Fred Jackson: Fantasy Owners Must Make Effort to Trade Away Injured RB

Mike HoagCorrespondent IINovember 15, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 11:  Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills dives towards the end zone but fumbles the ball in the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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It’s been one injury after another for Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson this season. He was ruled out of the team’s Week 11 Thursday night matchup against the Miami Dolphins with a concussion, according to the team's official Twitter account:

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

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 12, 2012

Concussions can sometimes linger or resurface, which would make Jackson's situation ever worse for both the Bills and fantasy owners. Jackson has already missed two full games and was limited in several others due to injuries this season. It’s time to part ways with the Bills back while he still has some fantasy value left.

Now is the time when you start planning for your playoffs. Jackson’s value has increasingly declined even without the rash of injuries that has slowed him this season. That’s mostly thanks to the emergence of C.J. Spiller as a top rusher in the league.

While Spiller has shined due to increased opportunities because of Jackson’s missed time, it’s been Jackson that has been the primary workhorse in Buffalo. That’s likely due to his perceived ability to take on a bigger load than Spiller, something that’s proven false given the number of injuries he’s sustained this season.

As an “every-down back” Jackson certainly has a high upside, but he hasn’t proven—with exception to big Week 10 numbers against the New England Patriots—that he can capitalize on the increased opportunities and consistently produce for fantasy owners.

Despite getting fewer touches, Spiller still has the best fantasy upside moving forward in Buffalo’s backfield. Spiller’s speed and playmaking ability can help Buffalo overcome challenges posed by the tough defensive fronts they’ll face in the coming weeks.

The team’s remaining schedule isn’t very favorable beyond the next two weeks either. Matchups against the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars may entice other fantasy owners to give up someone you can use down the stretch for a quick fix. Take the trade now and plan for the playoffs by shedding an injury-prone Jackson in the process.

A backfield timeshare is the only one thing worse for fantasy GMs than a running back that can’t stay on the field. Jackson has both of them working against him, as well as a tough fantasy playoff schedule down the stretch.

Cut your losses and bring in someone you can use down the stretch. Someone will likely be willing to take the chance because of his high upside and recent success before the injury.


Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: