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Week 1 vs. MIA
Rushing: 4 / 19 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 0 / 0 on 4 targets
Jackson got the start and didn't seem to have any problems with the hand he broke in August, but it is clear that he will be sharing time all year, which means a repeat of his 1,000 yard season is unlikely. His best run game out of the shotgun and he also shared the backfield with CJ Spiller or Marshawn Lynch at times. He did get a wildcat snap, but the nice run he had was called back by penalty.
Week 2 vs. GB
Rushing: 9 / 39 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Jackson continues to be one of the more underrated players in the league because of the uniform he wears. He was making subtle, savvy moves to maximize his production and his resourceful style seems to fit an offense that never creates momentum. Jackson was very patient on his runs, making sharp cuts to get through creases and finding the outside lane to get to the pylon for his touchdown run. He did have one drop as a receiver out of the backfield, but he should maintain flex/bench value going forward.
Week 3 vs. NE
Rushing: 4 / 8 / 0
Jackson, the most versatile of the Bills running backs, was sprinkled in the game plan, but never had much in the way of opportunity to create any big plays. This running game looks like a work in progress as the Bills try to figure out how to use their talented trio of backs.
Week 4 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 3 / 21 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Jackson was barely on the field and for the few carries he had, was unable to generate much success aside from one long gain. As with all three running backs, as the Bills fell immediately behind, the run game was forgotten.
Week 5 vs. JAX
Rushing: 12 / 73 / 0
Receiving: 1 / -7 / 0 on 2 targets
Fred Jackson really was the engine for this offense and took a lot of pressure off the passing game. Jackson had explosive run after explosive run and kept this offense on the field. Jackson is a very intelligent inside runner who sees the entire field and never misses the hole in the defense. He has no qualms about running between the tackles and does not bounce many things outside in times of trouble. On one particular big gain he had the presence of mind to change the arm that was carrying the ball and is just a testament to his overall veteran experience. Fitzpatrick and the passing game need Jackson to get going and his running threat sets up the offense nicely. His gouging inside runs was a thorn in Jacksonville's defense all day.
Week 7 vs. BAL
Rushing: 23 / 73 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 2 targets
Buffalo had the lead for most of the game and was able to feed Jackson the ball, despite his lack of production on the ground save for one or two big runs early on. Jackson has a tough slashing inside running style that suits plays up the middle and this is where he got most of his yards on the ground. He is very explosive once he can get to the second level of a defense, and never picks the wrong hole to attack on a play which is a testament to his amazing vision of the field. Jackson can turn many broken plays that look like they would result in negative plays into positive ones. Baltimore never lost contain on him though, and in clutch situations like redzone or in catch up mode, they had to rely on the passing game and Jackson became a bystander in the offense.
Week 8 vs. KC
Rushing: 20 / 64 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 11 / 0 on 8 targets
After getting bottled up in the first half, Jackson started wearing down the Chiefs defense in the 2nd half and overtime. Jackson clearly doesn't have the speed of his backup, Spiller, but he fought hard for every yard that he got. While his ypc was low, he just rarely had holes to run through. On the opening drive of the 3rd quarter, Jackson had a couple big runs that ultimately led to an important field goal for the Bills. But until the Bills can block better, Jackson will continue to have a hard time getting yards and td's.
Week 9 vs. CHI
Rushing: 8 / 16 / 1
Receiving: 5 / 20 / 0 on 7 targets
Despite rushing for just 16 yards, Jackson managed to run for a touchdown and catch five passes for 20 yards. With the Bill's apparent desire to pass the ball more and more with each passing week, Jackson's value only exists as a bye-week or favorable matchup wild-card-flier in deep, PPR leagues.
Week 10 vs. DET
Rushing: 25 / 133 / 1
Receiving: 6 / 37 / 1 on 7 targets
Jackson had his best performance of the year by far, even though he fumbled early and was also stuffed on a fourth and inches attempt. His subtle moves to elude and break tackles and textbook body lean and footwork continuously created extra yards as Jackson was the centerpiece of the offense once the Bills got ahead. He showed a nose for the end zone on both his TD and the run that set up the TD, not to mention strength making Julian Peterson look feeble on his shovel pass TD. The Lions were holding up well against Jackson early, but his stiff-arm, superior vision, and determination wore them down. Jackson's big run to open the second half set the tone for the rest of the game, and his fight on every touch typified a Bills team that had played much better than their record coming into this game. The Bills called lots of designed passes to Jackson and judging by the results, he'll get his number called in the passing game a lot down the stretch. With Spiller out indefinitely, Jackson is bona fide RB2.
