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Fantasy Football Advice: Start Steven Jackson

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Runningback Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams walks out onto the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals. Can he pile up the yardage today?
Runningback Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams walks out onto the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals. Can he pile up the yardage today?

The St. Louis Rams are mostly a fantasy football black hole. When an offense averages a league-worst 12 points per game, you can understand why Sam Bradford and crew are mostly a fantasy non-factor. However, the one constant in all these years of woefully unproductive Rams offenses has been running back Steven Jackson, and he should be a fantasy contributor for today's game against the Arizona Cardinals

In week 9 against the Cardinals, Jackson ran for 130 yards on 29 carries. That was his second consecutive game in which he topped 100 yards, and he did it again in week 10 against the Browns. Fans and fantasy owners no doubt expected big things from Jackson last week against the Seahawks, but the Rams offense and Josh McDaniels proved to be too clever by half, lining up with empty backfields in a spread formation for most of the game and taking away Jackson as a factor. 

The move has been universally panned in the days since, for good reason. Arizona has allowed opponents to top 150 rushing yards in each of their last three games, beginning with that week 9 game against the Rams. If Josh McDaniels decides not to lean heavily on the run today, it isn't going to help his case with Rams owner Stan Kroenke for sticking around another year. 

Surely McDaniels and his boss, Steve Spagnuolo, will listen to reason this week. Surely. If they do, Steven Jackson should be a good fantasy play as the Rams only hope for any kind of offensive production. 

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