Fred Jackson Fantasy News

Lions believe that RB Theo Riddick will 'come along' in 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:19pm

MLive - [Full Article]

Lions HC Jim Caldwell on RB Theo Riddick...

"We try and give (the ball) to the guys who are going to do something with it, and I think he's going to be one of those guys who's going to force us to give him the ball more," Caldwell said last week at the NFL owners meetings. "I think you're really going to see him come along."

Caldwell expects Riddick's role to grow next season, though that could depend on what kind of tailback the team adds in April's draft. Riddick is a plus-plus pass catcher out of the backfield, but hasn't shown any kind of chops yet on the ground -- yet.

"He has all the qualities. Here's the thing -- if you're smart, if you're tough, if you're disciplined, if you have a great work ethic, there's improvement ahead. And he has all those things. So I think he's going to improve, and I think he's going to force us to get him the ball a little bit more in some situations."

Fantasy Impact:

Reggie Bush’s departure should give Riddick the opportunity to shine as the team's primary passing down back. He averaged 5.0 catches for 53 yards for 13.2 fantasy points in PPR formats in the five games that Bush missed last season. That's about what Fred Jackson averaged as the #17 running back in 2014. If the Lions don't add a running back early in the draft, then Riddick should be a sleeper in PPR formats.

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Bills, LeSean McCoy agree to a new five-year contract

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:24pm

Jeff McLane, Twitter - [Full Article]

LeSean McCoy and Bills have agreed upon new 5-yr contract once trade w/Eagles is finalized on Tuesday, per NFL sources. Told it's a whopper.

Update: It's five-year, $40 million deal that includes $26.5 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

It's said to be a five-year, $40 million contract that includes $26.5 million guaranteed. This looks like a system downgrade for McCoy, who ran much better later in the season once his offensive line started to get healthy. In Buffalo, new HC Rex Ryan and new OC Greg Roman (formerly of San Francisco) both have a history of running ball control, run-first teams, but the Bills have serious quarterback issues. Free agent C.J. Spiller isn't likely to re-sign and the acquisition of McCoy has to be a downgrade for Fred Jackson. As for McCoy, he's still a fantasy RB1, though he carries more risk since the Buffalo offense could struggle to score points. Given the way the Eagles like to run the ball, whoever emerges as the starter in Philadelphia will carry early round value.

Schefter: Eagles set to trade RB LeSean McCoy to Bills

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 7:06pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills have notified LB Kiko Alonso he is going to be traded to Philadelphia for RB LeSean McCoy. Trade official next week.

Fantasy Impact:

Nothing can be finalized until next week, but if the trade does indeed go through, it's a blockbuster. This looks like a system downgrade for McCoy, who ran much better later in the season once his offensive line started to get healthy. In Buffalo, new HC Rex Ryan and new OC Greg Roman (formerly of San Francisco) both have a history of running ball control, run-first teams, but the Bills have serious quarterback issues. Free agent C.J. Spiller isn't likely to re-sign and the acquisition of McCoy has to be a downgrade for Fred Jackson. As for McCoy, he's still a fantasy RB1, though he carries more risk since the Buffalo offense could struggle to score points. Given the way the Eagles like to run the ball, whoever emerges as the starter in Philadelphia will carry early round value.

Schefter: Lions cut RB Reggie Bush

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6:43pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions cut RB Reggie Bush, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

After finishing in the top 20 for three straight seasons in PPR points per game (including #6 in 2013), Bush was #32 in that category last season. His departure should solidify Joique Bell's workload and give Theo Riddick the opportunity to shine as the team's primary passing down back. Bell finished #14 in standard formats and #13 in PPR, so he should continue to produce high-end RB2 numbers provided he stays healthy and the Lions don't make any major moves at running back. As for Riddick, he averaged 13.2 fantasy points (in PPR formats) in the five games that Bush missed last season. That's about what Fred Jackson averaged as the #17 running back in 2014.

C.J. Spiller IN, Bryce Brown OUT for Bills

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:59pm

Bills Inactives
Bryce Brown RB
Ross Cockrell CB
Larry Dean LB
Chris Gragg TE
Randell Johnson OLB
Cyrus Kouandjio T
Deonte Thompson WR

Fantasy Impact:

C.J. Spiller is active, but is not a fantasy option. Fred Jackson remains the play and should continue to see the bulk of the RB touches.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Bills RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16. Spiller should serve as Fred Jackson’s primary backup, but don’t expect a huge workload. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon have combined for 12.0 touches in the last four games, so that would seem to be Spiller’s ceiling in his first game back from injury.

