News: With the news of Michael Turner's release Friday, many Fantasy owners are hopeful the Falcons will give the starting running back job to Jacquizz Rodgers. Not so fast -- while Falcons head coach Mike Smith talked him up as being a guy who could be a three-down running back, the team still is going to look at other running back options. They've already been linked as a possible destination for veteran Steven Jackson.
Analysis: Rodgers did very little last season to show he could truly be an every-down back, despite what Smith says. He had numerous opportunities to unseat Michael Turner from being the primary running back. Statistically he outproduced Turner in just three games last year and never once did he have more carries than Turner. Tack on Rodgers' mediocre stat line (94 carries, 362 yards, 3.9 avg., 53 catches, 402 yards, two total touchdowns) and there's not a ton to love about him. Expect him to get taken as a mid-round pick as a reserve Fantasy option and/or as a handcuff for the Falcons' eventual starter.
News: The Falcons official team website reports that coach Mike Smith is fond of running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who gained 362 yards as a rusher and added 402 yards on 53 receptions. He added a touchdown as a rusher and a receiver as well and Smith said Rodgers showed that he can handle all three downs with the offense. We thought he was only going to be a change of pace back, Smith said. We found out very quickly that even though he is short, he is not little. He can handle all three downs and he does a very good job for us returning kicks."
Analysis: This isn't the first time Smith has spoke highly of Rodgers, who has the chance for a bigger role in 2013 with Michael Turner not expected to return. But we'd be shocked if the Falcons didn't bring in another running back, whether in free agency or the draft, to play in tandem with Rodgers. Still, Rodgers has plenty of upside, and he is worth drafting with a mid-round pick. Just don't get overexcited that with Turner gone, Rodgers will automatically get the majority of carries because that isn't likely to happen.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers couldn't get going during Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the 49ers. Rodgers was held in check throughout the first half as he was held to two carries for minus-1 yard, but managed to bounce back in the second half. He rushed for a team-high 32 yards on 10 carries in a 28-24 defeat. He was also involved in the passing game but could not come up with a grab despite being targeted three times in the loss.
Analysis: Rodgers received just two more carries and barely outrushed fellow teammate Michael Turner against a stingy San Francisco defense. The 22-year-old finished with 362 yards with a touchdown on 94 carries this season. He was also caught 53 passes for 402 yards and a touchdown in the passing game. Rodgers hasn't replaced Turner as the team's primary rusher, but that could all change during training camp next season. Turner has just one year left in his contract and is set to become a free agent in 2014, so Rodgers could be the future back for the Falcons.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers helped Atlanta reach the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco on Sunday with a strong outing against the Seahawks in the previous round. Rodgers had 10 carries for 64 yards, and he hopes to play well again this week. San Francisco has been vulnerable to opposing running backs of late with Danny Woodhead, Marshawn Lynch and DuJuan Harris all reaching double digits in Fantasy points against the 49ers in three of their past four games.
Analysis: Rodgers should be considered a sleeper against the 49ers, but the key with him is always how much playing time he will get. Still, he has the chance to post decent yardage totals, and the 49ers have given up points to opposing running backs recently. Consider Rodgers a low-end option in Playoff Challenge formats.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries during Sunday's 30-28 Divisional Playoff game win vs. Seattle. Rodgers got most of his yards on a 45-yard carry. He added two catches for 8 yards.
Analysis: There were times in 2012 it appeared Rodgers was ready for a bigger role on offense, but he never got his chance as Michael Turner was still the lead back. Turner is still under contract for next season, so unless the Falcons alter their game plan, then Rodgers will probably start next year as the backup running back again. He will obviously be just an injury away from becoming a bigger player on offense, but Rodgers will likely be a late-round Fantasy pick next season. He has low-end Fantasy value in Fantasy playoff formats heading into the NFC Championship game vs. San Francisco.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who had a combined two catches for 25 yards in his previous two games, got an opportunity to play more with his team trailing for much of the day Week 17 against the Buccaneers and had a team-high eight catches (on eight targets) for 50 yards. He also led the team in rushing, picking up 28 yards on five carries.
Analysis: The Falcons have turned to Rodgers in obvious passing situations all season. They just didn't have many obvious passing situations in relatively lopsided victories over the Lions and Giants the last two weeks. Rodgers hasn't replaced Michael Turner as the team's primary rusher, but a strong performance in the playoffs could improve his stock heading into 2013. The chance of him overtaking Turner at some point next year will make him worth a flier in the middle rounds of Fantasy drafts.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers failed to get going during Saturday's contest against the Lions in Week 16. Rodgers took a backseat to Michael Turner and received just six carries for 14 yards in a 31-18 victory. He was also involved in the passing game as he caught one pass for an 11-yard gain in the second quarter. Turner rushed for just 41 yards on 13 carries in a winning effort.
Analysis: After receiving a team-high 11 carries his last time out, Rodgers failed to earn an adequate amount of touches, as he just totaled 25 yards on the night. Still, the Falcons are passing the ball more this season and Rodgers has done a nice job keeping Turner's legs fresh when needed. He won't make much of an impact unless he is catching passes out of the backfield, so consider him a low-end option against the Buccaneers at home Week 17. Rodgers rushed for 49 yards and scored his last touchdown of the season in his previous Week 12 meeting against Tampa Bay.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers will be seeking more touches heading into Saturday's game on the road against the Lions in Week 16. Rodgers was held in check as he had a season-high 11 carries for 25 yards against the Giants in Week 15. He'll face a Detroit defense that has allowed 119.4 rushing yards per game this season and eight touchdowns on the ground in the last four games. Rodgers has not scored since Week 12 against the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Rodgers has done a solid job keeping Michael Turner's legs fresh heading into the final stretch of the season, but has failed to make much of an impact in Fantasy, unless he is catching passes out of the backfield. Fantasy owners have been holding onto Rodgers all season in hopes of a Michael Turner injury or the Falcons turning to Rodgers over a declining Turner, but neither has happened. Opposing running backs have scored an average of 16.3 Fantasy points per game against the Lions this season. Fantasy owners should view the 22-year-old as a low-end option in deeper formats heading into Week 16 at Detroit.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers managed a season-high 11 carries Week 15 vs. N.Y. Giants, but he averaged just 2.3 yards per carry and finished with 25 rushing yards. He added one catch for 14 yards.
