Through 10 games last season, Fred Jackson was a fantasy monster. He racked up 1,376 all-purpose yards while scoring six times, numbers that put him on pace for roughly 2,200 yards and 10 TDs. To put that yardage total in perspective, Ray Rice led all running backs with 2,068 combined yards. So why am I [...]
I'd still take Jackson (who was a top 3 RB before he got injured) before Martin. Jackson will be the guy in Buffalo again. Martin we suspect will win the starting role over Blount (and now he is hurt). If you fear a repeat injury then take Martin.
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I think Jackson gets the majority of the carries again with Spiller eating into them a little more than before the injury to FJ last year. Jackson can still put up big numbers. Especially in a PPR. He pass blocks better and catches out of the backfield better than Spiller. Those are two very important qualities to be had in a RB in todays day and age.
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I agree with your sentiments. Fjax just looked..slow to me in the preseason thus far. He's never been the most agile back, more of an efficient runner but he just looked slower than usual. I suppose he can't be expected to be the fastest guy on the field when on the wrong side of 30 though. At some point age has to play a role, even if Fjax has relatively little wear and tear, I'm a firm believer in statistics. He's bound to regress sooner than later and I don't want to be caught holding him when that happens. Martin, on the other hand looks like he has a lot of potential for this season and for the future. There's no doubt he'll have a strangle hold on this backfield by years end. I'll take the higher upside guy going a round later on average.