Since it’s been confirmed that Falcons running back Steven Jackson will be out 2 to 4 weeks with a thigh injury, fantasy owners are scrambling to find another running back to fill his slot in their stating lineups. Though many owners have a backup plan ready on their bench, the situation leaves the possibility of a fantasy-relevant option in Atlanta.
The two running backs that should get a majority of Jackon’s work are Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling. It will probably be a time-share situation, but Rodgers will likely get the greater end of the split.
Rodgers is known for his good speed and explosiveness. He’s a shifty runner that has an impressive ability to change directions. He has plenty of talent, but his 5’6” size has held him back before. He’s averaged 3.6 yards per carry in his 3 year NFL career, but this is his first opportunity at a high volume of carries. If he can find the right holes, he can make big plays that should bolster his yardage total.
Snelling is not likely to rack up a significant amount of yards or make any huge plays, as he averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in 2012. Yet, he will be called on to push through the pile in goal line situations. Therefore, he has a nice shot of scoring a touchdown like he did last week. He may only get a handful of carries, but a score can give him a solid day.
Atlanta running backs have combined for 17 receptions for 142 yards through the first 2 weeks of the season. Both Snelling and Rodgers will have the opportunity to catch passes. They are solid receivers and should each get around 4 or 5 catches in Week 3. In PPR leagues, there is value in either running back, but Rodgers has the chance to catch more passes.
In standard leagues, neither one is really worth the start. However, if you need to choose one, whether to start or just add to your roster, Rodgers has the upside and ability to put up bigger numbers.