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39 Steven Jackson RB
Height/Weight: 6-2/240 | Birthdate: 7/22/1983 | Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV, USA | Team: Atlanta | College: Oregon State | NFL Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 98/63 | Average Draft Position: 65.19
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Devonta Freeman to push Steven Jackson?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/30/2014) Steven Jackson is fully expected to begin the season as the Falcons' primary rusher, but ESPN has seen enough from rookie running back Devonta Freeman to believe that he'll push Jackson enough to make it a camp battle worth watching

Per ESPN, Freeman was drafted with the intention of eventually being a three-down player for the Falcons. But "[i]f he looks as good in pads as he did in shorts, Jackson might have a battle on his hands." 

Jackson will turn 31 before the start of the season and has well over 2,500 career carries. 


'No sweeping changes' to Falcons run game


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) The Falcons' official team website reports that there will be "no sweeping changes" to the team's run game after finishing 32nd in the league in rush yards in 2013. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said there wouldn't be an uptick or a downswing in the number of run plays he calls. Instead, he's expecting new players on the O-line and in the backfield to mesh with the old strategy. 

"We're going to be a better running football team, starting with the offensive line and progressing throughout the team," Koetter said. "We'll be more committed to it."

Steven Jackson is expected to be the starter with rookie Devonta Freeman and vet Jacquizz Rodgers behind him. After having a down year that included missing time with an injury, he says he'll be ready. 

"I've always prided myself on being able to go stronger through the game," he said. "With having favorable boxes, which I anticipate, I think we'll be quite OK."


Falcons still like big back Steven Jackson


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/28/2014) Falcons coach Mike Smith admitted that the running back position was going through a transition "in terms of value." But speaking at the NFL Owners Meeting this week in Orlando, Smith still believes it's important to have a big, physical back, which he has in Steven Jackson

"You've got to be able to run the football and run the football when everybody knows that you're going to do that," Smith said. "And when you're in that situation you've got to have a big back. We felt that Steven was the type of running back that we were looking for. Unfortunately Steven was injured last year and we really didn't get a chance to see what he was capable of doing until the last four or five games. But you've got to have a big back when you've got to get two or three yards or you've got to change your gameplan based on weather, especially late in the season, and you've got to be able to run the football."

Jackson finished last year with 543 yards on 157 carries (3.5 avg.) with six touchdowns in 12 games. He added 33 grabs for 191 yards and another score. 


Mike Smith: We'll see the real S-Jax in 2014


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Falcons coach Mike Smith said an early-season hamstring pull prevented running back Steven Jackson from showing his full talent in 2013. Smith expects a much better running game, bolstered by a stronger offensive line, in 2014.

"I don't think we really got a chance to see what Steven was capable of doing until the last three or four games," Smith said.

Jackson, who turns 31 in July, averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry but scored six touchdowns over the final six games.


Falcons' OC plans bigger commitment to run game, S-Jax


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) The Falcons threw 659 times and ran the ball 321 times in 2013. Playing from behind wasn't the only reason for the imbalance, according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who wants to reduce the disparity significantly.

“We’ve got to commit to the run game a little bit more. That’s something that I can definitely help with,” Koetter told the team's website. “We’ve also got to do a better job of executing in the run game. I don’t feel like we ever really gave Steven Jackson a great chance to get going last year.

“He got hurt in that second game, missed three or four games until he came back. We’ve just got to commit to running the ball more, give it to Steven and that’ll help us get better fast.”


Steven Jackson has quiet season finale


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson had a quiet game in Sunday's season finale against the Panthers in Week 17.

Jackson had 13 carries for 41 yards and five catches for 53 yards on seven targets. He failed to score for the first time in three games.

Jackson is expected to return to Atlanta in 2014, but keep an eye on his status this offseason in case the Falcons decide to go in another direction with their backfield. 


Steven Jackson hopes to stay hot


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/26/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson has played well of late heading into Week 17 against the Panthers. But we don't expect another strong performance against Carolina in this matchup.

The Panthers have been the definition of a lockdown run defense all season with only four touchdowns (three rushing) allowed to running backs and five scoring double digits in Fantasy points. Jackson had 13 carries for 57 yards and three catches for 19 yards in their first meeting in Week 9, and you should expect another game with single digits in Fantasy points in the rematch.

Jackson has been great of late with double digits in Fantasy points in four of his past five games with six touchdowns over that span. But we’re not expecting a big performance with the Panthers trying to lock up the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye.

