Justin Jackson Fantasy Outlook Improves in Week 1 Following Comments From Chargers Coach

Jason Schandl
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The Ezekiel Elliott holdout saga may have come to an end prior to Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, but there's been no such luck for Melvin Gordon and the Los Angeles Chargers.

That means the Chargers will head into their Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson leading their backfield, and they plan to use both heavily in a committee approach.

This isn't anything new, but it's nice to get confirmation from the Chargers' coaching staff after Jackson played about one third of the first-team snaps in the preseason.

Jackson didn't play much when Melvin Gordon sat out in Week 7 last season, but he did see his role expand significantly in Weeks 13 and 14, tallying 15 carries while playing only 29 percent of the team's snaps. We then saw in Week 15 that the Chargers are willing to give Jackson even more volume if necessary, as he saw 16 carries and four targets against the Kansas City Chiefs with both Gordon and Ekeler on the shelf.

The Chargers are 6.5-point favorites against the Andrew Luck-less Colts, per FanDuel Sportsbook, which could suggest that Los Angeles will be looking to run the ball to protect a lead.

Jackson is not a threat to Ekeler's workload on passing downs, as Ekeler played extensively in that role even when Gordon was healthy, but in a potentially run-heavy matchup like this one Jackson becomes particularly valuable. His value falls in PPR formats, but Jackson sits 34th among RBs in our standard league Week 1 fantasy football rankings.

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