Fred Jackson probable, will start for fantasy owners

Bills running back Fred Jackson practiced on Friday and will start in Week 8. We break down the fantasy implications.

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (knee) practiced on Friday and will draw the start in Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints. C.J. Spiller is not expected to play, which leaves Jackson as the team's feature back. Tashard Choice figures to play the change-of-pace roll, but isn't a significant threat to Jackson's workload.

Fantasy Impact: As the workhorse back for the week, Jackson is in line to see 15-20 carries against the Saints. The Bills will once again roll with quarterback Thad Lewis as the team's first-round pick, E.J. Manuel, continues to rehab from his knee injury. The 32 year-old Jackson has played reasonably well thus far; he is averaging a solid 4.4 yards per carry and has five touchdowns on the year.

Although Jackson is locked in as the starter for the week, he is not exactly a sure bet to put up big numbers. Lewis hasn't turned many heads in his few starts, and the Bills do not have a plethora of offensive player makers. If the Bills find themselves down early against the Saints' potent offense, the majority of Jackson's production will likely come from touchdowns. He is a mid-range RB2.

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