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Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers got more snaps than RB Michael Turner on Sunday

Michael Turner had his best game of the 2012 season on Sunday, rushing for 80 yards on 14 carries and displaying long-lost burst during a fourth-quarter touchdown run. Yet, there are still reasons for fantasy owners to be down on Turner following that performance. For one, he played just 32 snaps against the Chargers, two fewer than his backfield mate Jacquizz Rodgers @Qui22Rodgers, who scored a receiving touchdown. Turner had just 16 touches during the game compared to Rodgers' 15.

Fantasy Analysis:

It's not really damning; it's just a sign of the times. Turner continues to not really fit in this style of offense. It says a lot when the Falcons open up a 20-point lead at halftime and get the ball into Turner's hands only 16 times. Rodgers' role continues to grow. I wouldn't say he's starter-worthy yet; he's still more of a shaky flex. But the arrow is pointing up. Turner has carved up the Panthers throughout his time with Atlanta, but I think he's just a mid-range RB2 this week.

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6 Comments | Add Yours

Didn't Turner just get a DUI a week ago? Whatever happened with that?

Posted by:
jimkotecki 09/25/12 04:20 PM

Nothing yet; Hasn't been found guilty, and it's his first offense. Most likely a fine will come at a later date, but usually the lawyers kick it back and forth until the season is over.

Posted by:
TheriaultAJ 09/25/12 05:07 PM

would you trade turner for either welker or reggie wayne?

Posted by:
tsledz 09/28/12 03:11 PM
FFToolbox.com Writer

Wayne more so than Welker, but if you have good RBs behind him, I would take either player for Turner. I think Wayne will be more consistent than Welker over the course of the season, especially when Hernandez returns.

Posted by:
Brian Murphy 09/28/12 07:09 PM

Would you trade Turner for Steve Smith (Panthers)? My other running backs are CJ Spiller, DeMarco Murray and LeSean McCoy.

Posted by:
nazt1116 09/28/12 11:04 PM
FFToolbox.com Writer

It's not as good as the trades mentioned above, but I would do that deal, too. I view Michael Turner like a liquidation sale. And he might have a good game against the Panthers tomorrow, because he usually crushes them. But for the long term, I'd rather have Smith, especially if you've got three RBs who are better.

Posted by:
Brian Murphy 09/29/12 01:34 PM

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