Steven Jackson: What Fantasy Owners Should Expect from Rams' RB in Week 4

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams enters the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Most Fantasy Football owners around the country are about ready to give up on St. Louis Rams' running back Steven Jackson this season, and who can blame them?

The veteran rusher has been underwhelming to the say the least this season. Jackson has just 140 yards on 41 carries through three games in September and is on pace to fail to reach 1,000 yards rushing for the first time since his rookie season in 2004.

Nearing age 30, Jackson's days as a fantasy lynchpin are seemingly over. 

Here's what fantasy owners should expect from the Rams' RB in Week 4.



Although rookie seventh-round draft pick Daryl Richardson took control of the Rams' backfield in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins, carrying the ball 15 times for 83 yards, Steven Jackson will be carrying a bulk of the load on Sunday against Seattle. 

Jackson touched the ball 13 times (11 rushes, two receptions) last weekend in St. Louis' 23-6 loss at Chicago. That's eight more times than Richardson. 

It boils down to this: The Rams pay Steven Jackson a lot of money, and now that his groin is healing he will be the guy they win or lose with. Perhaps down the road they ask Richardson to be the workhorse, but for Week 4 expect Jackson to have his number called early and often.



The biggest concern regarding Steven Jackson coming into this weekend is that he has yet to find the end zone through the season's first three weeks. Touchdowns are huge in fantasy football and Jackson has not provided them.

The only good news is that Jackson only scored six touchdowns a year ago, so he can still get on pace with a touchdown in the next few weeks. 

Aside from Jackson's performance in Week 2 against the Redskins, his efficiency has been poor as well. He averaged a combined 2.5 yards per carry against the Lions and Bears in Weeks 1 and 3. Jackson's 3.4 yards per carry average this season is the worst of his career.

His average won't get any better this week either. The Rams will host a Seattle Seahawks' defense that is among the best in the league in 2012 in terms of defending the run. Seattle ranks second in the NFL in least rushing yards allowed per game (58.7), and third in least yards per attempt allowed (3.1). 

Jackson and the Rams will find daylight hard to come by against their division rival in Week 4, making him a dangerous start for fantasy owners. 



Don't expect Jackson to lead your fantasy team to victory this weekend or to even carry his weight. Jackson is must-sit in Week 4 going up against a stout defense.

I project Jackson will carry the ball 15 times for 45 yards and make two catches out of the backfield for another 10 yards.

St. Louis will rely on the pass to lead them to their second win of the season and likely abandon the run early considering how dominant Pete Carroll's Hawks have been defending it.


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