Week 11 vs. CIN
Rushing: 21 / 116 / 2
Receiving: 3 / 13 / 0 on 5 targets
Jackson doesn't seem very fast, and he doesn't seem like he has a wide array of moves, but he's just incredibly hard to bring down. In the first quarter, he delivered a vicious hit at the end of a run that knocked Roy Williams out of the game. He fights for every yard, and then as he showed on his 30 yard TD run at the end of the 4th quarter, he can blow past the defense with surprising speed. Jackson doesn't have a great Oline in front of him, so he gets a lot of carries in which he finds himself running into the defense as soon as he gets the ball. But when he does get space, he makes the most of it on every play, as he showed against Cincy. He made a number of quick, decisive cuts and then he gets north and south in a hurry. After a rough start to the season, Jackson is benefiting from the improved production from the passing game and starting to become a very valuable RB for fantasy owners as the season winds down.
Week 12 vs. PIT
Rushing: 12 / 59 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 104 / 1 on 5 targets
Why did Buffalo use a top-10 pick on CJ Spiller again when they had a guy at the same position who would cost them about 1/10th the money? Jackson showed that he's got the skill set to be "matchup-proof" in this game. A typical running back (or an exceptional one in an offensive scheme that refuses to highlight his assets) can be rendered useless in a game against Pittsburgh --- see: McFadden, Darren. However, the team of Chan Gailey's offense and Jackson's skills to catch the ball teamed up to scare the heck out of the Steelers in this game. The big play was the screen that Jackson caught on an otherwise innocent 3rd-and-10. Lined up in the slot, Jackson headed to the middle of the field, caught the ball slightly behind the line of scrimmage, and then took off up the middle of the field for a 65-yard TD. Another play that highlights his abilities and his intelligence was when he was in the slot again in overtime. Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons was man-to-man on Jackson but then left to blitz. Jackson ran a hot route straight upfield into the area vacated by Timmons for a 13-yard gain. The two plays that followed should have won the game for Buffalo as Jackson then ran for 13 yards to set up a play-action bomb that will be detailed in a later section.
Week 13 vs. MIN
Rushing: 11 / 42 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 1 targets
Fred Jackson, after being on an absolute tear as of late, had a down day as the Bills running attack simply could not get going. Jackson had a nice 12 yard run as he bounced it to the outside and showed good speed. Jackson was also involved in the screen game as Chan Gailey tried to offset the Vikings pass rush. Jackson didn't play poorly; it was simply the dominance of the Vikings defense that prevented them from establishing any semblance of a running game.
Week 14 vs. CLE
Rushing: 29 / 112 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 4 targets
Jackson had a very solid and steady day on the ground, giving the
Bills consistent positive yardage all day long. He was finally able to break
out for some nice gains on the final drive of the game. He took a handoff
straight up the middle, and a shoestring tackle kept him from taking it the
distance, as he was stopped for a 19 yard gain. Then, when it appeared he was
stopped in the backfield, he floated to the side just a bit and then charged
forward for ten yards, and the game-clinching first down. Jackson doesn't have
elite speed, but he always seems to get the job done, is very smart in the
running lanes that he chooses, and keeps his feet moving forward. As the
weather turns nastier, the Bills are relying on Jackson more and more, as his 29
Week 15 vs. MIA
Rushing: 15 / 36 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Miami has not allowed much in the rushing department the past month so you knew it would be tough sledding. Jackson has looked good most of the season and this week the Bills found what many other teams have discovered and this a Mike Nolan coached defense is awful tough to find room on the ground against. There weren't a lot of hole for Freddie this past weekend.
Week 16 vs. NE
Rushing: 13 / 81 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 11 / 0 on 3 targets
Buffalo got behind and had to move away from the run. Jackson was racking yards early on in this contest. Buffalo was terrible on offense and the turnovers by his other backfield teammates did not help things any either. Most backs are not going to rack up a lot of points against New England anyways but you would have liked to see a little more of him in this game.
Week 17 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 13 / 35 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 13 / 0 on 1 targets
Jackson had a rough time against the Jets defensive line and that, coupled with the team falling so far behind so quickly, certainly contributed to some lackluster numbers. As usual, Jackson ran hard but the offensive line just could create space for him on a regular basis. Also hurting him was the frequency with which the Bills offense turned the ball over; four interceptions and two lost fumbles will make it hard for a back, no matter how good, get enough snaps to make an impact. The Bills tried hard to give him enough snaps to get to 1,000 yards but against this Jets defense it wasn't happening.