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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%: 97/46 | Average Draft Position: 103.35
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Falcons' Steven Jackson records third TD in his last four games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson recorded his third rushing touchdown in his last four games and tallied his fifth rushing touchdown this season during a 26-24 loss Week 12 vs. Cleveland. He now has 67 career rushing touchdowns.

Jackson had a team-high 34 rushing yards on 13 carries, while adding two catches for 17 yards. He was able to cut the Cleveland deficit to 23-21 with a 1-yard touchdown run with 9:31 left in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons are back in action Week 13 vs. Arizona.


Falcons skill position standouts Jones, Jackson back to work


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Falcons wideout Julio Jones and running back Steven Jackson returned to practice Friday, ESPN.com has reported. Both had missed time due to illness and should be fine for the Week 12 game against Cleveland.

Falcons RB Steven Jackson out sick Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson missed Thursday's practice with an illness, coach Mike Smith told reporters. Atlanta hosts the Browns on Sunday.

Steven Jackson, Devonta Freeman held in check Week 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Falcons running backs Steven Jackson and Devonta Freeman were both held in check, as the compiled 69 rushing yards in Sunday's 19-17 victory over the Panthers in Week 11.

Jackson was the primary back and was limited to six carries for 18 yards on the ground in the first half. He finished the game with 41 yards on 17 carries. He caught two of three targets for 6 yards.

Freeman rushed for 28 yards on six attempts. He was not targeted in the passing game.

The Falcons will face the Browns in Week 12.


Spry Steven Jackson posts best game of the year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson 31, flashed back to an earlier time in his career in Sunday's win at Tampa Bay. Jackson rumbled for a season-high 81 yards on 16 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and caught both his targets for 14 yards.

Jackson averaged a season-best 5.1 yards per carry and looked fresher than he had in weeks. It helped that Atlanta was coming off its bye.

Jackson will try to keep it going Week 11 at Carolina.


Matchup not a big deal for Steven Jackson


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2014) CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both really like Steven Jackson in Week 10, ranking him among their top 15 running backs, and presumably, the matchup has a lot to do with it. The Falcons are at the Buccaneers, who rank 18th against the run, allowing 114.6 yards per game, and have given up the 10th-most Fantasy points per game to running backs.

Plus, at 1-7, they're just kind of a pushover, so if the Falcons jump out to an early lead, as happened in their earlier meeting in Week 3, they'll presumably spend much of the game running out the clock.

Problem is Jackson may not be the one to do it. The Falcons have four running backs who they actually use, remember, so chances are if they do jump out to an early lead and do choose to run out the clock thereafter, much of that task would fall to Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and even Antone Smith.

As a plodding runner in a crowded backfield of a pass-first team, Jackson's upside is probably too limited to make him a top-15 running back any week. He may have a better chance of scoring a touchdown this week in most, but since his value depends on it, he's still a risky play in Fantasy.


Not enough reasons to buy Steven Jackson


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson had his best rushing performance of the season Week 8 against the Lions in London, when he ran for ... all of 60 yards.

But wait, he also scored a touchdown, just his third of the season. And his 18 carries were also a season high.

So ... 3.3 yards per carry is all it takes to get us excited these days?

That's how far Jackson has fallen in Fantasy. Compared to just about every other game he's had this year, this one seems like something to celebrate, but if he hadn't scored that touchdown, you would have been as disappointed as ever. In standard CBSSports.com leagues, he would have had just six Fantasy points, and by only a yard at that. And he wasn't at all involved in the passing game.

That's part of the problem as well. The Falcons have four different running backs they like to use, and they're not even a run-first team. Their favorite way to use Jackson is when the scoreboard allows them to play ball control, which was the case in Week 8, when they led until the Lions' go-ahead field goal as time expired. But at 2-6, they're not often able to do that.


Falcons RB Steven Jackson scores, reaches another milestone


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson became the 19th player in NFL history to eclipse the 11,000-yard mark on the ground in Week 8 against the Lions.

