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Justin Jackson


#54 Running Back

66 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 25
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 199
40 Time: 4.52

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 14
Jackson carried the ball 9 times for 35 yards in the win over the Giants last weekend. He jumped into a bigger role as RB Austin Ekeler was hampered with a balky ankle. He also caught his only target for 7 yards.

Jackson looked good in his time out there, as the Chargers salted the game away with 37 rushes. His future production hinges on the health of Ekeler, and all indications point to Ekeler being ready for action this Thursday against the Chiefs. Knowing that Ekeler won’t be 100% gives some thought to Jackson seeing a fair amount of touches as well, but it’s just too hard to trust.
Week 2
The 4th-year player had 4 carries for 21 yards and caught the only pass thrown to him for 8 yards against Dallas. Jackson is clearly a place holder for plays when RB Austin Ekeler needs a breather. What we don’t know is whether Jackson could fill in long term if Ekeler is injured.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Jackson was good as a runner and receiver last year.
    • He averaged 4.6 yards on 59 carries, ranking 9th in Elusive Rating and 28th in Pro Football Focus rushing grades among 76 RBs with 50+ carries.
    • He caught 19 of 24 targets and averaged a nice 9.1 yards per attempt. Jackson ranked 3rd in yards per route run and 9th in PFF receiving grades among 61 RBs with 20+ targets.
  • Jackson played just 9 games, though, missing 2 with a quad injury and 4 with a knee injury. He was a healthy scratch for Week 15.
  • Jackson played in just 20 games across his first 2 NFL seasons, dealing with calf and multiple hamstring injuries.
  • The Chargers lost RB Kalen Ballage in free agency but return RBs Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley and added 6th-round rookie RB Larry Rountree.
  • Jackson, Kelley and Rountree will battle for a complementary role behind Ekeler.
    • Kelley was a 4th-round pick last year but struggled mightily as a rookie Jackson easily beat him in all rushing and receiving metrics.
    • The 5’11, 211-pound Rountree was a 4-year contributor at Missouri but averaged a mediocre (for college) 5.0 yards per carry and tested as a bottom-barrel athlete.
  • In Ekeler’s 8 full games last year, other Chargers RBs averaged 8 carries and 3.1 targets.
  • The Chargers canned HC Anthony Lynn and OC Shane Steichen this offseason, replacing them with HC Brandon Staley and OC Joe Lombardi.
  • Lombardi served as Lions OC in 2014 and 2015. He also spent 12 years in New Orleans working under HC Sean Payton.
  • The Chargers bolstered their offensive line this offseason, adding free-agent C Corey Linsley, free-agent G/OT Matt Feiler and 1st-round rookie OT Rashawn Slater.
    • Linsley led all 32 qualifying Cs in Pro Football Focus’ 2020 run-blocking grades. He ranked 12th in 2019 and 6th in 2018.
    • Feiler has experience at both OT and G. He figures to play LG for the Chargers. He finished 43rd among 63 qualifying Gs in PFF’s 2020 run-blocking grades.
    • Slater was a 3-year starter -- 2 at RT, 1 at LT -- at Northwestern before opting out of the 2020 campaign. He’s a 6’4, 304-pounder with elite athleticism, projecting as an immediate upgrade over last year’s starting LT, Sam Tevi.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Jackson is probably the Chargers’ best option behind Austin Ekeler -- if he can stay healthy. That’s a big “if” considering Jackson has managed to play in just 29 games through 3 NFL seasons.

We’ll see if he can stay on the field this year. But even if he does, he’d be no better than a fringe fantasy option as long as Ekeler is healthy.

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Chargers RB Justin Jackson (groin) is out for this weekend's game vs. the Eagles. RBs Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree figure to be active on Sunday, but neither is a fantasy option.

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Chargers RB Justin Jackson (groin) isn't listed on the final injury report and will return for Sunday's game vs. the Ravens. He figures to pick up a few touches behind RB Austin Ekeler.

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Chargers RB Justin Jackson (groin) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Browns. RB Joshua Kelley is active for the 1st time this season, joining Larry Rountree behind Austin Ekeler.

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Chargers RB Justin Jackson (groin) is doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Browns. His absences leaves Larry Rountree as Los Angeles' clear #2 RB -- but Austin Ekeler might just pick up a few more touches.

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Chargers HC Brandon Staley said Wednesday that RB Justin Jackson was a "full go" in practice, according to Gavino Borquez or Chargers Wire. Jackson missed most of August with a groin injury, but that issue appears to be behind him. His healthy return is especially noteworthy given that Austin Ekeler (hamstring) missed Wednesday's workout. Borquez adds that Jackson is "expected to resume his role as the primary backup" to Ekeler, with Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree "likely to be short-yardage specialists and special teamers to start the season." Jackson should be picked up this week in most leagues of 12+ teams -- and perhaps even some 10-teamers.

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