Analysis: The Giants did a good job Sunday at keeping Rodgers in check and not letting him use his speed to break big plays. But that was one of the few good things the Giants did in a 34-0 loss. Fantasy owners have been holding onto Rodgers all season in hopes of a Michael Turner injury or the Falcons turning to Rodgers over a declining Turner, but neither has happened. As long as Turner is healthy, then Rodgers won't have much starting Fantasy appeal. The Falcons are at Detroit Week 15.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers didn't play a very big role in his team's 24-2 loss to the Giants in the playoffs last season, totaling four catches for 18 yards, but it could be a different story this time around for their Week 15 showdown in Atlanta. New York is yielding 97.6 rushing yards, 33.9 receiving yards and 14.2 Fantasy points per week to running backs, which is tied for the seventh-lowest average in the NFL. Running backs have accounted for six touchdowns (five rushing) against New York.
Analysis: The Falcons have increased Rodgers' reps as the season has progressed, especially in the pass game. Rodgers has four or more receptions in five of his last seven games. However, he is still behind Michael Turner on the pecking order at running back and has just two touchdowns this season. Most of Rodgers' Fantasy value comes in PPR formats. He remains a low-end Fantasy option in deep formats Week 15.
News: On a day when the struggles of the short passing game caused the Falcons to fall behind 23-0 early in the second half and more or less abandon the running game the rest of the way, backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers managed to put up respectable numbers Week 14 at Carolina. He picked up 21 yards on his four carries and also had 43 yards on a season-high six receptions. He was targeted seven times.
Analysis: Only five times this season has Rodgers eclipsed the 54 total yards he put up in Week 14. Though a big deficit for the Falcons is detrimental to starting running back Michael Turner's Fantasy value, it's actually a good thing for Rodgers since he's considered the better receiver of the two. With 10-plus touches for the fourth straight game, he continues to carve out a niche for himself in the Falcons offense. His week-to-week production still isn't high enough for you to start him in standard leagues Week 15 against the Giants, but in deeper leagues, he's worthy of consideration.
News: With 32 touches in his last three games, running back Jacquizz Rodgers has begun to shoulder more of the load for the Falcons, spelling starter Michael Turner more and more. And for the most part, he has delivered, averaging 56.3 yards per game (combined rushing and receiving) during that stretch. "There is a lot of things Im impressed with by him, but I think his effort is really good," quarterback Matt Ryan said. "For a smaller guy, hes strong, hes physical, hes shifty, but hes non-stop and hes relentless. He does it in the pass game when he catches the ball. He does it when he runs the football. He does it when he pass protects. There is no let down." The Falcons are visiting the Panthers in Week 14, who rank 25th against the run, allowing 128.8 yards per game.
Analysis: On paper, this matchup is a good one for Rodgers, but if the Falcons really decide to pound the ball, you have to figure Turner will get most of the carries. Until Rodgers definitively overtakes Turner on the depth chart, he's no better than a low-end flex option in Fantasy -- more of a stopgap, really. You should probably avoid him for this matchup.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers failed to out-gain starter Michael Turner during Thursday night's contest against the Saints in Week 13. Rodgers collected 31 yards on the ground in the first quarter, including 28 yards in the opening drive, but finished with just 43 yards on eight carries in a 23-13 victory. Turner racked up a team-high 83 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He caught two passes for a loss of four yards.
Analysis: Rodgers has been in the mix with turner in the running game and has racked up 92 yards and a touchdown in his last two games. Though he failed to produce in the passing game, Rodgers is known as a solid PPR running back and has caught four-plus passes in four of his last six games. He'll try to get back on track on the road against the Panthers in Week 14. The Panthers have allowed five rushing touchdowns in the last five games this season. Fantasy owners should keep him active in most formats heading into Week 14 at Carolina.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers may see his Fantasy value reach its apex in the Week 13 Thursday night game against New Orleans. Rodgers is coming off a solid performance in which he thoroughly outperformed Michael Turner last week at Tampa Bay, and is facing a terrible rush defense. The Saints are allowing the most Fantasy points per game on the season to opposing running backs. They have been especially bad against RBs with pass-catching ability and Rodgers is that guy for the Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan.
Analysis: Rodgers rushed 10 times for 49 yards and scored a touchdown on the ground, his first of the season, last week at Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, Turner rushed for 17 yards on 13 carries. Rodgers faced the Saints Week 10 in New Orleans and rushed just three times for 29 yards but caught four passes and had a solid Fantasy performance. Due to his ability to catch passes, Rodgers has really been a solid Fantasy performer for five consecutive weeks entering Thursday. He has more value than Turner Week 13 and can be active in most Fantasy formats against the Saints.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers out-gained starter Michael Turner during the Week 12 24-23 win over the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay Sunday. Atlanta decided the team could better run the ball to the outside against the Tampa Bay defense and therefore used the shifty Rodgers a little more often. It resulted in a 5-yard touchdown run for Rodgers in the second quarter. Rodgers rushed 10 times for 49 yards and the score while Turner finished with 13 carries for 17 yards and also scored for the Falcons. Turner's touchdown came in the fourth quarter for the game's final score. Rodgers added two catches for 30 yards and Turner had three grabs for 13.
Analysis: Rodgers has been a valuable Fantasy option, especially in PPR leagues, as he's seen a consistent mix of carries and catches for quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons. The rushing TD Sunday was Rodgers' first of the season and he could begin to see even more production going forward. That said, we still expect the team to focus on Turner, especially against teams in which power running is more suitable. Heading into Week 13 against New Orleans, Rodgers can be considered as a decent flex option in plenty of Fantasy formats.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers will be looking to bounce back on the road against the Buccaneers in Week 12. Rodgers rushed for 16 yards on five carries and caught five passes for 35 yards in Week 11 against the Cardinals. He'll face a stingy Tampa Bay defense that has allowed just 81.8 on the ground this season, which is the fewest allowed this season.
Analysis: Rodgers has been able to take some load off of Michael Turner and keep him fresh for the final stretch of the season. He has rushed for 45 yards in the last two games, but has made up for in the passing game, catching at least four passes in each of his last four games. He's a speedy back with big-play potential, so if you get in a pinch, you could do worse than to start him. Opposing running backs have scored an average of 15.8 Fantasy points per game this season. That said, he is considered as a low-end flex option in deeper formats, especially in PPR leagues, heading into Week 12.
News: Despite speculation that he'd get more opportunities after starter Michael Turner struggled at New Orleans last week, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers got his a modest number of touches Week 11 against the Cardinals. He ran five times for 16 yards and caught five passes for 35. He's now averaging 4.5 catches over his last four games, but he has no more than eight carries in any of them.
