Fantasy owners have been getting diminishing returns from Steven Jackson this season, and they have the emergence of Daryl Richardson and the St. Louis Rams' new timeshare in the backfield to thank for that.
Jackson has remained a low-end RB2 or decent flex given that he is generally reliable for seven or more fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues. However, for a man who has been a locked-and-loaded RB1 or high-end RB2 for fantasy owners over the years, his production this year has been disappointing.
35:24 snap edge for Steven Jackson over Daryl Richardson yesterday. #Rams— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) October 22, 2012
There's more. In the past two weeks, Jackson has 24 carries and 21.7 total fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues, while Richardson has 19 carries and 17.8 total fantasy points. Jackson is 29 and doesn't offer the explosiveness or elusiveness in space offered by Richardson.
In other words, we're looking at a full-blown timeshare here, folks. One that doesn't look likely to go away any time soon. As a fellow Jackson owner, I join you in saying, "Not cool, Jeff Fisher. Not cool at all."
So what are owners to do?
Jackson is still the top dog in this timeshare. I think you have to continue to plug him into your lineup unless you have two superior options at running back. Plus, his trade value is at an all-time low right now, given his limited snaps and touches and middling fantasy numbers. Therefore, you won't be able to get much value if you tried to deal him.
Instead, you should probably bite the bullet, add Richardson and hope one of the two starts to show a clear trend toward having more fantasy value than the other.
For now, Jackson remains that guy. However, with no guarantee that trend will continue—and the 29-year-old Jackson always an injury risk—Richardson is a must-own.
We had some good times together, Steven Jackson. You helped win a lot of fantasy owners championships over the years, and we're all thankful for that. Truly, we are.
However, all good things must come to an end. This time around, it would seem the harbinger of that end goes by the name Richardson.
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