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College: Northwestern | 2 years
Height: 6'0" | Weight: 199 lbs
Birth Date: 4/22/1996
Depth Chart: RB1.2
2019 Bye Week: 12

Total Pts: 13.5
Avg Pts: 6.75
Rank: 19 RB

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2019 RTSports Outlook

Jackson found his way into the lineup his rookie season because of injury. He had a big role in the offense Week 15, rushing 16 times for 58 yards and catching three passes for 27 yards. He didn't see the field early in the season but got some chances the second half and made some plays. He is likely stuck at No. 3 on the depth chart, though. Jackson lacks a little size for the position but runs well and is a solid pass catcher. He might be best suited as a third-down back because of a lack of bulk.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Jackson will be really hit or miss as the No. 3 back for the Chargers. Unless injury hits to elevate him on the depth chart, Jackson is not worth a roster spot. He might get around 300 yards and 20 catches.

RotoBaller's Outlook

In 13 games as a rookie,Justin Jackson put up relatively paltry numbers. This was due to the fact he was behind Melvin Gordon, who is quickly becoming a top running back in the NFL. He is also behind entrenched backup Austin Ekeler and is there as the number-three on the team.In those 13 games he managed 206 yards and two touchdowns on 50 carries. He also caught 15 of 19 targets for an additional 135 yards. Not great numbers for sure. None the less they are numbers which show he is capable if given a chance in absence of either Gordon or Ekeler.Right now Ekeler is the handcuff to Gordon, not Jackson. This makes it a difficult proposition to draft Jackson in any league other than a dynasty league. In redraft, he is the third back in an offense who will be throwing the ball more this season. With an improved offensive line and a healthy Hunter Henry, Philip Rivers is in for a good season behind center. This is going to be good for Los Angeles and their playoff chances, but not for Justin Jackson as it relates to fantasy. If you are in a league of fewer than 16 teams then Jackson should not be on your radar. If you are in a deeper league, he is still a late round hope as a pick for you.

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Player Notes
Sep 16 1:40am ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson liked his performance so much in Week 1 that he decided to make a carbon copy of it in Week 2. Jackson rushed for 57 yards on six carries last week, and against the Lions on Sunday, he ran for 59 yards on seven carries. He also caught one pass for five yards after catching one pass for four yards in Week 1. Jackson has taken a clear back seat to Austin Ekeler, who has been one of the top performers in the entire league in the first two weeks, but Jackson has also recorded a run of 24 yards in Week 1 and 40 yards in Week 2. Anybody who can break off chunks like that is going to have a few go to the house.

From RotoBaller

Sep 14 3:40pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson put up some impressive YPC numbers in Week 1, and it may translate to some more opportunities in Week 2 and beyond. Jackson averaged 9.5 YPC on six chances on Sunday last week, and with the team trying to ensure that they keep their two-headed monster of Jackson and Austin Ekeler healthy, it wouldn't be surprising to see Jackson get some more carries out of the backfield this week. Ekeler did most of his damage through the air last week, so a split like that could prove fruitful for both players.

From RotoBaller

Sep 7 10:00am ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson is likely going to be tagged to get plenty of carries on Sunday against the Colts, but it's not clear how many yet. Head coach Anthony Lynn is playing it close to the vest, and if last year is anything to go on, Jackson could see anywhere from seven to 16 carries. Jackson is a solid running back, but without Melvin Gordon, the team's running game suffers from having two change-of-pace backs without a primary to do the dirty work. Jackson did the dirty work once last season and averaged 3.6 YPC. In his other opportunities without Gordon, he bounced from 8.1 YPC to 1.7 YPC. This first game should give owners a little better idea of how this two-headed monster is going to work.

From RotoBaller

Sep 5 12:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running backs Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will share the backfield work with Melvin Gordon's contract holdout seeping into the regular season. Change-of-pace back Ekeler will get the start, and you can expect second-year back Jackson to also get touches against the Colts. "I've always used those guys as a tandem," head coach Anthony Lynn said. "That's not going to change. We're going to put guys in good positions to do what they do best." Ekeler averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 106 attempts as Gordon's backup last year and is the more attractive fantasy option as a low-end RB2. The Chargers passed 58.3 percent of the time when Gordon didn't play last year, so both Ekeler's and Jackson's chances could be limited in Week 1.

From RotoBaller

Aug 25 5:10pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson made a cursory appearance in Week 3 of the preseason when he carried the ball five times and caught a pass against the Seahawks on Saturday. While most teams use Week 3 of the preseason as a bit of a dress rehearsal for the regular season, the Chargers opted to rest most of their starters, many of who are already injured. Those regulars that did play only played a very limited number of snaps, Jackson included. Jackson is expected to work as Austin Ekeler's partner in the backfield this season if Melvin Gordon's holdout extends into the regular season, which looks likely. For now, he's likely to get the smaller side of the timeshare.

From RotoBaller

Aug 19 12:10pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson is embroiled in a battle with Austin Ekeler to see who could be the starter if star running back Melvin Gordon's holdout continues into the regular season, but neither looked particularly good in the team's second preseason game on Sunday. Jackson averaged 4.1 yards per carry in the game, but over half of his 33 yards came on a single 17-yard carry. Jackson isn't a bad running back, but it's likely that the two will share the load since both have struggled as the lead back in their limited opportunities. Obviously, Jackson's value crashes dramatically if Gordon comes back, though there are currently no indications that he's close to returning.

From RotoBaller

Aug 9 10:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson took over for starter Austin Ekeler against the Cardinals on Thursday night and hauled in one of the team's two rushing touchdowns on the night. Jackson saw a bit of use last season as a third-stringer who got a surprise start when injuries cost both Melvin Gordon and Ekeler a game, but outside of a couple big runs, he wasn't regularly effective. Thursday was some of the same with an eight-yard run punctuated by 14 more yards on four more attempts. It's not clear yet if Jackson can be a sustainable rusher in the league, but if Gordon's holdout continues into the regular season, which seems likely, he may get his chance.

From RotoBaller

Aug 1 8:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson made a few heads turn last season when the seventh-rounder got tasked with being the lead back against the Chiefs in a critical December matchup on the road. He played solidly, and suddenly, he was an outside candidate for a handful of touches because the two guys in front of him, Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, have both dealt with a host of injuries. Now that Gordon is holding out, Jackson's looking more and more like he might see some significant usage this season. Part of his appeal is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well, a popular type of play for the Chargers, and he's showing off that skill in training camp. His future depends heavily on Gordon's decisions for now, but he could become a surprise breakout this year if the right things fall into place.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 24-Sep-2018: LAC - Activate from Practice Squad
  • 04-Sep-2018: LAC - Added to Practice Squad
  • 03-Sep-2018: LAC - Cut
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