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|After a moderately successful rookie season in which he ran for 205 yards and caught 21 passes for 188 yards, Rodgers is slated for an expanded role in the Falcons offense in 2012. The question is how expanded will his role become? The Falcons 5th round pick in the 2011 draft, Rodgers lacks ideal size (5í6Ē, 196 pounds) to assume a heavy workload in the teamís offense and with Michael Turner doing the heavy lifting, Rodgers will likely get 6-8 touches per game. Thatís not enough to make him a useful fantasy option. Even if Turner were to be lost to injury, Rodgers would almost certainly split the workload with Jason Snelling with Snelling assuming the short yardage role. While some are predicting a Darren Sproles type role for Rodgers, he lacks the speed that Sproles possesses. Do you get the feeling Iím not excited at the prospect of Rodgers having an expanded role? Heís a lower tier RB4 with more appeal in larger PPR leagues that employ the flex position.
|Doug Martin to be inactive Week 17 -- Tue Dec 27 10:30 am --|
Future with the Bucs in doubt
|Two days after being benched for the first time in his pro career, Doug Martin's season appears to be over and his future with the Bucs is in doubt. Martin, the two-time Pro Bowl running back who was told to take a seat for the Bucs' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Saturday, will not be active for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Panthers. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FF Today's Take: Martin has fallen out of favor in Tampa which led to Jacquizz Rodgers receiving the majority of the snaps against the Saints in Week 16. It appears Rodgers will be in line for another big workload in Week 17 against the Panthers. The Bucs are expected to sign RB Russell Hansbrough off the Giants practice squad.
| Charles Sims due back Week 14 -- Mon Dec 5 7:40 pm --|
Set to come off IR
|Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he expects RB Charles Sims to be activated to the 53 man roster this week vs. Saints. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Sims' return is good news for an offense that once was down to Peyton Barber, but it is unclear if Jacquizz Rodgers has taken his pass-catching role from him or not. Rodgers has been the Bucs' most efficient runner this season by a wide margin, so owners shouldn't assume Sims is going to come back and tear it up in the same way he did late last season. Sims is worth an add in all leagues, but his role needs to be defined before he should be started in fantasy.