Last season the St Louis Rams depended on running-back Steven Jackson and he didn’t disappoint. Jackson produced his eighth consecutive season with over 1000 yards on the ground.
Jackson now joins the Atlanta Falcons who were a game away from reaching the Super Bowl last season. Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter must be salivating over the addition of Jackson to his high scoring offense.
Koetter was the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars and often gave opposing defenses a heavy dose of Maurice Jones Drew. Jones Drew had multiple years of heavy production under Koetter and led to his name being called in the first round of many fantasy football drafts.
Jackson posses a rare combination of speed, size, power, and finesse that is all in one package. Jackson is one of the NFL’s best running-backs and seldom unrecognized for his ability to be both elusive as Barry Sanders and smash mouth as Walter Peyton.
Jackson will turn thirty this season but don’t let his age cloud your thinking. Jackson is still in his prime but the clock is ticking.
Jackson’s one disadvantage is his endzone carries or lack of but that isn’t his fault alone as the Rams often elected to pass first instead of run. Most fantasy football fanatics don’t find that very comforting as it seldom seen as the players fault instead of a lack of creativity by the offensive coordinator. Jackson is simply one of those players that was never used in the way he was intended.
Jackson was drafted during the end of the Mike Martz era in St Louis but had his best fantasy season was under head coach Scott Linehan. After a serious of revolving door coaches it’s amazing that Jackson has been as productive as he is since the playbook is constantly being overhauled.
Jackson should be as productive as ever in Atlanta and look him to receive the endzone carries he was missing in St Louis.
CBSsports has Jackson ranked as a high two possible third round selection and that may be his best overall value. Jackson may slip past the first three rounds making him a no brainer in the fourth round but waiting too long could mean missing out on a possible comeback player of the year.