Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson

Running Back #32
ADP:Round: 13, Pick: 12
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 199 lb.
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 7 (251)
Draft Team:LAC

Justin Jackson: Totals 104 yards in win

Jackson carried the ball nine times for 72 yards and also caught one of his two receptions for 32 yards in Sunday's 38-21 win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: It's worth noting the Chiefs benched the majority of their starters having already locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC prior to Sunday's affair, but the 104 total yards on just 10 touches is still a nice reminder of Jackson's talents after being buried behind Kalen Ballage for much of the second half of the season. Austin Ekeler, who left Sunday's game with a concussion, will still be the unquestioned starter entering next year, but there will be legitimate intrigue regarding the backup role with Ballage, Jackson, 2020 fourth-round pick Joshua Kelley and possibly a few more names all in the mix for the position in 2021. Perhaps more crucially for Jackson's fantasy prospects will be the status of head coach Anthony Lynn, whose insistent on utilizing two backs has given Jackson far more opportunities than one might expect given his prospect profile. A change at head coach/offensive philosophy might relegate Jackson, and to a larger extent any Chargers running back not named Ekeler, from capable fringe backup in deeper leagues to complete afterthought.

January 3, 2021 10:05 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Just eight offensive snaps in win

Jackson tallied just four yards on two carries in the 19-16 win over the Broncos on Sunday.

Analysis: Not much to see here as Jackson registered just eight offensive snaps -- eight less than clear-cut backup Kalen Ballage and a whopping 29 less than starter Austin Ekeler. Despite playing in just eight games this season, the third-year pro needs just nine more yards to surpass his career-high in rushing.

December 29, 2020 2:08 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Healthy scratch for TNF

Jackson (coach's decision) won't suit up in Thursday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Jackson appeared relegated to a depth option at running back in last week's win over the Falcons, rushing the ball just three times for nine yards. The Northwestern product didn't return to prominence as some might have hoped after coming off injured reserve Saturday, and this news confirms his slide down the depth chart. With Jackson sidelined, Austin Ekeler, Kalen Ballage and Joshua Kelley will be the running backs for Thursday's divisional matchup.

December 17, 2020 4:00 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Clearly depth option at RB

Jackson (knee) carried the ball three times for nine yards and caught all three of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Fantasy managers hoping Jackson would return to some sort of prominence after coming off injured reserve earlier last week officially had their hopes dashed Sunday as the third-year tailback saw just 11 offensive snaps and woefully trailed Austin Ekeler and Kalen Ballage in terms of playing time. Ekeler evidently suffered a quad injury during the win which was serious enough for the Chargers to estimate him as a non-participant in Monday's practice, but even if Ekeler were to miss time, expect Ballage to be the primary workhorse with Jackson simply chipping in as a secondary option.

December 15, 2020 10:32 AM EST

Justin Jackson: Taken off IR

Jackson (knee) was activated from injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: It'll be interesting to see where Jackson fits into a running-back equation that has gotten more complicated with the emergence of Kalen Ballage and return of Austin Ekeler (hamstring). Considering the backfield will likely run through the aforementioned names first and foremost, it's hard to envision a scenario where Jackson returns to fantasy relevancy so long as Ekeler and Ballage are healthy.

December 12, 2020 1:56 PM EST

Justin Jackson: May be activated for Sunday's game

Coach Anthony Lynn said Friday that Jackson (knee) may be activated from IR ahead of Sunday's game versus the Falcons, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Jackson showed some explosiveness earlier this season and ran ahead of Joshua Kelley at the time, but he's missed the last four games with a knee injury. Since picking up the injury, Kalen Ballage has emerged as a viable running back, and Austin Ekeler returned from a lengthy stay on IR. Ekeler will be the undisputed No. 1 back moving forward, and it's tough to project where Jackson will slot in once he's ready.

December 11, 2020 4:10 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Designated for return

The Chargers designated Jackson (knee) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jackson was back at practice Wednesday, the first day within a three-week window where he can be monitored without counting against the active roster. With Austin Ekeler back in action, Jackson would almost certainly be relegated to a depth role if he returns, but he could push Kalen Ballage for No. 2 duties if healthy.

December 9, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Will miss at least three weeks

The Chargers placed Jackson (knee) on injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Jackson's knee injury has lingered for a few weeks, and the Chargers opted to shut him down with the hope that he'll return fully healthy after three weeks. In a corresponding move, they signed Kalen Ballage to the active roster to join Joshua Kelly and Troymaine Pope (neck) in the backfield. Jackson is eligible to return Dec. 6 against the Patriots, but by that time, Austin Ekeler (hamstring) could be back, which would diminish any role for Jackson.

November 14, 2020 1:08 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Ruled out for Week 10

Jackson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Miami.

