Rams' Jackson still productive sans touchdowns 

October, 26, 2009
After his 134-yard outburst Sunday, Steven Jackson is third in the NFL in rushing yards, behind only the rejuvenated Cedric Benson and the fantastic Adrian Peterson. Jackson also is second in attempts. However, Benson and Peterson are the top scorers among fantasy running backs; Jackson is nowhere to be found in the top 10. You see, there's this thing called an end zone, and Jackson (and the Rams?) seems to be allergic to it. Yes, touchdowns matter. I know fantasy owners have noticed this ... but they're also panicking because of it.

Jackson was traded in one of my leagues last week for a RB-WR package I'd prefer not to mention, lest you think the league features a bunch of bozos. It's not only that league, though. Jackson's name seems to be floating around in many leagues as the owners who made him a top-eight pick worry he'll end up scoring as many touchdowns this season as they do. I admit it's a frightening thought, a touchdown-less season; Redskins punter Hunter Smith has scored a rushing touchdown. Giants backup quarterback David Carr has done so as well. There have been touchdowns scored by 247 players this season. None are named Steven Jackson. But now is a time to buy low, not sell for what you can get.

Jeff Curry/US PresswireBe patient, Steven Jackson owners, the TDs will come.
Watching Jackson zig and zag and pilfer the Indianapolis Colts' defense seemingly at will Sunday, I felt kind of bad for him and his owners, but I also viewed this as an unlucky coincidence. Give this guy a passing game, and there would be more goal-line situations and he'd score once in a while. But even that is too simplistic. Bad teams move the ball, too. Jackson will score. Instead of selling for less than market value, we should take notice of how good Jackson has been. Give him a break. He didn't choose his teammates.