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RB Jacquizz Rodgers - Atlanta Falcons

5-6, 196Born: 2-5-1990College: Oregon St.Drafted: Round 5

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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.

Recent Stats and Projections

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10 at TB 1 1 0 2 2 11 0 0
11 at CAR 2 4 0 4 3 8 0 0
12 vs CLE 3 16 0 3 3 11 1 0
13 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 2 * * 3 * * *
13 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * 3 * * *
13 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 2 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs TB (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

The reserve had 3 touches for 12 yards. His best play came on a short dump-off to the left flat for three yards--and not due to the catch, but his wherewithal to fight free of the defender trying to hold Rodgers down to end the half. Rodgers fought free and handed the ball to the referee to give Atlanta just enough time to make a field goal at the end of the quarter. Jackson remains the best fantasy option on the Falcons' running back depth chart.

2014 Week 11 vs CAR (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)

The little man caught a quick flat route for 4 yards where he made a nice catch over the shoulder and away from the line of scrimmage on the third series of the game. A few plays later he earned three yards off left guard. This was the type of non-descript, unimpressive work Rodgers did this week.

2014 Week 12 vs CLE (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 1 rec)

With Antone Smith lost for the season with a broken leg, Rodgers earned a few more opportunities and made good with them. He had a tough run up left guard for seven yards to reach the 10 while backed up in their own end zone, showing nice pad level and leg drive to finish for a few more yard. He also earned seven on 2nd and 18 with a run up the middle and later scored with a shovel pass to up the middle for an eight-yard gain. This is likely the best one can expect from Rodgers unless another runner gets hurt.

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Schedule

13vs Arizona Cardinals
14@ Green Bay Packers
15vs Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers