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Falcons skill position standouts Jones, Jackson back to work
by Marty Gitlin |

Falcons wideout Julio Jones and running back Steven Jackson returned to practice Friday, has reported. Both had missed time due to illness and should be fine for the Week 12 game against Cleveland.

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Falcons RB Steven Jackson out sick Thursday
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons running back Steven Jackson missed Thursday's practice with an illness, coach Mike Smith told reporters. Atlanta hosts the Browns on Sunday.

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Steven Jackson, Devonta Freeman held in check Week 11
by Igor Mello |

Falcons running backs Steven Jackson and Devonta Freeman were both held in check, as the compiled 69 rushing yards in Sunday's 19-17 victory over the Panthers in Week 11.

Jackson was the primary back and was limited to six carries for 18 yards on the ground in the first half. He finished the game with 41 yards on 17 carries. He caught two of three targets for 6 yards.

Freeman rushed for 28 yards on six attempts. He was not targeted in the passing game.

The Falcons will face the Browns in Week 12.

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Spry Steven Jackson posts best game of the year
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons running back Steven Jackson 31, flashed back to an earlier time in his career in Sunday's win at Tampa Bay. Jackson rumbled for a season-high 81 yards on 16 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and caught both his targets for 14 yards.

Jackson averaged a season-best 5.1 yards per carry and looked fresher than he had in weeks. It helped that Atlanta was coming off its bye.

Jackson will try to keep it going Week 11 at Carolina.

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Matchup not a big deal for Steven Jackson
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer Fantasy Football analysts Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both really like Steven Jackson in Week 10, ranking him among their top 15 running backs, and presumably, the matchup has a lot to do with it. The Falcons are at the Buccaneers, who rank 18th against the run, allowing 114.6 yards per game, and have given up the 10th-most Fantasy points per game to running backs.

Plus, at 1-7, they're just kind of a pushover, so if the Falcons jump out to an early lead, as happened in their earlier meeting in Week 3, they'll presumably spend much of the game running out the clock.

Problem is Jackson may not be the one to do it. The Falcons have four running backs who they actually use, remember, so chances are if they do jump out to an early lead and do choose to run out the clock thereafter, much of that task would fall to Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and even Antone Smith.

As a plodding runner in a crowded backfield of a pass-first team, Jackson's upside is probably too limited to make him a top-15 running back any week. He may have a better chance of scoring a touchdown this week in most, but since his value depends on it, he's still a risky play in Fantasy.

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