Steven Jackson's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook After Week 12

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 21, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 21: Running back Steven Jackson #39 celebrates a touchdown with tackle Lamar Holmes #76 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during a game at the Georgia Dome on November 21, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Steven Jackson was supposed to have a great season with the Atlanta Falcons, but that simply hasn't been the case in 2013.  However, he started to turn things around in Week 12, but that likely won't last.

The Falcons lost yet again on Thursday Night Football, falling 17-13 to the New Orleans Saints.  For fantasy owners that have Jackson, they were happy to finally see him have a solid game.  He ran for 63 yards and a touchdown while adding another 16 receiving yards, giving him 13 fantasy points in ESPN's standard scoring leagues.

This was the first game since Week 1 where Jackson had more than six fantasy points.  He missed four games due to injury and simply hasn't been the same running back that we were used to seeing with the St. Louis Rams.  This season he's now run for just 255 yards and one touchdown, adding another 128 yards and a score through the air.

The good news for Jackson owners is that he got 16 carries this week, which was the most he's had all year.  However, keep in mind that this game came against a weaker Falcons defense, and he has to run against some tough defenses for the rest of the year, including teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers.

With how bad the Falcons have been this year, they will continue to be pressured into passing the ball more often.  His role in the offense will likely be limited, and he might not be worth starting, even in deeper fantasy leagues.