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I usually like selecting young running backs in fantasy, but it’s hard not to be excited about Steven Jackson this year. Jackson has had eight straight 1,000-yard seasons in St. Louis and now he’s going to play for the Atlanta Falcons.
Over the last five seasons the Falcons have relied on Michael Turner. In each of those seasons Turner finished with at least 10 touchdowns, including 17 in 2008. The opportunity for Jackson to score will definitely be there in Atlanta.
Jackson also has a favorable schedule in 2013 with the Falcons. The Falcons have11 games against teams that surrendered 17-plus fantasy points to running backs last season.
Even more encouraging news is that Jackson is expected to play a big part in catching the ball out of the backfield.
Head coach Mike Smith said of Jackson in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution interview (h/t Marc Sessler of NFL.com), “He’s a guy who had close to 100 catches in a season, so he’s a guy that we can use in the passing game. He’s not just a running back, he’s a receiving back as well.”