Bills running back Fred Jackson declared himself active for Thursday night’s road game against the Browns. Jackson injured his knee in Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Jackson claims that he has a “sprained MCL again, but it’s not as significant” as the same injury that kept him out of 2 games last season.
The question now is how much to invest in Jackson’s optimism before Thursday night’s game. Jackson was limited in Monday’s practice, while fellow tailback C.J. Spiller was forced to sit out with an ankle injury. The problem for Week 5 is that the Browns have a rugged defense that specializes in stuffing the run, so Jackson may not be good start even if he’s 100 percent healthy.
The 7-year veteran has been the most productive running back for the Bills while Spiller is struggling. Jackson leads the team with 256 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns and has been a major asset in the passing game with 13 receptions for 113 yards.
During Week 4, the Browns were able to limit Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard to a total of 50 rushing yards last week. Cleveland will look to build off of their strong performance. Barring any setbacks, Jackson should be considered a low-end RB2 or flex play at Cleveland in standard fantasy formats.