I would consider Jackson just a flex option this week. You know he'll get the work against the Panthers, but he might not give you the big production that he's posted over the past few weeks because Carolina is so stout against the run.


Steven Jackson finds end zone again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson carried 16 times for 53 yards, a 3.3-yard average, in the loss at San Francisco, but he hammered in his sixth rushing score in the past five weeks.

On the second-quarter play, Jackson bounced off safety Donte Whitner for a 2-yard score, his 62nd career rushing touchdown. Jackson caught both his targets, but for minus-4 yards.

Jackson plays Carolina in Week 17.


Touchdowns keeping Steven Jackson relevant


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson has rushed for five touchdowns, all in the past four weeks. That's what keeps him Fantasy-relevant entering Week 16 at San Francisco.

Jackson is one of five active players with at least 60 rushing scores. (He has 61). But running behind a horrible offensive line at age 30, he's averaging a career-low 3.5 yards per carry. He gained 38 yards on 15 carries last week vs. Washington.

Monday night he'll face a 49ers defense giving up the 10th-fewest Fantasy points (15.3 per game) to running backs. RBs average 3.9 yards per carry against San Francisco and have scored just one touchdown the past four weeks. The 49ers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.

Jackson almost certainly won't threaten that streak, but he's capable of punching in a short touchdown run and making a few catches. Consider him a flex option.


Persistence pays off for Steven Jackson


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson wasn't especially economical with his 15 carries Week 15 against the Redskins, picking up just 38 yards. But he did score twice from inside the 5-yard line, giving him five rushing touchdowns in his last four games.

It wasn't just happenstance either. Of his 15 carries, five came from inside the 5-yard line, which certainly didn't help his yards per carry. He was stuffed on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line midway through the third quarter only to score from 2 yards out after the Falcons intercepted quarterback Kirk Cousins on the first play of the ensuing drive.

Jackson also caught four passes for 5 yards. His six targets were fourth-most on the team. Backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers also caught four passes, gaining 24 yards, but he had just four carries.

The Falcons visit the 49ers in Week 16.


Another favorable matchup for Steven Jackson


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/11/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson -- who has seen a bump in his numbers with favorable matchups in recent weeks, averaging 72.7 rushing yards in his last three games compared to 32.0 in six games prior -- has perhaps his most favorable matchup yet Week 15 against Washington.

The Redskins rank a not-so-telling 18th against the run, allowing 115.3 yards per game, but have given up 19 touchdowns on the ground, most in the NFL. They'e surrendered the second-most Fantasy points to running backs, behind only the Cowboys, and just last week, they got thrashed by the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, who had 159 total yards and two touchdowns in three quarters of play against them.

Granted, Jackson is no Charles, but it's clear the Falcons are trying to involve him in the game plan. With the Redskins turning to backup Kirk Cousins at quarterback this week, it's not like the Falcons will fall behind big, forcing them to pass. Jackson seems like a good bet for solid numbers.

Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank him in their top 12 at running back this week. I don't know that I'd go that far, but on most teams, I'd have trouble finding two running backs I prefer to him.


Falcons stray from Steven Jackson in second half


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Though he helped his team to a 21-10 halftime lead with his nine carries for 55 yards Week 14 at Green Bay, running back Steven Jackson didn't get as many opportunities to contribute in the second half of a game the Falcons ultimately lost 22-21. In all, he had 15 carries for 71 yards and one catch for 9.

It was his third straight game with at least 60 yards rushing but his first without a touchdown during that stretch. Though much of his production came on a 22-yard run that set the Falcons up for a touchdown early in the second quarter, he was by far the team's most effective rusher on the day. Backup Jacquizz Rodgers had seven carries for 14 yards.

Jackson will look to have a steadier performance Week 15 against the Redskins.


Steven Jackson making most of matchups


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/4/2013) After going six games without a touchdown to kick off his first season in Atlanta, Falcons running back Steven Jackson has scored three touchdowns in his last two games, turning in his best performance last week against a Bill defense that had allowed just four rushing touchdowns coming into the game.

Matchups most likely have something to do with Jackson's turnaround. In his first four games back from a hamstring injury beginning in Week 8, he faced the Cardinals, Panthers, Seahawks and Buccaneers, who all rank in the top 15 against the run. In Week 12, he faced the Saints, who rank 16th, and in Week 13, he faced the Bills, who rank 24th.

