by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
According to Ian Rapoport (via Twitter):
“More not-so-great news for the #Falcons? RB Steven Jackson (thigh) may miss 2-4 weeks, source says. Officially viewed as week-to-week though”
While this should open the door for Jacquizz Rodgers, it’s not like he has taken advantage of such opportunities in the past. In Week 2 he mustered just 17 yards on 11 carries. In fact, he has failed to impress throughout his career:
- 2011 – 57 carries for 205 yards (3.6 average)
- 2012 – 94 carrier for 362 yards (3.9 average)
That said, there is little doubt that he’s going to be the lead back with Jackson out as the other options of Jason Snelling, Josh Vaughan and Antone Smith hardly excite anyone. They may get touches (most notably Snelling), but if there was a back to target here it would be Rodgers.
If is the key word for Week 3, as the Falcons face a tough defense in the Miami Dolphins. In other words, couple his history with the matchup and he’s a FLEX option, at best, in standard formats.
PPR leagues are a bit different, however, as Rodgers has proven to be a viable receiving threat. He had 53 receptions a year ago and already has five in two games this year. We have to figure that the Falcons will go pass heavy, giving him a little more value.
I still wouldn’t consider Rodgers more than a FLEX option, but he’s a few spots higher in PPR leagues.
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