RB Justin Jackson - Los Angeles Chargers

5-11, 190Born: 4-22-1996College: NorthwesternDrafted: Round 7, pick 2018

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He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Oct 11): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Oct 10): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 9): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 6: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Chargers boast a pair of talented runners in Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, though they've yet to find much sustained success on the ground here in 2019. Through 5 games, this attack sits just 19th in per-attempt rushing yardage and 24th per game. Gordon stepped immediately into the lead role Sunday, winning the carry battle 12-3 and dominating the backfield during neutral game script. He did show some rust, though, turning them into just 31 scoreless yards. Dating back to last season (playoffs included), he's now been held below 3.5 yards per rush in 4 of his last 5 games. Gordon is a speedster with plenty of splash-play capability, but he's not particularly elusive in tight quarters. That's not an ideal fit behind a mediocre front line that misses left tackle Russell Okung and now will be without center Mike Pouncey who was put on IR this week. Ekeler is again the clear-cut second option on the ground, but he's been every bit as effective, averaging 3.8 per rush on the young season. Both could find it difficult to establish holes Sunday at the point of attack, though they fit the profile of backs that find success against the Steelers. Quick cutback runners tend to do well against their shaky, over-pursuing linebackers, so it's fair to expect at least a handful of chunk runs. Try as they might, the Steelers defense simply can't seem to do anything with quick-footed runners. It's a trend that stretches all the way back into last season. This year, they've given up strong, efficient days to the likes of Rex Burkhead (8 carries for 44 yards), Rashaad Penny (10 for 62 and a touchdown), and the 49ers' combination of Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert (26 for 147). And just last week, they allowed Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to rack up 70 yards on 14 attempts. They're still quite stout up front, where Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt are capable of controlling the trenches and limiting an opponent's power game. But the second level remains a true work in progress. Rookie Devin Bush is a lightning-fast playmaker, but is still learning the nuances of pursuit and struggling with gap discipline on the NFL level. Mark Barron and Vince Williams make for poor complements, especially Barron, who's still blown off the ball and out of the play far too often. There's a good chance the Steelers sit him down entirely soon, as Williams is unspectacular but far more dependable. Overall, despite the imposing front line, there's little reason to avoid in fantasy matchups. That's especially true for explosive backs like Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, both of whom look likely to outdo their typical efficiency marks this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 at DET 18 7 59 0 1 1.0 5 0 0 6.4
3 vs HOU 28 5 26 0 4 4.0 4 0 0 3
4 at MIA 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
5 vs DEN 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
6 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *
6 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Justin Jackson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 3 vs HOU (5 / 26 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 4 / 0 rec)

Justin Jackson worked as the lesser half of a committee with Austin Ekeler against the Texans on Sunday. Jackson saw his first action as a ball carrier on the third drive of the game and ran with patience and vision that created elusive plays. He had a red zone carry where he scored a touchdown, but the play was called back by penalty. He was also involved in the passing game, catching all four of his targets, but he only for four yards, largely the result of a big loss on a doomed screen play. Jackson should continue to work in the lesser half of a committee while Melvin Gordon holds out and faces a good matchup against the Dolphins next week.

2019 Week 2 vs DET (7 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Justin Jackson played the lesser half of a committee against the Detroit Lions. He could have had a significantly better day but had a big gain called back by penalty, a consistent trend by the Chargers throughout the day. Jackson was out-touched 23 to 8 by Austin Ekeler and is the clear second option in the backfield without Melvin Gordon. Jackson is a serviceable player, but Ekeler is clearly the more explosive and dynamic player. Jackson will face the Texans in week three.

2019 Week 1 vs IND (6 / 57 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Jackson was out-touched 18-7 by starter Austin Ekeler, and the usage patterns suggest that that could be a pretty reasonable expectation of how the split will be handled between the two players. Jackson looked very good in the run game, setting a career high with a 23-yard gain on his first touch of the season. He later beat that career-best run with a 24-yarder late in the second half. In between those two runs, he showed very good shake with the ball in his hands and ran very smooth and fluid. On the first long run, the offensive line opened a gaping hole that he shot through. On the second long one, the hole wasn't as obvious. But he found it and he hit it hard. Jackson had a long gain on a designed screen pass on third and 8 that was called back for an illegal formation penalty on the Chargers. It turned a first and goal inside the 10-yard line into a third and long situation at the 28-yard line. Philip Rivers made sure it didn't matter by throwing a touchdown to Keenan Allen on the ensuing play, but Jackson's afternoon could have had a bit more yardage (and he may have remained in the game on the red zone possession for a scoring chance if the penalty hadn't been called).


Latest News

Chargers | Week 6 Los Angeles Chargers inactives (Sun Oct 13, 06:52 PM) - The Los Angeles Chargers have declared WR Andre Patton, PK Mike Badgley, DB Nasir Adderley, RB Justin Jackson, QB Easton Stick, LB Melvin Ingram and DL Cortez Broughton inactive for Week 6.

Our View: Hunter Henry is active and worth playing at tight end if you've been waiting for him. Ingram will need another week for his hamstring to be ready.
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Chargers | Justin Jackson unlikely to play (Fri Oct 11, 06:44 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson (calf) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 11, and is listed as doubtful for Week 6.

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Chargers | LA Chargers' injury report for Week 6 (Fri Oct 11, 03:57 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers S Nasir Adderley (hamstring), PK Mike Badgley (groin) and RB Justin Jackson (calf) did not practice all week and are listed as doubtful for Week 6 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. DE Melvin Ingram (hamstring) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Oct. 11, while TE Hunter Henry (knee) was upgraded to full participation; both players are listed as questionable. WR Andre Patton (quad), CB Casey Hayward (back), P Ty Long (foot), LB Denzel Perryman (ankle) and LB Thomas Davis (non-injury) were full participants in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

Our View: Ingram could return this week and face undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges. It looks like his hamstring injury was minor.
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Chargers | Thursday injury report for LAC (Thu Oct 10, 06:51 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers S Nasir Adderley (hamstring), PK Mike Badgley (groin), DE Melvin Ingram (hamstring), RB Justin Jackson (calf) and LB Thomas Davis (not injury related) didn't practice Thursday, Oct. 10. WR Andre Patton (quad) was limited. CB Casey Hayward Jr. (back), P/PK Ty Long (foot) and LB Denzel Perryman (ankle) were full participants.

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Chargers | No practice for Justin Jackson (Wed Oct 9, 07:07 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson (calf) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 9.

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