According to Joe Buscaglia (via Twitter):
“According to Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News, Fred Jackson has been put on Injured Reserve. Season over. Fracture to fibula bone.”
Jackson’s season ends with 934 yards and 6 TD on the ground, as well as 39 receptions for 442 yards. C.J. Spiller is expected to get the first opportunity to carry the load, with the newly signed Tashard Choice and Johnny Walker working behind him.
The Professor’s Thoughts:
Spiller has shown much more upside catching the ball, as opposed to carrying it and there’s always the potential that he falters as an every down back. In 24 career games he’s had just 95 carries, never breaking a run for more than 26 yards and only once has had more than 35 yards in a game. He’s just never proven that he can handle regular carries.
As for Choice, does anyone actually have faith in him to produce? He struggled in Dallas, rushing the ball 28 times for 75 yards (2.7 yards per carry). In his one game as a member of the Redskins all he could muster was 7 yards on 6 carries (1.2 yards per carry). What makes Buffalo think that he is suddenly going to find a way to start making plays?
That leaves White as the next in line to get carries. Selected in the fifth round out of North Carolina, White is a 5’10”, 204 lbs. back. He showed some explosion in his senior year, having 1,008 total yards and averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
Obviously, that’s far from a guarantee that he is going to produce, but it is not like Spiller or Choice offer any more upside.
It is hard to imagine White being much more than a desperation play, at least for the time being. Players like Marion Barber, Joe McKnight and Toby Gerhart were much better picks off the waiver wire for this Sunday. However, White’s name is one to keep filed away. The Bills’ ship is quickly sinking and they have no reason not to experiment and find out what White could potentially be. If you are in a deep format and potentially need help down the stretch, White is someone to stash away immediately.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 articles:
- Top 25 Quarterbacks
- Top 40 Running Backs
- Top 50 Wide Receivers
- Top 20 Tight Ends
- Top 15 Kickers
- Top 15 Defenses
- Waiver Worthy
- Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em
- Looking at the Fantasy Fallout from Jay Cutler’s Injury
- How Should Brandon Lloyd Be Valued Moving Forward