If you are a fantasy football owner with St. Louis Rams’ running back Steven Jackson on your roster, it may officially be time to wave the white flag. His lack of elite level production to date has been discouraging enough, but the fact that it now looks as if rookie Daryl Richardson will be sharing carries with him for the remainder of the season is a tough pill to swallow. Just what will Richardson’s newfound role in the Rams’ offense mean for Jackson moving forward?
It’s easy to dismiss a veteran back who has seen the writing on the wall with the team restructuring his contract to include an opt-out clause following this season already. Still Jackson is the workhorse in the Rams’ backfield and until Richardson proves that he can shoulder the load for 25-30 carries a game, Jackson will be involved. Given his style of running as a bruiser, you can still expect him to get his fair share of opportunities to find the end zone as well.
With the Rams finally eclipsing the century mark running the ball as a team on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins (the league’s stingiest rushing defense), one would have to think that the timeshare arrangement between Richardson and Jackson will continue. Head Coach Jeff Fisher loves to run the rock and having two capable backs in a thunder and lightning mold will only provide the Rams with more flexibility on offense.
As far as fantasy value goes however, Jackson is falling off of the map as a number one running option and quickly into the muck of a number two or even a flex play. We’ve all seen this movie before where the aging running back is casually swept under the rug by the team that he has spent his entire career with. We know how this one ends. If you have Jackson on your fantasy team, sit tight and hope for the best because he doesn’t have much value at this point anyway. For the Rams as a team however, this development is a huge positive as they have a two-headed rushing attack to help support quarterback Sam Bradford and a somewhat inept passing game.
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