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Height/Weight: 6-1/216 | Birthdate: 2/20/1981 | Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: Coe | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 98/75 | Average Draft Position: 93.16
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Bills RB Fred Jackson indicates he could be out four weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:02 am ET) Bills running back Fred Jackson said during an interview with WGR 550 Monday morning that the groin injury he suffered Sunday against the Vikings usually requires four weeks of recovery, but added, "I like to think of myself as someone who can come back faster than typical." Jackson said the injury doesn't require surgery.

CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora first reported Sunday night Jackson would miss at least two weeks due to the groin injury, but could miss up to four weeks.


Bills RB Fred Jackson to miss at least two weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson will miss at least two weeks due to a groin injury, CBSSports.com NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports. He is expected to be out up to four weeks in a worse-case scenario, NFL.com reports.

Jackson underwent an MRI Sunday, the results of which are expected to be announced Monday. With C.J. Spiller expected to miss the remainder of the season, the Buffalo rushing attack looks to be extremely thin for the immediate future. The Bills are off in Week 9, so it's possible Jackson misses just one game with the injury if he hits the low side of his timetable.


Report: Bills RB Fred Jackson will need MRI on groin


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson will require an MRI on his groin after sustaining an injury Sunday against the Vikings.

The injury is particularly concerning considering the team also has backfield mate C.J. Spiller out with an apparent broken collarbone.


Bills RB Fred Jackson done for the day with groin injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson was carted to the locker room in the first half against the Vikings with a groin injury. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Jackson carried three times for 12 yards and caught all three of his targets for 16 yards before leaving.


Fred Jackson facing solid matchup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson continues to see the bulk of the workload in the running game, and that could lead to good things for his Fantasy owners in Week 7 against the Vikings.

Jackson has received at least 13 touches in each of the least five games, including 31 combined over his last two. He could turn that into a successful performance in Week 7, against a Vikings defense that has surrendered 30 Fantasy points in each of the last three games to opposing running backs.

The Vikings have been particularly vulnerable through the air, allowing 63.7 yards per game receiving to running backs over that span, with two touchdowns in three games. He has at least four receptions in four of six games, and should get enough chances to produce in this matchup.

Jackson has yet to reach 20 touches in a game this season, as the Bills are obviously hesitant to lean on the 33-year-old too heavily. Still, he has a chance to take advantage of a good matchup, and is worth starting in the majority of Fantasy formats. 


Bills RB Fred Jackson nets first rushing touchdown in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson recorded his first rushing touchdown and second score of the season during a 37-22 loss Week 6 vs. New England. Jackson rushed for a team-high 26 yards on 10 carries, while adding four catches for 17 yards.

Jackson's 29th career rushing touchdown came on a 1-yard score with 5:33 left in the third quarter, which cut the deficit to 20-14. Sunday was just the second time this season Jackson was held to less than 30 rushing yards.

The Bills are back in action Week 7 vs. Minnesota.


Bills RB Fred Jackson cleared to play Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson was cleared to play Week 6 vs. New England. The veteran running back was listed as questionable due to an illness and ankle injury.

Fred Jackson, Kyle Williams among notable Bills on injury report


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson (ankle) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) are among the key players on both sides of the ball that have been ruled questionable for Week 6 against New England.

Jackson missed practice Friday because of an illness but is listed as questionable because of a nagging ankle injury. However, a source told ESPN he's expected to play on Sunday.

The following players have been deemed questionable by the Bills: DT Kyle Williams – knee
linebacker Nigel Bradham (knee), cornerback Ron Brooks (neck), safety Da'Norris Searcy (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs) and safety Aaron Williams (wrist). Wide receiver Marcus Easley and guard Chris Williams were the only two players officially ruled out for the game,


Bills RB Fred Jackson sent home Friday due to illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson, who was a limited participant Thursday, sat out Friday's practice due to an illness, ESPN reports. Jackson suffered a sprained ankle in Week 5 and has been officially listed as questionable for Week 6 vs. New England.

A source told ESPN that Jackson "should be good to go" for Sunday's game.


Either Bills RB would be a good sleeper


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson thought he'd be OK after walking gingerly off the field Week 5 at Detroit and was able to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, which makes him not such a long shot to play Week 6 against New England.

You should hope he's available for that matchup. The Patriots rank 17th against the run, allowing 119.6 yards per game and, better yet, have given up the sixth-most Fantasy points per game to running backs.

Of course, healthy or not, Jackson will split carries with C.J. Spiller, who himself is a sleeper if Jackson misses the game, but Jackson has been so good catching the ball out of the backfield, averaging 7.0 catches for 62.7 yards in his last three games, that he's clearly the preferred option of the two.

