With Lynch gone, Jackson the lead dog for Bills

Posted Oct. 11, 2010 @ 3:35 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

Following the Bills' trade of RB Marshawn Lynch last week, it became clear Sunday that Fred Jackson would take over as the team's primary ballcarrier.

Previously a terrible fantasy scenario with three backs all getting touches, Lynch's departure to Seattle greatly enhances the fantasy prospects of Jackson, who led Buffalo Sunday with 12 carries for 73 yards vs. the Jaguars. Not only will he be the starter going forward, but he figures to see about two-thirds of the carries.

As the Bills' starter for 11 games last season, Jackson was productive, finishing the year with 237-1,062-2 rushing and 46-371-2 receiving. Gaining 4.5 yards per carry, he proved he could he effective when handling a sizable workload. Likely to get around 15 touches per contest, Jackson is worthy of flex status in most leagues despite the team's dreadful offense.

The remaining one-third of the carries should go to 2010 first-round pick C.J. Spiller, who has the most upside of anyone on the team's offense but has been lackluster in the early going. He had five carries for 31 yards Sunday, and with him being unlikely to get more than a handful of touches each week, he'll be tough to trust in lineups. If you have the roster space to stash him on the bench, it's probably smart to hold on to the rookie, though, as his role very well could grow by season's end.