The Atlanta Falcons look like their offense will be quite special in 2013. With the two Pro Bowl wideouts in Julio Jones and Roddy White on the outside, Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan under center and all-time great tight end Tony Gonzalez, the Falcons have the potential to put up some serious points this season.
Let’s not forget newly-signed running back Steven Jackson coming over from the St. Louis Rams. Jackson will finally give the Falcons what they thought they had in Michael Turner — a true feature back. While Jackson will be a valuable asset along with the aforementioned studs, his presence could now spell trouble for another young back.
Second-year pro Jacquizz Rodgers came into last year as a fantasy football sleeper. There was a lot of buzz around the Falcons potentially using a two-back system like many other teams in the NFL. But, Rodgers wound up averaging less than six carries per game in 2012 and didn’t get nearly enough touches to merit a serious fantasy value.
This season, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter plans to get Jackson the ball a lot more than Rodgers. In fact, the way he’s spoken about Rodgers makes me believe that he will be someone to avoid in your draft coming up shortly. Koetter has said that he still wants to get Rodgers the ball even if it means on kickoff returns, according to Rotoworld.
With that said, Rodgers is definitely a guy to avoid in drafts this year. There are far better second-string backs to look at this season such as Giovani Bernard or Michael Bush. Rodgers will see little action unless Jackson somehow goes down due to injury — God forbid. Stay away from the second-year back and look elsewhere for your deep sleepers in 2013.