Fantasy Football Impact: St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson
There hasn’t been much in terms of consistency from the St. Louis Rams aside from losing over the past handful of seasons, but running back Steven Jackson has been the lone exception. His ability to compile statistics while his team still struggles to win football games is an astounding feat that often defies logic considering the amount of time the Rams are trailing in any given game.
Fantasy football owners have at least been the beneficiaries of Jackson’s solid play and given the fact that his new Head Coach Jeff Fisher is likely to run the ball more rather than less expect that trend of success to continue. Durability is a trait that cannot be taught and Jackson clearly has that having missed just 11 games during the past seven seasons. That stretch has seen him eclipse the 1,000 yard mark in each of those seven years as well, a feat that has not been equaled by any other back during that timeframe.
Fisher’s track record with running backs from Eddie George to Chris Johnson has to excite fantasy owners that the best may actually be yet to come from Jackson who turns 29 in just a few days on Sunday. His age hasn’t seemed to slow him down a bit however even though the magical age of 30 seems to be where most backs hit the proverbial wall. Perhaps his 6’2” 240lbs. frame has something to do with that as he is generally the one handing out the punishment in most collisions.
While it might not seem possible, Jackson appears primed for his best season yet in 2012 and that could provide fantasy gold for his owners. Most expect that he may be available into the third round of most fantasy league drafts and that would be quite a steal for a back of his caliber.
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