33-Year-Old Running Back – Buffalo Bills
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Jackson, pressed into heavier-than-expected work by C.J. Spiller's ankle issues, delivered a surprisingly valuable 2013 campaign, improving his rushing average to 4.3 from the prior year's 3.5 while s...
Fred Jackson Contract Information:
Signed a two-year extension with the Bills in May of 2012. His extension, through 2014, is thought to include $8.7 million in new money (Jackson had one year left on a deal he signed in 2009 that averaged $1.87 million a year) that could rise to $11 million if he hits all incentives. The deal includes a $3 million signing bonus.
Jackson said Friday that he's "90 to 95 percent" after dealing with broken ribs late last season and a sprained knee earlier in the campaign, The Buffalo News reports. Said the veteran, "Just about there. We've had enough time off to start trying to get back into doing things now. Still got a little bit of tweakage with the rib, but that's going to be there for probably another two or three months. But I'm excited about it."
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Fred Jackson: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)While Jackson doesn't have the "wow" ability of some of the league's best backs, the Bills are actually getting the best of both worlds with him. Even though he's 32, his NFL career didn't get started until late, so he's burned the tread on his tires slower than most. He's also an incredibly savvy player, whether it's hitting a hole, knowing how to pick up just enough distance on important short-yardage carries, or being an excellent blocker. At some point the new coaching staff will unleash Spiller, who obviously has more fantasy upside, but it sounds like Jackson is happy to remain a complement in whatever fashion next season dictates, and we're still not seeing signs of a slowdown after all these years (other than what seems to be more minor, play-through-it-type injuries).
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Jackson is 32, but he hasn't had any form of drop-off in recent seasons other than the occasional injury issue, and he tends to fight through those with the best of them. He finished 2013 with 896 yards on the ground (4.33 YPC) with an additional 387 yards in the passing game, totaling 10 touchdowns overall. That all said, he has to slow down sometime and Spiller should enter 2014 in much better health with the Bills having a whole offseason to figure out how to utilize his unique skill set better. Jackson should keep a hold on some form of time share, however, as he's strong at almost all facets of the RB position, and he provides a larger and more capable blocking presence than Spiller on third down.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 32-year old Jackson played only 10 games last season, as multiple knee injuries cost him time at the beginning and end of the year. In Jackson's absence, C.J. Spiller emerged as a dynamic playmaker, averaging a league-leading 6.0 YPC. Jackson's role should continue to diminish this season with a new coaching staff that won't be quick to sit Spiller, though it's possible Jackson's still able to vulture some goal-line work.
Jackson was the NFLís leading rusher when he went down with a fractured right fibula in Week 11 last year, and the former undrafted back also had 442 receiving yards at the time, making him one of the bigger surprises in fantasy football. He was as impressive as it gets, leading all backs with 5.5 YPC (minimum 100 rushing attempts), thanks in no small part to an NFL-high 3.75 YPC after contact. Pro Football Focus graded Jackson as the best blocking back in the league, and he also had zero drops. Still, heís coming off a serious injury, will be 31.5 years old this season (a dangerous age for running backs) and will have to compete with C.J. Spiller for touches. Jackson signed a two-year extension in the offseason and should enter the year as the favorite to get the most touches in the teamís backfield, but it will almost certainly be a timeshare of some sort, as Spiller really proved himself in Jackson's absence and the Bills would like to have him much more active than the first part of 2011.
Jackson was something of an afterthought entering 2010, as the Bills used the No. 9 overall pick to draft C.J. Spiller and still had Marshawn Lynch on their roster. After Spiller proved unready for the NFL and Lynch was traded, Jackson once again was the last man standing. In fact, after Lynch was jettisoned, Jackson totaled 1,055 yards with six touchdowns over 12 games. His eight dropped passes were most among running backs, but he also improved greatly in pass protection. With a young and unproven offensive line, Buffalo isnít an ideal situation, but Ryan Fitzpatrick gives the team a better QB in 2011 than a handful of teams who will be relying on rookies. In the end, though, Jacksonís value ultimately comes down to Spillerís development. Unless Spiller takes great leaps, Jackson will yet again be an underrated and productive fantasy option.
Jackson was finally given a real chance last season, and during 11 starts, he totaled 1,233 yards. He scored a rushing touchdown during just one game, as his five goal-line attempts tied for 40th in the NFL. That was actually more of a function of playing on a bad offense, though, as Marshawn Lynch was given only two attempts from in close. Jacksonís value took a major hit with the drafting of C.J. Spiller, and Jackson could end up losing some third-down or split wide work. Heíll remain the favorite for goal-line carries, and Lynch could still get traded, but Jackson is in a committee on a bad team, so heís fighting an uphill battle. That said, he displays a very good runner/receiver combination and he's the best guy to own of the three backs in play. If Spiller or Lynch gets hurt, or if Lynch gets dealt or put on the bench, Jackson's numbers could take off again.
Jackson has averaged 4.6 YPC over his two-year career and is excellent as a receiver. While Marshawn Lynch is typically held in higher regard, the undrafted Jackson often looks more impressive, and heíll be given the opportunity to shine with Lynch serving a three-game suspension to open the season. If Jackson gets off to a fast start, itís possible heíll earn more touches. He could be a monster if it ever worked out that he got a full workload. But as it stands, Lynch is still the main guy when he comes back, plus the Billsí offensive line is shaky. However, with Terrell Owens now in Buffalo, the passing attack should improve, opening up the running game. Jackson is one of the better No. 2 backs to target in the fantasy landscape.
Jackson is a key guy for owners who draft Marshawn Lynch early in their drafts. He emerged as Lynchís primary backup at the end of last season and averaged 53.2 rushing yards per game (5.4 yards per carry) over the last five weeks. In addition to being an explosive threat on the ground, Jackson demonstrated soft hands by snatching 22 receptions in just eight games. He seems like a safe bet to get 5-8 touches a week and presents great value at the end of drafts.
The Bills are eyeing Jackson as a future possible No. 2 back behind Willis McGahee. The Coe College product finished the season ranked second in NFL Europe with 731 rushing yards and was one of only two players with 1,000 yards from scrimmage (1,048 yards). While Anthony Thomas and Shaud Williams (and possibly Lionel Gates) are still ahead of Jackson on the depth chart, the Bills organization is not committed to keeping it this way. If Jackson gives a strong performance in the preseason, there is a small chance he will be backing up McGahee at the start of the regular season. That said, we feel Thomas and Williams are ahead of him now, and he'll have to beat out at least one of those two -- or Gates -- to make the team. Update: Released by the Bills in September of 2006.