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The writing is not only on the wall, it’s happening. Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner has been one of the players fantasy football owners are not as high on in 2012, regardless if he finished sixth among all fantasy backs with 212.80 points last year. The continued emergence of Julio Jones is the primary culprit for his drop in value, the Falcons committed to getting the Alabama product and Roddy White as many touches as they can. Thus far in preseason action, the duo has accounted for 250 yards and a score, while the duo of Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers have managed just 71 yards and a score. The Falcons will be a pass first offense this season, regardless of what Turner has done in the past.
As if the change in offensive philosophy wasn’t enough, Turner has been outshone by Rodgers as well. The organization loves what the Oregon State product can do in space, using his speed and elusiveness to create mismatches and rack up the yards. That is just what Rodgers has done the last two weeks. The sophomore has carried the ball 13 times for 57-yards and a score, while Turner has managed just 14 yards on eight carries.
While Turner won’t be completely abandoned and still does carry considerable value given his ADP of 39.77, Rodgers is at minimum a must-handcuff to the veteran. Turner is entering his ninth year after putting considerable mileage on those wheels the last two seasons, and this could be a sign of the team transitioning before it’s too late. If he continues to struggle, it won’t be long before Rodgers takes over the lead role for good. Consider him a late round selection with upside in standard leagues, and one to target in the middle-rounds for those in dynasty and keeper formats. Either way, Rodgers is a super-sleeper and fantasy star in-waiting.
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