Justin Jackson
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Scouting report

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Justin Jackson - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Houston Texans

Justin Jackson continues to be used as the second running back behind Austin Ekeler. In Week 2, Jackson was out-snapped by Ekeler 76% to 26% and out-touched 23 to eight. Heading into the season, Jackson had value at the goal line but he has lost the majority of those opportunities to Ekeler.

The Texans defense is good against running backs as shown by our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric that has them ranked eighth-best. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen has Jackson ranked as the Half PPR RB40. Ekeler is running the show for the Chargers, which makes Jackson a fringe flex play for desperate fantasy owners.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Justin Jackson - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Detroit Lions

Justin Jackson was used as the second running back for the Chargers in Week 1. Austin Ekeler had 48 snaps while Jackson only had 16. Jackson was highly efficient as he finished with 57 yards on six rushing attempts but the lack of usage is worrisome. To make matters worse, Chargers head coach, Anthony Lynn said the following about Ekeler, “Like I’ve said before, pound-for-pound he is the strongest man on our team."

4for4 rankings expert John Paulsen has Jackson ranked as the Half PPR RB31 and is a fringe flex play against the Lions. Jackson still carries value around the goal line but Ekeler is clearly the better back to own.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Justin Jackson - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Jackson’s opportunities were limited in his rookie season because he was third on the depth chart, behind Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler. He finished 2018 with 50 rushing attempts for 206 yards and two rushing touchdowns and 15 receptions for 135 receiving yards. His best performance came against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13 with 16 rushing attempts for 58 yards and one touchdown and three receptions for 27 yards.

During the offseason, ESPN reported a 50/50 split between Ekeler and Justin Jackson but preseason usage points toward a 60/40 split in favor of Ekeler. John Paulsen, has Jackson as the PPR RB36 in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts with a median projection of 10.1 fantasy points. Ekeler will most likely dominate the pass-catching role against a zone heavy Colts defense so Jackson’s value will come from attempts in the red zone.

by Bob Harris

LAC RB Justin Jackson - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
In the Chargers' best-case scenario, Justin Jackson will serve as their RB3 behind Melvin Gordon and change-of-pace specialist Austin Ekeler. But with Gordon's status uncertain due to an ongoing contract dispute (which has the starter planning to hold out until he gets a new deal), Jackson becomes of greater fantasy interest. Remember, he was very productive in wins over the Steelers (Week 13) and Kansas City (Week 15), scoring double-digit PPR points in both games.

Fantasy Downside
Again, if all goes well, Jackson will be option three here, a role that will be minimal.

2019 Bottom Line
The interest here will be based almost entirely on Gordon's status. Those looking to throw a late-round flier Jackson's way could be rewarded. But barring favorable (for Jackson) resolution, his value will be as minimal as his role.

by Steve Andress

LAC RB Justin Jackson - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Baltimore Ravens (Saturday)

Los Angeles hosts Baltimore on a short week with a chance to get its offense back to full strength, with the return of Melvin Gordon and possibly Keenan Allen. This game has a low over/under of 43.5 points, with the Chargers having an implied total of 23.75, lower than recent weeks against a strong Baltimore defense. The Ravens rank second in aFPA to RBs this season. If active, you're always starting Melvin Gordon. But if active, you cannot start any other Chargers RB.

by Steve Andress

LAC RB Justin Jackson - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Kansas City Chiefs (Thursday)

In a huge divisional showdown on Thursday night, the Chargers and Chiefs have the second highest over/under on the Week 15 slate, with Los Angeles still with an above average 24.75 implied total despite being road underdogs. The Chiefs rank just 28th in aFPA to RBs. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are expected to be out, clearing the way for Justin Jackson to lead this backfield in a plus match-up. Ensure Gordon is inactive, but if he is, volume and match-up dictate Jackson is a high upside RB2 in Week 15.

by Steve Andress

LAC RB Justin Jackson - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Chargers face one of, if not, the worst defenses in the league at this point in the season this week. Los Angeles has an implied team total of 31 points. Only the Saints implied total is higher. The Bengals are dead last in aFPA to RBs. This all sounds perfect for Chargers backs, but we have a curve ball this week. With Melvin Gordon out and the coaching staff saying Austin Ekeler is fatigued from having to play special teams and early downs, we expect Justin Jackson to take over on early downs, with Ekeler going back to his change of pace role. In a prime match-up, both are FLEX options with Jackson more valuable in standard and Ekeler retaining PPR value.

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