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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 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

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
1 vs NO 6 34 1 1 1 1 0 0
2 at CIN 5 23 0 1 0 0 0 0
3 vs TB 5 6 0 1 1 3 0 0
3 vs TB PROJ-Dodds 6 * * 1 * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay 7 * * 1 * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Bloom 5 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NO (6 / 34 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

The changeup to Steven Jackson earned roughly half the looks as the Falcons starter and he came close to scoring two touchdowns as the Atlanta version of Pierre Thomas. His first opportunity was a shovel pass in the red zone where he broke a tackle and reached the opposite flat before dropped inside the two, setting up a back-shoulder fade to Roddy White. Rodgers' best play was a 17-yard touchdown run where safety Kenny Vaccaro was too aggressive with his angle and Rodgers leaned on his oft-used spin move to work free. Despite these fine plays, the quality performances from Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman in limited time may limit Rodgers' opportunities as long as Steven Jackson remains healthy, too.

2014 Week 2 vs CIN (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rodgers began the game with a 3rd and 2 swing pass to the left flat where he tried to make too many moves one-on-one and got stuffed short of the first down. Fortunately, a defensive holding call bailed out Rodgers' immature decision making. This was his only target of the game. The rest of Rodgers' workload included a three-yard gain of right guard in the second series; a nice cut to sidestep penetration in the hole on the following play for nine yards; and then a few more runs for a total of 18 yards. Rodgers hit the holes well, but one has to wonder why Steven Jackson didn't earn these carries on interior plays because he demonstrated more power and burst.

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Schedule

3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4@ Minnesota Vikings
5@ New York Giants
6vs Chicago Bears
7@ Baltimore Ravens
8vs Detroit Lions
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Cleveland Browns
13vs Arizona Cardinals
14@ Green Bay Packers
15vs Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers