By Antonino Buccellato.
Participant of only 12 games each in the past two seasons, Steven Jackson’s lack of TD opportunities playing on a bad team has negatively affected his fantasy football stud status.
He only scored double-digit TDs (13) in his lone full season of 2006, when he also rushed for a career-high 1,528 yards. Playing in only one full season has hampered his potential top 10 fantasy RB status.
In 2008, Jackson actually had 1,421 total yards, for an average of 118.5 a game, and eight TDs. While those numbers looked better, on the surface, than his previous two seasons, the problem with Jackson has been his deficiency in consistency.
In the early going of the ’08 campaign he only played two monster games, in Weeks Four and Seven against Dallas and Buffalo respectively. In those games he combined for 364 total yards and four TDs (three vs. Dallas alone), accounting for 54 FPTS in basic scoring leagues.
He would never score again until Week 15 on the ground, while scoring his only receiving TD of the season in Week 14. Jackson had his best games of the season when it may have been too late for fantasy owners: from weeks 15 to 17. In that three-game run, he accumulated a spectacular 461 total yards (120 YPG) and three TDs for an estimated 64 FPTS.
Again, unless one plays in a rare 17-week fantasy league, his late efforts may have not been helpful for most owners...