2021-22 Fantasy Basketball: Isaiah Jackson

by Michael Gorman
Isaiah Jackson Fantasy Basketball

I-Jack is the talk of the town these days, and for good reason. Drafted No. 22 in the 2021 draft, it took until 2022 for Isaiah Jackson to see significant minutes.

While Jackson's minutes have come at the hands of a series of injuries to Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, and Goga Bitadze, he's been able to showcase his athleticism and skill.

While he's still only owned in 3.5% of ESPN leagues, it's time to add Jackson. His upside for points, rebounds, blocks, three-pointers, and FG% is unique for a waiver add at this point in the season.

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball: Isaiah Jackson

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Is Isaiah Jackson Ready to pop off?

Over his last month of play, which includes several single-digit minute games, Jackson is averaging 1.4 blocks per game and shooting 55.9% from the field.

His per-36 numbers jump off the page: 23.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 3.6 blocks. While it would be extraordinary if he reached those numbers, it's more likely he settles in around 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

In his only game where Turner, Sabonis, and Bitadze were all hurt, Jackson put up 26 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and a steal on 12-for-19 shooting.

Does Jackson have limitations?

Foul trouble is Jackson's biggest issue. He's averaging 7.0 personal fouls per 36 minutes.

At this point in the season, we can assume Jackson will have minutes available to him in any trade scenario for the Pacers. Whether or not Turner and/or Sabonis get moved, Jackson is showing enough talent to earn backup minutes ahead of Bitadze and Oshae Brissett.

After Jackson's 26-point, 10-rebound night, Fantasy managers are quickly adding him in competitive leagues. If you're in a 10-team league or larger, don't wait any longer to stash Jackson.


Check out more Fantasy Basketball content and know that we’re providing strong advice.

My articles on Gary Trent Jr., Jaren Jackson Jr., and Terry Rozier are looking particularly clairvoyant these days.

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