Analysis: If nothing else, Rodgers is beginning to make an impact in points-per-reception leagues, but his production in other areas is still too limited for him to matter as more than a handcuff option for Turner owners in standard formats. He's a speedy back with big-play potential, so if you get in a pinch, you could do worse than to start him. He's not the most advisable option for Week 12 at Tampa Bay, though.
News: Coming off a dreadful performance at New Orleans in which he gained 15 yards on 13 carries and was stuffed twice on third-and-1, some wondered if Falcons running back Michael Turner was at risk of losing carries to backup Jacquizz Rodgers. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter didn't exactly shoot down that idea when he spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday, but he didn't entirely blame Turner for the poor performance. "When you look at the tape on the majority of Mike Turners runs in the game the other day, he had no chance," Koetter said. "We had free runners at the point of attack. Jacquizz did a good job when he was in there. He touched the ball, but some of that could be luck of the draw. Well see how it plays out." In Week 11, the Falcons host the Cardinals, who rank 24th against the run, allowing 126.1 yards per game.
Analysis: Rodgers had a nice 18-yard run late in the fourth quarter in Week 10 that set the Falcons up for what would have been a go-ahead 1-yard score, but of course, Turner failed to capitalize. That was a nice run," Koetter said of Rodgers' play. "He did a nice job. That was a pretty play. We needed one more. We needed one more of those. In limited action, Rodgers' shiftiness has enabled him to break off a few big plays, but given his small size, he probably wouldn't be any better than Turner in short-yardage situations. Maybe he'll see a few more touches this week, but probably not enough to significantly improve his Fantasy value. Besides, the Cardinals have given up the eighth-fewest Fantasy points per game to running backs this season. Rodgers is only startable in the deepest of Fantasy formats this week.
News: Even with starter Michael Turner struggling to the tune of 13 carries for 15 yards against a team that entered the game ranked dead last against the run, Falcons backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers wasn't asked to run much Week 10 at New Orleans. He showed his ability to elude would-be tacklers at one point in the fourth quarter, zig-zagging his way to an 18-yard gain, but it was one of only three carries he got on the day. He ran for 29 yards and also had 33 on four receptions.
Analysis: Though the Falcons weren't suggesting anything after the game, you have to wonder if Turner's struggles might allow Rodgers to play a bigger role going forward. Rodgers used his nifty moves to break off a couple big gains against the Cowboys last week as well, so he seems to be getting more consistent over time. He may not get any more than eight or nine touches even with Turner's struggles, but if you're hurting at running back, his performance over the last two weeks makes him a halfway decent gamble Week 11 against the Cardinals.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers has averaged 6.5 Fantasy points per game over the last two weeks, but has gotten his numbers in two very different ways; in Week 8, Rodgers ran eight times for 60 yards and caught five passes for an additional 20. In Week 9, Rodgers gained no yards on three rushes, but caught four passes for 53 yards. A dual threat, Rodgers has the advantage of playing New Orleans in Week 10, a team that is terrible against both the pass (fourth-most receiving yards allowed per game this season) and the rush (most rushing yards per game allowed this season).
Analysis: While it's tough to tell where Rodgers' value is going to come from on a weekly basis -- and knowing he's not going to get a ton of opportunity as a backup to Michael Turner -- there's at least a good chance you will get something from Rodgers, as his versatility allows him to gain yards as a receiver or rusher. He has four weeks of five or more Fantasy points, and scored 12 in Week 3 against San Diego. Granted, Rodgers also has two weeks mixed in with nothing to show for his owners, so his value is still limited and vulnerable to fluctuation. Because of this, it's best to keep Rodgers on the bench for now, but if a desperate owner with holes to fill is looking for any help at all, Rodgers could take advantage of the porous Saints defense and threaten double-digit Fantasy points in Week 10.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers showed off his receiving skills in Week 9 against the Cowboys. Rodgers hauled in four receptions for a season-high 53 yards in the 19-13 win, with 31 of those coming on slip screen late in the fourth quarter. However, he was unable to get much done on the ground as Rodgers failed to gain a yard rushing on three attempts. He finished with 53 yards on seven total touches and averaged 7.6 yards each time he touched the ball.
Analysis: Rodgers has proved on more than once occasion this season that he can be productive catching passes out of the backfield as Sunday night marked the fourth time this season he has caught at least four passes. However, Rodgers continues to have problems getting himself going on the ground as he has finished with under 10 yards rushing four times already. Still, that is life as a reserve running back in the NFL as Rodgers' touches continue to vary week to week, which makes it tough to get into a rhythm. Unfortunately, for Fantasy owners, as long as Turner is healthy, this is the role Rodgers will be used in, which makes it tough to view him as a legitimate starting option. Continue to roll with the 22-year-old as merely a handcuff option in most formats heading into Week 10. Atlanta will be at New Orleans next week.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers is hoping to build off his latest performance in Week 9 against the Cowboys. Rodgers rushed for a season-high 60 yards on eight carries in Atlanta's win over the Eagles last week. Dallas enters the contest ranked 10th in run defense, allowing an average of 104.7 rushing yards per game. The Cowboys have surrendered six touchdowns on the ground while yielding an average of 15.6 Fantasy points to opposing RBs thus far.
Analysis: Rodgers continues to serve as Turner's primary backup, which unfortunately limits his touches most weeks. While he did post his second highest number of carries last week, keep in mind the Falcons had built up a big lead by halftime and threw the ball just six times in the second half as they trying to run out the clock. While Rodgers looks to have tools to be a big-time producer in this league, owners should continue to view him as merely a handcuff option heading into Week 9.
News: Falcons backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who had a combined nine offensive touches in his previous two games, got 13 at Philadelphia in Week 8 -- the second-most he's had in a game this season. He had eight carries for 60 yards and caught five passes for 20. His big play came on one of the two carries he had second half, when he found a hole for a 43-yard gain.
Analysis: With Rodgers' speed, it's just a matter of time before he breaks a long one. He finally got enough touches to make it happen in Week 8. During their bye in Week 7, the Falcons resolved to get their running game going, which many thought would mean increasing their emphasis on starter Michael Turner. Well, Turner did have a season-high 24 carries in this game, but Rodgers saw an increase in touches, too. He wasn't used as much in the second half, when the Falcons were running out the clock, but it's clear the Falcons have yet to sour on him or his big-play ability. His contributions will be hard to predict, which is why he's still better served as a handcuff option in Fantasy, but at least he showed he's still relevant for Week 9 against the Cowboys.
News: During the team's Week 7 bye, the Falcons stressed the need to improve the running game. Though the coaching staff didn't suggest it directly, change-of-pace back Jacquizz Rodgers is more a part of the problem than the solution. So far this season, he's averaging 2.5 yards per carry. Thus, he may continue to see a decline in carries Week 8 at Philadelphia. He has a combined five over his last two games after collecting 16 over his previous two. The Eagles rank 14th against the run, allowing 104.5 yards per game, and have surrendered the eighth-fewest Fantasy points per game to running backs this season.
Analysis: The distribution of carries shows that the Falcons realized Michael Turner was their better rusher even before the bye. Going forward, you have to wonder how many opportunities Rodgers will get outside of third-and-long situations. He's a better pass-catcher than Turner, but so far, that's all he's brought to the table. In Fantasy, he's still worth stashing as insurance for Turner, but you wouldn't want to start him this week.
News: On a day when the Falcons offense struggled as a whole, backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers was again hardly a factor Week 6 against the Raiders. He did finish with more touches than the four he had last week, though, rushing two times for minus-2 yards and catching three passes for 21.
Analysis: Two of Rodgers' three receptions came on the Falcons' final drive, when the whole world knew they were going to pass the ball. Otherwise, he wouldn't have necessarily been on the field then. He is the team's preferred receiving option out of the backfield, but he obviously can't line up there every time the Falcons pass. Until he becomes more of a rushing threat, he won't make a worthwhile contribution in Fantasy. He remains more of a handcuff option for Turner owners than anything else. The Falcons are on bye in Week 7 before visiting the Eagles in Week 8.
News: Since he picked up a combined 67 yards on the ground and in the air back in Week 3, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers' role on offense only seems to have decreased. He had a combined four touches -- three carries and one catch -- last week at Washington, and that was with the Falcons emphasizing the short passing game more than usual. Though the Falcons have a favorable matchup Week 6 against a Raiders defense that ranks 24th against the run, allowing 128.5 yards per game, Rodgers may again find himself playing the role of spectator.
Analysis: Rodgers seemed like a good fit for new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's scheme back at the beginning of the season, particularly because of what he could offer in the short passing game, but Michael Turner seems to have won back the lion's share of the workload. Rodgers' big-play potential makes him intriguing still, but he's pretty much just a handcuff option for Turner owners these days. You'd have to be in a pretty desperate situation to start him this week.
News: Coming off back-to-back games with at least 50 combined yards, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers took a step backward Week 5 at Washington. He had only four touches on offense, rushing three times for 4 yards and catching one pass for 8.
Analysis: Even with the Falcons relying on short passes in lieu of a running game early in this one, Rodgers spent most of the game on the sidelines. He had just two targets compared to starting running back Michael Turner's five. Maybe Turner's 60-yard touchdown reception last week earned him a little more trust in the passing game, or maybe the game plan this week just didn't call for much of Rodgers. Whatever the case, Rodgers' disappearance is just another indication that he isn't worth starting in Fantasy as things stand now. He remains primarily a handcuff option for Turner owners heading into Week 6 against the Raiders.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers has yet to put up more than 67 combined yards in a game this season, but of his 163 total yards, 88 have come through the air. The Falcons seem to favor Rodgers over starter Michael Turner in passing situations, which means he could see more time on the field Week 5 at Washington. The Redskins rank 31st against the pass, allowing 326.2 yards per game, so the Falcons figure to throw the ball even more than usual against them.
Analysis: Of course, just because Rodgers will be on the field doesn't mean he'll be putting up numbers. The Falcons have yet to go heavy on the ground game, giving Turner no more than 17 carries in any of their four contests, and what has Rodgers done all that time? Granted, he has a better chance of scoring a touchdown than someone who doesn't play, but he remains just a desperation option in Fantasy.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers wasn't able to find the end zone Week 4 against the Panthers, but he did contribute something on offense, rushing six times for 18 yards and catching four passes for 40. The combined 58 yards were the second-most he's put up in a game this season, after the 67 he put up at San Diego last week.
Analysis: Once again, Rodgers played second fiddle to Michael Turner, who finished with a combined 171 yards of offense. Even on the passing plays, Rodgers wasn't the clear favorite. Turner turned a short little dump pass into a 60-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Rodgers is the shiftier of the two backs -- an attribute that should play well in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's pass-heavy offense -- but so far, it hasn't led to much Fantasy production. Rodgers remains nothing more than a low-end flex option for Week 5 at Washington.
News: During a blowout victory at San Diego last week, Falcons backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers got his biggest opportunity to contribute this season, rushing 10 times for 32 yards and catching five passes for 35 and a touchdown. Considering the matchup between the Falcons and Panthers at Atlanta in Week 4 pits the team with the highest turnover differential against the team with the lowest, the Falcons could once again jump out to an early lead, allowing even more opportunities for Rodgers. And considering the Panthers rank 27th against the run this season, having allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points to running backs, those opportunities should be favorable ones.
Analysis: Even if the Falcons don't jump out to an early lead, Rodgers' receiving ability makes him a regular contributor in new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's pass-heavy scheme. Whether he gets five touches or 15, his Fantasy appeal is mostly dependent on him breaking off a big play. Though his chances of that appear greater this week, he's still just a low-end choice for your flex spot.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers found the end zone for the first time this season in Week 3 against the Chargers. Rodgers was on the receiving end of a screen pass from Matt Ryan, which he took in from 7 yards out in the opening period. He finished with five receptions for 35 yards in the 27-3 win and also racked up another 32 yards on the ground on 10 carries. Rodgers longest gain of the day went for 9 yards and he averaged 4.5 yards each time he touched the ball.
Analysis: Rodgers finished with a season-high 15 total touches Sunday, but most of those -- especially his carries -- came late in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach. Still, the 22-year-old continues to carve out a niche in new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's scheme and has proven he can be a productive option when he sees a healthy number of touches. However, because that isn't the case each week, Rodgers remains more of a handcuff option for Turner at this point in the year. Fantasy owners should continue to view him as such heading into Week 4 against the Panthers. Rodgers has totaled just 57 total yards in two career meetings against Carolina.
News: With starting running back Michael Turner possibly facing in-house discipline following his DUI arrest last week, running back Jacquizz Rodgers could see an increased role in the offense in Week 3 against the Chargers. Rodgers has rushed for just 25 yards on 10 carries through the first two weeks of the season and has yet to find the end zone. The Chargers are allowing an NFL-best 41.5 rushing yards per game thus far. San Diego has yet to surrendered a rushing touchdown while yielding an average of just 8.0 Fantasy points to opposing RBs.
