With both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler's injury statuses having taken a turn for worse, there's only one name fantasy football owners should be looking at to dominate the playoffs this weekend. And that name is Justin Jackson.
That's because the Los Angeles Chargers' third-string running back suddenly has a legitimate shot at being the team's feature back in Week 15 against a porous Kansas City Chiefs defense.
The Chargers are not optimistic that running backs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) will be ready for Thursday's huge AFC West matchup at Kansas City, HC Anthony Lynn told me. Rookie RBs Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome likely to be the spot— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) December 11, 2018
Austin Ekeler is expected to be inactive @ #Chiefs & Melvin Gordon wasn't healthy enough to practice Monday. Justin Jackson has chance to be #Chargers feature back on Thursday night: pic.twitter.com/k9HIxTdAEY— Evan Silva (@evansilva) December 11, 2018
Over the last three weeks, Jackson has compiled 132 rushing yards on 27 attempts (5.1 yards per attempt) playing behind both Gordon in Week 11 and Ekeler in Week 12 and Week 13. Despite a regression in Week 14 against the Bengals, the rookie back is looking at tremendous fantasy upside this Thursday night as the No. 1 option in the rushing game.
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