Michael Turner Fantasy News

Ben Tate 'probably' done in Houston
Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 10:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

I asked the ever-honest Ben Tate, in his gut, does he think he's done with the Texans?

"Honestly?" he said, then gave a lengthy pause while he pondered his answer. "Probably so."

He added in a less pensive tone: "But we'll see. You never know what will happen. New coaches come in, some different things could happen."

Fantasy Impact:

Tate is a player to monitor this offseason. He fits the talented-backup-gets-starting-job mold that worked well for Michael Turner, Lamont Jordan and Chester Taylor, who all turned in top 12 seasons after switching teams.

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David Wilson expected to handle goal line duties
Saturday, August 31, 2013, 11:18am

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

Giants RB David Wilson, at least for now, is the focal point of the ground game. Last season, Andre Brown emerged as the Giants’ most lethal goal-line runner, scoring eight rushing TDs in 10 games before his season came to an abrupt end because of a broken left leg. Brown seemed to have that role sewn up this summer, too.

“Going into it, (goal line) was mainly his job,” Wilson said. “We had a package where he was the guy to go in and get those tough yards. Now that he’s out, I’m gonna definitely have to step up.”

But HC Tom Coughlin said he’s not worried about Wilson handling short-yardage duties.

David Wilson, he runs in there hard,” the coach said. “I don’t have a problem with that at all. He’s powerful, he’s compact, he has tremendous leg strength, which is his forte.”

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson definitely gets a bump with Brown sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but don't be surprised if the Giants kick the tires on a few veteran RBs (like Willis McGahee, Michael Turner or Beanie Wells).

Steven Jackson lining up "all over" the field
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 1:05pm

Atlanta Falcons - [Full Article]

It continues to be very clear the Falcons intend to use Steven Jackson as much more than just a running back who carries the ball. Although he's a talented runner, Jackson is equally good at catching passes. During practices the Falcons have positioned Jackson all over the line of scrimmage and at one point Tuesday during drills, the Falcons threw to Jackson on two straight plays on opposite sides of the field. After practice Jackson said he thinks the offense is designed to get him one-on-one with linebackers because of the heavy coverage opposing defenses are expected to use against Atlanta's receiving targets. Jackson's role in Atlanta gives the running back memories of his early days as a true dual-threat back: "It reminds me of my younger years in St. Louis when I was used more as a receiver out of the backfield. It allows me to use more tools in the shed that I have and possess. It allows me to work on things I haven't done in a number of years."

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson has a chance to be very successful in Atlanta's high-octane offense. Jackson will benefit from extra red zone touches -- Michael Turner had almost twice as many red zone carries as Jackson did in 2012. He'll also enjoy running against defenses that will have to respect Matt Ryan and the Falcons' potent passing game. He has a chance to be a three-down back -- the Falcons have praised his pass-catching in OTAs. S-Jax looks like a low-end RB1 in his new situation.

Beat: Steven Jackson "looks explosive at half speed"
Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:39am

AJC.com - [Full Article]

Falcons RB Steven Jackson still has a good jump-cut step. He even looks explosive at half speed.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson has a chance to have fantasy success in Atlanta's high-octane offense. Jackson will benefit from extra red zone touches -- Michael Turner had almost twice as many red zone carries as Jackson did in 2012. He'll also enjoy running against defenses that will have to respect Matt Ryan and the Falcons' potent passing game. He has a chance to be a three-down back -- the Falcons have praised his pass-catching in OTAs. S-Jax looks like a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 in his new situation.

Jets believe Chris Ivory could be "a top-10 back"
Monday, July 22, 2013, 7:10pm

Rich Cimini, ESPN - [Full Article]

For the first time since 1994, the Jets are entering a season without a 1,000-yard rusher on the roster. Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson and Bilal Powell will battle for playing time. The Jets think Ivory could be a top-10 back if he stays healthy.

Fantasy Impact:

We agree. Like Michael Turner, Lamont Jordan and Chester Taylor before him, the 25-year-old Ivory is one of those RBs that the fantasy community has been hoping would get an opportunity to start, and now he'll get his chance. He was limited to 27 games in four college seasons due to injury, and was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He has averaged 5.1 YPC in his career, though he has struggled with injuries in the NFL as well. In his rookie season, due to injuries to Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas, Ivory got a few starts and had some success. In 13 career games where he has received at least 10 touches, he's averaged 78 total yards, 0.38 TD and an impressive 5.2 YPC. That production equates to #16 RB-type numbers. New Orleans has not thrown the ball his way very often -- he has just three catches in his career -- but he did score on a 76-yard swing pass in preseason of his rookie year so he has some pass-catching ability. Mike Goodson is pretty good in the passing game, so we're expecting Ivory to be a two-down back in New York, which will limit his upside. If he starts catching passes, watch out.

Jets acquire Chris Ivory
Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New York Jets have traded for New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Fantasy Impact:

Like Michael Turner, Lamont Jordan and Chester Taylor before him, the 25-year-old Ivory is one of those RBs that the fantasy community has been hoping would get an opportunity to start, and now he'll get his chance. He was limited to 27 games in four college seasons due to injury, and was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He has averaged 5.1 YPC in his career, though he has struggled with injuries in the NFL as well. In his rookie season, due to injuries to Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas, Ivory got a few starts and had some success. In 13 career games where he has received at least 10 touches, he's averaged 78 total yards, 0.38 TD and an impressive 5.2 YPC. That production equates to #16 RB-type numbers. New Orleans has not thrown the ball his way very often -- he has just three catches in his career -- but he did score on a 76-yard swing pass in preseason of his rookie year so he has some pass-catching ability. Mike Goodson is pretty good in the passing game, so we're expecting Ivory to be a two-down back in New York, which will limit his upside. If he continues to make big plays running the ball, the team may try to get him the ball more often in the passing game as well. Consider him a low-end RB2 until we know who is going to be the third-down back in 2013. Ivory's arrival kills most of Goodson's sleeper potential.

Falcons sign Steven Jackson to a three-year deal
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 4:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a contract with free-agent running back Steven Jackson on Thursday, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

As expected, Jackson voided his contract with the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, making the 29-year-old an unrestricted free agent. He said last week that he wanted to start for whichever team he signed with in free agency.

"For where I'm at, going into Year 10, I'm not ready to step back and just become a primary backup or a reduced role guy to be part of a running back by committee," Jackson said on Sirius XM NFL Radio last week. "I still have a lot left in my tank. I still have a lot left to offer to a team. We're not talking about someone that's in Year 12 or 13."

Fantasy Impact:

This looks like a great signing by the Falcons and Jackson has a chance to have fantasy success in Atlanta's high-octane offense. Jackson will benefit from extra red zone touches -- Michael Turner had almost twice as many red zone carries as Jackson did in 2012. He'll also enjoy running against defenses that will have to respect Matt Ryan and the Falcons' potent passing game. He has a chance to be a three-down back, but the Falcons may continue to use Jacquizz Rodgers in the passing game. S-Jax looks like a low-end RB1 in his new situation. As for the Rams, it appears (at this point) that they are going to move forward with Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead in some sort of a RBBC.

Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:16pm

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

As far as outside free agents, it appears that Steven Jackson, who reportedly will void his contract with the Rams, will be the top target in light of the release of running back Michael Turner. The reason for his release was a failed physical, according to the NFL’s transactions list.

Turner aggravated an ankle injury in the NFC Championship game. He limped off the field in the third quarter and did not return. The team did not announce any additional information about the injury or if he required offseason surgery.

Jackson could split duties with Jacquizz Rodgers, who had a strong second season. Jackson is an adept pass catcher out of the backfield and fits the scheme.

Fantasy Impact:

If Jackson does land in Atlanta, we'd expect his ADP to settle in the third round. He should see quite a few additional goal line opportunities in the Falcons' high-powered offense.

Falcons release Michael Turner
Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:22pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Atlanta Falcons on Friday cut three veteran stars central to recent playoff success, including an appearance in last season's NFC Championship Game.

Running back Michael Turner, cornerback Dunta Robinson and defensive end John Abraham were released, the team announced.

Fantasy Impact:

The Falcons have already been tied to Steven Jackson, which would be a good fit for both sides. Turner's departure leaves Jacquizz Rodgers as the lead back in Atlanta, though the Falcons are likely to add an RB, either by free agency or the draft.

Steven Jackson to test free agency
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 9:46am

STL Today - [Full Article]

Rams running back Steven Jackson will void the final year of his contract March 12, league sources told the Post-Dispatch on Monday. That means Jackson, the Rams’ career rushing leader, will test the free-agent market.

It’s not a surprising development because all indications have pointed this way over the past several weeks. The Rams simply can’t afford to pay $7 million to a running back who turns 30 this coming summer, which is what Jackson was scheduled to make in 2013. In addition, the move saves the Rams the potential PR backlash of having to release Jackson.

For Jackson, he gets a chance to test the market for the first time in his career. Jackson’s heart may still be in St. Louis, where he has played his entire NFL career since being drafted in 2004. He still could end up with the Rams, but they must now compete for his services with the rest of the NFL.

It’s uncertain what the market will be for Jackson. But more than anything, Jackson wants to play for not only a playoff contender but a Super Bowl contender if possible. He has not played in a postseason game since his rookie season with the Rams.

One of the most likely suitors is Atlanta, which according to reports plans to release veteran back Michael Turner.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson is still a solid fantasy RB2 if he lands in a good situation like Atlanta (or Green Bay).

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 9:18pm

The National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Falcons look to be in the running back market this offseason, according to those who know. Chances are the team will cut ties with 30-year old Michael Turner and look for a younger runner. Turner provides toughness, a solid locker room presence and power on downhill runs, but scouts say his ability to bounce and cut isn’t what it was.

Fantasy Impact:

Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling would form a serviceable committee, but the Falcons are more likely to pursue a RB in free agency or the draft.

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:42pm

Jeff Schultz, The Atlanta Journal Constitution - [Full Article]

The Falcons seem committed to running back by committee. That’s fine. But the committee can’t include Michael Turner. He confirmed their pre-season fears that he had worn dead with a career-low average of 3.6 yards per carry. He ran well against Seattle but that was the exception. Jacquizz Rodgers is a keeper, but the offense needs a better running threat.

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 1:53pm

Adam Schefter, ESPN - [Full Article]

Adam Schefter does not believe that Falcons Jacquizz Rodgers is the long-term answer at RB: "Michael Turner has mileage on his tires and Jacquizz Rodgers is too small to be an every-down back." Schefter believes the Falcons will draft a RB.

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 12:33pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Make no mistake about it, Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers wants to be a feature back in the NFL.

“Shouldn’t that be every running back’s goal? To be the guy?’’ Rodgers said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I’m just going to work hard and keep trying to be that guy.’’

While Michael Turner is the feature back for now, the Falcons could be looking for a new one as soon as next season. Turner has shown some signs of aging, and he’s carrying a high salary-cap figure.

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