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Fantasy football Week 4: Buffalo Bills passing game targets

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If you were worried that veteran running back Fred Jackson was going to be marginalized in Buffalo's offense, fear not: he has been EJ Manuel's favorite receiving target, on a per-snap basis, so far in 2014.

Tom Szczerbowski

After the first three weeks of the 2014 regular season, veteran Fred Jackson - the oldest running back in the NFL - has established (or, depending on your viewpoint, re-established) himself as a vital cog in the Buffalo Bills' passing offense.

Not only has Jackson's excellent blitz pickup ability made him the top passing down back on the roster, but he has been a player that second-year quarterback EJ Manuel has targeted early and often so far this season. Today, Jackson is tied with rookie wideout Sammy Watkins for tops on the Bills with 13 receptions, but he also sees a higher number of targets per snap played than the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, as well.

C.J. Spiller continues to be the top runner in Buffalo's offense - he's logged 37 carries to Jackson's 25 through three weeks - but Jackson has, to this point, been the more productive runner and receiver. And unless Manuel and Watkins can re-discover the mojo they displayed as a combination in Week 2, Jackson may be the most valuable receiving target on the team, as well.

Pos. Player Snaps Tar %Snap %Tar Stats
RB Fred Jackson 102 17 16.7% 19.5% 13 rec, 118 yds, 1 TD
WR Sammy Watkins 174 23 13.2% 26.4% 13 rec, 167 yds, 1 TD
WR Robert Woods 164 17 10.4% 19.5% 8 rec, 102 yds
WR Mike Williams 98 10 10.2% 11.5% 5 rec, 50 yds
RB C.J. Spiller 80 7 8.8% 8.0% 7 rec, 57 yds, 1 TD
WR Marquise Goodwin 29 2 6.9% 2.3%
TE Scott Chandler 133 8 6.0% 9.2% 7 rec, 101 yds
TE Chris Gragg 54 2 3.7% 2.3% 1 rec, 14 yds
FB Frank Summers 58 1 1.7% 1.1% 1 rec, 4 yds