Analysis: The Falcons are apparently still deciding how to handle the Turner situation moving forward, but there some chatter that he could be benched for a portion of Sunday's game in San Diego. That would mean his lost carries would fall into the hands of Rodgers, who only had three rushing attempts in Atlanta's last game. While the 22-year-old has proven in the past to be productive when he sees a healthy number of touches, he will be facing a very stingy Chargers' run defense this week. Even if Rodgers does end up seeing an increased number of snaps Sunday, he should be considered more of a low-end or flex option in deeper leagues.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers did not see many touches in Week 2 against the Broncos. He carried the ball just three times, gaining 3 yards in the 27-21 win. He had a long run of 2 and averaged just 1 yard per carry. Rodgers was also targeted for a pass from Matt Ryan but could not come up with the grab. Rodgers finished third on Atlanta in rushing behind Michael Turner (42 yards) and Ryan (19 yards) in the victory.
Analysis: Rodgers saw seven carries to Turner's 11 in the season opener but that was not the case Monday night. While Atlanta struggled to run the ball all game long, they still stuck with Turner, leaving little for Rodgers. The 22-year-old has proven in the past to be productive when seeing touches so owners will want to monitor the situation going forward. Heading into Week 3 against the Chargers, however, plan on leaving Rodgers on the bench in the majority of Fantasy formats. San Diego ranks first in the league in run defense, giving up fewer than 42 yards per game.
News: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers will likely once again play a major role in Week 2 against the Broncos. Rodgers touched the ball nine times for 35 yards (22 rushing, 13 passing) in Altanta's Week 1 win over the Chiefs while Michael Turner had 11 total touches. The Broncos surrendered 75 yards rushing to the Steelers last Sunday night.
Analysis: Much was made about the distribution of carries between Rodgers and Turner in Week 1 so it will be interesting to see if that holds true moving forward. Most feel it will new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter likes to use short passes instead of running the ball at times. Still, the Falcons aren't just going to stop using Turner -- especially near the goal line -- so don't except Rodgers become the team's go-to back anytime soon. However, he should be in line for around 10 touches Monday night, making him a viable low-end or flex option in deeper formats.
News: Unless you count the 77-yard kickoff return he had in the first quarter, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers didn't make a big impact statistically Week 1 at Kansas City, but he spent plenty of time on the field, validating the Falcons' claims that they would incorporate him more on offense this year. After the team's first drive, Rodgers got as many carries in the game as starter Michael Turner (seven). And when the Falcons went into extreme passing mode in the second quarter, attempting only 13 passes to four runs, Rodgers was the one coming out of the backfield. In all, he had seven carries for 22 yards and two catches for 13.
Analysis: The distribution of workload between the two running backs in Week 1 was certainly an interesting development and may be something that continues in new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's offense, which at times uses short passes instead of runs. Still, Turner has been such a consistent running back over the last four years, actually leading the NFC in rushing last year, that you can't think the Falcons are going to abandon him. Perhaps in games where they jump out to an early lead, they'll take more of a ground-and-pound approach, but when it's close, Rodgers will spend some time on the field. The latter scenario seems more likely when the Peyton Manning-led Broncos come to Atlanta in Week 2, so Rodgers might deserve some looks as a flex option in deeper leagues.
News: With a change in offensive coordinator comes a change in offensive scheme, and a major part of that change in Atlanta is the introduction of the screen pass. The Falcons hadn't utilized it much under Mike Mularkey. But with Dirk Koetter now calling the shots, it's a staple of the offense, and backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers is the primary beneficiary. The Falcons often turned to the shifty back over the bruising Michael Turner in passing situations this preseason, and according to the team's official website, the Falcons are excited to see how it translates to the regular season Week 1 at Kansas City. We do (enjoy it), to change it up, center Todd McClure said. If we get out there and get our blocks, theres potential for a big play.
Analysis: Make no mistake: Rodgers is still just a change-of-pace back to Turner at this stage of his career. But with the emphasis on the screen game, he does have the potential for the occasional big play. Will he pull it off against a defense that ranked 26th against the run last year, allowing 132.0 yards per games? Predicting it would be like finding a needle in a haystack. Good luck to anyone who tries. For now, Rodgers is best served as a handcuff option to Turner. If he ends up taking on more of a role than expected, we'll reassess.
News: ESPN.com reports that the Falcons have big plans for second-year running back Jacquizz Rodgers. The report says Rodgers could play a similar role to what Warrick Dunn used to do in Atlanta as a change-of-pace running back and in passing situations. Jacquizz is not little," coach Mike Smith said. Hes short, but hes thick. People projected him to be a third-down back, a change-of-pace back. I think the guy has the skill set to play on all three downs. One of the things that stood out to me more than anything is his ability to pass protect. A lot of times, your change-of-pace back, youve got to get him the ball and not ask him to be a part of the protection. I dont think thats the case with Jacquizz. I think Jacquizz is an all-around back that can play on all three downs."
Analysis: The Falcons aren't going to bench Michael Turner. Let's make that clear. But they don't want to run him into the ground, especially with lofty playoff aspirations. Rodgers will provide a good change-of-pace option for Turner, and he is worth drafting with a late-round pick in all leagues, especially PPR formats. If he does anything close to what Dunn did then Fantasy owners will be happy with his value with a late-round selection.
News: Falcons running backs coach Gerald Brown told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that second-year running back Jacquizz Rodgers has been impressive and will be worked into the offense this season behind starter Michael Turner. "What he was able to do with not having an offseason, we thought was really good for us and for him to step in and be able to contribute like he did [last season]," Brown said. "This offseason again, we think it can do nothing but make him a better player. Even last year, when we game planned, we made sure that Quizz had some touches because he can do some things in the run and pass game. He's an explosive player and we'll try to get him the ball."
Analysis: Rodgers should end up as the primary backup behind Michael Turner and the change-of-pace back for the Falcons in 2012. Rodgers didn't have a sensational rookie season but did run for 205 yards, catch for 188 yards and score twice -- once rushing and once receiving. Expect Rodgers to get a bump in playing time, and certainly consider him a must-draft running back if you spend an early-round pick on Turner. Rodgers should be attainable with a pick starting in Round 12 in drafts.
News: Atlanta RB Jacquizz Rodgers recorded eight carries for 24 yards and a touchdown during the Falcons' 45-24 victory over Tampa Bay in Week 17. Rodgers reached the end zone on a 1-yard run during the first quarter for the rookie's first career rushing touchdown.
