2012 fantasy football leagues everywhere are beginning now.
As a result, it is vital to be aware of the starting running backs that are physically breaking down from injuries and so many touches.
The household names in the 2012 fantasy football season that should be on fantasy bust alert are Stephen Jackson, Michael Turner, Ahmad Bradshaw, Darren McFadden and LeGarrette Blount.
These former fantasy football studs have major durability issues heading into 2012 and in each of their respective teams depth charts there is a running back waiting to emerge into a brand name fantasy football sleeper.
Isaiah Pead, RB, Rams
Stephen Jackson of the St. Louis Rams has been a fantasy football workhorse for eight years, but he turns 29 in July and his 2,500 total touches rushing/receiving may have finally caught up to him in 2012.
Jackson will eventually breakdown like the Shaun Alexanders of the fantasy football world and when he does, the 22-year-old, 50th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, Isaiah Pead will be waiting in the wings.
In 2012 fantasy football drafts, Pead will go in the later rounds and be the fantasy football handcuff to Jackson as a change-of-pace back on third downs and in the return game.
Stlouisrams.com reported Rams coach Jeff Fisher on what Pead brings to the table with his versatility:
Isaiah has got great change of direction quickness, vision, a jump cut runner. He’s got acceleration; he’s got hands out of the backfield. He’s just a great change of pace runner that we need here right now for Steven.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons
Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons will be among the 2012 fantasy football busts. He just turned 30, and 300 plus carries in three out of four years will break him down.All signs point to 2012 fantasy football sleeper Jacquizz Rodgerswho will go in the later rounds of most 2012 fantasy football drafts.Rodgers played all 16 games for the Falcons in 2011 and had 205 yards rushing with a touchdown, 188 yards receiving with a touchdown.Pat Yasinskas at ESPN.com reported Falcons coach Mike Smith commenting that Rodgers will figure to get a lot more touches in 2012 limiting starter Michael Turner:
“Jacquizz figures into that quite a bit,’’ Smith said. “We drafted him to be a change-of-pace back and we found out very quickly that he’s a guy that is more than a change-of-pace back. He’s a guy we feel like we can integrate more into our offense.’’