If Jackson is active, you'll definitely want to start him in Fantasy. Spiller is more of a low-end play unless Jackson is out.


C.J. Spiller not only reason to monitor Fred Jackson injury


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/5/2014) The sight of Bills running back Fred Jackson walking gingerly off the field in the fourth quarter Week 5 at Detroit may have had some Fantasy owners salivating over C.J. Spiller. But the way Jackson has performed this season, his loss would be nothing to celebrate.

Particularly in points-per-reception leagues, Jackson has become the type of player you start every week. His seven catches against the Lions gave him three straight games with six or more. And though he hasn't run the ball quite as often as Spiller, he's been better at it, averaging 4.7 yards per carry to Spiller's 3.5.

A lot of good Spiller would have done without Jackson in Week 5. He had 8 yards 10 carries, none of which went for more than 2 yards.

Obviously, if you own Spiller and not Jackson, you can't help but root for more playing time for Spiller, but owners of both players should probably be hoping Jackson's injury is as minor as he let on after the game.


Fred Jackson sprains ankle in Week 5 win vs. Lions


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson suffered an ankle sprain in his team's 17-14 win over the Lions in Week 5, ESPN reports.

Jackson suffered the injury with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter but was able to return to the game, failing to catch a pass on a third down play. He finished the day with 49 rushing yards on 10 carries and 58 receiving yards on seven receptions. It's the fourth straight week in which Jackson has gained more yards through the air than on the ground. He has totaled 429 yards on 68 touches while scoring once. The 3-2 Bills host the Patriots in Week 6.


Time share, touch matchup, makes Bills' backs tough to rely on


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Through four games, both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson rank in the top-22 among running backs in Fantasy scoring, as the Bills' timeshare has worked out nicely for both players. However, they might not find much success in Week 5, with the tough Lions defense on the way.

The Lions have done a solid job against opposing running backs, limiting them to just 3.4 yards per carry. They rank 10th in Fantasy points allowed, at 14.0 per game, which won't leave much for Spiller and Jackson to share. No running back tandem has seen both players reach double figures against the Lions either, though the Jets came close, thanks to Chris Johnson's late touchdown run in Week 4.

The Lions have been one of the best teams against the run over the last few years, so we shouldn't be surprised that they have maintained that through the quarter mark of the season. With so few teams on bye, you should have better options, so steer clear of this backfield tandem for Week 5. 


Bills RB doesn't believe benching EJ Manuel will resolve issues


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) After opening the season 2-0, the Bills have dropped two straight games and the calls for a change at quarterback are getting louder and louder as EJ Manuel has a quarterback rating of 80.3 through four games. 

However, running back Fred Jackson said during an interview Monday with WGR Sportsradio 550 the team's struggles can't all be blamed on Manuel.

"This is a long season. It’s only Week 4," Jackson said, per the team's official website. "We can’t go into panic mode and try to change everything and revamp this and that. We have 12 games left in the season. We’ve got to respond. It’s not only on EJ to respond to the last two weeks. It’s on all of us. I can’t sit here and say all the blame goes to EJ because it doesn’t. We’ve got to get stuff done and every player on our team has to improve including myself. It’s not one of those things where I’m going to say bench EJ and put Kyle (Orton) in and it’s going to magically be better. I don’t think benching him is the right answer. I think we have to go in and re-evaluate everything that we’re doing and that’s how we’ll find the answers."


Fred Jackson totals 85 yards in loss vs. Texans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson rushed for 33 yards on seven carries while racking up 52 yards on six receptions in his team's 23-17 loss to the Texans in Week 4.

Jackson was out-touched 18-13 by running mate C.J. Spiller but managed to trump Spiller by one yard. Outside of a 12-carry, 24-yard effort in Week 2, Jackson has been fantastic with the ball in his hands, rushing for 128 yards on 20 carries in his other three games. He's also managed 130 yards on 14 receptions in his last two games. Jackson will look to keep rolling when he faces the Lions in Week 5.


Bills' backs could thrive vs. Texans


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller has been hard to rely on this season as he continues to see his role fluctuate thanks to the presence of Fred Jackson. However, both players could be in line for a solid performance in Week 4, with the Texans on the schedule.

The Texans were gashed for 194 yards by Giants running backs last week, and have now allowed a touchdown in each game so far this season. Spiller played just 36 percent of the team's snaps in Week 3 against the Chargers, but he still saw the majority of the work in the running game. If that continues, he could be in line for a solid performance against a Texans' defense that has allowed 5.2 yards per carry. 

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard are split on the Bills' backfield in their Week 4 rankings, with Dave putting Jackson slightly higher while Jamey has Spiller ahead. Either way, both players should be considered viable starting options in most Fantasy leagues this week. 


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."