Fred Jackson will play in Week 12. He was questionable all week with a groin injury so it's possible he's limited against the Jets, who rank sixth in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will likely factor in the game plan, but with the workload in question and a tough matchup, no one is really considered a safe play in this situation.
(New York conducted a walk-through on Saturday)
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), WR T.J. Graham (neck), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (wrist), QB Geno Smith (right shoulder), CB Darrin Walls (calf)
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
CB Ron Brooks (groin), RB Fred Jackson (groin)
K Dan Carpenter (right groin), WR Marquise Goodwin (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (hip), DE Manny Lawson (ankle), QB Kyle Orton (toe), RB Frank Summers (neck), G Kraig Urbik (shoulder), WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
Bills RB Fred Jackson is questionable. He's indicated he's going to play, but with the game now Monday night he becomes a bit more risky. It's not a great matchup against the Jets rush defense, but either way owners will need to be prepared just in case Jackson doesn't go. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown would at least be serviceable backups if needed. Also for the Bills, Watkins and Orton are probable.
Fred Jackson is inactive as expected. Multiple reports say that Bryce Brown is starting at RB for the Bills, which is encouraging news for those owners depending on him this week. In the last two weeks, Anthony Dixon has out-carried him 31 to 14, but the ratio was 9:7 in Week 10 and Brown caught six passes against the Chiefs, out-touching Dixon 13 to 9. Brown looked explosive and particularly good in the passing game, so he’s a low-end RB2 in standard and a solid RB2 in PPR formats.
With Goodwin out, Mike Williams returns to the active roster.
One wonders why the Bills let Fred Jackson play in Week 10 with a pair of capable running backs in Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown and a short week in Week 11. Regardless, it looks like Dixon and Brown will split the load against the Dolphins tonight. It's not a great matchup, but it's not a terrible matchup, either. We'll update our rankings shortly.
It's a mediocre matchup against a good Dolphins defense, but Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown would become Sneaky Starts if Jackson can't play tonight. If he does suit up, it's shaping up as a murky three-headed committee. For a look at how the Bills divvied up their touches in Week 10, be sure to check the RBBC Report.
Monday, November 10, 2014, 9:50am
Playing in his 100th career game, the gritty and well-respected Bills RB Fred Jackson ran just three times in the Bills' 17-13 loss to the Chiefs. He had been listed as questionable on the injury report after returning to practice Wednesday.
Was there ever a chance he wouldn't play?
"No," Jackson said. "I knew Monday. I was confident in everything I had done that I would be able to compete. Unfortunately it wasn't enough but I knew I had the ability to come out and play."
Jackson was more productive in the passing game (four catches for 39 yards) than in the running game, where the Bills leaned more on Anthony Dixon (nine carries) and Bryce Brown (seven carries). We knew Jackson would be limited coming into this game, but there's a good chance his touches increase next game now that he got his feet wet. Brown also had a critical fumble that ended up out of the end zone for a touchback.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jackson’s status will be more clear later in the week, once his groin has had a chance to respond to his early return to practice. If he plays, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown would take a back seat to the far more established Jackson.
Monday, October 27, 2014, 5:56pm
Bills RB Bryce Brown played on just 14 snaps.
Four of Brown's seven carries came in the first half but gained only six yards. Coach Doug Marrone said Brown would have received more time if the Bills were in a spread look on offense.
Instead, the Bills were in more of a ground-and-pound mode, playing with the lead for the entire game. That led to Dixon, the more bruising back, receiving more carries. He wasn't any more effective than Brown and finished with 22 carries for just 44 yards, his longest run was five yards. The Bills have a bye Week 9.
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8. Jackson is expected to miss around four weeks with the groin injury. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are likely to split the workload with Jackson sidelined and C.J. Spiller out for most of the year. Dixon was working with the starters in practice, and should see more carries and most of the goal line work, while Brown would serve as the pass-catching speed back.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) missed practice again Thursday. Jackson is expected to miss around four weeks with the groin injury. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are likely to split the workload with Jackson sidelined and C.J. Spiller out for most of the year. Dixon is first to work with the starters in practice, and should see more carries and most of the goal line work, while Brown would serve as the pass-catching speed back.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Jackson is expected to miss around four weeks with the groin injury. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are likely to split the workload with Jackson sidelined and C.J. Spiller out for most of the year. Dixon was working with the starters in practice, and should see more carries and most of the goal line work, while Brown would serve as the pass-catching speed back.
In the portion of practice open to reporters Wednesday -- essentially just warm-up drills -- Dixon lined up with the first-team next to Kyle Orton, while Brown was paired with EJ Manuel and the second team.
That doesn't mean Dixon will receive more touches than Brown but it's further indication he's ahead of Brown on the depth chart.
This indicates that the Bills don't currently view Brown as the "starter," and that Dixon is likely to get first crack at the carries in the Buffalo backfield. The team has split carries between Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, and is likely to do so again with Dixon and Brown. We're expecting Brown to be more active than Dixon in the passing game, but Dixon may see more carries and get the goal line work. In short, it's unclear which back has more fantasy value, and it may depend on your league format (i.e. Dixon in standard, Brown in PPR).
Buscaglia added the Bills love Dixon. And it makes a lot of sense given C.J. Spiller's recent struggles and the team still not playing Brown. As we stated before, Brown may be the more talented back but is still a bit raw. On top of all of that, it's not a great matchup against the Jets.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:39pm
The Bills needed help at running back with injuries to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Tanner has visited the San Francisco 49ers this year and previously worked out for the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.
Tanner spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys and rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine receptions for 93 yards. He recorded 21 special teams tackles.
He doesn't need surgery but it looks like he could be out about a month. With C.J. Spiller perhaps out for the year, the Bills are suddenly shorthanded at RB and it looks like it's going to be up to Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixson to carry the load. Brown has a chance to get carries the rest of the season if Spiller is indeed out for the year, so he appears to be a worthy pickup for owners who need the help or just want to get deeper.
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