Each week, I’ll begin doing a fantasy football column on some of the week’s hottest topics regarding players who could be making a significant impact for your team.
Atlanta Falcons Backfield
Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (center) is tackled by Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (right) and free safety Reshad Jones (left) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Now that the Atlanta Falcons have officially ruled out running back Steven Jackson, that means the touches for Jacquizz Rodgers figure to be as a high as any RB will get this week. Part of that also has to do with the fact that Jason Snelling is also dealing with a concussion, so even if he does play Sunday, his carries may be limited vs the physical Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith did say this week Snelling looks to be on track for a return after suffering a concussion in the last game against the New York Jets on Oct. 7. Before his exit, Snelling took part in 20 offensive snaps and scored on a four-yard shovel pass from quarterback Matt Ryan.
But one can’t forget that the majority of those snaps came while the Falcons were struggling to produce any offense against the Jets, and once Rodgers entered the game as he scored on second-half runs of 4 and 19 yards, and finished with 43 yards on 14 carries while catching all four of his targets for 15 yards.
At worst, he’ll put up those numbers against the Buccaneers this week, and with receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones both out, don’t be surprised to see Ryan target Rodgers early and often out of the backfield.
And at this point, the Falcons may even be forced to line Rodgers up at receiver, making him one of the top sleeper FLEX plays this week. He’s certainly an RB-2 in PPR leagues.