Analysis: Rodgers was emerged as the backup to starting RB Michael Turner as he also is a better pass-catcher than Jason Snelling. The 21-year-old has hauled in at least one pass in five consecutive games and had 188 total receiving yards in the regular season -- nearly matching his output on the ground (205). Fantasy owners should consider Rodgers a marginal RB option in Fantasy playoff formats for the Falcons.
News: Atlanta RB Jacquizz Rodgers did next to nothing in the Week 16 Monday night game at New Orleans. Rodgers rushed just once for minus-1 yard. He added two catches for 19 yards and did not score in the game.
Analysis: With Turner healthy, Rodgers doesn't get much run from the Falcons. Rodgers is an exciting young rookie, but is not a player who is a consistent Fantasy option. Heading into Week 17, the Falcons need to keep winning, so Turner is expected to see the bulk of the work. Rodgers' Fantasy value is low against Tampa Bay Week 17, despite the Buccaneers allowing the most Fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. Rodgers rushed twice for 7 yards Week 3 at Tampa.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers has seen his role improve in recent weeks and should see some touches in Week 16 against the Saints. New Orleans ranks 13th in the league in run defense, giving up nearly 110 yards per contest, and has allowed an average of 17.9 Fantasy points to opposing running backs. When he faced the division foe earlier in the year, Rodgers gained 30 yards on seven carries and also had an 8-yard catch.
Analysis: Rodgers saw more carries than Jason Snelling a week ago and has done a decent job during his rookie campaign. While his role has been limited behind Michael Turner and Snelling on the depth chart, the Falcons like to get him at least a couple of touches a game. He should be able to put up some minimal production on Monday night but plan on leaving Rodgers on the bench in the majority of Fantasy leagues for Week 16.
News: Atlanta rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers didn't do too much with his playing time in Week 15 versus Jacksonville. Starter Michael Turner got the fourth quarter off as the game was very lopsided. Rodgers had eight carries, but gained just 10 yards -- his longest scamper going for 12 yards. He also caught the only pass thrown his way and it was good for 4 yards.
Analysis: In Week 16 the Falcons face the Saints. New Orleans has been allowing 110 rushing yards and given up 10 scores on the ground through the first 13 games of the season. Rodgers is still young and gaining experience. While he's fun to watch on the field he is not yet worth starting in Fantasy leagues.
News: Atlanta has three relatively healthy and contributing running backs heading into Week 15 against Jacksonville on Thursday. The usual suspects Michael Turner and Jason Snelling were joined by rookie Jacquizz Rodgers, who scored his first touchdown on a reception last week at Carolina. The good news is that there could be plenty to go around as the Jaguars are not great against the run. In fact, the opposition's RB has either gone for 100 yards, scored a touchdown or both in four straight games against Jacksonville. Of course, those are the opposition's starting backs and Rodgers is just second or third-string.
Analysis: Rodgers is an elusive back with a lot of speed, but Snelling is a far better blocker for the times that Turner needs a spell. The Falcons could begin to utilize Rodgers more in the passing game and even on some trick plays, but we doubt he's going to give Fantasy owners a full game's worth of running the football. Rodgers has intrigue surrounding him, but is not a recommended Fantasy RB at this time for Week 15.
News: Falcons rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who has been used mostly as a change-of-pace option for starting RB Michael Turner this season, scored his first career touchdown Week 14 at Carolina. But it didn't come on a run. It came on a 31-yard bomb from QB Matt Ryan when Rodgers broke free against a linebacker in the third quarter. The rookie finished with two catches for 39 yards. He also had one run for 4 yards.
Analysis: Rodgers is a speedy little back with big-play potential. He finally broke through with that big play in Week 14, though probably not in the way most Fantasy owners imagined. Because he's not even the clear No. 2 on the depth chart -- Jason Snelling might have a claim to that -- Rodgers belongs on waivers in most Fantasy leagues. But he would have value if something ever happened to Turner.
News: On the road against a Panthers team that ranks 27th against the run, allowing 132.5 yards per game, the Falcons are expected to return to their roots and rely on their running game in Week 14. "Hey, we might run it 50 times," WR Roddy White said. If that's the case, then backup RB Jacquizz Rodgers should get more carries than the combined six he has gotten over his last three games.
Analysis: Rodgers isn't the Falcons' only change-of-pace option for starting RB Michael Turner. Jason Snelling, who splits his time between running back and fullback, could end up being the bigger beneficiary this week. Rodgers' speed makes him a big-play threat, but he's still not enough of a contributor to deserve a starting spot in standard Fantasy leagues.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers continued to play a diminished role Week 13 at Houston, carrying the ball one time for no gain. He also had a 5-yard catch. He has a total of six carries for 21 yards over the last three games after getting a total of 17 for 74 yards in the previous two.
Analysis: Rodgers had a chance of playing a bigger role in Week 13 with starting RB Michael Turner nursing a hamstring injury, but the Falcons leaned on Turner as much as usual. Rodgers is considered a valuable change-of-pace option for Turner, but because he's splitting backup duties with Jason Snelling, he isn't even a clear handcuff option in Fantasy. You should probably leave him on waivers for Week 14 at Carolina.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who has just five carries over his last two games after getting 17 over his previous two, might again play a diminished role Week 13 at Houston. The Texans rank fourth against the run, allowing 92.5 yards per game, so the Falcons might not run the ball enough to give their second-string running back a relevant number of carries.
Analysis: The speedy Rodgers is a good change-of-pace back for the powerful Michael Turner, but he's still the clear backup in Atlanta. As such, his opportunities to contribute in Fantasy are few and far between. Turner is dealing with a bit of a groin injury, so if the Falcons build up a big lead, they could choose to rest their starting running back. Still, the possibility isn't high enough for you to activate Rodgers in Fantasy this week
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers once again played a relatively minor role Week 12 against the Vikings, finishing with three carries for 19 yards and two catches for 12. He has a combined five carries over his last two games after getting a combined 17 in his previous two.
Analysis: Coming out of the bye in Week 8, the Falcons said they wanted to make better use of Rodgers as a change-of-pace option for starting RB Michael Turner, and they did that in Weeks 9 and 10. But they've shied away from it over the last two weeks, making Rodgers once again look like little more than a handcuff option in Fantasy. You shouldn't plan on starting him Week 13 at Houston.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who emerged as a change-of-pace option for starting RB Michael Turner in Weeks 9 and 10, was hardly a factor against the Titans in Week 11, carrying the ball just twice for 2 yards. Part of the problem was that Turner was doing such a good job wearing down the defense that the Falcons didn't want a change of pace. Part of the problem was that Jason Snelling, who recently moved to fullback, got involved in the offense, carrying the ball seven times for 11 yards and catching one pass for 4. Even if Rodgers plays a bigger role in Week 12, he'll be facing a Vikings defense that ranks ninth against the run, allowing 100.7 yards per game.
