RB Mike Cox - Atlanta Falcons
|6-0, 252||Born: 7-11-1985||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: ---|
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Week 13: vs Arizona Cardinals
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Steven Jackson found pay dirt again last week (making one rushing TD per game in three of the last four contests for him) and also reeled in two receptions for 17 yards to go with his 13/34/1 rushing vs. Cleveland. While he is not gaining much ground, Jackson has seen mid-to-high teens in touches on the football over the past four weeks, and he is the man in goal line situations - there are many worse fantasy options around the league entering Thanksgiving week. Jacquizz Rodgers (3/16/0 rushing and 3/11/1 receiving vs. Cleveland) has seen his change-of-pace touches uptick since Antone Smith was lost for the rest of the season - Devonta Freeman continues his understudy role with 5/7/0 rushing and 1/0/0 receiving most recently.
The Cardinals' rush D is ranked third in the NFL allowing an average of 84.5 yards per game, and is tied for second-least rushing scores allowed this season with only five allowed. Last week, the Seahawks posted 29/124/0 rushing on this defensive front, but Marshawn Lynch was limited to 15/39/0 rushing by the Cardinals (with 3/43/0 receiving) - two weeks ago, Detroit managed 19/98/0 rushing at Arizona. As you can see, the Cardinals are falling off their top-five pace in this phase of the game of late.
Atlanta's rushing attack is sub-par, while Arizona's rush D is usually well above average, though they've fade a bit recently - advantage, Arizona.
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