backs Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson ripped through the Miami defense for a combined 222 yards rushing in Week 14, coach Dick Jauron was asked if this splitting of work was a one-time deal. "No, we like this," Jauron said, according to The Sports Xchange. "We were talking about it coming in and the way it worked, there's no reason why we wouldn't stay with it. Marshawn will probably get a little more work, but just a little. And then it's one of those deals where you go with the hot guy. You know you have a rotation, but if one of them is hotter than the other, then you just let him go and see where it leads."
Analysis: Lynch leads AFC rookies with 858 yards rushing (3.9 avg.) on 219 attempts with six TDs. He ran for 107 yards last week, splitting time with Fred Jackson (who had 115 yards). Lynch should still see plenty of work at Cleveland, which is No. 28 against the run with seven rushing touchdowns allowed. Lynch should be considered a No. 1 option in this matchup, with Jackson a low-end No. 3 pick. The Browns give up plenty of yards, and the weather could play a role in these guys getting more carries this week.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson didn't start in Week 14, but he played very well in Buffalo's 38-17 win over the Dolphins, racking up 115 yards on the ground and six through the air on one catch.
Analysis: Jackson has eight carries less than starter Marshawn Lynch and was expected to spell the rookie star coming off an ankle injury, but no one expected Jackson to play this well on Sunday. He is likely to come off the bench again in Week 15 at Cleveland, but still might be worth starting as a 'flex' option.
News: Backup running back Anthony Thomas' season is over, but the Bills could have starter Marshawn Lynch back for Week 14's game against the Miami Dolphins. The good news is Lynch could be ready to return after missing the past three games with a sprained left ankle. Lynch practiced Thursday in full pads for the first time since he was hurt, leading coach Dick Jauron to say he's "optimistic" the rookie first-round pick will be ready to play. Jauron noted that Lynch's ankle showed no signs of swelling after he had a limited role in practice a day earlier. "I'm optimistic, too," said Lynch, who was hurt in helping the Bills secure a 13-10 win at Miami on Nov. 11. "It's getting better every day." If Lynch is not ready, Fred Jackson will once again start in his place.
Analysis: Lynch's ankle also held up as the Bills spent part of their session in the frigid outdoors, where temperatures dropped below 30. He split practice time with Jackson, who made his first career start in a 17-16 win at Washington Week 13. Jackson finished with 16 carries for 82 yards. He also caught four passes for 69 yards. He led the team in both rushing and receiving yards. If he is back in the starting lineup, he will face the worst run defense in the NFL and that would make him a viable Fantasy option. Stay tuned for further developments out of Buffalo.
News:Marshawn Lynch is scheduled to practice in pads Thursday, the next step in determining when the Bills rookie running back can return since spraining his left ankle more than three weeks ago. Coach Dick Jauron said Wednesday that Lynch has shown significant progress and he hoped the rookie starter and team's top offensive threat could play Sunday when Buffalo hosts the Dolphins. "I think it's a much better chance," said Jauron. "I don't know if he'll play yet because we've got to see how he tolerates the practices. But he's much better than he was."
Analysis: Jauron said he'll know better Thursday after watching Lynch in his first full-contact session since being hurt. Jauron also wants to see how Lynch's ankle responds. Lynch said after practice his ankle was "a little sore, but nothing I couldn't bear." Lynch also revealed for the first time that team doctors initially told him he could miss up to eight weeks with what's been diagnosed as a high-ankle sprain. If Lynch can't go in Week 14, then he expects to "for sure" play in Week 15. Fred Jackson would start if Lynch is ruled out. Either way, we'll be on top of the news coming out of Buffalo this week. Stay tuned.
News: If Bills rookie RB Marshawn Lynch cannot play vs. Miami in Week 14, then first-year RB Fred Jackson would get the nod and be a good Fantasy option. That's because the Dolphins run defense continues to be the pits, allowing three rush touchdowns last week, and they gave up a rushing touchdown to Buffalo in their Week 10 meeting at Miami.
Analysis: Jackson would actually be a quality No. 2 Fantasy RB if he starts and gets most of the carries with Marshawn Lynch out. We'll stay on top of the Bills' RB situation and see what develops this week, so keep in touch with us.
News: Bills RB Marshawn Lynch's severely sprained left ankle is improving, but coach Dick Jauron didn't indicate Monday whether the rookie will be ready to play after missing the last three games. "We're hopeful, but I don't want to overstep it right now," Jauron said. With Lynch out against Washington, the Bills got a big contribution from Fred Jackson, a former Division III running back who spent all of last year on Buffalo's practice squad. He finished with 82 yards rushing and his 54-yard reception late in the fourth quarter helped set up Lindell's field goal that cut the deficit to 16-14 with just over 3 minutes to go.
Analysis: Jackson would start in Week 14 if Lynch is unable to go. Continue to monitor what develops, but if Jackson starts against the Dolphins he would have a great matchup and is worth using as a No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson got the start in place of injured RB Marshawn Lynch in Week 13 and he finished with 16 carries for 82 yards. He also caught four passes for 69 yards. He led the team in both rushing and receiving yards.
Analysis: Jackson wasn't overly impressive, but he got the job done and is worth a look in larger Fantasy leagues in case Marshawn Lynch and Anthony Thomas cannot recover in time for Week 14 vs. Miami. Monitor the team's injury report through the week.
News: Veteran reserve RB Anthony Thomas is out indefinitely with a torn calf muscle, likely leaving the Bills with two inexperienced running backs for their game at Washington on Sunday. Coach Dick Jauron revealed the severity of Thomas' injury for the first time Thursday, but declined to rule out the player for the rest of the season. Jauron added Thomas is not expected to require surgery. He was hurt in a 36-14 loss at Jacksonville last weekend. RB Marshawn Lynch is still recovering from a sprained left ankle and expected to miss his third straight game this weekend. That leaves Buffalo with two unproven running backs: Fred Jackson, who is likely to start, and rookie fourth-round draft pick Dwayne Wright.
Analysis: Jackson, an undrafted free agent who spent his rookie season on the Bills' practice squad last year, has nine carries for 34 yards and eight catches for 55 yards in three games this season. Wright has 26 carries for 77 yards and three catches for 17 yards, while being active in all 11 games this year. Consider Jackson a No. 3 Fantasy RB and Wright a low-end reserve against the Redskins.
News: Bills rookie starter Marshawn Lynch is expected to miss his third straight game because of a sprained left ankle. Lynch, who leads the team with six touchdowns rushing, has begun running on his own, but has still not been cleared for contact. Meanwhile, veteran backup Anthony Thomas' status is uncertain after he hurt his calf last weekend. Jauron said he was not certain Thomas could play, which would leave the Bills with two running backs: Fred Jackson, who spent last season on Buffalo's practice squad, and rookie fourth-round pick Dwayne Wright. Jackson and Wright have combined for 111 yards on 35 carries this season.
Analysis: The Bills' RB situation is getting dire. If Thomas misses Week 13, neither Wright nor Jackson would be reliable options as anything more than low-end desperation grabs at RB. If you have the roster room, getting Wright wouldn't be the dumbest move in the world. We'll continue to keep an eye on the Bills' backfield all week.
News: Bills coach Dick Jauron expressed concern that starting running back Marshawn Lynch could miss his third straight game because of a severely sprained left ankle. But adding to the frustration is that veteran backup running back Anthony Thomas hurt his calf in a 36-14 loss at Jacksonville on Sunday and it's not clear whether he'll be able to play this weekend. If Thomas can't go, rookie Dwayne Wright and veteran Fred Jackson would handle the rushing duties.
