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RB Steven Jackson

This Year's Analysis History
doug_coutts



Positives
A proven veteran capable of performing at a very high level. If Bradford can continue to develop, this will open up the field even more for Jackson to flourish. He's an active participant in the passing game, so no problem with the Rams playing from behind.

Negatives
St. Louis hasn't been able to win many games so his production relies on the Rams keeping him involved in the passing game. He is no longer considered "young" so there will be an injury risk.

Draft Strategy
The Whale Shark leagues are traditionally RB heavy in the draft and with the recent run on WR, that creates an opportunity to draft a second RB.


und2006



Positives
Catches the ball well out of the backfield. I love dual threat RBs.

Negatives
Health issues again here.

Draft Strategy
No guts no glory. Jackson had a great season last year. His team is going to be even better.


dmcduke



Positives
I've got Jackson projected to be RB8 this year with 1100/7 rushing and 50/375/2 receiving. He's rushed for over a 1000 yards with at least 38 receptions in each of the last 6 years. The Rams didn't select any quality RB in the draft so Jackson should still be the workhorse.

Negatives
Some people think he's lost a step and the punishment may be taking it's toll.

Draft Strategy
Getting the RB8 (my projection) in the 2nd round is a steal. I was actually targeting A Rodgers with this pick but he went at 1.11. Taking the best available.


mark3



Positives
Unquestioned top offensive weapon on team. No worry of losing touches. Offense is looking up and Bradford has a year's experience that can't hurt.

Negatives
Age, past heavy work load & injury history.

Draft Strategy
Went WR1 in 1st. Options here are Forte, SJax or HNicks. Didn't want to dig a RB hole by going WR/WR with 15 picks before my next @ 3.08. With the chance for 10 more RB easily go before then, putting my 1st RB close to RB20. Even though having two stud WRs is interesting. Just couldn't take Forte here, I know a lot have him ranked high. Between Martz, Cutler & the NFC North, I decided to that the devil I know (SJax & the NFC West).



Prior Year's Analysis History
und2006



Positives
The most dynamic RB in the NFL in my opinion.

Negatives
Bad offense around him, bad o-line, bad team in general.

Draft Strategy
I don't like my options at this point. With Andre Johnson off the board, my only choice is to go with the best RB available, who I thought was Jackson.


mf



Positives
Workhorse back, good receiving numbers. Ranked 13th (6th RB) in this scoring system last year despite missing a game due to injury. 1,400 yds, 50 for 300 receiving. Rams can't get much worse, so that's the floor barring injury.

Negatives
Rams are terrible, and will be starting a rookie QB, so defenses will be stacked to stop him. Recovering from back surgery, won't be playing much in preseason. Injury risk. Few TDs because of terrible offense surrounding him.

Draft Strategy
Top five RBs were gone, and also Andre Johnson. I'm willing to gamble on him staying healthy and getting a top WR in the 2nd round. We only start 2 WRs in thsi league, and the QB scoring is not generous, so I will wait on those positions.


zodiak



Positives
1. Best RB in the game. 2. Never takes a play off, always plays to his full potential. 3. THE offense of his team. 4. Too much upside to pass up. 5. My man-love for him.

Negatives
1. THE offense of his team. A poor offense. 2. Rookie QB. 3. Limited TD's.

Draft Strategy
He and DeAngelo were the last of my second tier and while I love DeAngelo's upside, I simply can't pass up Sjax at this spot. His off-season surgery causes little concern for me. He is a guy I love to draft simply to watch him play more often.


Baron_Fel



Positives
Beast of a RB, as has been said many times on FS, Jackson could easily be considered the best RB in the league talent-wise. Hopefully, the Rams passing attack will improve this year, for the first time in years, and any improvement in the passing attack could mean big things for SJax.

Negatives
2 words: The. Rams. Injury concerns are also an issue, but he seems to be able to play through and score well over the entire season, which is really what matters in this league anyway.

Draft Strategy
After the top 5 (the 4 RBs and AJ), the next 4 players I have (SJax, Gore, Fitz, Megatron) are all pretty equal picks in my mind. So, I tried to base my pick more on what I could get in the 2nd than what I could get now, and I felt like I would be more likely to get a top tier WR at 2.5 than a top tier RB.


