Brandon Jackson now a hot commodity

Updated: September 14, 2010, 4:11 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Now that the full extent of Ryan Grant's ankle injury has become known, and it's likely the Green Bay Packers running back's season is over, fantasy owners should act quickly to get replacement Brandon Jackson. I'm not speaking solely to Grant owners here, though obviously their situations are more dire; Jackson is a must-add for any team, even if it's just for depth.

We've seen Jackson act primarily as the third-down back the past three seasons and he has looked fine in the role, picking up blockers, catching passes and running the ball on occasion. In fact, some "old-timers" might remember that way back in 2007, both Grant and Jackson were rookies and Grant was the afterthought. Jackson was the team's second-round draft pick out of Nebraska, the heir to the Ahman Green throne, and he received 32 carries the first two weeks of the season, while also catching four passes in each game. He just wasn't all that productive, and after scoring a 1-yard touchdown and rushing for 22 yards in Week 3, he wasn't that healthy either. He hurt his shin and missed the next month. That opened the door for Grant, the undrafted Notre Dame product, and he ran with the opportunity, so to speak. Since then he has been the undisputed starter and good enough to be the No. 9 selection in this season's ESPN average live drafts.