ATLANTA - AUGUST 12: Jacquizz Rodgers #22 of the Atlanta Falcons carries the ball against the Miami Dolphins during a preseason game at the Georgia Dome on August 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
After two preseason games, Jacquizz Rodgers is holding his own in the Atlanta backfield. We break down the fantasy implications.
Jacquizz Rodgers ran the ball four times for 24 yards against the Bengals, and also caught three passes out of the backfield. He broke of a 16-yard run in the second quarter, and overall looks like the most dangerous running back Atlanta possesses right now.
Analysis: The Falcons seemingly talk about limiting Michael Turner's workload every season, but this year that discussion may hold some truth. Turner now has eight carries for 14 yards this preseason, giving fantasy owners little to be excited about. His slow, bruising style is ineffective so far.
Rodgers is a shifty back with tons of energy and finesse. He is clearly the better receiver, despite the rare occurrence of Turner catching three passes against the Bengals, and he is running with effort and pace. It's still just preseason, but Rodgers looks like he'll challenge Turner even more than most critics thought going into the 2012 season.