Fred Jackson already was carrying the load in the Buffalo backfield, but now with C.J. Spiller out indefinitely, he is going to be even more of a bell cow down the stretch.
With the 2010 first-rounder leaving Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, Jackson was called upon even more than usual. He responded well, having his best game of the season across the board with 25 carries for 133 yards and a TD and six catches for 37 yards and a score. True, it came against the Lions' weak run defense, but it still may be the outing that he needed to get going.
Jackson quietly has been one of the busier backs in the league lately, getting 20 or more carries in three of his past four outings. It didn't result in production, however, before Sunday. Now that Spiller isn't likely to be back on the field anytime soon, Jackson is going to be worked to the bone as both a rusher and receiver.
As long as the 29-year-old can handle the increased workload, he should be an intriguing fantasy option the rest of the way. The fact that he plays for a bad Bills team will hurt him against tough opponents, as Buffalo would be forced to abandon the run if it falls behind big. But in matchups with fairly comparable competition, Jackson should be a reliable source of fantasy production.