Rookie Daryl Richardson upstaged Jackson in Week 5, topping him in yards and overall explosiveness. For a St. Louis offense that is lacking playmakers at the moment, any added element to the game plan can only be beneficial.
So, who is the better fantasy option? Let's break down each player moving forward.
Steven Jackson's season thus far has to have at least a small asterisk next to it. He has battled a strained groin all year, and that injury has undoubtedly been a reason for his lackluster production.
Jackson has 323 yards rushing and no touchdowns through six games. He does not seem to possess the type of burst that has traditionally made him such a threat between the tackles and as a downfield runner
The fact of the matter is that Jackson has nine years of tread on his tires, and he's going to be battling minor injuries the rest of his career—he always has. Jackson has made it clear he will void his contract after this season, so even his motivation has to be questioned at this point.
This is not to suggest that he's not going to give 100 percent, but his heart may not be in it right now.
A change of scenery can often rejuvenate a career, and it is clear that's what Jackson needs. He is still a great rusher when healthy and energized, but he has been neither of those things as of late.
Owning him in fantasy leagues has been a touch of death so far this season.
Rookie Daryl Richardson is 5'10", 196 pounds and a dynamic presence in the Rams backfield. His body of work is obviously small, but he has made the most of the opportunities presented to him.
Heading into Week 6, Richardson had amassed 170 rushing yards on 36 carries for a 4.7 yards-per-carry average. However, against the Miami Dolphins, he was allowed an almost equal workload with Jackson, and he showed his potential in the process.
Richardson amassed 76 yards on 11 carries against Miami. He looked explosive, hit the hole hard and was able to stretch the field. This was most apparent on a 44-yard run that shook the Dolphins defense.
Whether or not Richardson can be a consistent producer is yet to be seen. He has looked good when on the field, but he is still a rookie and plays for a less-than-stellar offense.
Still, the signs so far are positive, and he seems to breathe more life into the St. Louis game plan than Jackson does right now.
If you have to own a Rams running back, Richardson is surprisingly the better choice.