Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Austin Ekeler has gotten most of the attention as Melvin Gordon’s primary fill-in, but Jackson is averaging 7.9 yards per carry in his limited work (18 carries) as No. 2 in the pecking order. But being No. 2 in that pecking order doesn’t mean the second-year man out of Northwestern won’t produce in Week 4.
The Miami Dolphins have been a disaster defensively so far this season. Let’s look at what No. 2 running backs have done against thus far.
Week 1: Gus Edwards-14 carries for 73 yards and two catches for 15 yards
Week 2: Rex Burkhead-five carries for 21 yards and two catches for 47 yards
Week 3: Tony Pollard-13 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 25 yards
Simply put, playing the Dolphins brings the prospect for plenty of garbage time. Ekeler will surely get his in Week 4, but Jackson should not be dismissed as a viable flex play and he’s still a worthy stash otherwise.
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