Fred Jackson: Fantasy Expectations for Bills Veteran RB in Week 5

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills veteran running back Fred Jackson suffered a knee injury in Week 1 that was reported to keep the star out of action for three to four weeks.

After rehabbing hard, the veteran returned last week, and he will split carries again like the team did in Week 4 with young back C.J. Spiller against the San Francisco 49ers this week.

Jackson told about how he is feeling better after continuing to recover from his knee injury:

Yes, I do. I think that’s just the knee getting stronger and the treatment that they’re doing is making it better. I definitely feel a lot better today than I did last week so hopefully that continues to increase and it gets better.

While getting Jackson healthy again is great news for fantasy owners, even a star running back getting the bulk of the carries isn’t a smart start versus the 49ers’ stingy run defense.

Bench Jackson in almost any league.


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Despite the fact that the team has a loss this year, the San Francisco 49ers' defense has been outstanding and will put a Buffalo team traveling 3,000 miles to the test.

Jackson will fail this test.

San Francisco boasts the sixth-best rush defense in the NFL—allowing only 79.5 yards per game—and Jackson at 100 percent couldn’t beat the stout 49ers. The veteran is still not 100 percent.

Between Spiller poaching carries and the team's poor matchup, Jackson needs to find his way to your fantasy bench.

The road won’t get much easier against the Arizona Cardinals next week, but Jackson will have a much better chance of going off statistically against anyone besides the 49ers.

Expect 14 carries for 66 yards and no touchdowns this week against San Fran.


Final Word: Sit 'em


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