Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Austin Ekeler took a starring role against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, with 154 total yards and three total touchdowns, which make it easy to miss Jackson’s 61 yards on seven touches (six carries for 57 yards).
Melvin Gordon will reportedly extend his holdout until at least Week 6 now, and the Chargers aren’t budging on giving him the contract extension he’s looking for. So Ekeler and Jackson will be the top two backs for at least another five weeks, and Ekeler doesn’t profile as a workhorse. So the 18-7 touch split from Week 1 has a good chance to even up moving forward.
Jackson’s standalone value is minimal right now, and he’s not a plug-and-play option for Week 2 at least. But as an add-and-stash in leagues with 12 or more teams, the second-year man out of Northwestern is pretty appealing.
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