Analysis: Jackson lasted just two snaps before he was removed from a Week 9 loss to the Raiders due to an unspecified knee injury. Unable to practice at all this week, he'll be sidelined officially for the first time since Week 3, allowing Joshua Kelley, Troymaine Pope (neck) and Kalen Ballage to man the Chargers backfield.

November 13, 2020 12:11 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Sits out another practice

Jackson (knee) remained sidelined at practice Thursday.

Analysis: We'll circle back on Jackson's status Friday, but if he ends up ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, look for some combo of Troymaine Pope, Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage to share the Chargers' Week 10 carries.

November 12, 2020 2:50 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Iffy for Week 10

Coach Anthony Lynn indicated Wednesday that he's leaning toward resting Jackson (knee) at practice this week, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Lynn also noted that he'll make a decision later in the week regarding whether Jackson will Sunday against the Dolphins, but Popper suggests that it "doesn't sound promising." If Jackson is held out this weekend, Kalen Ballage, Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope (concussion) will be candidates for added work in the 2-6 team's backfield in Week 10.

November 11, 2020 10:39 AM EST

Justin Jackson: Unable to fight through injury

Jackson never managed to return in Sunday's loss against the Raiders after injuring his knee during the first drive of the game.

Analysis: A previous report indicated Jackson managed to return to the field, but he played just three snaps total before being removed from the contest after injuring his knee during the first drive of the game. It'll be interesting to see what Jackson's practice status will be in the coming weeks as Kalen Ballage filled in admirable to the tune of 84 yards and a touchdown.

November 9, 2020 8:28 AM EST

Justin Jackson: Reenters Sunday's contest

Jackson (knee) returned to Sunday's game versus the Raiders, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Jackson departed in the first quarter before recording a touch, but now that's he back he'll mix in with Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage out of the Chargers' backfield.

November 8, 2020 2:43 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Exits Sunday's game

Jackson was forced out of Sunday's game against the Raiders with a knee injury.

Analysis: With Jackson banged up in the first quarter of the contest, the Chargers have turned to Kalen Ballage and Joshua Kelley to handle the team's backfield work.

November 8, 2020 1:27 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Regains grip on backfield

Jackson carried the ball 17 times for 89 yards in Week 8 against the Broncos. He added three receptions for 53 yards.

Analysis: Jackson accounted for 17 of the Chargers' 38 total rushing attempts, regaining his role in the backfield after getting only 10 touches in Week 7. He made the most of his opportunities, recording a reception of 34 yards and breaking off runs of 22 and 18 yards. Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is still without a timetable to return, meaning Jackson could be in for a heavy workload once again in Week 9 against the Raiders.

November 1, 2020 6:40 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Just 10 touches in Week 7

Jackson (knee) rushed five times for 12 yards and caught five of six targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 39-29 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Jackson produced 55 scrimmage yards to Joshua Kelley's 53 despite the latter getting seven more touches. The lack of volume can likely be chalked up to Jackson playing through a knee injury given his superior efficiency, but it's still disappointing that he wasn't more productive given this game's high-scoring nature. If Jackson feels healthier in Week 8 against the Broncos, expect him to carry a larger portion of the backfield workload with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) still unavailable.

October 25, 2020 5:09 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Suiting up Week 7

Jackson (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Jackson's practice reps were capped Wednesday and Thursday before logging a full session to wrap up the week. Despite the activity, the Chargers listed him as questionable. Adam Schefter of ESPN later reported that Jackson was expected to suit up Sunday, and indeed he's upheld his end of the bargain. Jackson will be working in conjunction with rookie fourth-rounder Joshua Kelley versus a Jacksonville defense that has conceded 156.8 yards from scrimmage per game and nine touchdowns to running backs in six contests this season.

October 25, 2020 11:58 AM EST

Justin Jackson: Likely available Sunday

Jackson (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Jaguars, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jackson received the questionable tag despite practicing as a full participant Friday, so it's not a major surprise he's on track to play Sunday. The 24-year-old could be in line for a big day if he's active and avoids aggravating the knee injury, as Jacksonville allows the fifth-most rushing yards in the league (143.8 YPG). Joshua Kelly is poised for a larger workload should Jackson be limited or unavailable Sunday.

October 24, 2020 9:08 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Listed as questionable

Though Jackson (knee) practiced fully Friday, he's listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: When asked whether he expected Jackson to be a go this weekend, coach Anthony Lynn replied "we'll see," per Daniel Popper of The Athletic. With that in mind, the running back's status will be need to be tracked in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff. If Jackson is limited or out this weekend, added touches would be available for Joshua Kelley.

October 23, 2020 12:43 PM EST

Justin Jackson: Still limited Thursday

Jackson (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: We'll revisit Jackson's status Friday to see if he heads into the weekend listed as questionable or free from a Week 7 injury designation. If he is able to suit up Sunday against the Jaguars, he'll continue to share the Chargers' backfield duties with Joshua Kelley.

October 22, 2020 3:47 PM EST

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