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Though most of the rumors had SJax becoming a cheesehead for most of Wednesday, it was the Falcons that landed Steven Jackson on a three year deal Thursday which lead me to relive all the great acts from the dirty south.  Somehow despite having Outkast available I went with Ludacris which is…well its ludicrous but it’s happened and now we must move on from it.  The writing had been on the wall for most of the 2012 season that the Rams wouldn’t be bringing Steven back so for him to land on the Falcons is a blessing for many in the fantasy world.  Firstly, SJax himself gets a major boost as Atlanta was an offensive juggernaut in 2012, finishing in the top 5 in total yards last year and 7th in PPG, leaving a Rams team that finished 23rd and 25th, respectively.  Factor in that his predecessor Michael Turner averaged 3.6 yards per carry and still finished as a top 20 fantasy running back in 2012 and the ceiling for Steven Jackson just got a lot higher.  Like we’re talking vaulted ceilings and you’ll need an extension for your sticky buddy to clean up all the uh…joy that you’ll release if you get to draft him this year.  You see, Turner was burned out last season.  In three of his five seasons with the Falcons, Turner had 300 or more carries with one of those seasons being only 11 games after carrying the ball 376 times in 2008.  Though it’s not the same kind of concern that goes along with Arian Foster and his 400 touches, 300+ carries is a heavy burden to bear.  I mention all these things because even with a terrible burnout year, Turner still scored 11 total touchdowns.  That’s 1 more than SJax has scored in the last 2 years combined.  I can tell you’re blinking rapidly with surprise and shock at that so I’ll give you a moment to let it settle in.  Good, now I’ll tell you that SJax has only scored 10 or more touchdowns twice in his career and the last time it happened was in 2006.  Hello, you still there?  Crap, someone call a paramedic I think we lost one!  When you factor in Jackson’s versatility – Turner only has 70 career receptions compared to Jackson averaging 49 in a 16 game season for his career – the fantasy world will be his for the taking and yours as well if you take him.  I might be wrong but I think we get some vintage SJax in 2013 and a top 10 running back finish.

Projections: 1144 rushing yards, 40 receptions, 328 receiving yards, 14 total touchdowns

Needless to say, I’m all in.  But of course, SJax wasn’t the only news on Thursday.  So let’s take a quick look at the third day of free agency to see what else happened for 2013 fantasy football…

Matt Cassel - Was waived by KC and then immediately picked up by the Vikings.  Hrm, I thought I said I had more news than Steven Jackson…guess I was wrong.  With Ponder’s 6.08 yards per passing attempt and Cassel’s 6.48, it’s clear Minnesota is trying to corner the limp arm market.  Next stop, trade for Gabbert and his 5.98.  I’m assuming this move is supposed to motivate Christian.  Guess he better add .4 yards to every pass attempt to keep up then!

  1. Murph says:
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    Finally an Atlanta Running Back you don’t have to hate!!! With Jackson signing with the Falcons looks like Quizz Rogers fantasy value is on hold. I like Jackson’s chances of breaking into the top 10, I mean if Turner was effective I can only imagine what an actual running back can do. The Rams backfield just got a little interesting

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I know, it’s awesome! I’m gonna be ridiculous in my pursuit of SJax this fall. Have a funny feeling he’ll still be at a discount via ADP due to all the other RBs who had great years last year. No way he doesn’t have at least 10 total touchdowns to end the year.

      This officially pulls me off the Jacquizz train for good. It was a chance for him to be the guy and they didn’t want him to have it. Third down passing back career looks to be cemented with this move unless he goes to a needy team.

      I’m all in on Pead in STL. Not even thinking about Richardson. From that draft we did, that was a bit against the grain but I think it’s the best choice between the two heading into the season right now.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky: I’m with Pead too, much more complete and the only reason we saw more of Richardson last year was because he was the better “complementary” back to Jackson. With the new weapons on offense could be a great fantasy year for a lot of Rams. I’m still not counting out the possibility that they draft another running back like Montee Ball or Christine Michael and give him a shot to be the every down back. The Rams have so many draft picks this year.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, the draft might add a wrinkle to the the value of Rams players. One guy I think that’s getting overlooked or at least I haven’t heard much about since Amendola went away and they don’t seem inclined to resign Gibson is Chris Givens. He had some very fantasy worthy games last year and is a great downfield threat. I know everyone wants to talk about Quick but Givens is probably now a late round target for me, barring any bad news.

