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KFFL: Turner Should Score Between 13 and 15 TD’s in 2010

KFFL.com, a premiere fantasy site, says that Falcons back Michael Turner should cross the goal-line 13 to 15 times in 2010, and will bounce back from his ankle injury of 2009:

Pros: Turner is coming off an injury-shortened season, but he still managed to score 10 times in 11 games in 2009. His yards-per-carry average increased from 4.5 to 4.9, his best as a starter. All of that came playing WITH an ankle injury! In 2008, The Burner ran for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns, so we know what he’s capable of in Atlanta’s run-first system. The Falcons’ offensive line was constructed with the ground game in mind, and quarterback Matt Ryan helps keep defenders honest. Turner really started to pick it up before the injury last year, racking up 428 rushing yards (9.1 per carry) in three games leading up to the injury. He was on a seven-game touchdown streak, too.

Cons: Head coach Mike Smith said Turner’s workload will have parameters, but he wasn’t any more specific than that. As of mid-June, Turner’s ankle wasn’t quite 100 percent healthy despite practicing in full. Never a receiving threat, Turner has just 11 catches as a Falcon. Atlanta’s defense may not be good enough to let the offense run through Turner in some games.

Fantasy tip: Clocking in with an average draft placement of sixth overall, Turner is justifiably selected as high as the fourth pick (only in non-PPR). As long as his ankle is right, expect another big season.

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