Jackson also scored his third touchdown of the season, barreling into the end zone from 1-yard out in the second quarter of a 22-21 defeat. Jackson took 18 handoffs for 60 yards and a score, averaging 3.3 yards per attempt. He was not targeted in the passing game.

The Falcons are on a bye Week 9 before returning Week 10 at Tampa Bay.


It's only getting worse for Steven Jackson


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2014) When Falcons running back Steven Jackson averaged 47.6 rushing yards in his first five games, it was bad. His Fantasy owners were by and large displeased.

So now that he's averaged 23.5 rushing yards in his last three games, where does that leave him? After the disappointment that was his 2013 season, how could he possibly redeem himself in Fantasy?

How indeed. It's one of those questions that doesn't need to be answered because you already know the answer. The Falcons' offensive line is in tatters. Their defense was never good to begin with. They're falling behind and struggling to keep up. The need for a volume running back -- the kind that eats up clock with a consistent 3 to 4 yards -- has dwindled to almost nothing.

It's not like Jackson has become less effective. The Falcons just aren't giving him the ball as much. He's gotten fewer than 10 carries in each of last two games after averaging 12.6 over his first five. And with Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith all better at catching the ball out of the backfield, that may not change.

You shouldn't plan on starting Jackson anytime soon, and you wouldn't be wrong to rid yourself of him altogether.


Falcons don't get much production from RBs in Week 7 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Falcons didn't get a lot of production from their running backs during a 29-7 loss Week 7 at Baltimore.

Starter Steven Jackson led the way with 22 rushing yards on eight carries. Devonta Freeman was second with 20 rushing yards on two carries, Antone Smith was third on the team with 10 rushing yards on three carries and Jacquizz Rodgers added 9 rushing yards on two carries.

Freeman was the most-active running back in the passing game, totaling five catches for 17 yards. Jackson and Rodgers each had one catch for 3 yards, while Smith had two catches for minus-1 yard.

The Falcons are back in action Week 8 vs. Detroit.


Steven Jackson unlikely to succeed in tough matchup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson is likely to see a larger role in the offense moving forward than he did in Week 6 when he logged a season-low six touches. However, that doesn't mean he is likely find success in Week 7, with a tough matchup against the Ravens on the way.

Jackson has topped double figures in Fantasy scoring just twice in six games, and seems unlikely to turn that trend around Sunday. The Ravens have allowed just two running backs to reach double figures this season, with none doing so over the last three games.

Jackson's value relies mostly on his ability to get into the end zone, and the Ravens have held running backs out of there in five of six games so far this season. He might sneak in a goal-line carry, but Jackson simply cannot be relied upon in most Fantasy formats for Week 7. 


Steven Jackson leads limited Falcons rushing attack in Week 6


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson rushed for 25 yards on just six carries in his team's 27-13 loss to the Bears in Week 6.

Despite the Falcons keeping the game close until the middle of the fourth quarter, the offense more or less ignored the rushing attack, with Jackson's three running mates combining for 17 yards on five carries throughout the game. Jackson had managed at least 12 touches and 50 yards in each of his first five games before seeing a limited workload against the Bears. He'll look to get on track in Week 7 against the Dolphins.


Steven Jackson looking to continue scoring touch


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) With touchdowns in two of his last three games, Falcons running back Steven Jackson has been a useful Fantasy option recently. However, that might not last in Week 6, with the Bears on the schedule.

Jackson has topped double figures in Fantasy scoring twice in three games, almost entirely due to his first two touchdowns of the season. That is no sure bet to continue in Week 6, as the Bears have allowed just three touchdowns to running backs on the ground this season, while holding each of their last four opponents below 100 yards.

Jackson is pretty much only useful for Fantasy purposes if he gets goal-line work at this point. In the three games he has failed to score a touchdown, he has just 14 points combined. Jackson is a worthwhile starter, but a pretty unexciting one for Week 6.  


