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RB Steven Jackson - New England Patriots

6-2, 233Born: 7-22-1983College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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Week 19: vs Houston Texans

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. New England won its eighth consecutive division title during the 2016 regular season, the longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots are also the only team in NFL history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span. This is the fourth post-season appearance by the Texans in franchise history, by comparison - they have back-to-back AFC South titles, and have won four of the last six divisional titles. These teams have already met this year - the result was a 27-0 New England victory in Week 3 (September 22, 2016), during a game in which Tom Brady didn't play due to his Deflategate suspension... In the absence of Brady, the Patriots relied on LeGarrette Blount to shove in rushing TDs (24/105/2 rushing) and backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett also scored with 8/48/1 rushing - all told, the Patriots posted 39/185/3 defeating Houston at Foxboro in late September. Blount led the NFL in rushing TDs during regular season with 299/1,161/18 (and 7/38/0 receiving), landing at seventh overall in fantasy points by a running back. James White (39/166/0 rushing with 86 targets for 60/551/5 receiving) and Dion Lewis (64/283/0 rushing and 24 targets for 17/94/0 receiving) have been the 'change of pace' options for New England (basically they have split touches since Lewis returned from IR). At Miami in the season finale, Blount had 14/51/1 rushing, while Lewis handled 11/48/0 (with two targets for 2/4/0 receiving) and White saw 2/9/0 rushing (with four targets for 4/21/0 receiving). Blount is the best bet to score meaningful fantasy points in the Divisional round of the playoffs thanks to his goal line back role. Houston entered the Wild Card round averaging 99.7 rushing yards allowed per game, with 13 rushing scores given out in regular season. From Week 15-17 of regular season (the last three weeks, with no teams on bye), Houston averaged just 10.9 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (second-least in the NFL). Tennessee managed 29/103/1 rushing vs. Houston in the season finale; three games ago Cincinnati eked out 19/50/0 rushing at Houston. Oakland's quarterback-starved offense had 21/64/1 rushing at Houston last weekend. This is a tough matchup for the Patriots' running back stable.

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