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With regards to the Buffalo Bills' running back situation, it is probably accurate to describe it as risky, but worth the risk. Why worth the risk? The Bills are No. 3 in rushing in the NFL. They have a young, talented offensive line that continues to improve.
In Week 1 against the Jets, Buffalo ran the ball 26 times for 195 yards, averaging 7.5 yards a carry. In Week 2 vs. the Chiefs, Buffalo ran it 36 times for 201 yards, which was an average of 5.6 yards per carry.
In Week 3 against Cleveland, without Fred Jackson and largely without C.J. Spiller, they picked up 138 yards on 34 carries for an average of 4.1 yards per rush. Trust me when I tell you that you could do a lot worse.
Starter Jackson went down with a sprained knee in Week 1, and then his backup Spiller went down with a sprained shoulder in Week 3. Third-string RB Tashard Choice relieved Spiller last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns and led the Bills in rushing.
With regards to Jackson, here is the latest on his health situation as of Thursday morning from Chris Brown, the lead writer for Buffalo Bills.com:
Bills RB Fred Jackson said how he felt getting out of bed Thursday morning after a day of practice on his recovering knee would tell a lot about his status for Sunday. He shared how he felt prior to Thursday’s practice.
“I was a little sore this morning,” said Jackson. “It was a little swollen. I got in the training room and they did what they could.”
Jackson said he will practice here on Thursday.
“We’ll go out and see what happens,” he said. “We’ll see how I feel on it. I haven’t moved around on it yet, so i don’t know if it’s going to be worse or better. It was a little more sore than expected, but not too much.”
Jackson maintains that he’s not any less confident about playing Sunday. He’s just wondering how much he’ll be able to play.
If you read between the lines, it sounds like Jackson is prepared to give it a righteous effort, but it also sounds like he is resigned to the fact that he will be splitting carries with another back (probably Choice).
The other factor to consider is that Jackson hasn't been able to finish either of the last two games he started, dating back to the Miami Dolphins game in 2011. He is 31 years old, after all.
The other issue with Choice is that he might be a fine guy to add for this week only if you are trying to cover for a RB from this week's bye teams, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. Spiller could be back for the Week 5 contest against San Francisco.
Choice has picked up 131 rushing yards on 32 carries so far for an average of 4.1 yards per rush. He has one rush of more than 20 yards but has yet to score a touchdown this season.
One final thought: If somebody in your league bailed on Fred Jackson due to his Week 1 injury, I would make him a priority add for your fantasy team. The Bills will be smart about how many touches they give him in Week 4.