So far through 6 games in 2011, the 30-year old Fred Jackson has 106 carries. His career high in one season is 237 in 2009. He’s on pace for around 280 carries for the year. Throw in his projected 64 receptions and Fred Jackson should be around 344 touches by season’s end. Will he hold up? He’s suffered a few injuries in his Buffalo career, but nothing major. With his value so important to a fantasy team (ahem – and the Buffalo Bills), I’ve been advocating the move to handcuff Jackson with CJ Spiller, whose ownership is around 24% in Yahoo! leagues.
Before people say, “He’s no good”, keep in mind he is proving himself as a solid pass catcher out of the backfield, to the point where he has now being given playing time at one of the receiver spots in Chan Gailey’s fast past offense. And there is no denying that he has shown a little bit of playmaking ability since being drafted 9th overall by the Bills. The successful fantasy football players don’t see black and white or a simplistic view of good and bad. They recognize potential opportunity and future proofing in case something unexpected (in fantasy football, no way!) comes up.