Steven Jackson gets more involved through air


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/5/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson again wasn't anything special on the ground Week 5 at the Giants, actually finishing with a season-low 37 yards on 13 carries. But because of his contributions in the passing game, he put together his best Fantasy performance to date.

Granted, his 10-yard touchdown run -- his second score of the season -- had a lot to do with it, but his five catches for 37 yards more the doubled his season total in both categories.

Frankly, there's no good reason for it. Jackson was one of the better pass-catching backs in the game during his time with St. Louis, but the Falcons haven't really made use of that ability this season. If that changes, he'll have renewed value, particularly in points-per-reception leagues, but for now, I'm continuing to think of him as a flex option at best.

After all, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman aren't so bad at catching the ball either. Jackson could get pushed aside for them again Week 6 vs. Chicago.


Falcons' Steven Jackson scores for second time in three games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Falcons veteran running back Steven Jackson scored for the second time in three games during a 30-20 loss Week 5 at N.Y. Giants. Jackson totaled a season-low 37 rushing yards on 13 carries, while adding five catches for 37 yards.

Jackson tied the game at 7 with a 10-yard rushing touchdown with 1:57 left in the first quarter. It was his 64th career rushing touchdown.

The Falcons are back in action Week 6 vs. Chicago.


Steven Jackson doesn't get much done Week 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson failed to get much done Week 4 against the Vikings.

Jackson led the team with 13 carries, but only gained 49 yards. Jackson actually had a chance to score in the second quarter, but the play was reversed. The official ruled Jackson was down before breaking the plane. While the team could have run Jackson on the next play, they instead opted to pass for the touchdown. Jackson's longest run of the day went for 11 yards. He also had two receptions for 13 yards. 

Jackson will take on the Giants Week 5. 


Steven Jackson looking for the end zone in Week 4


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) The Falcons have been able to manage Steven Jackson's workload through three games, and the results have been encouraging. The 31-year-old is on pace for his lowest carries-per-game mark since his rookie season, and has rebounded from a career-worst showing to average 4.1 yards per carry so far.

He will look to keep that going in Week 4 against the Vikings, who have been hurt by running backs recently. After limited the Rams' backs to just 9 Fantasy points in Week 1, the Patriots and Saints' backs have racked up 40 points over the last two. Both teams have been able to lean on their running games heavily after jumping out to early leads, and have seen both starting running backs find the end zone as a result.

Jackson is far removed from his days as an elite Fantasy running back, but he still has his uses in this limited role. The Falcons have had no trouble moving the ball this season, so he could look to extend the Vikings' streak of allowing a rushing touchdown to three games. Jamey Eisenberg has Jackson ranked 19th among running backs for Week 4, on the expectation that he will find the end zone. I tend to agree. 


Steven Jackson runs one in Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson managed to run in a score Thursday against the Falcons.

Jackson didn't get a ton of work, as the Falcons took a commanding lead early. He ran the ball 14 times for 54 yards. He scored his only touchdown in the third quarter. With the team already up 49-0, Jackson managed to pick up a 2 yard score. The run was impressive, as Jackson broke two or three tackles on the play. The team then went to other backs, opting to keep Jackson fresh.

Jackson will take on the Vikings Week 4. 


Steven Jackson a strong Week 3 option


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) There probably aren't going to be many weeks where we recommend Steven Jackson as a starter, but this is a safe spot to trust him.

It's a short week, which means a tired defense, and the Bucs just had to deal with 25 carries from the Rams. Jackson has actually run well through two games against New Orleans and Cincinnati and is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, but his workload has been minimal with just 23 total carries.

He will lose playing time to Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith, but Jackson should have the best chance to score. It helps Jackson's cause that Tampa Bay could be without three starting defensive linemen with Adrian Clayborn (biceps), Gerald McCoy (hand) and Michael Johnson (ankle) all banged up.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


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.