The season-ending loss of Green Bay running back Ryan Grant leaves Brandon Jackson as the team’s featured back.
Jackson becomes one of Week 2’s top waiver claims and shows why owners who insure a starting running back with his solid backup will benefit long term.
The four-year veteran was undrafted in the vast majority of FOX Sports Fantasy Football leagues. Entering the opener, Jackson was owned in only 3.8 percent of leagues.
He’ll have an excellent chance to run for 100 yards against Buffalo’s questionable defense. It ranked as the NFL’s third-worst against the run last season.
Possessing solid receiving skills, Jackson will help in reception leagues, as he’s expected to be used in passing situations as well. He’s been successful as Green Bay’s third-down back during the past couple of seasons. He’s totaled 51 receptions during the past two seasons for one of the NFL’s most prolific passing offenses.
Jackson flashed his strong fantasy potential during his rookie 2007 season when he totaled 135 yards (113 rushing, 22 receiving) in Week 17.
The Packers lack depth at running back, so fullback John Kuhn becomes the fantasy backup to Jackson for the short term.
The fantasy values for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, his top wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, and tight end Jermichael Finley remain unchanged. Jackson is arguably the same caliber of runner as Grant, being chosen in the second round of the 2007 draft.
Green Bay’s best player remains Rodgers, and it will continue to feature an aggressive passing attack. Grant was chosen as the 11th running back during FOX Sports Fantasy Football Drafts. He was drafted during the second round at No. 18 on average.
Editor’s note: Rotter’s draft rankings had Grant as the No. 18th running back and No. 43 overall. It also had Jackson as a No. 172 pick overall to be chosen during Rounds 13-14.