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Friday, September 17, 2010
Fantasy Friday: All-in on Brandon Jackson

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We covered several angles of Ryan Grant's season-ending ankle injury this week, including the chances of backup Brandon Jackson successfully playing his role for 15 games. ESPN.com's Matthew Berry handled the fantasy angle of that question and was all-in on picking up Jackson this week.

An excerpt of Berry's explanation:
There are good football players and players who have been presented with an opportunity. Brandon Jackson is the latter, but in fantasy, that is all that matters. Last season, Green Bay was one of only five teams in the NFL to have 20 rushing touchdowns. And more importantly, it was the only one of those five teams to have only one runner with more than 75 rushing attempts. In other words, the Packers go workhorse-style, and right now, they've got Jackson, fullback John Kuhn and not much else. Jackson had 75 total yards coming in for Grant in Week 1 and is a terrific play this week at home against the Buffalo Bills, and Kuhn could get some short-yardage touchdown opportunities. You have to imagine that the Packers will go out and get another back or two for depth, but Jackson knows the offense, has the coach's confidence and is the guy you need to pick up this week.

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