SJSwarm



Positives
Great value at 9, true stud starting RB with no competition, Bradford should legitimize the passing game lessening the likelihood of 8 in the box against SJax, favorable schedule

Negatives
Injury history, poor OL in front of him

Draft Strategy
I honestly could not believe my eyes when I saw Jackson fall to #9. He wasn't even on my draft board, as I figured on him going in the top 5 or 6 picks. I guess people really are scared off by the back surgery. I am most certainly not. I like the path that the Rams are on, and I think adding young stud QB Sam Bradford was just what the doctor ordered for SJax. They have some promising young offensive lineman, and SJax has proven before that he can do a lot with less talent than the Rams have this year.


Faraim



Positives
Sjax will be the focal point of the Rams offense this year and I expect he'll get upwards of 20 touches per game. He has the potential of finishing the year as the #1 fantasy player if the o-line is effective and the offense improves over last year.

Negatives
His propensity for getting injured concerns me, but I believe his off-season preparation will carry him through this season.

Draft Strategy
I had Sjax listed as the last rb before taking one of the top wr's and was thankful he fell to me.


Agenda42



Positives
One of the most consistently elite performers in fantasy. He led the league in points per start under the shark scoring system last season. Jackson racks up the touches, averaging 25.1 per game over the past 3 seasons.

Negatives
He's missed 8 games over the past two seasons. He plays for a football team that's probably going to be lousy again this year. Jackson got only 13 touches in goal to go situations last season.

Draft Strategy
This pick was all about scoring system. The primary contender for this spot was Turner, but he doesn't catch passes. Jackson is the highest upside guy remaining in the draft, and I believe you need to draft upside in order to win a league with skilled owners.


terzella77



Positives
I dont know about you, but chugging out 3 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons tells me one thing.... Consistency. Huge potential and quite possibly the back to dethrone another great consistent RB we have come to know and love the past few years...Ladainian Tomlinson. People tend to over look that he played behind a dilapidated O-Line last year, but this year, with a healthy line (so far), I expect some big things from this beast.

Negatives
He has only played one full season. There is some risk here, but the reward is HUGE.

Draft Strategy
Im sure some were scared of his holdout, but I just couldnt let him pass me at the 4th draft slot. I truly believe he will not disappoint. Draft with confidence.


Boogs34



Positives
3rd most talented RB in league.

Negatives
Contract holdout

Draft Strategy
If his holdout doesn't effect him, this is a great pick.


Aussie



Positives
A great talent on a poor team. He isn't involved in RBBC like a lot of other RB's. A workhorse that should get 18-20 carries per game, plus 3-5 catches. Finished the '07 well when returning from a groin injury and running behind an ordinary O-Line i.e. 100+ total yards in every game between weeks 10-16 and 5 TD's.

Negatives
He's currently holding out and always seems to be dinged. His supporting cast aren't getting any younger (better?).

Draft Strategy
I was really hoping that Westbrook would fall to me here as I've taken him at this spot in other drafts this year. However, I had to take Jackson when he fell because I have him rated quite a bit higher than the next tier of RB's below him. Please get in camp....soon.


Derek



Positives
I am happy with Steven Jackson falling to seven, he is without a doubt a top five pick in my opinion. Maybe the holdout scared some owners away? I think he will report in the next week or so and hopefully not participating in training camp will provide benefits later in the season.

Negatives


Draft Strategy



ledford1



Positives
A rushing and receiving threat who should see lots of scoring opportunities. With Al Saunders at the helm, I expect Jackson to be the offensive focal point. The loss of Isaac Bruce also helps that aspect. Plays the NFC West, lending to a favorable strength of schedule. He's healthy (the groin injury is behind him now) and has very little pressure from his backups.

Negatives
The holdout. Orlando Pace's health and durability.

Draft Strategy
If it weren't for the holdout, I don't see how I could have had a chance of seeing SJax at this point. I'm looking for something like 2006 numbers from him this year.


Thrashers



Positives
Proven producer who is once again healthy and well rested due to contract holdout. Schedule is favorable. No competition for carries. Is qaulity receiver out of backfield and should rank near top in PPR leagues.

Negatives
Contract holdout. Playing for average team at best.

Draft Strategy



adevil519



Positives
Seems to be the consensus #2 overall pick, so I'm not deviating too much from the chalk here. Durable, tough, north-south runner. IMO, a better pass-catching back than he gets credit for, which hopefully pays dividends in the Shark PPR scoring.