Analysis: The Vikings did just give up a 100-yard game to RB Michael Bush last week, so their run defense is hardly invulnerable. Against an offense led by a rookie quarterback and likely without star running back Adrian Peterson (ankle), the Falcons still figure to lean heavily on the ground game, so Rodgers might make more of a contribution than the matchup would suggest. Because he also has to contend with Snelling, though, he still isn't an advisable start in Fantasy.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers did not see much action in Week 11 against the Titans. He gained just 2 yards on two carries in the 23-17 win.
Analysis: Rodgers had gained 74 yards on 17 carries over the last two games but he was pretty much a non-factor on Sunday. The carries he had been seeing went to Jason Snelling, so owners should keep an eye on the situation going forward. The rookie could be an interesting player in Fantasy if he had a larger role but heading into Week 12 against the Vikings, continue to view Rodgers as a low-end RB option.
News: After gaining 74 yards on 17 carries over the last two games, Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers could be in line to see more touches in Week 11 against the Titans. Tennessee ranks 22nd in the league in rush defense, giving up over 125 yards per contest, and have allowed an average of 18.4 Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Analysis: Rodgers has seen more carries since Jason Snelling was moved to fullback and has been able to steal some production from starter Michael Turner. The rookie has also shown the ability to make some plays in the passing game and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Keep an eye on how he is used going forward as he could see an increased role down the stretch. But heading into Week 11, consider Rodgers as a No. 4 Fantasy RB or flex option.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who got to play a larger role on offense at Indianapolis in Week 9, carrying the ball 10 times for 44 yards, wasn't quite as much of a factor Week 10 against the Saints. Still, he made his presence known as a change-of-pace option, carrying the ball seven times for 30 yards. He also had an 8-yard catch.
Analysis: The Falcons have made an effort to get Rodgers more involved in the offense in recent weeks, and the rookie will likely continue to spell Turner going forward. Turner is clearly still the workhorse of the offense, though, getting 22 carries against the Saints. Rodgers may be getting more touches on a week-to-week basis than he used to, but his primary Fantasy value remains as a handcuff option to Turner. You wouldn't want to start him when the Falcons host the Titans in Week 11.
News: Falcons rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers got 10 carries for 44 yards -- both season highs -- in relief of Michael Turner during the Falcons' lopsided win at Indianapolis in Week 9. He could be in line for similar numbers against the Saints in Week 10, according to coach Mike Smith. "He's proven that he can run the ball from all of our personnel groupings. He has a much better understanding than when he got here in regards to his protection responsibilities. Jacquizz is becoming the player we envisioned that he would be when we drafted him," Smith said. "He's been a great addition and through the second half of the season, he's another weapon that we'll be able to put out there on the field for our offense."
Analysis: Of course, the Falcons had an easier time getting Rodgers into the lineup last week because they had such a commanding lead. Smith acknowledged that they might have to shy away from that approach against the Saints. "Michael is our No. 1 back, there's no doubt about it, and sometimes if he's getting stronger as the game goes on, it's going to be tough not to give him those carries," Smith said. Sunday's matchup has the potential to be a favorable one for whoever carries the ball. The Saints are allowing an NFL-high 5.3 yards per carry, but then again, their' high-scoring offense usually forces the opposition to play catch-up, eliminating the option of a running game. Rodgers is worth monitoring in Fantasy, but until his exact role on offense becomes clear, he's more of a handcuff option to Turner than anything else.
News: Falcons coach Mike Smith lived up to his promise of getting RB Jacquizz Rodgers more involved in the offense Week 9 at Indianapolis. The rookie ran the ball 10 times for 44 yards -- both season highs. He also caught a 16-yard pass. Starting RB Michael Turner, meanwhile, ran the ball 19 times for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: True, five of Rodgers' carries came in the fourth quarter, when the Falcons had mostly their reserves on the field and were simply trying to run out the clock to preserve the blowout victory. Still, Smith wants to keep Turner fresh for the second half of the season, which means he'll sprinkle in more of Rodgers even in closer games. You shouldn't necessarily expect Rodgers to get 11 touches every week, but he could have some low-end appeal in deeper Fantasy leagues and is looking like the better handcuff option for Turner owners than Jason Snelling at this point. The Falcons host the Saints in Week 10.
News: Coach Mike Smith told reporters on Monday that RB RB Jacquizz Rodgers has proven he can play in the NFL and should see his role expanded moving forward. Rodgers has rushed for 73 yards on 16 carries thus far. We need to make sure that we spread the ball around through the second half of the season. Weve been a little one-sided in terms of whose gotten the majority of the carries," Smith said.
Analysis: Rodgers has seen many touches thus far, although based on Smith's comments, that could change moving froward. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Atlanta will distribute carries among their running backs over the next few weeks. Still, until Rodgers actually starts becoming more involved in the ground game, his value will remain minimal. Consider him merely a low-end emergency option heading into Week 9 against the Colts.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers had only one carry Week 7 at Detroit, but it was a big one. The rookie lunged forward 5 yards on a third-down run late in the fourth quarter, picking up the first down that allowed the Falcons to run out the clock. Rodgers played a bigger role in the passing game, though, catching three passes for 12 yards. He was targeted four times.
Analysis: Rodgers is a speedy little back who could become relevant in Fantasy if starting RB Michael Turner ever suffers an injury. He's not even technically the backup, though. That role belongs to Jason Snelling. Because Rodgers is rarely good for more than two or three touches per game, he belongs on waivers in the majority of Fantasy formats.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers did not see many touches in Week 5 against the Packers. He gained 11 yards on one carry in the 25-14 loss. He was also targeted for one pass but was unable to make the catch.
Analysis: Rodgers continues to see limited work in his rookie campaign as he remains behind Michael Turner and Jason Snelling on the depth chart. While he should continue to see a couple of touches per game, Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much from the 21-year-old. Until his role in the offense improves, continue to view Rodgers as more of a low-end Fantasy RB. Consider him as such heading into Week 6 against the Panthers.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers will be going up against a tough run defense in Week 5 against the Packers. Green Bay ranks second in the league against the run, giving up just 71 yards per game, and have allowed an average of 13 Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Analysis: Rodgers has seen limited work so far in his rookie campaign as he remains behind Michael Turner and Jason Snelling on the depth chart. But with Snelling suffering from concussion-like symptoms, Rodgers could receive more playing time going forward. Keep an eye on the situation going forward and consider Rodgers as more of a low-end No. 4 Fantasy RB or flex option for Week 5.
