But wait, he also scored a touchdown, just his third of the season. And his 18 carries were also a season high.
So ... 3.3 yards per carry is all it takes to get us excited these days?
That's how far Jackson has fallen in Fantasy. Compared to just about every other game he's had this year, this one seems like something to celebrate, but if he hadn't scored that touchdown, you would have been as disappointed as ever. In standard CBSSports.com leagues, he would have had just six Fantasy points, and by only a yard at that. And he wasn't at all involved in the passing game.
That's part of the problem as well. The Falcons have four different running backs they like to use, and they're not even a run-first team. Their favorite way to use Jackson is when the scoreboard allows them to play ball control, which was the case in Week 8, when they led until the Lions' go-ahead field goal as time expired. But at 2-6, they're not often able to do that.
Jackson also scored his third touchdown of the season, barreling into the end zone from 1-yard out in the second quarter of a 22-21 defeat. Jackson took 18 handoffs for 60 yards and a score, averaging 3.3 yards per attempt. He was not targeted in the passing game.
The Falcons are on a bye Week 9 before returning Week 10 at Tampa Bay.
So now that he's averaged 23.5 rushing yards in his last three games, where does that leave him? After the disappointment that was his 2013 season, how could he possibly redeem himself in Fantasy?
How indeed. It's one of those questions that doesn't need to be answered because you already know the answer. The Falcons' offensive line is in tatters. Their defense was never good to begin with. They're falling behind and struggling to keep up. The need for a volume running back -- the kind that eats up clock with a consistent 3 to 4 yards -- has dwindled to almost nothing.
It's not like Jackson has become less effective. The Falcons just aren't giving him the ball as much. He's gotten fewer than 10 carries in each of last two games after averaging 12.6 over his first five. And with Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith all better at catching the ball out of the backfield, that may not change.
You shouldn't plan on starting Jackson anytime soon, and you wouldn't be wrong to rid yourself of him altogether.
Freeman was the most-active running back in the passing game, totaling five catches for 17 yards. Jackson and Rodgers each had one catch for 3 yards, while Smith had two catches for minus-1 yard.
The Falcons are back in action Week 8 vs. Detroit.
Jackson has topped double figures in Fantasy scoring just twice in six games, and seems unlikely to turn that trend around Sunday. The Ravens have allowed just two running backs to reach double figures this season, with none doing so over the last three games.
Jackson's value relies mostly on his ability to get into the end zone, and the Ravens have held running backs out of there in five of six games so far this season. He might sneak in a goal-line carry, but Jackson simply cannot be relied upon in most Fantasy formats for Week 7.
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