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RB Fred Jackson - Buffalo Bills

6-1, 215Born: 2-20-1981College: CoeDrafted: ---

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Fred Jackson is getting opportunities as a punt returner now that Leodis McKelvin is on Injured Reserve.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 25): Jackson didn't look 100%, but he was effective enough against the Jets to have a solid flex-level game or adequate RB2 scoring. If he can avoid setbacks, he'll be a suitable RB2 in PPR leagues and flex in NonPPR for the stretch run.

Week 13: vs Cleveland Browns

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Both of these teams are jockeying for a playoff spot - Buffalo is knotted up with Miami at 6-5 in second in the AFC East and looking for a wild card slot, while the Browns are 7-4 but in last place in the fiercely competitive AFC North (Cleveland, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh are all sitting at 7-4, a half-game behind 7-3-1 Cincinnati) - this game is a must-win for both clubs as we enter the stretch run into the Second Season. Buffalo bounced back from a 9-22 loss in Miami two games ago to maul the Jets 38-3 in a special Monday night affair from Ford Field in Detroit - Anthony Dixon (12/54/1 rushing with 1/8/0 receiving) and Fred Jackson (10/32/1 rushing with 3/13/0 receiving) both found their way into the end zone during the contest. Bryce Brown chipped in 6/20/0 rushing to the team effort as the Bills' many-headed monster was productive in the blowout win (29/116/2 rushing as a team). The Browns' rush D allowed a TD to Steven Jackson last week (23/63/1 for the Falcons as a team), but only 2.7 yards per rush. Two weeks ago, Houston trampled this same club for 54/213/0 rushing - the Browns' defense has swung wildly during recent contests. To date, Cleveland is ranked 29th in the NFL averaging 134.9 rushing yards allowed per game, with eight rushing scores handed out. This looks like a good matchup for the home-team Bills.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs KC 3 10 0 5 4 39 0 0
12 vs NYJ 10 32 1 4 3 13 0 0
13 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds 14 * * 4 * * *
13 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay 8 * * 6 * * *
13 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom 11 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs KC (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

Coming back from a groin injury after only two weeks, Fred Jackson's role was clearly limited on Sunday. Most importantly, however, Jackson was able to make it through the game without reinjuring himself and should only see increased usage going forward. On the field, it was clearly a tale of two halves as Jackson looked spry and much more like himself in the first half. His first touch saw Jackson make an effective cut in the open field at game speed as he willed the short catch into a 10-yard gain and there didn't appear to be any negative effects from cutting. However, as the Bills came out of halftime, Jackson spent much of the third quarter watching from the sideline and by the time he did see the field he had a much more sluggish look to him and didn't have that usual power that turns no gains into three and four-yard gains. Jackson ultimately finished the game on the field as he experienced no setbacks and should only look better going forward.

2014 Week 12 vs NYJ (10 / 32 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Looking considerably more healthy in his second game since coming back from a groin injury, Fred Jackson led the Bills rushing attack before giving way to Anthony Dixon once the game spiraled out of control. Jackson looked very much his old self, slithering through the leanest of holes and often driving tacklers two and three yards beyond contact. Most importantly, Jackson looked just as strong in the second half as he did in the first, including a five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. With the line flowing left, Jackson cut backside right at the line of scrimmage and slipped through into the end zone. Jackson also caught three balls in the screen game, but only amassed 13 yards as none went for more than six yards.


Latest News

Bills | Fred Jackson will play (Mon Nov 24, 05:38 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) is active for the team's Week 12 game.

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Bills | Fred Jackson expected to play (Sat Nov 22, 08:56 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) is officially listed as questionable for the team's Week 12 game Monday, Nov. 24, but head coach Doug Marrone said he is planning on Jackson playing.

Our View: Jackson is still likely to split the backfield three ways with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, making none a great play tomorrow.
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Bills | Fred Jackson practices (Sat Nov 22, 06:56 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) practiced in an undisclosed capacity Saturday, Nov. 22.

Our View: We're still not quite sold on him this week and have him as an low-end RB2/RB3 with some upside. Not knowing how much and in what way he practiced, we just don't trust him to be effective or get a lot of carries.
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Bills | Fred Jackson took advantage of rest (Sat Nov 22, 10:18 AM) - Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) took advantage of the rest he got due to the blizzard, and it helped as he recovered from a groin injury. Jackson said he did not suffer a setback in practice Friday. “Obviously you want to rest it, and with these two days off I was able to do that. But you want to be in the room with the trainers and go through some treatments and rehab and things like that and not being able to do that is something that could be a setback, but taking advantage of not doing anything is something that could help too. It felt good getting out there today. Hopefully I can continue to progress well and play well on Monday.”

Our View: We're not sold on the delay—and the lack of practice—being a positive for the Bills, unless we're talking about Fred Jackson who definitely benefited. We're not "all in" on the running back, or the Bills offense, even against the thoroughly underwhelming Jets, so we have him as an middling RB2/RB3 this week, though he has more upside. The Bills might ease him back in as well, so that limits his upside.
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Bills | Limited practice for Fred Jackson (Thu Nov 20, 04:39 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) was limited for the second straight day in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. The Bills did not actually practice Thursday, so Orton's status is an estimation.

Our View: We don't know what shape he's really in since the Bills aren't practicing. At best we have him as an RB3, but he may not be even that effective. We just don't know.
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