Deon Jackson
Deon Jackson to Start Week One for Indianapolis
8 months ago

Deon Jackson is slated to be the starting running back for the Colts in week one.


Deon Jackson is set to be the starting running back for the Indianapolis Colts in week one against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Running back Jonathan Taylor is on the PUP list and won’t be eligible to return until week 5. Additionally, the presumed No. 2 running back, Zach Moss, is still recovering from a broken arm. This leaves third-year running back Deon Jackson as the next man up in the Colts’ backfield.

After seeing minimal playing time in his first year in the NFL, Jackson stepped into a much larger role last season with Taylor battling injuries. He made several notable appearances and performed as a top 36 running back in all three games he received over a 50-percent snap count. Jackson’s standout performance was against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week six, where he delivered an RB1 overall performance. He caught 10 passes in that game and totaled 30 receptions on the season despite limited playing time.

Jackson should be considered a flex option in PPR leagues, leaning toward the lower end of the RB3 spectrum. Given the limited talent at the skill positions and an inexperienced rookie quarterback in Anthony Richardson, the Indianapolis offense may face some challenges. Consequently, Jackson’s value primarily lies in PPR leagues where he can provide upside as a checkdown option for Richardson. With Moss expected to return in the near future, Jackson isn’t a high-priority target in fantasy football drafts or on waiver wires.