Fred Jackson: Fantasy Owners Should Hold onto Bills RB Despite Injury

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 12, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 11: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills is helped off of the field by members of the medical staff after getting injured in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Despite an unfortunate concussion sustained in Buffalo's AFC East showdown at New England on Sunday, fantasy owners should hold onto Bills RB Fred Jackson.

The quick turnaround to Thursday Night Football will prevent the explosive running back from playing in a Week 11 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. The Bills' official Twitter account confirmed the bad news for Jackson, Bills fans and fantasy dependents on Monday, quoting head coach Chan Gailey:

Chan Gailey: #Bills RB Fred Jackson will not play this week.

Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 12, 2012


Considering that this is the first time Jackson has sustained a head injury of any kind, he is not nearly as much at risk as other players who have had to overcome multiple concussions during their careers.

Jackson's ailments have been relating to his all-important legs, so to chalk up this particular instance as a classic case of the nine-year veteran being injury-prone would be missing the mark. He missed time earlier in the 2012 campaign when he injured the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee in Week 1 (h/t The Buffalo News).

Prior to leaving the game, Jackson had run for a season-best 80 yards on just 16 carries—including two touchdowns—to keep the Bills within striking distance against the powerful Patriots, who ultimately prevailed 37-31.

It was a crushing defeat in Foxboro, and Jackson's injury didn't help matters. The injury was even more depressing because Jackson was performing his best when it mattered most, and could have had a third touchdown if not for a fumble on the goal line.

But even in the midst of the perpetual turmoil the Bills seem to suffer each season, Jackson has been very productive in the limited time he's been in the lineup.

There are no issues with his legs to fret about this time around thankfully, and Jackson will have an extra long recovery period until Buffalo's Week 12 game at Indianapolis. The Colts have a rather weak run defense, which should translate to a big game for Jackson, who is also an obvious threat to catch the ball out of the backfield.

The timeshare issue with C.J. Spiller has been more of a problem than in recent years due to the 2009 first-round pick's white-hot start. But that hasn't stopped Jackson from producing in the past, and he emerged as the bell-ringer against New England, carrying the rock 16 times to Spiller's nine.

As dire as the situation looks once again for the star-crossed Bills and their star-crossed star running back, Jackson shouldn't be dropped or traded in your fantasy league.