Steven Jackson, RB Atlanta Falcons

2014 Strength of Schedule - ATL
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
14
NO
5
@CIN
2
TB
16
@MIN
9
@NYG
24
CHI
8
@BAL
7
DET
BYE2
@TB
3
@CAR
19
CLE
1
ARI
27
@GB
20
PIT
14
@NO
3
CAR

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2013 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1NO1177007.00545089.0036/5664%
2STL30000.0018128.009/6414%
3MIA------------
4NE------------
5NYJ------------
6BYE------------
7TB------------
8ARI116000.5537052.3348/8358%
9CAR1357004.38319046.3328/5056%
10SEA911001.2239053.0029/5850%
11TB1141003.732240212.0031/7144%
12NO1663103.94316045.3338/6856%
13BUF2384203.6510010.0050/8857%
14GB1571004.7319039.0031/5953%
15WAS1538202.5345061.2535/6851%
16SF1653103.312-402-2.0035/7249%
17CAR1341003.155530710.6047/7166%
Totals156542603.47331911495.79417/80852%

Most Recent News

Steven Jackson returns to practice

Monday, August 25, 2014, 3:58pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who increased his rehabilitation and conditioning work with team trainers last week, appeared set to return to practice on Monday during the open portion.

Jackson, the projected starter, had his helmet, a sign that he was practicing. He has been out since suffering a right hamstring injury during practice on July 29.

Smith said he wouldn’t rule out playing Jackson in the exhibition finale on Aug. 28 at Jacksonville, though Smith’s usual practice is to sit his starters for that game.

Fantasy Impact:
The team has said all along that Jackson would play Week 1. With a recent injury history, he makes for a risky pick but should be available in the middle rounds of drafts if you want to take a shot. Jacquizz Rodgers has started all three exhibition games but never really took over the RB1 role with Jackson out last year. Rookie Devonta Freeman has been a popular pick as a handcuff to Jackson. Either way, owners should either draft Jackson as depth or have a backup plan...

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
Steven Jackson suffered a hamstring injury early in camp but coach Mike Smith said that he expects his starting running back to be ready for Week 1. If he can stay healthy, Jackson's seventh round ADP does represent value for owners that will concentrate on receivers, tight ends and/or quarterbacks early in their drafts. Even though the Falcons drafted Devonta Freeman in May, he barely played in the team's third preseason game, indicating that he won't have a significant role in the offense (at least early in the season). (Jacquizz Rodgers has also proven over the years that he's no threat to be the RB1 in Atlanta.) If you throw out his injury-plagued 2013 campaign, Jackson has finished in the top 16 among running backs in fantasy every year since 2005. Despite his age and injury concerns, the Falcons still view him as the lead back.

Fantasy Downside
Jackson only played in 12 games a year ago and is already coming off a hamstring injury suffered in camp. Hamstrings can be frustrating for athletes because they feel fine, only to suffer a setback when they test the injury. Thus, Jackson's situation is one to monitor throughout the first few weeks of the season. He also turned 31 in July and will run behind an offensive line that should be improved with the additions of rookie tackle Jake Matthews and free agent pickup Jon Asamoah, but has struggled with run blocking in preseason. Not that he was a road-grader, but losing starting left tackle Sam Baker (knee) for the season was a setback for the O-line as well.

Bottom Line
It all comes down to injuries for Jackson. If he stays healthy for 16 games, then he's a huge bargain at his current seventh-round ADP. But the hamstring injury should make owners nervous because it's something that could wind up bothering him again down the road. The good news for potential Jackson owners is that the Falcons' brass is usually a year behind when it comes to judging when their running backs have run out of gas (see Michael Turner's 2012 season). So he's going to see plenty of work when he does dress, but he's seemingly an injury waiting to happen. If you've already taken your starting RBs and you're looking for depth, then Jackson offers plenty of value in the seventh round because he has RB2 upside. But you'll be rolling the dice if he winds up being the second RB added to your roster on draft day.