Analysis: Expect Thomas to be the Bills' primary ball carrier against the Redskins in Washington in Week 13 if healthy, and a No. 3 Fantasy RB. If he's not ready, then Wright would be a low-end No. 3 choice and Jackson a No. 4/reserve option. The Redskins rank 11th against the run.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson ran for 18 yards and caught five passes for 47 yards in Buffalo's 36-14 loss to the Jaguars in Week 12.
Analysis: Jackson got the call ahead of Dwayne Wright on Sunday and played his part in the loss to the Jaguars. As a backup RB, he has no Fantasy value heading into Week 13's game at Washington.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson rushed three times for 15 yards in Week 11 vs. New England. He also caught two passes for nine yards.
Analysis: Jackson saw an increased role with starter Marshawn Lynch sidelined with an injury. Even then, he was not a major factor in a blowout loss in which the Bills were forced to abandon the run. At this time, Jackson is not worth owning in Fantasy.
News: For the Buffalo Bills, third QB Gibran Hamdan (coach's decision), TE Matt Murphy (calf), TE Derek Schouman (ankle), RB Fred Jackson (coach's decision), DB Ashton Youboty (ankle), LB Leon Joe (coach's decision) and DL Jason Jefferson (coach's decision) were all named inactive for their Week 10 game at Miami. For the Dolphins, DB Travares Tillman (knee), LB Zach Thomas (migraines), RB Samkon Gado (coach's decision), WR Kerry Reed (coach's decision), DL Anthony Bryant (coach's decision), DL Derreck Robinson (coach's decision) and DL Rob Ninkovich (coach's decision) were also all named inactive.
Analysis: Thomas is the only player in this list with any Fantasy value, and he was already declared out earlier this week. Bench the stellar LB in all formats.
News: For the Bengals, DL John Thornton (neck), WR Skyler Green (coach's decision), LB Ahmad Brooks (groin), LB Caleb Miller (back), DB David Jones (coach's decision) and emergency third QB Jeff Rowe were all named inactive for their Week 9 game at Buffalo. For the Bills, DB Ashton Youboty (ankle), LB Leon Joe (back), TE Matt Murphy (coach's decision), WR Sam Aiken (hamstring), DL Copeland Bryan (coach's decision), DL Jason Jefferson (coach's decision) and RB Fred Jackson (emergency third QB) were all named inactive for the Bills.
Analysis: None of these players have any significant Fantasy value at this time, but should all be benched for Week 9.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson carried the ball once in Week 8 at the N.Y. Jets. He gained one yard. He also lost a yard on a reception, netting him zero yards for the day.
Analysis: Jackson sits too low on the depth chart to have any Fantasy value. Keep him on the waiver wire for Week 9 against the Bengals.
News: Bills RB Fred Jackson, DB Ashton Youboty, DB Jim Leonhard, TE Matt Murphy, WR Sam Aiken, DL Ryan Denney and DL Copeland Bryan are all inactive for Week 7 vs. Baltimore.
Analysis: Most of these inactive players fail to fill the stat sheet on a weekly basis and have little to no Fantasy value. Keep them reserved in Fantasy leagues for Week 7.
News: According to BuffaloBills.com, RB Fred Jackson worked out with the wide receivers during individual drills during Thursday's practice. The Bills are in search of a fifth WR to replace the injured Peerless Price. "Since we just have four active (WRs) and Fred is talented, we want to get him a little bit ready and give him a feel for what we do," said head coach Dick Jauron. "You don't know what's going to happen down the road. For our games so far he hasn't been active. He was the third quarterback."
Analysis: The Bills are off in Week 6, so don't all rush out and grab Jackson off the wire. Hopefully you're not desperate enough to be grabbing a No. 5 WR at this point in the season, especially one who is really a running back. Leave Jackson alone for now.
News: The Bills list of inactives for Week 5 against the Cowboys includes DB Ashton Youboty, DB Coy Wire, DB Jim Leonhard, WR Peerless Price, DL Ryan Denney, DL Copeland Bryan and RB Fred Jackson.
