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Fred Jackson's Instant Fantasy Reaction Heading into 2013 Fantasy Playoffs

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled during NFL game action by Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

No matter how much we ignore him, Fred Jackson never seems to go away.

The 32-year-old running back has hardly lit up the box scores this season, but he has chipped away with quality fantasy production for his owners. He put that sneaky value on display in Week 13's bout versus the Atlanta Falcons, compiling 78 total yards (42 rushing, 36 receiving) and two touchdowns during the Buffalo Bills' 34-31 loss.

While Jackson has yet to compile a 1,000-yard rushing game this season, he has now accumulated 926 total yards and eight touchdowns. He should not be wasting away on the waiver wire, but managers must decide whether he merits starting status during the fantasy postseason.

Next week, Jackson is a risky option against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense who has surrendered just two rushing touchdowns to running backs this season. Since they have also yielded 64 receptions to opposing backs, Jackson can be considered as a flex player for some owners.

The ensuing weeks, however, are when Jackson can help win some fantasy leagues. The Bills play the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15 and the Miami Dolphins in Week 16. Each defense has allowed a dozen touchdowns to running backs this season.

C.J. Spiller remains the No. 1 rusher in Buffalo, but the Bills run the ball enough to keep both men in the fantasy limelight. Jackson is hardly the flashiest option, but he's one who can help out fantasy owners during crunch time.

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