News: Atlanta RB Jacquizz Rodgers amassed a total of 35 yards, including 25 yards on the ground, during the Falcons' 30-28 victory over Seattle in Week 4 on Sunday. Rodgers received his most touches in a game (seven) as he stepped in for injured RB Jason Snelling as Michael Turner's backup.
Analysis: After carrying the ball just seven times in his first three games, Rodgers had six carries in the first three quarters Sunday to help lighten the load for Turner. The rookie hauled the lone pass in his direction for 10 yards as he remained active in the passing game. With Snelling suffering from concussion-like symptoms, Rodgers could receive more playing time going forward. He's worth a possible addition in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Atlanta RB Jacquizz Rodgers will likely see an increased role in Week 4 at Seattle after backup RB Jason Snelling (concussion) was ruled out for the game. Rodgers filled in for Snelling after he left last Sunday's game and finished with 26 total yards on four touches. His best rushing game this season came in Week 2 against Philadelphia when he piled up 17 yards on three carries in the Falcons' only win of the year.
Analysis: Rodgers, who was Atlanta's fifth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, has been stuck behind RB Michael Turner and Snelling for the first three games of the season. Snelling wasn't producing much as Turner's backup, but the quick Rodgers could find additional targets in the Falcons' passing game. Fantasy owners should track his progress against the Seahawks as he could make for a decent addition in deeper formats.
News: Atlanta RB Jacquizz Rodgers registered two carries for seven yards during the Falcons' 16-13 loss at Tampa Bay in Week 3 on Sunday. Rodgers fared better in the passing game and had two receptions for 19 yards as he earned additional playing time when RB Jason Snelling left with an injury. The rookie collected three targets from QB Matt Ryan in the game.
Analysis: With Snelling's status for Week 4 -- and beyond -- uncertain, Rodgers could be in line for additional carries behind starting RB Michael Turner. The 21-year-old had posted a total of 50 yards, mainly on receiving yards, during his first two games of the season. Fantasy owners should monitor Snelling's status as Rodgers could make for a decent addition in deeper formats.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers did not receive many carries in Week 2 against the Eagles. He gained 17 yards on three touches in the 35-31 win.
Analysis: Rodgers finished second on Atlanta in rushing on Sunday but was almost 100 yards behind the team leader -- Michael Turner. The rookie should continue to see a few carries per game but as long as he is a backup, continue to ignore him in the majority of Fantasy leagues. Rodgers remains a solid handcuff option, though.
News: Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers is not expected to see many carries in Week 2 against the Eagles. Being buried behind Michael Turner and Jason Snelling, he rushed for 0 yards on two carries and caught three passes for 33 yards in Week 1 against the Bears. Philadelphia gave up 154 yards on the ground a week ago and allowed 26 Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Analysis: Rodgers is currently third on the depth chart in Atlanta but provides the Falcons with a nice change-of-pace back from time to time. While the Eagles are susceptible in run defense, Fantasy owners would be wise to leave Rodgers reserved for Week 2. He remains a solid handcuff option, though.
News: In the Falcons Week 1 game at Chicago, RB Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 0 yards on two tries and caught three passes for 33 yards.
Analysis: Rodgers is a peripheral part of the Falcons offense and should typically put up stats like this. Fantasy owners shouldn't trust him for active use when he plays against the Eagles in Week 2.
News: Falcons coach Mike Smith talked about rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers on Monday. We got him a few more reps in the game last week, and that was by design," Smith said. "We want to expose him to some different things this week (in Pittsburgh) as well. I really like how he sees the field.
Analysis: The Falcons did re-sign Jason Snelling, but the Falcons drafted Rodgers because of his explosiveness on offense and want to utilize that on third downs. Michael Turner will still be the workhorse for Atlanta, but Rodgers will get some reps during regular-season games. Plan on drafting Rodgers with a late-round pick in PPR leagues, and his value is higher in keeper and dynasty formats. In rookie-only leagues, Rodgers can be considered a late second-round pick.
News: The Falcons team website reports that rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers will still have a significant role this season even with the return of Jason Snelling as the backup option to Michael Turner. Snellling has served the team in a number of capacities over the years, including catching the ball out of the backfield, a specialty of Rodgers. We envisioned Jacquizz as being a change of pace back when we drafted him, coach Mike Smith said. At the time, we were not sure what our roster was going to look like, because of the uncertainty. Now that we have Jason back, we feel that Jacquizz is going to take that role that we drafted him for, and that was to be a change of pace back. ... Jacquizz is very talented, Smith said. When he gets the ball hes got great vision. Running through the hole he gets his shoulders north and south. He also creates some mismatches out on the perimeter. Thats the reason why we drafted him, and were going to give him every opportunity in these next three to four weeks to show us what he can do. To this point hes done a very nice job.
Analysis: We don't like that Snelling is back, which will hurt Rodgers in his ability to get on the field, but Smith is still fond of him. That says Rodgers could help in passing situations. Plan on drafting Rodgers with a late-round pick in PPR leagues, and his value is higher in keeper and dynasty formats. In rookie-only leagues, Rodgers can be considered a late second-round pick.
News:The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Falcons rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers is already making favorable impressions on the coaching staff. He has shown some explosiveness out here, Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey said of Rodgers. Now, he is a little behind the eight ball because he didnt get a book as Julio (Jones) did. When hes had his opportunities, he has gotten some wows based on some of the things hes done. But hes still got a ways to go, especially with the protections.
Analysis: Rodgers could end up being a steal for the Falcons, who drafted the former Oregon State star in the fifth round. The Falcons could start Rodgers out as the team's third-down back and nice change up from between the tackles workhorse Michael Turner. Continue to track Rodgers' preseason progress. He could be a late-round flier and handcuff option for Turner owners in seasonal formats. Rodgers is also worth a look as a late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and a middle- to late-round pick in rookie-only drafts.
News: The Falcons selected Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers with a fifth-round pick in the NFL draft. Rodgers averaged 1,282 yards rushing and ran for 46 touchdowns in three seasons at Oregon State and should replace Jerious Norwood as a reserve Falcons running back behind Michael Turner and Jason Snelling.
Analysis: Rodgers has only long-term potential since Turner and Snelling have hammerlocks on their roles on the team. We would only take Rodgers with a late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and with a middle- to late-round pick in rookie-only drafts.