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Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Date of Birth:  04/22/1996
Age:  23
Height  6'0"
Weight:   199
College:  Northwestern
Drafted:  2018 | Round 7 | Pick 251
Depth Chart:  3rd string

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Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson (calf) is officially inactive for Monday night.

Jackson continues to deal with his calf injury, and he was expected to be out after he was listed as doubtful on the final Week 11 injury report. The second-year running back does not need to be owned in redraft leagues.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson (calf) is officially listed as doubtful for Week 11.

Jackson is set to miss another game with his calf issue, and expect him to be ruled out tomorrow or Monday ahead of kickoff in Mexico City. Jackson is only a recommended hold in dynasty leagues.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson (calf) has been ruled out for Thursday night.

Jackson was able to return to the lineup for Week 9, but he's now out again on a short week. The second-year running back does not need to be held in redraft leagues.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson is off the Week 9 injury report.

Jackson is set to return from his calf injury after missing the last five games, and Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has said that he wants to use him. However, Jackson is behind Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler in the LA backfield.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson (calf) is officially inactive for Week 8.

Jackson is nearing a return to the lineup after being listed as questionable entering today, but he'll miss his fifth consecutive game.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson (calf) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.

Jackson has a realistic chance to return after missing the last few games with his calf issue, but he won't be a recommended fantasy option behind Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler if active.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson (calf) has officially been ruled out for Sunday.

Jackson apparently injured his calf in yesterday's practice, and it's bad enough that he's already been ruled out for Week 4 ahead of the weekend. Perhaps this will lead to Melvin Gordon entering the lineup quicker than expected, but it looks like Austin Ekeler could be set for a huge workload versus Miami this Sunday. Jackson should be considered week-to-week.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson gets four carries in playoff loss to the Patriots.

Jackson carried one time for four yards and caught three passes for 22 yards in the Chargers' Divisional Round loss. He got most of his action late in the game. The rookie running back played well in his first NFL season, and he should be locked into a role in the offense next season. Jackson likely won't offer much fantasy value behind Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler in 2019 fantasy drafts, though.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson gets two carries in Chargers' playoff win.

Jackson gained five yards on his two rushing attempts against the Ravens. The rookie running back will continue working as the third running back for LA as they head to Foxboro for next weekend's Divisional Round.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson gets six carries in Week 17.

Jackson gained ten yards on his six attempts against the Broncos. The rookie running back is now the No. 3 running back with Austin Ekeler healthy heading into the postseason. Jackson's first NFL regular season ends with 50 carries for 206 yards and two touchdowns along with 15 receptions for 135 yards.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson gets eight touches against the Ravens.

Jackson carried one time for -1 yard and caught seven passes on a team-high ten targets for 47 yards. In Melvin Gordon's first game back after missing the last three with a knee injury, Jackson still had a sizable role spelling Gordon more than usual. The rookie running back handled almost the entire two-minute drill at the end of the first half, and it's unclear if this was just a one-time thing with Gordon perhaps not at 100%. Anyway, Jackson could be poised for a nice workload to end the regular season next week versus Denver if Gordon doesn't play with the Chargers locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson handles 19 touches in win over the Chiefs.

Jackson rushed 16 times for 58 yards and a touchdown, also adding three receptions for 27 yards. The rookie didn't get much going in the first half, but his night was saved by a one-yard score in the fourth quarter of LA's ferocious comeback. Unfortunately, Philip Rivers threw a bad pass on a would-be touchdown on the game's final possession, but overall, it was a solid night for a spot start. Melvin Gordon (knee) will hopefully be ready to roll next week against Baltimore, but if Jackson draws another start, he would be a solid FLEX in a difficult matchup.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson handles nine touches in win over the Bengals.

Jackson rushed seven times for 12 yards and caught two passes for 23 yards. The workload was a disappointment after the rookie helped spark the LA comeback in Week 13, but Jackson remains a must-hold or add in all leagues depending on the health of Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck) for Week 15. If both guys cannot play, then the Northwestern product would be an immediate RB2 in all formats for a potential shootout.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson scores first career touchdown in Chargers’ win.

With Melvin Gordon (knee) out, Austin Ekeler started the game and received most of the work in the backfield, but he struggled to get much going against a tough Steelers defense. However, Jackson gave the offense a jolt when he entered the lineup, as the rookie running back showed great patience and vision with his touches. He had eight carries for 63 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for 19 yards in the Week 13 win. If Gordon misses another game, it’s possible Jackson becomes the lead runner with Ekeler working more as a complimentary runner like he is with Gordon. Jackson should be one of the top waiver-wire pickups this week if he’s still available.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson sees extended work after Melvin Gordon (knee) leaves in Week 12.

Seeing his first touches since Week 7, Jackson rushed seven times for 57 yards. Gordon is expected to miss multiple weeks with a sprained MCL, so the rookie is worth picking up in all leagues as a potential early-down option to pair with Austin Ekeler, who Los Angeles might not want to overwork down the stretch. Jackson will be on the FLEX radar next week for a potential shootout against Pittsburgh.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson handles three touches in Week 7 victory.

Jackson rushed twice for three yards and caught an 11-yard pass. The rookie's lone target was a caught-from-behind tackle away from going all the way on a misdirection screen pass, but Los Angeles was able to hold on in a close London matchup. Jackson won't be a recommended fantasy option coming out of the Week 8 bye.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

Justin Jackson gets first career carries against the Browns.

The rookie running back from Northwestern carried three times for four yards and added one reception for one yard in the Chargers' Week 6 blowout win. Jackson hadn't had a carry in his rookie season yet, and he is not on the fantasy radar outside of dynasty leagues.

Justin Jackson | Chargers RB

The Chargers have selected Northwestern running back Justin Jackson with the 251st pick (seventh round) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jackson was an extremely productive running back in both high school and college, and he had four years of 1,000 yards rushing at Northwestern. Jackson is an athletic back that teams might have thought was a bit undersized, but he's been drafted and will now look to make an NFL roster as a rookie.

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