Fantasy Football Week 13: Steven Jackson and RBs Who You Must Bench

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIDecember 3, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on November 27, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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There are very few players in the NFL who are must-starts in fantasy football every single week.

Sure, guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers fall into that category, but many times even top-tier players need to be benched due to matchup concerns.

The running back position is obviously the most limited of all the positions in a league.

However, sometimes you still need to find a better matchup when things just don't look good.

Here are three running backs who need to be benched this weekend.

Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams)

Quietly, Jackson is having one of his better years in the league.

He has logged a 4.7 yards per carry average, which is better than any of his previous seasons.

He hasn't seen quite the same amount of carries he has in the past, but he is still making use out of what he is getting.

That may not be the case this week. The Rams are set to face the San Francisco 49ers, who boast the top defense in the NFL.

The 49ers allow less rushing yards per game than any other team and allow a league-low 14.6 points per game.

Now isn't a week to start anybody on the Rams roster.

Michael Turner (Atlanta Falcons)

After a terribly slow start to the season, the game plan in Atlanta finally changed to get Turner the ball much more often.

It has resulted in the Falcons turning their season around and staying alive in the NFC South.

The Falcons and the Texans match up this weekend in what should be a defensive struggle.

Both teams rely on the run, but both stop the run very well. The Falcons rank second in the league in run defense and Houston ranks fourth.

It may be in Atlanta's favor to throw a bit more than usual, taking some of Turner's numbers away.

Michael Bush (Oakland Raiders)

Bush was one of the better backups that people grabbed this season when Darren McFadden began his struggles with injuries.

However, this weekend is one that he may find the best place is on the bench.

The Oakland Raiders are facing a Miami Dolphins team that is on a hot streak as of late. That play has been sparked by their defense.

Specifically, their rushing defense. The Dolphins are allowing just 3.7 yards per carry this season. It ranks among the best in the league.

The secondary is still the big question mark, so it's likely the Raiders will target an aerial attack this weekend over their typical run game.