  2. Matt says:
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    Sky, I would like to hear what you think of Mike Goodson on the Jets. He was a 5 star recruit coming out of high school and seemed to show flashes of talent last year in Oakland and previously in Carolina. I think he might be a major sleeper because noone expects anything from the Jets running game after watching Shonn Greene the last 2 seasons and b/c the Jets are a laughing stock right now. Do you think he could be a succesful full time starter or will he be a bust?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Honestly I need to read up on him and Powell to see how they will be used. I will say that Greene finished as a top 20 back for fantasy purposes and we know how little he brought to the table so if Goodson is uh…good, he’s got a strong shot at being a major sleeper. I’m holding my breath on him for now, though, until I know more about the Jets plans.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: what is the deal with the Jets line? i think that is where we find the answer to Goodson. If my memory serves me correct he was also returning kicks in Carolina which means he might have wheels, and not the benz-o kind.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, he’s been a forever backup so far. Their line is decent enough but NYJ’s problem has never been the fundamentals as a team, it’s been the skill players involved especially on offense. Makes me hesitate to get interested in Goodson at this point even if he is declared the starter considering those who are determining talent don’t have a great track record. Powell was boring last year but he was a useful boring when he got enough touches. Like Michael Turner but without my hate for him.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: the Jets ain’t got no skills. their recievers are all 3’s and 4’s

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yup. Stephen Hill could be made into a great RDZ target but you have to get to the RDZ first. Santonio Holmes will be undervalued this year, though, in terms of draft price vs production but he’s not gonna be on my radar to target him.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: the jets, browns, raiders, Chiefs, Chargers, these are some of the teams I will not own players from

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  I’ll still take TRich/JC first round, personally. Interested in DX or Bowe at right price and Little/Gordon as late round fliers but overall I get what you’re saying

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: even T-rich scares me.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Oh yeah? He did a lot last year even after playing with broken ribs. I have him a top 5 back right now

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: I would have him ahead of JC, but have a lot of question marks for him. Most likely he will do well, but not sure if he is the guy I want for me. I’m a little nutso about my fantasy selections. I have been burned so many times in the playoffs when I looked awesome for 11 weeks. I seriously study the schedule during playoff weeks and use that as a factor for whom i draft. On the flip side there was so much parity and surprise teams last year that it may be for not anyway.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I can understand that. Though to be fair to him his division has taken a big step back defensively over the last few years. No fear against starting an RB against the Steelers or the Ravens last year.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I don’t know how he will be utilized with a new coach, e’s going to have a huge target on his back, sophmore slump?, he will be over valued, I would hopefully swoop up someone at a better value, his team will suck and will rely heavily on him and if banged up during FF playoffs could easily be sat to not further injure( had that happen before), I want guys who are going to be on teams competing for real world playoff spots. I’m a dick who will argue for the sake of playing devils advocate.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      With that being your guideline, who goes ahead of Trich for you? Right now I have him either as 4th or 5th RB off the board for me, JC being the man hes battling for that in my mind.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I would have him ahead of JC, but have a lot of question marks for him. Most likely he will do well, but not sure if he is the guy I want for me. I’m a little nutso about my fantasy selections. I have been burned so many times in the playoffs when I looked awesome for 11 weeks. I seriously study the schedule during playoff weeks and use that as a factor for whom i draft. On the flip side there was so much parity and surprise teams last year that it may be for not anyway.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ripped straight from the 60’s/70’s. Great sound, not surprised to hear he goes analog. He definitely nails the sound he’s going for, it’s a good listen. Right mood is all that’s needed to get into it. Since we’re covering contemporary soul, you’ve heard Nikka Costa, right? She came out about 10 years ago and never got big and it’s a damn shame. Lady has got soul to burn:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l3fv6u4Zt4

      That was from another album but Everybody Got Their Something is awesome and the album I have. Kills me she never got big. Have you ever seen the movie Blow? ‘Push And Pull’ is the fade to black song and is her. So much heart/soul there, its beautiful. Great song choice for the movie too.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: she’s got a great sound. It’s too bad she never hit it big, but the real ones never do.

        I’m going to try and see Lee in LA on the 17th of April at the Troubador. he plays Portland on the 19th of April. His record label called Truth and Soul does all kinds of this music. http://truthandsoulrecords.com/

        http://leefieldsandtheexpressions.com/tour/

        take the wife, she’ll be all “Oh, Sky” or whayever your real name is and then you can que the music.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbBi2j_HLTc

        here is another jam for you. This is off a comp album released by the stones throw label. they are an LA based record label, they also have a 2nd label called now and again that just re-releases old obscure soul and funk albums.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5yCLZ7peRc

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Nice! I’ll have to jam with this for a bit on a Saturday where I should be doing something else but am too lazy to do so.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: Glad I can help you procrastinate. Now I need to go play some Call of Duty

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