He is old and injury prone, but he is also dirt cheap and is the bellcow of a pretty powerful offense. On top of that we are looking at some consistency, which, for the cost at which Jackson can be obtained, is valuable in and of itself.
Jackson has had at least 12 touches in every game so far and has accrued 55, 53, and 54 yards in each of his first three games, including a very impressive touchdown run against the Buccaneers last Thursday night. Is five points from running and receiving combined impressive for a running back? No, but again, with the touchdown potential and the lackluster performance from Devonta Freeman so far, knowing you are going to get 12 touches from a player in this offense is valuable.
The real value here is the cost. You could probably trade for Jackson by offering a high upside wide receiver that you would not always be able to get in your lineup. As the bye weeks come up and injuries start to pile up to running backs, Jackson is a useful player to have on your bench as an occasional spot starter or flex option until he gets hurt. If he does get hurt, he is very easy to drop.
This is a very low risk situation given the cost and consistency of Jackson. He is not going to be some powerhouse back, but if you have a team full of stars at other positions and are struggling finding at least some scoring at your running back position, Jackson is a good man to target in trades. [Read more...]