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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%: 90/17 | Average Draft Position: 103.35
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Steven Jackson finds carries hard to come by


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) For the second straight game, running back Steven Jackson established himself as far and away the Falcons' preferred rusher Week 2 at Cincinnati, leading the team with 11 carries.

But it was only 11 carries. Even though he did pretty well with those 11 carries, having five of 5 yards or more, it amounted to only 46 yards. He also had one catch for 7 yards.

Quarterback Matt Ryan was the team's second leading rusher with 28 yards on three carries. Jacquizz Rodgers was the only other player to run the ball, picking up 23 yards on five carries.

Though the Falcons were trailing by multiple scores in the second half, necessitating the pass, Jackson's carries were distributed almost evenly between the two halves. In 14 games as a Falcon, he has only once carried the ball 20 times.

The Falcons won't have as much time to game plan in Week 3 with the Buccaneers coming to town Thursday night, which could work to Jackson's advantage. He'll likely still lose some carries to Rodgers, though.


Steven Jackson decent, but shares carries


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Though 31 and coming off a career-worst season in which he was limited by injury, Falcons running back Steven Jackson showed he still has something left in the tank Week 1 against the Saints, punishing defenders with his especially physical style of running en route to 52 yards on 12 carries.

The problem was it was only 12 carries. Meanwhile, Jacquizz Rodgers had six for 34 yards, including the Falcons' lone rushing touchdown, Devonta Freeman had two for 15 yards, and Antone Smith had two for 7 yards.

Jackson was also the least effective of the four in the passing game. Though he was targeted three times, he caught only one pass for no gain.

He'll try to break free of the tandem and find the end zone Week 2 at the Bengals, who gave up a rushing touchdown to the Ravens' Justin Forsett in Week 1.


Steven Jackson ready to go for Week 1


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who missed most of training camp nursing a hamstring problem, says he's amped up to face the Saints on Sunday.

"I'm extremely excited for Week 1," he told the team's website. "It's been a training camp that I missed the majority of the time, but I've been working hard physically and mentally to prepare for this coming Sunday. I feel good about it."


Steven Jackson psyched for Week 1


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/2/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson may have missed the entire preseason with a hamstring injury, but that doesn't mean he isn't looking forward to taking on the Saints in the season opener Sunday.

"I'm extremely excited for Week 1," Jackson told the team's official website Tuesday. "It's been a training camp that I missed the majority of the time, but I've been working hard physically and mentally to prepare for this coming Sunday; I feel good about it."

Though he was plagued last year by hamstring problems as well, Jackson managed to play both of the Falcons' games against the Saints, and they were two of his better ones. He had 77 yards on 11 carries and 45 on five catches in the first one and 63 yards on 16 carries and 16 on three catches in the second. Of course, that was without Devonta Freeman breathing down his neck. The rookie from Florida State had a strong preseason filling in for Jackson, rushing 32 times for 134 yards and catching 11 passes for 146.

Jackson is still expected to carry the load for the Falcons, yet because he's at less than 100 percent and facing some competition from within, neither Jamey Eisenberg nor Dave Richard ranks him as a top-30 running back this week even though the Saints allowed the 14th-most rushing yards per game (111.6) and the fifth-most yards per carry (4.6) last season.


Steven Jackson returns to practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who had been out since the start of camp with a hamstring injury, returned to practice Monday, reports the team's website. Jackson had been working on the side doing rehab and conditioning.

Hamstring issue still sidelines Steven Jackson on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Falcons veteran running back Steven Jackson remains out of practice Thursday. He has been nursing a hamstring injury, but is still on target to be ready for the regular season opener against New Orleans.

Steven Jackson might return to practice 'soon'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Falcons coach Mike Smith said running back Steven Jackson has increased his rehab and conditioning work with trainers could return to practice "soon," reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Smith reiterated that Jackson, who has a hamstring injury, is on track to play in the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against New Orleans.

"We are encouraged by what he has done over on that side with athletic performance [trainers]," Smith said.


S-Jax continues to work on the side


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson "did some work off to the side" Wednesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. There's no timetable for Jackson's return from his hamstring issue, but coach Mike Smith has said he'll be ready for the season opener.

Steven Jackson working on the side


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) worked with the training staff on a side field Monday, reports ESPN.com. The team has provided no timetable for Jackson's return.

Steven Jackson out with hamstring injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson missed practice Tuesday with a hamstring injury he suffered Monday, the team announced. Coach Mike Smith provided no timetable for Jackson's return, other than to say he'll be ready for the season opener.

Smith said Jackson hurt his left hamstring; last year, Jackson was plagued by a right hamstring injury.


Steven Jackson misses practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson missed Tuesday's practice, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The team has not said whether Jackson is hurt or just getting a day off.

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.