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|After a moderately successful rookie season in which he ran for 205 yards and caught 21 passes for 188 yards, Rodgers is slated for an expanded role in the Falcons offense in 2012. The question is how expanded will his role become? The Falcons 5th round pick in the 2011 draft, Rodgers lacks ideal size (5í6Ē, 196 pounds) to assume a heavy workload in the teamís offense and with Michael Turner doing the heavy lifting, Rodgers will likely get 6-8 touches per game. Thatís not enough to make him a useful fantasy option. Even if Turner were to be lost to injury, Rodgers would almost certainly split the workload with Jason Snelling with Snelling assuming the short yardage role. While some are predicting a Darren Sproles type role for Rodgers, he lacks the speed that Sproles possesses. Do you get the feeling Iím not excited at the prospect of Rodgers having an expanded role? Heís a lower tier RB4 with more appeal in larger PPR leagues that employ the flex position.
| Steven Jackson to return to practice -- Mon Oct 21 3:30 pm --|
Sidelined four games with hamstring injury
|Steven Jackson is set to return to practice on Wednesday, HC Mike Smith said on Monday. Jackson has been out with a hamstring injury since Sept. 15. He suffered the injury in the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams in Week 2 of the season. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Atlanta may be engaging in some misinformation regarding Jackson, who reportedly had a setback last week. Jacquizz Rodgers has improved immensely over the last 1-2 seasons and has carved himself out a decent part-time role even when Jackson returns, but he cannot carry the ground game like the ex-Ram can. Once Jackson proves his health, expect him to resume a 20-touch role in the Falcons' shorthanded offense.
| Steven Jackson may miss 2-4 weeks -- Tue Sep 17 12:10 pm --|
Falcons RB dealing with quad injury
|A person informed of the injury tells NFL Media insider's Ian Rapoport that Steven Jackson might miss 2-4 weeks with a thigh injury. The 30-year-old is officially viewed as "week-to-week." With Jackson out, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will likely split backfield duties. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: "Week to week" is a good indication that Jackson is all but out for Week 3 and likely longer. The Falcons face the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets before having a bye in Week 6. In the meantime a RBBC will be in place with Rodgers and Snelling. Rodgers will be slightly higher value in PPR leagues but neither back is going to be better than a flex-play given the pass-first offensive philosophy.