Breaking News – Steven Jackson’s tenure as the St. Louis Rams running back is over after a nine-year run. He has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons which is expected to be for three years.
NFL Impact – The Rams offense is just in shambles right now. The group, which struggled mightily in 2012, has lost their two best talents in Jackson and wide receiver Danny Amendola in the last 48 hours. Putting into account tha the rest of the NFC West is upgrading their teams talent big time, it probably will be a very long year for St. Louis fans.
The Falcons offense on the other hand, which was already one of the most high-powered in the NFL gains the veteran running back. Jackson joins a group that is led by quarterback Matt Ryan and is led by tight end Tony Gonzalez and wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones.
The move catapults the Falcons offense into arguably the best in the league. The Green Bay Packers on the other hand, the hot rumored team a few days ago to land Jackson’s services, reportedly believes that they were used to push up Jackson’s asking price and then parlayed that into a better deal with Atlanta.
Fantasy Spin – While turning 30, Jackson is expected to remain one of the better options at the running back position in fantasy football. SJax has had an impressive stretch of years that has seen him rack of plenty of all-purpose yardage while averaging just over 5 touchdowns a season. A weapon both running the ball as well as being a receiver out of the backfield, Jackson should fit into the Falcons offense perfectly.
At a position that is being weakened by the year due to the dreaded RBBC, Running Back By Committee, Jackson should be expected to perform as a very solid RB2 in deeper fantasy leagues. Despite some probable time-sharing with change-of-pace back Jacquizz Rodgers, it is safe to put a value on him around the latter part of the second, earlier part of the third round.
The one thing though to watch is how many yards Jackson actually gets to put up. Being the main man in St. Louis was one thing, but in Atlanta he will be just one of the boys. While his touch opportunities probably will go down, his touchdown opportunities will rise. As long as no one vultures his pay dirt visits, all should be well in fantasy land.