Justin Jackson
RB FA
Sat 1/15/22 1:47 PM

Jackson carried the ball three times for 20 yards in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders. The fourth-year back finished the season with 68 carries and 364 rushing yards to go along with 22 receptions and 178 receiving yards. He also compiled two rushing touchdowns.
EDGE Analysis
The 2021 campaign wound up being a career year for the 25-year-old, as Jackson set career highs in carries, rushing yards, receptions and receiving yards, though to be fair almost a third of his total production came in the Week 16 loss against the Texans with Austin Ekeler (COVID-19) sidelined. Jackson has always been a coaching staff's favorite, whether that was Anthony Lynn's braintrust or now current head coach Brandon Staley, but the Northwestern product can never seem to stay healthy long enough to capitalize on the momentum. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, it's unclear whether the Chargers will bring back Jackson on a short-term deal or if recent draft picks Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree could be asked to take over as the optimal No. 2 behind Ekeler.

Justin Jackson
RB FA
Mon 1/3/22 3:50 PM

Jackson ran 12 times for 41 yards and caught three passes for 20 yards during Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos.
EDGE Analysis
In Week 16, Jackson exploded for 162 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in reserve of Austin Ekeler -- who was sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols. However, Ekeler was back with the team in Week 17, but Jackson was still able to produce another solid outing as the No. 2 running back. Ekeler out-touched (20-to-15) and out-paced (112 yards to 61 yards) Jackson, but the ladder was involved enough to warrant fantasy consideration against the Raiders' porus run defense in Week 18.

Justin Jackson
RB FA
Sun 12/26/21 5:57 PM

Jackson rushed the ball 11 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-29 loss to the Texans. He added eight receptions on nine targets for 98 yards.
EDGE Analysis
Jackson took on a huge role in the absence of Austin Ekeler (illness) and led the team in both rushing and receiving yards. He was efficient on the ground by averaging 5.8 yards per carry while also finding the end zone on rushes of 17 and nine yards. Jackson further shined in his role as a pass catcher, tallying receptions of 25 and 17 yards. Despite racking up 162 total yards, Jackson will likely be relegated back to his change-of-pace role if Ekeler is back in action for a Week 17 matchup against Denver.

Justin Jackson
RB FA
Sat 12/25/21 2:55 PM

With Austin Ekeler having announced on Instagram that he tested positive for COVID-19 again Saturday and won't play Sunday against the Texans, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Jackson is poised for added work in the Chargers' Week 16 backfield.
EDGE Analysis
As long as Ekeler remains in the NFL's COVID protocols, Jackson figures to head the Chargers' backfield and thus merits fantasy lineup consideration, with Joshua Kelley a candidate for added touches as well and Larry Rountree likely to be active in a depth role against Houston on Sunday.

Justin Jackson
RB FA
Fri 12/17/21 12:31 AM

Jackson carried the ball 13 times for 86 yards and also caught his lone target for 13 yards in Thursday's 34-28 loss to the Chiefs.
EDGE Analysis
There was rumors Austin Ekeler's banged up ankle could force the Chargers to employ a more split backfield Thursday and that's exactly what unfolded with Jackson toting the ball 13 times to Ekeler's 12 and Joshua Kelley's seven. As has been the case every time Jackson's been healthy, the Northwestern product was clearly the most explosive of the backup ballcarriers, ripping off multiple 10-plus yard runs and even earning a handful of red-zone attempts in the process. The aforementioned qualifier has always been the biggest issue for the 25-year-old as Jackson has struggled to consistently stay on the field throughout his four-year career. Given Jackson's performance Thursday and a relatively easy matchup Week 16 against the Texans up next, it's entirely reasonable the talented backup could once again see a healthy workload, especially if the Chargers choose to limit Ekeler in an effort to manage his balky ankle once again.

Justin Jackson
RB FA
Sun 12/12/21 7:56 PM

Jackson ran for 35 yards on nine carries against the Giants on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Jackson's workload was slightly boosted due to starter Austin Ekeler (ankle) leaving the game in the third quarter. Splitting the resulting workload with fellow runner Joshua Kelley (10 carries for 33 yards), Jackson was the more productive of the two on a per-touch basis. If Ekeler misses time a similar split between the two runners might persist, with Kelley perhaps more active in the ground game and Jackson more present in passing situations. The Chargers could also reactivate rookie Larry Rountree, who was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game.

Justin Jackson
RB FA
Tue 12/7/21 10:48 AM

Jackson recorded a season-high six carries for 15 rushing yards and also hauled in two passes for six yards during Sunday's 41-22 win over the Bengals.
EDGE Analysis
Six carries obviously isn't a massive number, but it did represent Jackson's season high in carries, while he also saw a season-high 15 offensive snaps. This workload was largely the product of the Chargers' insurmountable lead, as four of his six carries were in the last four minutes while the Chargers were running out the clock. The 25-year-old running back has tallied 118 yards on 20 carries this season, though he hasn't been relied upon to handle many carries in neutral game scripts. Barring an injury to lead back Austin Ekeler, Jackson doesn't figure to get heavily involved in the Chargers' gameplan, as he recorded only one carry during the last two weeks prior to Sunday.

Justin Jackson
RB FA
Tue 11/23/21 3:59 PM

Jackson carried the ball once for two yards in Sunday night's 41-37 win over the Steelers.
EDGE Analysis
In his first game back from a quad injury that left him sidelined for almost a month, Jackson was unproductive as he was not very involved in the Los Angeles offense. Backup running back Larry Rountree saw 14 more snaps than the 26-year-old did, which is a disappointing sign for Jackson's fantasy managers.

Justin Jackson
RB FA
Sun 11/21/21 7:10 PM

Jackson (quadriceps) is listed as active Sunday against the Steelers.
EDGE Analysis
Between Weeks 5 and 10, Jackson tended to groin and quad issues that limited him to two appearances. Despite logging every practice rep both Thursday and Friday, he was listed as questionable for Week 11, likely as a precautionary measure after missing three games during the aforementioned stretch. It's unclear if Jackson will be Austin Ekeler's direct backup Sunday with rookie sixth-rounder Larry Rountree also available and Joshua Kelley a healthy scratch. Aside from a 75-yard run Week 8 against the Patriots, Jackson has averaged 2.2 yards on his 12 carries and hauled in all seven targets for 34 yards in six games.

Justin Jackson
RB FA
Fri 11/19/21 5:57 PM

Jackson (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers.
EDGE Analysis
Jackson was listed as a full practice participant Thursday and Friday, but his official questionable tag and the Chargers' late kickoff this week should be enough to deter fantasy managers from rolling the dice in Week 11 lineups on a player who's firmly behind top back Austin Ekeler in his team's RB pecking order.