In Week 14, he visits the Packers, who rank 26th against the run, allowing 125.9 yards per game. They've given up the ninth-most Fantasy points to running backs this season and allowed a combined 211 rushing yards to the Lions' Reggie Bush and Joique Bell last week.

Chances are Jackson won't rush for 211 yards against the Packers, but he should build off his performance of the last two weeks and has a decent chance of finding the end zone again. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him among their top 12 running backs for this week, which is saying something.


Steven Jackson finds the end zone Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson had a nice game against the Bills Week 13.

Jackson ran the ball 23 times for 84 yards and two scores. He nearly had a third score, as the refs overturned a touchdown catch by Harry Douglas, which put the ball on the one yard line. Jackson failed to convert. For his second touchdown, Jackson was able to take advantage of a defensive pass interference penalty, which gave the Falcons the ball on e the one yard line. Despite the strong game, Jackson averaged only 3.7 yards per carry.

Jackson will take on the Packers Week 14.


Steven Jackson facing tough matchup Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson is facing a tough matchup Week 13 against the Bills.

Buffalo has done a good job limiting opposing running backs this season, allowing an average of 14 Fantasy points per game. Through 11 games, the team has allowed just four rushing touchdowns. The team has only allowed two running back to surpass 100 rushing yards in a game this season. 

Jackson hasn't exceeded 100 yards rushing in any game this season. Since returning from his hamstring injury, Jackson has had a tough time putting up big numbers. He is coming off his best game of the season, scoring his first rushing touchdown Week 11. But in four of his last five games, he's averaged under four yards per carry. Considering his struggles and his matchup, he's not a strong Fantasy play. 


Steven Jackson finally punches one in


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson finally scored his first rushing touchdown of the season Thursday, in a 17-13 loss to the Saints in Week 12.

Jackson, playing in his seventh game of the season, rushed for 63 yards on 16 carries in the game, and scored from 1-yard out in the first quarter. He nearly finished without a touchdown yet again, as his score came only after a touchdown was called back via replay review.

Jackson added three receptions for 16 yards, as he was held under 100 all-purpose yards for the sixth straight game. The 30-year-old heads into Week 13 against the Bills with 255 yards and a 3.45 yards-per-carry average, the lowest of his career. 


Steven Jackson still looking for first touchdown


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/20/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson continued his relative washout of a season (Fantasy-wise) in Week 11, with his fourth straight game of 13 or fewer carries and his second in a row with fewer than 45 rushing yards. 

Week 12 brings a matchup against the Saints, who have been up and down against opposing running backs this season -- allowing an average of less than a touchdown per game to running backs, and falling in the middle of the pack of rushing yards allowed. 

The Falcons haven't really shown any signs of kicking the running game into high gear. There's a chance that a Thursday night game on national TV could spur the team into action and have them feeding the ball to their star back, but nothing in this year's numbers suggest that Jackson will even get 15 carries, let alone 25 and a 100-yard game. 

Jackson is capable of big performances, and the Falcons have produced some nice running games this season, but Jackson's a tough start at RB2 until he and the team can prove they're willing to rely on him as a feature back. 


Nothing going for Steven Jackson again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) Though offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter emphasized the need to get Steven Jackson going in the days leading up to Week 11 at Tampa Bay, the Falcons running back quickly became an afterthough in another blowout loss. He carried the ball on the team's first two plays but only three more times in the first half. And though he finished the half with 59 total yards -- 35 on the ground and 24 through the air -- his numbers didn't get much better from there.

In all, he had 11 carries for 41 yards and two catches for 24. The 65 total yards were a dramatic improvement over the 20 he had against the Seahawks last week but still a far cry from what was expected of him when he sign as a free agent this offseason.

The Falcons don't have much in the way of alternatives -- fourth-stringer Antone Smith actually led the team with 88 rushing yards in Week 11, but 50 came on a single carry in garbage time -- so Jackson will have another chance to step up his production Week 12 against the Saints.


Steven Jackson active Sunday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who practiced in full Thursday and Friday after being limited Wednesday by a toe injury, is active for Week 11 at Tampa Bay. He was listed as probable on Friday's injury report.

Jackson has struggled in three games since returning from a hamstring injury, picking up 74 yards on 33 carries.


Steven Jackson probable Week 11


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson is probable Week 11 against Tampa Bay.

Jackson is dealing with a toe injury. After being limited in practice Wednesday, he was able to practice in full Thursday and Friday. He should be good to go Sunday.


