Fans of the Buffalo Bills tend to have short memories. The ability to forget, whether through hopeless, blind optimism or through heavy drinking is a valuable skill when you follow a team that currently boasts the longest NFL playoff drought. Selective memory has its drawbacks, though, which include the possibility of taking a valuable veteran player for granted when something new and better comes along.
Bills fans would be wise to remember that Fred Jackson was a Pro Bowl caliber running back just a few short years ago, prior to the emergence of C.J. Spiller. As recently as the 2011 season, Jackson was rushing for almost 1,000 yards on an average of 5.5 yards per attempt. Jackson’s unfortunate string of recent injuries has no doubt hurt his fantasy stock, along with the emergence of Spiller as one of the NFL’s most explosive backs. Freddie is also 32 years old now, practically a geriatric in running back years.
In spite of all the factors working against him, Fred-Ex is still a stud and will prove throughout the 2013 season just how much he still has in the tank. He will most likely be used in a secondary, power-back type role, but such a situation couldn’t be more ideal for Jackson or his prospective fantasy owners. As a third-down back, Jackson will still be able to rack up the TDs and will be much less at risk when it comes to further injury.
In short, savvy fantasy owners looking for a reliable second or third string running back should look to scoop up Jackson some time around the fourth or fifth round of this year’s draft. The pick might raise some eyebrows, but you’ll be looking like a genius come this fall.