Steven Jackson: Fantasy Owners Should Keep Rams RB in Starting Lineup

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2012

September 16, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) throws his arms up after the referees ruled no touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

I know you are confused about what happened on Sunday, Steven Jackson owners. I know you're head is spinning with talk of benchings and groin strains and Daryl Richardson rushes. I'm sure you're annoyed because, you know, Isaiah Pead was supposed to be the handcuff to draft.

But, it's okay. Steven Jackson is still the man for the St. Louis Rams. No matter what happened on Sunday, keep him in your starting lineup.

Well, unless you're worried about his matchup against a tough Chicago Bears defense this week, that is. If you have a lot of depth at running back, you can afford to go in a different direction this week.

But, the main point I want to stress here is that Jackson is still the Rams running back you want to own. Given Jeff Fisher's comments, Jackson was neither benched nor is his groin strain that serious. From the Rams official Twitter account:

Fisher also again said that Jackson was dealing with groin strain and could have come back in had RB Daryl Richardson struggled.

— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) September 17, 2012

And Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that Jackson will try to return for the game against Chicago this weekend. Given Fisher's comments that Jackson could have returned if needed on Sunday, I fully expect he'll play.

Listen, Jackson has been playing through tweaks, contusions and various other injuries for his entire career. Despite that fact, he's rushed for over 1,000 yards every year except for his rookie season in 2004.

In a game-and-a-half this season, he has 142 yards from scrimmage, or 14.2 fantasy points. Hardly spectacular, but he's still a steady fantasy producer as a RB2 or flex option.

Sure, Richardson showed great burst and shiftiness when he took over. Yes, he's earned himself a few extra carries per game, and possibly rendered Isaiah Pead droppable for fantasy owners. He's the new St. Louis handcuff you want.

But don't go panicking over Jackson just yet. He's still the man in St. Louis. If you start anyone against the Bears, start him. 


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