Jacquizz Rodgers Fantasy Football Stock Rises After Lofty Praise From Coaches

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 24: Jacquizz Rodgers #32 of the Atlanta Falcons runs with the ball past Nolan Carroll #28 of the Miami Dolphins during a preseason game on August 24, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Falcons defeated the Dolphins 23-6. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Falcons head coach Mike Smith said that Jacquizz Rodgers could be an every-down back. We break down the fantasy implications.

Jacquizz Rodgers will be used as more than just a change-of-pace back with the Atlanta Falcons, head coach Mike Smith said after practice Tuesday. The team believes that the 5'6 running back can be an every-down player as it looks to lighten the load on Michael Turner this season.

"Jacquizz is a player that we've got to get him some touches," Smith said. "We found out very early once we got him here that he is not a change-of-pace back. He's a guy who can do all the things that you ask a running back to do. You go out and perform and when he's had his opportunities, he's done a nice job."

Analysis: Rodgers has been one of the biggest recent risers in fantasy football thanks to his play throughout preseason and the confidence the coaching staff has shown in the former fifth-round NFL Draft pick. That said, Turner is still the man in Atlanta, though Rodgers has emerged as a necessary handcuff at this point. Rodgers could be a decent RB2 if Turner is injured, especially in PPR leagues.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 6-10pm Monday through Friday, 4-9pm Saturday and Sunday.

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