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22 Fred Jackson RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/216 | Birthdate: 2/20/1981 | Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: Coe | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 91/25 | Average Draft Position: 93.16
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Fred Jackson stars in passing game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson made his impact felt through the air Sunday, in a 22-10 loss to the Chargers in Week 3.

Jackson had just 34 rushing yards on six carries, but topped the 100-yard all-purpose mark thanks to his contributions in the passing game. Jackson hauled in eight of 10 passes thrown his way for 78 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Jackson has shown he still has it at the age off 33, as he leads the team with 237 all-purpose yards in three games. The Bills take on the Texans in Week 4.  


Can't trust Fred Jackson in Week 3


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) I'm a little concerned about Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller this week given the matchup with the Chargers, who have been great in stopping the ground game through two weeks. 

Andre Ellington (13 carries for 53 yards) and Marshawn Lynch (six carries for 36 yards) were held in check, but San Diego has allowed three receiving touchdowns to running backs as Stepfan Taylor, Lynch and Robert Turbin have scored.

Jackson has played second fiddle to Spiller so far this season with just 19 carries for 85 yards and five catches for 40 yards in two games (Spiller has 27 carries for 122 yards and four catches for 20 yards and a touchdown). We'll see how the touches are divided this week, but Spiller has more upside than Jackson.

And in a tough matchup, even at home, we'd only use Jackson as a flex option in deeper formats.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Fred Jackson held in check in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson couldn't find much room to operate in a 29-10 win over the Dolphins in Week 2.

Jackson ran the ball 12 times, up from seven in the first game, but had just 24 yards on the ground. He made up for that somewhat with two receptions for 27 yards, but still fell well short of the 74 all-purpose yards he managed in the opener.

Jackson has 85 yards on 19 carries through two games, but has yet to find the end zone. He will look to break the drought in Week 3 against the Chargers. 


Fred Jackson rips off decisive run in overtime win Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson rushed for 61 yards on seven carries while gaining 13 yards on three receptions in his team's 23-20 overtime win over the Bears in Week 1.

Jackson only had 18 rushing yards at the end of regulation, but he rumbled for 38 yards his second carry of the extra period to take his team down to the one-yard line and set up a game-winning field goal. Jackson did well to salvage his performance in overtime, and he'll look to build upon that key run when the Dolphins come to town in Week 2.


Bills offensive line to play first game together Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) The Bills starting offensive line will see its first playing time together in a game Sunday against the Bears, with Cordy Glenn, Chris Williams, Eric Wood, Erik Pears and Seantrel Henderson lining up left to right, the Buffalo News reports.

The Bills are walking into a hostile environment in Chicago, and the fact that the starting five on the offensive line didn't see any time together could make things difficult on running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson if the linemen suffer a communications breakdown. It also bodes well for the Chicago defense, providing an increased opportunity that a pass rusher breaks through unblocked on a missed assignment.


Fred Jackson may have trouble finding running room in Week 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson will face a Bears team in Week 1 that did a terrible job at defending the run last season. However, his Week 1 success may not be as pre-ordained as that of running mate, C.J. Spiller.

Unlike Spiller, Jackson does much of his work without the benefit of big plays, grinding out his numbers by taking what the defense gives rather than providing a home-run threat on any down. While most of the members of the Bears back seven that was responsible for surrendering so many big plays has returned, the team has overhauled the defense line, signing three new defensive ends and drafting two rotational defensive tackles.

Two of those free-agent additions are Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, the two players that graded out as the best 4-3 defensive ends in run stop percentage last season, per Pro Football Focus. With those two players in tow and second-round draft pick Ego Ferguson taking up space in the middle, Jackson could have difficulty converting on short-yardage or goal-line situations.

It's also fair to wonder how many long scoring drives the Bills will be able to put together if Jackson and the offensive line can't stymie the line's potentially improved rush defense. EJ Manuel hasn't done enough at this point in his career to trust his ability to pick defenses apart with his arm. If the Bills have trouble finding the red zone, Jackson could wind up being a Week 1 Flex option Fantasy owners come to regret.


