Tis the season of NFL Fantasy football drafts and strategy and while millions of fans are exploring their options I caution not to overlook Fred Jackson. Last season Fred Jackson had a lackluster campaign due to injuries, starting with the very first game against the Jets. Fred was never really 100% and twice more left games during the season because of injury. This season Jackson looks strong again.

Fred Jackson was one of the premier running backs in the league in 2011 and was on pace for a record year before again getting hurt. How good was Jackson? Take a look:

• Led the AFC (ninth in the NFL ) with a 5.5 (170-934) yard rushing avg

• Prior to being placed on IR, led the NFL with six 100-yard rushing games, second in scrimmage yards (1,376) third in rushing yards (934), and fourth in first downs (53)

• Became the third player in team history to record 1,300 scrimmage yards through first 10 games

Anyone involved in Fantasy football will tell you CJ Spiller is a top five overall pick and usually 2nd among running backs. However, last season should demonstrate that change is just an injury away and should CJ get nicked up like Jackson did last season, Fred could get plenty of action.

In this no-huddle offense Marrone and Hackett have put together the emphasis will be on spreading out the defense and yes throwing the ball, but not at the expense of the running game. Remember, the Bills K-gun offense led the league in rushing one season and Thurman Thomas was always among the league leaders in rushing yards. The running backs play a major roll in the no-huddle in Buffalo and Fred Jackson could get his number called much more than people think.

I’m certainly not looking Fred Jackson come draft day and I would advise you to do likewise.

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