Negatives
He's not LT2, but then again, who is?

Draft Strategy
Not much strategy here. Would you take something besides RB with the #2 overall?


DAFLCommish



Positives


Negatives


Draft Strategy
A concensus number two pick given Larry Johnson's holdout.


mrkkti



Positives
A fast, young, RB who put up nice numbers last year (1528 yards rushing and 806 receiving with 16 TDs). In 2006 his production went up remarkably the last 5 weeks averaging close to 30 Fantasy Points per game.

Negatives
I've read the team wants to cut down on his receptions this year, and with the addition of TE Randy McMichael, Bulger will have another option to go to.

Draft Strategy
The only way I would not have taken Jackson here is if LT wasn't taken with the first pick! Like all Fantasy Football teams, I wanted to make sure to get the stud RB with my first pick and in this case it was a no brainer.


Thrashers



Positives
Consensus number two pick.

Negatives
Unable to talk owner with first pick into taking him leaving LT for me.

Draft Strategy
No strategy needed for this pick.


Tony_Holm



Positives
Runs for yards, runs for TDs, catches everything thrown his way, the best pick on the board after LT.

Negatives
None.

Draft Strategy
Having the #2 pick in the draft was an easy choice as there are really only two stud RB's in this draft. If LT is gone, then Steven Jackson is the pick.


slarm



Positives
He is young, big, and NOT in a running back by committee. In a point-per-reception league he is gold (at least he was last year). A solid number two pick.

Negatives
As with every player, can he handle the full season grind as the main ball carrier. We will see.

Draft Strategy
Deservingly consensus #2 pick. As Tomlinson is the deservingly consensus #1 pick. Was not a hard pick to make.


rockstarphil



Positives
There's a reason he's the consensus #2 pick -- 2300 total yards, 16 TDs, and 90 catches last year make him drool-worthy in the Shark League PPR format. With LT2 off the board first, this pick is a no-brainer.

Negatives


Draft Strategy



pcfountain



Positives
To hear some tell it, he is the second coming of Marshall Faulk. Strong, fast, durable, and catches a lot of passes. The entire offense revolves around him.

Negatives
Nothing significant.

Draft Strategy
Certainly has the potential to put up numbers similar to Faulk's best seasons, but virtually the entire Rams' roster and coaching staff has turned over since the greatest show on turf. My expectations are realistic, but there is a good reason why this guy is the consensus 2nd pick behind LT. He's a heck of a player, in a perfect situation, and historically he seems poised to peak over the next two seasons. Hopefully he catches 70-80 passes as projected, that is big in PPR leagues.


vikes_fan_4_life!



Positives
Obvious upside here. Young talent playing in a favorable offense. He's just a beast. Ended last year on a blazing start.

Negatives
Not too many negatives, Torry Holt is getting older and when he leaves the passing game will take a hit maybe making them more one dimensional?? No real negatives this year though

Draft Strategy
Pretty easy strategy here


maltaiseric



Positives
Nothing but upside and he could top Tomlinson this year with the mileage Tomlinson has accrued the past few years.

Negatives
None unless injury occurs.

Draft Strategy
The undisputed number two pick is Steven Jackson. An you got be so happy to pick at one or two this year because there's a huge drop off after that. I'd rather pick 12th than 3rd this year with the questions surrounding Larry Johnson.


Java



Positives
7th ranked RB in my projection. I like his easy schedule. He is a undisputed starter for the team and don't have share the load with anyone, unfortunately, those kind of back become less and less each year.

Negatives
He is always seemed banged up. Can he to start every game is a real concern. Plus the new offence system is still a unknow.

Draft Strategy
I always try to keep an open mind and try to take what the draft brings me. Since the scoring favors RBs so much, my plan was to draft at least 3 startable RBs. It is not only for injury concern, but also in case one of my high draft pick turned out a bust, unfortunately it happens almost every year for various reason. To win this league, you got to have a solid RBs group. For WRs, I'd like to draft 2 sure every week starter just to save me the headache to pick which WR to start every week. I always wait on QBs, since the points difference between the 5th and 15th QB aren't much. As to the other position: TE, PK and Def, they are abundant, so I only plan to keep one of each on my roster.


Tony_Holm



Positives
In a system that will run the ball with no competition. He is young, can withstand injury and has the full confidence of the coaching staff. Steven Jackson owners should be licking their chops this year.