Falcons want to rely more on Steven Jackson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson hasn't totaled more than 13 carries or 57 rushing yards in three games since returning from a hamstring injury. Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter would like to change that, which could happen as soon as Week 11 at Tampa Bay, if Atlanta isn't playing from behind.

"My opinion is Steven Jackson is a workhorse running back and we haven't been able to work him," Koetter said, per ESPN. "I mean, I think Steven is one of those guys that gets better the more he touches it. 

"We're not running it successfully enough to get him enough carries. If he's carrying in multiple times, he's going to need to come out and then that's going to lead to [Rodgers] and Jason getting more carries, too. But unfortunately, because we're not doing anything successfully right now and we're getting behind on the scoreboard, [the running game] sometimes gets away from us."


Steven Jackson hoping for more chances


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/12/2013) Falcons running back Steven Jackson continued to disappoint in his third game back from injury Week 10 against the Seahawks, but coach Mike Smith indicated Monday that it wasn't entirely his fault.

"There were times, it just so happened when his number was called, the blocking wasn't what it needed to be. He was hit in the backfield and never really got an opportunity to get him going," Smith said. "I know that Steven is a guy that is stronger as the game goes on. Unfortunately, in the last three weeks, the game has gotten so far out of hand coming out after halftime, we've had to basically ditch the run and start throwing the football."

On the road against a Buccaneers team that they beat in Week 7, the Falcons should have an easier time staying in the game in Week 11. Granted, Tampa Bay has been stingy against the run, allowing 95.8 yards per game, fifth-fewest in the NFL, but Jackson averaged a respectable 4.4 yards per carry against the second-ranked Panthers run defense in Week 9.

Starting him would require a leap of faith at this point, which is why, of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, only Jamey Eisenberg ranks Jackson as an advisable start for 12-team leagues. But if nothing else, Smith's comments should indicate that the motivation to get Jackson going is there if the game unfolds as it should.


Steven Jackson can't take advantage


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/10/2013) Facing a Seattle defense that had given up 200-plus rushing yards in its last two games, Falcons running back Steven Jackson couldn't get anything going Week 10 against the Seahawks. In a departure from their usual game plan, the Falcons handed the ball to him on five of their first 10 plays, but when he gained only 8 yards, they reverted to their usual pass-happy ways. And eventually, they fell so far behind that they had no choice but to pass.

In all, Jackson had nine carries for 11 yards. He also caught three passes (on five targets) for 9 yards. Meanwhile, backup Jacquizz Rodgers always seemed to find a hole when he came in, leading the team with 31 yards on three carries.

Jackson's disappointing showing comes on the heels of an encouraging 13-carry, 57-yard performance at Carolina last week. He'll look to get back on track in what figures to be a more favorable matchup Week 11 at Tampa Bay.


Steven Jackson hoping to take advantage


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/5/2013) Though the Seahawks began the year as dominant as ever against the run, allowing an average of 91.6 yards in their first seven games, they've fallen on hard tiems lately, giving up 200-plus in each of their last two games. They surrendered 158 to Buccaneers backup running back Mike James just last week.

That's nothing but good news for Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who has struggled to get going in two games back from a hamstring injury. Granted, the Falcons are the NFL's worst rushing team and can depart only so much from their usual game plan, but as long as quarterback Matt Ryan doesn't put them in an early hole with a couple more interceptions, Jackson is a good bet to get more touches than usual.

Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura aren't especially optimistic, ranking Jackson outside the top 20 at running back, but if you've stashed him all this time, Week 10 against the Seahawks is looking like the best opportunity yet to get him back in your lineup.


Steven Jackson looks more like himself


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2013) After picking up just 6 yards on 11 carries in his first game back from a hamstring injury last week, Falcons running back Steven Jackson got back to moving the pile Week 9 at Carolina. He didn't get a high number of touches with the Falcons playing from behind for virtually the entire game, but he was productive with the ones he got, carrying the ball 13 times for 57 yards and catching three passes for 19.

Though he got stuffed at the line of scrimmage on a third-and-1 play early in the second half, Jackson showed his trademark ability to extend runs throughout the game, shaking off would-be tacklers to pick 5 yards or more on six of his 13 carries. He also had a tough 2-yard run early in the second quarter that would have resulted in a touchdown if not for a penalty.

Jackson will look to keep it going despite another tough matchup Week 10 against the Seahawks.