C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson share workload again in dress rehearsal game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) As expected, Bills running back C.J. Spiller shared reps with Fred Jackson again Saturday afternoon against Tampa Bay.

Both players had productive games. Spiller got the start and took nine handoffs for 36 yards, averaging 4.0 yards per attempt. He caught all three of his targets for 23 yards.

It took until the final drive of the afternoon with the first unit for Jackson to find the end zone. He broke free for an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He finished with five carries for 15 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted seven times and had four receptions for 23 yards.

Fred Jackson gets the start, outperforms C.J. Spiller Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller shared first-team reps with Fred Jackson Saturday night against the Steelers in preseason action.

Spiller returned the opening kickoff and took a backseat to Jackson on offense. Both running backs played the entire first half.

Jackson earned the start and was heavily involved on both facets of the offense. He took six handoffs for 27 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He caught all of his seven targets for 28 yards. Spiller had six carries for 16 yards, averaging 2.7 yards per attempt. He was not targeted by EJ Manuel in the passing game.

Bryce Brown the odd man out?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone said he prefers to use two running backs, not three. That's presumably bad news for newly-acquired Bryce Brown, who's behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

"I don’t know if I want to get it down to three. I’ve never been a guy that has three backs playing in the game," Marrone told ESPN.com. "I’ve always believed, and you guys know, in the two backs. It’ll come down to two backs; the two backs going in there."


Fred Jackson gets two series of action vs. Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson did little during Sunday's preseason opener against the Giants in Canton.

Jackson shared the load with C.J. Spiller and the rest of the first-team offense for two series. He ripped his first handoff for a gain of seven yards in the opening drive before losing a yard on his second and final touch of the game. He rushed for six yards on two carries, averaging 3.0 yards per attempt. He was not targeted in the passing game.

The Bills will travel to Carolina for their second preseason game on Friday.

Fred Jackson gets one-year extension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The extension signed by Bills running back Fred Jackson is for one year at $2.6 million, reports Fox Sports. Jackson can earn an additional $1 million in incentives. He'll make about $2.5 million this year before the extension kicks in.

Bills sign Fred Jackson to extension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson signed a contract extension, the team announced. Terms were not released. The 33-year old posted a career-high nine rushing touchdowns and led the team with 10 total scores last year while amassing 1,277 all-purpose yards and catching a career-high 47 passes.

Before the extension, Jackson was scheduled to make $2.5 million this season, the final year of his deal.


Fred Jackson a no-go for Saturday night practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Doug Marrone has revealed that Bills co-featured back Fred Jackson will miss the Saturday night practice with a lower body injury. He did not go into any details.

Jackson started six games last year, but played in all 16 and finished with 890 yards on the ground.


Fred Jackson's injury deemed minor


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/26/2014) Fred Jackson left Bills practice on Friday with a lower leg injury but the Buffalo News reported that it's considered minor and he didn't finish working as a as a precaution. Jackson has a leg bruise and is day to day, NFL Network added. 

Fred Jackson exits practice with lower leg injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson was escorted to the locker room with team trainers after sustaining a lower leg injury during Friday's training camp practice, WGR50 in Buffalo reports. Jackson totaled 1,283 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns last season while playing 663 snaps last season. The Bills will open preseason Aug. 3 against the Giants.

Fred Jackson in danger of losing carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson might not approach the 207 carries he received last year. According to WGR550.com, Jackson will once again split time with C.J. Spiller but also potentially lose snaps to the team's additions at running back, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.

The website said Jackson, 33, who's entering the last year of his deal, will be trying to prove how much he has left.


Fred Jackson's role expected to diminish


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson is expected to have a reduced role in 2014, reports WGR550.com. Jackson is 33, C.J. Spiller is fully healthy, and the Bills just acquired Bryce Brown, the report noted.

"Jackson will still have a solid role in the offense, it just may not be as big as it was in 2013," the report said.

Jackson totaled 1,283 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns last season while playing 663 snaps.


