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Packers RB Jackson will get prime chance with Grant out

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By Michael Blunda

"Handcuff" is a popular term in fantasy circles, as grabbing your top rusher's backup is always a recommended strategy. Hopefully those who drafted Ryan Grant heeded this advice.

Grant, who has played in every game the past two seasons, was the biggest name to go down in Week One, leaving the Packers' contest against the Eagles in the first half with an ankle injury. Reports Tuesday by's Jay Glazer indicate that Grant will miss the remainder of the season with severe ankle and leg injuries. Obviously, this is a huge blow to the Packers and fantasy owners alike.

With that, Brandon Jackson takes over in the backfield for Green Bay. A second-rounder in '07, Jackson was the team's starter for a couple games that season before losing the job to Grant, and he hasn't done a whole lot since. But he's a decent runner and skilled pass catcher who could be very valuable if given a heavy workload. He had 18-63-0 rushing at Philly and should improve upon those numbers with time to prepare as the starter.

Considering the Packers' lack of backfield depth, Jackson is someone who should be picked up in all leagues, as he will likely handle a full workload for the time being. He's a great bet to go off this week against the Bills' horrible run defense, and although the schedule gets tougher after that, he should have value all season along. Green Bay almost certainly will sign another back soon, but that shouldn't affect Jackson greatly. Be sure to grab him if he's available.

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