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Jackson finished Sunday's game against the Lions with 18 carries for 60 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Jackson set a season-high with 18 rushing attempts Sunday, when he also found the end zone for the third time on the year. Facing a stout Lions' front-seven, Jackson managed just 3.3 yards per carry, but a high volume of touches allowed him to reach the 60-yard plateau for the first time this season. On the whole, Jackson put together his second-best fantasy outing through eight games, an encouraging development heading into Atlanta's bye week.

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Jackson had eight carries for 22 yards in Sunday's 29-7 loss at Baltimore. He caught one pass for three yards.

The entire Falcons' offense struggled to generate much, and they trailed 17-0 at halftime, limiting Jackson's opportunities in the running game. He once again led the team in rushing attempts, although the presence of rookie Devonta Freeman, speedster Antone Smith and reliable Jacquizz Rodgers limits Jackson's upside.

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Jackson had six carries for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to Chicago. He had two targets as a pass catcher, but did not record a reception.

Atlanta didn't have the ball much Sunday, so Jackson's opportunities were limited. Meanwhile, Antone Smith made another big play, scoring on a 41-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The Falcons seem content to give Jackson most of the work in the backfield, but that could change if the offense continues to struggle, not that he's necessarily the cause of their issues.

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Jackson had 13 carries for 37 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as five catches on six targets for 37 receiving yards Sunday against the Giants.

Jackson's touchdown, his second in the last three games, came on a 10-yard run in the first quarter, and he did little for fantasy owners after that. He continues to get a majority of the touches out of the backfield, even with Devonta Freeman netting 38 rushing yards on four carries and Antone Smith scoring his fourth touchdown of the season on a 74-yard pass play in the third quarter Sunday. Both players seem to have more upside on a per-play basis, but the Falcons seem content with Jackson's plodding production, as he's now seen his yards-per-carry decline in each game this season from 4.3 in Week 1 to 2.8 in Week 5.

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Jackson carried the ball 13 times for 49 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards in Sunday's loss at Minnesota.

Jackson was once again held in check on the ground, although he easily led Atlanta's backfield in carries. On a negative note for Jackson owners, Antone Smith once again made a big play, running for 48-yard touchdown. While Jackson is the clear-cut starter, Smith's explosiveness might force Atlanta to start using him a little more in the future.

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Jackson had 14 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 56-14 win over the Buccaneers.

Jackson would normally get most of the carries with Atlanta protecting a lead, but the Falcons were ahead by so much that they pulled their starters in the third quarter. Jackson still got a team-high 14 totes, and he showed impressive determination on a two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Antone Smith played well in garbage time, but none of the Atlanta running backs besides Jackson did much in the first half. Though he's still losing some snaps and touches to the guys behind him, Jackson remains the clear-cut top dog in the Atlanta backfield.

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Jackson had 11 carries for 46 rushing yards and one catch on one target for seven receiving yards Sunday against the Bengals.

The Falcons' offense really struggled Sunday and quarterback Matt Ryan was forced to throw 44 times versus the 19 total rushing attempts the team had (16 without Ryan's three). The good news for Jackson's fantasy owners is that he continues to dominate the touches out of the backfield, as Jacquizz Rodgers had only five carries and Davonte Freeman didn't even have one. Up next is a Week 3 matchup against the Bucs, who allowed 119 rushing yards to the Rams in Week 2.

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Jackson (hamstring) had 12 carries for 52 yards in Sunday's thrilling 37-34 overtime win against New Orleans. He also had just one catch (three targets) for zero yards.

Jackson led the team in rushing attempts and yards, but saw Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith each score a touchdown. Even rookie Davonta Freeman made some key plays, touching the ball four times for 33 yards. Expect Jackson to lead the ground attack most of the time, but it looks like Atlanta's running back situation is going to be a headache for fantasy owners, as each of the top four runners bring something different to the table. On a positive note, the hamstring injury that dogged Jackson for most of the preseason didn't seem to be a hindrance Sunday.

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Jackson (hamstring) wasn't listed on the Falcons' injury report Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Coach Mike Smith has deemed his squad "healthy," which includes Jackson and his recovered hamstring. After missing the entire preseason slate due to injury, there may be some rust evident initially, but Sunday's opponent, the Saints, ranked fifth-worst by allowing 4.6 YPC last season. Thus, there's a decent bet that the occasional seam opens for the veteran back.

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Jackson (hamstring) stated that he's in line to start Sunday against the Saints, the Falcons' official site reports. "I'm extremely excited for Week 1," he said. "It's been a training camp that I missed the majority of the time, but I've been working hard physically and mentally to prepare for this coming Sunday."

Early in training camp, Jackson suffered an injury to his left hamstring, which wiped away his presence from all four exhibitions. The fact that he was in uniform for the preseason finale was encouraging for his availability in Week 1, but his enthusiasm for the opener against a division rival can't be ignored. The release of Wednesday's injury report should confirm (or deny) his status.