On Saturday August 14th it was reported that RB Fred Jackson was carted off the field with an apparent hand injury, and the injury itself appears to be severe.
Coach Chan Gailey was quoted on buffalobills.com as saying the injury was serious, and it could cost him his season; signs that point to a fracture or worse.
Today (Sunday), Jackson’s agent Jerome Douglas told the Associated Press: “it’s too early to determine if Jackson will require surgery…” reports ESPN.com
We have Fred Jackson ranked 24th.
The bad news is Jackson will, at the very best, miss some ample time, and at the very worst, miss the entire 2010 football season.
But it gets even worse fantasy managers.
It is also being reported that RB Marshawn Lynch suffered an ankle injury in the Bills’ preseason opener, and the team is awaiting the results of an MRI to learn the severity of the injury.
Whew! Is there anything else?
The two injuries, however, open up opportunities for rookie RB C. J. Spiller who we currently have ranked 31st.
Earlier this year our own Rustyn Rose did an extensive piece covering the potential impact rookie RBs will have in 2010, and highlighted Spiller’s noteworthy value in Dynasty and Keeper leagues specifically.
Now, with the recent news out of Buffalo, C. J. Spiller could be known as C. J. “Sleeper” by the end of the year.
Spiller rushed for 3,457 yards and 32 TDs while catching 123 balls for 1,420 yards and 11 TDs at Clemson. Spiller has tremendous versatility and the ability to have a significant fantasy impact in 2010, no matter what the format.
It will take a day or two to finally clear the air regarding Lynch and Jackson, but it appears that Spiller’s stock could be on the rise in the coming weeks.
Fuente: Fantasy Knuckleheads