Early projections for the Bills RBs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/6/2014) I spent a little time Monday digging into the Bills running backs and what should be expected from them in 2014. Maybe it's just the upside of C.J. Spiller that has me pumped, or maybe it's the obvious red flags parading around Fred Jackson, but I have the younger, faster running back outperforming the old owl who scored 10 touchdowns last season. 

You can read about it here. One of my favorite nuggets from research: Only two of C.J. Spiller's 12 career rushing touchdowns came from 5 yards or closer. By comparison, seven on nine touchdowns by Fred Jackson last year alone came from 5 yards or closer. It's the roles these guys have that should keep stat trends like that going, and keeping Jackson relevant in Fantasy after all. 


Marrone impressed with Fred Jackson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) While Bills running back C.J. Spiller was a disappointment in 2013, his backfield partner in Fred Jackson was a star. That surprised coach Doug Marrone based on his expectations for Jackson coming into the season.

"When we were in training camp, I didn't know if Fred was going to perform at the level he performed at before," Marrone said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. "All of the sudden the season came, and I was like, wow. When the season came, he was outstanding. He really, really played extremely well, and he's probably one of the toughest players I've ever been around."

Jackson, 33, finished the 2013 season with 207 carries for 896 yards and nine touchdowns and 47 catches for 387 yards and one touchdown.


Fred Jackson says he's '90 to 95 percent'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson, who dealt with broken ribs and a sprained knee in 2013, pronounced himself "90 to 95 percent," reports the Buffalo News.

"Just about there," he told the paper. "We've had enough time off to start trying to get back into doing things now. Still got a little bit of tweakage with the rib, but that's going to be there for probably another two or three months."

Jackson, who's entering the final year of his contract, produced 1,284 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns in 2013.


Sharing load limits Fred Jackson production on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Bills running back Fred Jackson took advantage of a heavy workload in the first half Sunday at New England, then watched backfield mate C.J. Spiller do the same after intermission.

Jackson was particulary effective in the second quarter and finished the first half with 47 yards on nine attempts, but he was given just five more carries in the game.

He did produce a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that cut the Buffalo deficit to 24-17 and added a season-high 53 yards on three receptions.

Jackson ends the season with 896 rushing yards.


Fred Jackson good to go against Patriots


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) A rib injury will not prevent Bills running back Fred Jackson from playing Sunday at New England. He had been listed as probable.

Handful of Bills probable for Week 17 battle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The Bills have deemed five players as probable for Sunday at New England, including quarterback Thad Lewis (shoulder), who has replaced doubtful EJ Manuel (knee) as the starter, and running back Fred Jackson (ribs).

The others are wideouts Marcus Easley and Marquise Goodwin with knee injuries and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles).


Bills two-headed backfield beast worthy Fantasy options


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Fantasy owners of C.J. Spiller or Fred Jackson should not be deceived. The dynamic backfield duo were both fine plays in Week 16, but that is a rare rather than typical occurrence.

The Bills were in the process of a stunningly easy shutout victory over Miami, which allowed them to feed the two-headed beast. Jackson had a season-high 19 carries, rushing for 111 yards and a touchdown. Spiller added 20 attempts, his second-highest total of the year, and produced 77 yards along with three receptions for 26 more.

That luxury will almost certainly not be repeated against New England on the road. The Patriots powerful offense will likely force the Bills to throw the ball far more than they did against the Dolphins whether or not quarterback EJ Manuel is healthy enough to play.

Spiller is averaging 4.5 YPC this season while Jackson is at 4.3 and a bit more productive as a pass-catcher. They are both pretty strong No. 2 Fantasy options, but one always takes the risk of poor results because they share the backfield. The Patriots rank 29th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (1,976) and 24th in average YPC (4.4). So keep either one in your lineup. Just understand that it's a risk.


Fred Jackson does not practice Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Bills running back Fred Jackson was listed as "did not practice" Wednesday.

Jackson is dealing with a rib injury. The team did not practice, so they released a projected injury report.