RB - FA
Week 4 Outlook
The Green Bay Packers have released running back Don Jackson.
Along with Christine Michael who is expected to be cut later in the day, Jackson was released Monday morning. It appears that it will by Ty Montgomery entering 2017 as the starter with rookie Jamaal Wiliams as his primary backup.
Green Bay Packers running back Don Jackson signed his exclusive rights tender Wednesday.
With Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael under contract, Jackson is expected to open the 2017 season third on the depth chart. However, don't be surprised if the Packers address the running back position in the draft or by adding a veteran rusher who is still floating around on the open market. Jackson had his cup of coffee in fantasy football last season when he was promoted from the practice squad and named Green Bay's top running back for Week 7 with both Eddie Lacy and James Starks sidelined by injury. He would go on to suffer a hand injury that Thursday night against the Bears which grounded his upside. Jackson would ultimately be placed on the injured reserve list in mid-November with a knee injury sustained in practice. He finished his rookie year with 32 yards rushing on 10 carries and a 3.2 YPC average in three contests. Jackson's fantasy value for 2017 solely depends on his role on the team. If he is stuck behind Montgomery, the projected starter and Michael, the primary backup, Jackson will likely find himself on the outside of fantasy relevance.
Don Jackson had four carries for 16 yards and was not targeted in the passing game during the Packers' 31-26 loss to the Colts in Week 9.
Through three games, Jackson has 32 rushing yards on 10 carries while the Packers were without Eddie Lacy and James Starks. With Starks nearing a return and the extensive use of Ty Montgomery in the backfield, Jackson can be safely dropped or left on the waiver wire.
Don Jackson got the start at running back for the Packers on Sunday and gained seven yards for a first down on the Packers' second play of their opening drive. However, he only carried the ball three more times in the game, finishing with four carries for 10 yards in the Packers' loss.
Jackson's fantasy production will continue to be limited sharing carries on a pass-first offense. Jackson is not worth fantasy consideration and should be left as a free agent.
Don Jackson (hand) practiced fully all week and is not on the Packers' injury report heading into Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Jackson will be dealing with a protective glove of sorts on Sunday but will likely receive his fair share of touches. With Ty Montgomery suffering from some sort of illness this week and Knile Davis will more involved in the team's game plan, it's likely the Packers will utilize a backfield committee, and Don Jackson's fantasy value will likely depend on him breaking the long run or grabbing a touchdown. He's a desperation flex play at best this weekend.