Analysis: These players hardly play on offense or don't contribute meaningful statistics on defense. Keep them reserved in all Fantasy leagues. The Bills have a bye in Week 6 before hosting the Ravens in Week 7.
News: The Bills listed QB J.P. Losman (knee), DB Coy Wire (knee), DB Jerametrius Butler (coach's decision), LB Keith Ellison (ankle), TE Matt Murphy (coach's decision), DL Ryan Denney (foot), DL Copeland Bryan (coach's decision) and RB Fred Jackson (emergency QB).
Analysis: Losman is a No. 2 Fantasy QB when healthy anyway. He is will be on the injury report again in Week 5. None of the other players on this list should be owned in Fantasy play at this time.
News: Inactives for the Bills-Steelers Week 2 matchup include: Bills WR Josh Reed (thigh), RB Fred Jackson (listed as No. 3/emergency QB), DB Coy Wire, DB John Wendling, LB Keith Ellison, DL Ryan Denney and DL Copeland Bryan. For the Steelers, QB Brian St. Pierre (No. 3/emergency QB), WR Willie Reid, DB Ricardo Colclough, LB Marquis Cooper, RB Gary Russell and LB Arnold Harrison are among their inactives.
Analysis: None of these players were considered reliable for Fantasy use to begin with, but now they can be kept off active rosters without concern for Week 2.
News: Notable Bills inactive for Week 1 vs. Denver include DB John Wendling, DB George Wilson, LB Keith Ellison, DL Tim Anderson and DL Ryan Denney. RB Fred Jackson is listed as the third quarterback.
Analysis: Keep all of these players reserved in Fantasy leagues for Week 1. When active, most of these players have little to no Fantasy value.
News: Bills top draft pick Marshawn Lynch had a quiet pro debut during Friday's preseason game against the Saints, carrying the ball only twice for three yards. Second-year reserve running back Fred Jackson ran for 49 yards and scored the Bills' only touchdown on a tackle-breaking 17-yard run that he capped by diving over the goal line. "You have to know your opportunities are going to be limited," Jackson said, noting that he kept the ball for his 10-month old son. "It was exciting. Our offensive line did a great job, the receivers did a great job blocking and I just hit the holes."
Analysis: The rookie is trying to make his way onto the roster as a reserve running back. Despite a nice performance Friday, Jackson can be ignored in Fantasy leagues at this time.
News: The Bills signed the following players to their practice squad: DB Eric Bassey, TE Brad Cieslak, RB Fred Jackson, DL Jason Jefferson, DL Ryan Neill and WR George Wilson.
Analysis: None of these players are expected to make any sort of impact in Fantasy Football. Ignore them for now.
News: The Buffalo Bills cut 21 players from their roster on Saturday, including receivers Jonathan Smith and George Wilson. Other notable cuts were offensive linemen Greg Jerman and Justin Geisinger, defensive backs Eric King and Rashad Baker, and running back Lionel Gates. The Bills also released CB Eric Bassey, TE Brad Cieslak, LB Liam Ezekiel, FB Jon Goldsberry, DL Jason Hall, LB Wendell Hunter, RB Fred Jackson, DL Jason Jefferson, S Jim Leonhard, DL Ryan Neill, LB Joe Odom, FB Alan Ricard, DL Lauvale Sape, and OL Jason Thomas.
Analysis: The moves paved the way for free-agent acquisition Andre Davis to make the team. Davis was on the bubble after a lackluster preseason, but helped his chances with a 70-yard touchdown reception against Detroit in Buffalo's final preseason game Thursday. Gates, who had a decent preseason, lost out to Anthony Thomas in his bid to become Willis McGahee's backup. Baker and King fell victim to Buffalo's selection of three defensive backs - Donte Whitner, Ashton Youboty and Ko Simpson - in the first four rounds of April's draft. None of the cut players warrant any Fantasy attention at this time.