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Justin Jackson


#62 Running Back

54 Projected Points

ADP: 20.3
Bye: 7
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 26
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 199
40 Time: Not Available

2021 Projections & Outlook


#62 Running Back

54 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
20.3 71 311 2 0 1 15 117 0

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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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In assessing the Chargers' RB depth chart, Gilbert Manzano of the Southern California News Group writes: "[Justin] Jackson is probably the most talented running back on the team not named Ekeler, but he struggles to stay on the field because of injuries. If he's healthy during training camp, expect Jackson to win over the new coaching staff and earn the No. 2 job." Durability has certainly been a big issue for Jackson, who played in just 16 total games over the past 2 seasons. But we saw Joshua Kelley disappoint and lose playing time as his rookie season went on. Larry Rountree is the only player among the 3 to be drafted by the current regime, but he was just a 6th-round selection. This looks like an open competition for what's expected to be 2 roster spots. Jackson has played well when on the field and brings intriguing upside as an end-of-draft lottery ticket. This should be a particularly good situation in which to be the #2 back, with Ekeler seeming unlikely to get true workhorse-level rushing work.

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The Chargers on Wednesday designated RB Justin Jackson (knee) to return from IR. That gives the team 3 weeks to decide whether to return him to the active roster. We'll see how soon Jackson can return to action. Kalen Ballage returned to operate as L.A.'s #2 RB last week behind Austin Ekeler. We'd bet on Jackson jumping back in front of Ballage when he's ready. Ekeler should be the only Chargers RB in fantasy lineups at this point, though, outside of deep leagues.

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Chargers RB Justin Jackson (knee) has been placed on IR. He'll miss Sunday's game vs. the Dolphins and at least 2 more after that. Los Angeles will move forward with RBs Kalen Ballage, Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope, who's questionable for Week 10 with his concussion.

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Chargers RB Justin Jackson (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. RB Troymaine Pope (concussion) is listed as questionable. His absence would leave Los Angeles’ backfield down to Kalen Ballage and Joshua Kelley. After Jackson exited early in last week’s game, Ballage totaled 15 carries and 3 targets to Kelley’s 9 carries and 5 targets.

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Chargers RB Justin Jackson (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. His injury isn't believed to be serious, but his availability for this weekend's game against the Dolphins is uncertain. RB Troymaine Pope (concussion) was a full-go on Wednesday and should be back this weekend alongside RBs Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage.

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