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RB Steven Jackson - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Week 3: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Atlanta averaged 5.0 yards per carry during the loss at Cincinnati - pretty impressive, considering how good the Bengals are at run D. Steven Jackson posted 11/46/0 rushing and handled a reception for seven yards, while Jacquizz Rodgers had 5/23/0 rushing and zero receptions on one target during the day. Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith both saw four targets during the game (2/22/0 receiving for Freeman, 2/19/0 receiving for Smith) but neither managed to find the end-zone in Week 2. Jackson is handling 11-12 touches on the football per game so far this year, which is hampering his value as a fantasy running back - there simply haven't been enough touches for Jackson to be an elite fantasy option during the first 1/8 of the season. The Buccaneers did a good job containing the Panthers' backs in Week 1, holding Carolina to 33/113/0 rushing on the day (3.4 yards per carry on average). Last year, Tampa ranked 15th in the NFL allowing an average of 110.1 yards per game, with 10 rushing scores given up over 16 games. The Buccaneers got stubborn in the red zone in Week 1, but gave up a rushing score to St. Louis in Week 2, with 29/119/1 allowed - currently, Tampa is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 116 rushing yards allowed per game. The Falcons' backs as a group run the ball well - they have a good matchup against Tampa this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NO 12 52 0 3 1 0 0 0
2 at CIN 11 46 0 1 1 7 0 0
3 vs TB PROJ-Dodds 14 * * 1 * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay 12 * * 1 * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Bloom 15 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NO (12 / 52 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

: The Falcons featured its entire running back depth chart in this game, but Jackson remained the primary option and did enough positive things this week to indicate that the hamstring is not an issue. Jackson ran through wraps and bounced off hits on a high percentage of his carries. Even his touches for minimal yardage were physical runs in the face of early defensive penetration. In addition to a 17-yard gain where he broke a tackle and bounced off some of his teammates on a first-half draw, Jackson earned 11 on a play designed to left guard that he bounced outside right end and broke two tackles in the process. Jackson was on the field inside the five in two different series, but he was a decoy on two passing touchdowns: a back-shoulder fade to Roddy White and a play action route to Levine Toilolo who leaked from the line of scrimmage from a multiple tight end set. Jackson's burst, power, and balance were all present and his 13 touches nearly equaled the combined touches of the rest of the RB depth chart (14). Atlanta has said this summer that the offense would use its depth at the position to give Jackson a rest so expecting Jackson to earn 20 touches per game is unrealistic. However, there is still reason for optimism that Jackson's first extended touches in a game this week could also mean he's being eased into a greater workload as long as he stays healthy. At the same time, Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman were also impressive enough that they won't be buried on the bench.

2014 Week 2 vs CIN (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

The veteran's carries is a disturbing indication of the downside of a RBBC. The Falcons' runner had 11 carries and three of them were runs to right end behind a pulling left guard for minimal gains because of poor blocking and good gap filling by the Cincinnati defense. The third carry of this type came to start the second half after seeing that the offensive line's success with Jackson came on interior runs where Jackson could get downhill and maximize his speed and power. On these plays, Jackson like the best running back on the team, but inexplicably Atlanta ran the ball downhill with a majority of Jacquizz Rodgers' five carries. Jackson is displaying the skill to earn fantasy starter production, but he is not getting enough carries to warrant a consistent start


Latest News

Falcons | Steven Jackson ready to go (Sat Sep 6, 02:19 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) will be healthy going into Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Jackson is in good shape, has looked fast and has fresh legs.

Our View: We could see Jackson having a limited amount of carries with two high-powered passing offenses taking the field. He'll do pretty well with what he gets but the limited carries means he gets stuck as a RB3, though at least he is a very reliable back.
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