With Steven Jackson‘s free-agent signing with the Atlanta Falcons, let’s take a look at his fantasy prospects in 2013.
From Adam Rainbolt (@adamrainbolt);
In sports, we love the story of the team that can’t quite make it over the hump. The 2012 Atlanta Falcons won 13 regular-season games and lost a close one in the NFC Championship Game to the 49ers. We also love the teams that add a few new parts to make another run; precisely what Atlanta did by adding Steven Jackson and talking Tony Gonzalez into coming back for one more tilt. Are the 2013 Falcons built for another amazing regular season or a Super Bowl-winning season?
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On paper, Steven Jackson will replace jettisoned Michael Turner (800-10), while third-year man Jacquizz Rodgers will continue to develop into a versatile offensive weapon, despite his diminutive stature. As he has done throughout his career, Jackson will be a reliable work-horse back with excellent blocking skills. It will be interesting to see how much the Falcons throw to Jackson, as they tossed it to Rodgers 53 times last season, an aspect of the game where Jackson is very good as well.
Adam’s Prediction (3/26/2013): Rushing: 1,250 yards, 8 TDs and Receiving: 300 yards, 2 TD, a minimum Top-12 runningback
From Regan Yant (@reganfp);
Finally my cohort and I are in almost complete agreement! Bringing in Steven Jackson to replace the plodding, concrete feet of Michael Turner should pay major dividends for this team, which is looking at an NFC that is loaded with atleast four to five teams that I could see advancing to the Super Bowl.
Jackson has rushed for over 1,000 yards in every year of his career with the exception of his rookie season, and has averaged 45 receptions a year in his career. That bodes well for his chances of staying on the field on third downs, where Turner would be replaced by Rodgers. Jackson also has excellent blocking skills for a running back, which also will be great in this pass first offense. I’m expecting a rejuvenated Jackson to be just on the outside of the Top-10 running backs. He will be a low-end RB1 and a high end RB2 for any team this year, a great 2nd-3rd round pick in redraft leagues.
Regan’s Prediction (3/19/2013): 1,400 total yards, 11 TDs, ranking 11-13 range for the year