Bills expected to activate RB C.J. Spiller this week

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7:17pm

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

He was practicing with his teammates on Wednesday, much as he had for each of the past two weeks. The only difference now is he’s been medically cleared for contact. C.J. Spiller has not yet been added to the 53-man roster from his I-R Designated to return status, but it’s anticipated that will take place later in the week.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone liked the way Spiller performed in practice Wednesday.

“I’m not going to sit up here and see he didn’t look good. He looked good, but he’s still working his way back into the football part of it,” Marrone said.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bills are still alive in the playoff hunt, but they'll need some help to make the postseason. If Spiller does play, he probably won't have a big role in his first game back, though he could take over most of the touches that Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown have been getting in the last few weeks. They have combined for 12.0 touches in the last four weeks, so we would expect that would be Spiller's ceiling with Fred Jackson continue to carry the load as the team's primary back.

C.J. Spiller moved to active roster

Monday, December 15, 2014, 5:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills have cleared running back C.J. Spiller (collarbone) to play and he will be added to the active roster this week, coach Doug Marrone said Monday.

Marrone did not commit to having Spiller, who has been on injured reserve with a designation to return, play in Sunday's game at the Oakland Raiders.

"I'd like to see more participation before we make that decision," he said.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller returned to practice on Dec. 3 after missing six weeks with a broken collarbone. The Bills had until Dec. 24 to decide whether to place him on their 53-man roster. If Spiller plays, it would likely mean Bryce Brown loses playing time and the Bills ride with Spiller, Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon.

Bills RB C.J. Spiller returns to practice, eligible to return Week 16

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1:20pm

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

With Bills RB C.J. Spiller participating in practice today with his teammates it kick starts a practice window. Here’s how it all works.

Spiller’s participation today begins a 21-day practice window in which he can work with coaches and teammates and not count toward the active roster. He cannot be activated until Dec. 16th, the Tuesday after the Packers game, and would be eligible to play in games at that time. A roster move would also need to be made at that time to add Spiller to the 53-man roster.

Fantasy Impact:

Fred Jackson owners shouldn't worry too much about Spiller's potential return. Everything has to go right for Spiller to return in Week 16, and even then, he's likely to be limited in his first game back. Jackson is the RB1 in Buffalo for all intents and purposes.

Fred Jackson (groin) ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:39pm

Bills Inactives
Marquise Goodwin WR
MarQueis Gray TE
Bryan Johnson DE
Randell Johnson OLB
Cyrus Kouandjio T
Frank Summers FB
Jarius Wynn DE

Fantasy Impact:

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.

MNF Injury Report Week 12 - Fred Jackson QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 4:36pm

Jets
(New York conducted a walk-through on Saturday)

PROBABLE
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)

Bills
OUT
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
CB Ron Brooks (groin), RB Fred Jackson (groin)

PROBABLE
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)

Fantasy Impact:

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.

For the Jets, Chris Ivory is probable.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking limited practice reps Thursday. Jackson is expected to play against the Jets on Monday evening. We should get an update on Saturday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Jackson’s status is an estimate since the Bills couldn’t hold practice due to The Snowpocalypse. He’s on track to return in a tough matchup against the Jets.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jackson’s status is an estimate since the Bills couldn’t hold practice due to The Snowpocalypse. He’s on track to return in a tough matchup against the Jets.

Fred Jackson says he's playing Week 12

Monday, November 17, 2014, 9:51am

BuffaloBills.com - [Full Article]

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said last week that if their Week 11 game was on Sunday instead of Thursday night, he felt Fred Jackson would’ve been able to play in the game. on Thursday night however, he was scratched after tweaking his injured groin in practice Tuesday. Now Jackson fully anticipates being ready to go this coming Sunday against the Jets.

In his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Jackson said he’s planning on being ready by the end of the week.

“Yeah. We’ll work myself into the process of getting back out there,” said Jackson. “I know with our training staff and doctors they’ll take every precaution we need to, but like coach Marrone said, if the game was yesterday there’s probably a pretty good chance that I would’ve played. So I’m planning on playing this Sunday and it’s just on me to go out there and take this week slowly and get back out there.”

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like the turnaround from Week 10 to a short Week 11 wasn't enough time for Jackson to play. But the extra time off should have him ready for Week 12. It's a bit of a tough matchup against the Jets and a pretty good run defense, but owners hope Jackson is able to carry more of a workload. Anthony Dixon will likely continue to get his share of snaps though.