Negatives
Experience. Jackson's only knock is that he has never been counted on to carry the rock as much as he is supposedly going to this season.

Draft Strategy
I was looking for best available RB in the 1st round with Steven Jackson and LaMont Jordan my two targets once the 'Big 3' are gone.


jerexter



Positives
Should have better numbers than last year with new coach and no Faulk.

Negatives
New coach and scheme to learn.

Draft Strategy
Exactly who I wanted at six. I actually had SJAX at 5 on my sheet, so was happy to get him.


Budman



Positives
Clear Starter. Young and no signifcant injury worries. Plays on a strong offense with opportunities to run, catch and break the big play.

Negatives
No significant ones, apart from guys called Holt, Bruce and Faulk looking to take opportunities from him.

Draft Strategy
Was willing to gamble on a top WR or QB but the few that I thought worth it had gone by the time we got to the tail of the 2nd round. So I feel back tot he RB/RB plan and picked up a solid RB to complement Edge James. I feel fairly good at this point with 2 solid RB starters and no bye week issues between the two of them.


Wolfie



Positives
One of the top backs along with with Kevin Jones, to get drafted. Big back, with speed, can bounce it outside, good receiving skills, and was a decent blocker in college. Total package at rb, should make an immediate impact on the Rams, if Faulk can't go or when Faulk's knee causes him to miss his annual 4 weeks.

Negatives
Has Faulk in front of him, if Faulk is healthy, not a lot of pt for Stevie.

Draft Strategy
Wanted Donte Stallworth here, as my third wr, but he went a few picks earlier. Had Jackson slotted as my ideal 4th back, loads of talent, and a possible chance to start. Faulk has questions, about his knee that lead me to believe, Jackson will get a decent amount of pt, if not the starting gig sometime in the year. Figured he wouldn't make it back to me at 9:5. Plenty of wrs to choose from still.


Aaron_Betry



Positives
1st round pick of the Rams this year. Further developed than most rookies in the receiving game and blocking assignments as a result of playing in Oregon State's pro-style offense. Marshall Faulk has proved to be downright fragile the last 4 years, with diminishing skills to boot. Jackson should see some playing time even if Faulk miraculously manages to stay on the field.

Negatives
Bigger size than I typically look for in my RB's at 6-2, 233, and I'm not familiar enough with Jackson's running style to know if he runs upright, which would expose him to injury. I'm not aware of any major deficiencies in his game. Lamar Gordon is around to compete for the back-up spot to Faulk.

Draft Strategy
I was looking at Garrison Hearst, but Tony swiped him one spot before me, so my mind was easily set on Jackson. At the time this selection was made, unconfirmed rumors were swirling about Faulk's knee being worse than originally thought. This had only a minimal impact on my decision. With Garner as my RB2, I was looking for "upside", someone who could potentially start alongside Ahman Green. I believe Jackson has a high ceiling. One downside to this selection is that Jackson shares a bye week with Garner, so I am still in need coverage Week 8, although this is halfway into the season, so I should have time to find someone on the waiver wire, if not later in the draft. Lastly, FantasySharks DraftCoach is in my division this year. It selected Faulk at 1.12. I stole his backup in a bit of a defensive move.


CoreyD



Positives
Jackson is a pure athlete and has the power and speed necessary to burst through the holes and break long runs. He is patient with his blockers and keeps his pads low when pounding it between the tackles. At 6' 2" and 233 pounds he still has good body control and can make the first tackler catch nothing but air. One of my favorite characteristics of Jackson is his lack of fear to take opponents on. But above all I really like the fact that this kid has got a Jamal Anderson straight arm that can make would be tacklers look foolish. The Rams have a versatile offense with a tremendous RB, a tremendous RB with serious knee injuries questions. If Jackson doesn't end up taking over the starting role he will still see his fair share of playing time.

Negatives
Though he does possess the speed to brake away he does require time to accelerate leaving him vulnerable in the backfield. He does go down kind of easily when in close quarters as well. The most negative aspect of Jackson right now though is his lack of experience in the faster stronger NFL.

Draft Strategy
This was a pick that I decided to make shortly after picking RB Chris Brown (Tenn). I know that I am taking a major risk with both these players but if either one of them, if not both, end up starting and producing quality fantasy numbers it will be well worth it. Seeing as both teams have some serious questions at RB I figure at worst I have gained some potential trading material.



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