Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 6/17/12

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 03: Running back Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes against the Baltimore Raves at Georgia Dome on September 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A report by ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas confirmed what many believed for a while, that the Falcons would be reducing Michael Turner’s carries this season. In fact, Yasinskas says that they have told him “repeatedly” that they’d be reducing Turner’s carries. This makes a lot of sense. Turner is 30 and has carried the ball 300 times in 3 of the last 4 seasons. The Falcons will be going more pass heavy and no huddle this season, which is where Turner is a liability because of his inability to catch passes.

His backups, Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers, are much better in passing situations and the Falcons are reportedly very high on Rodgers, a 2011 5th round pick. It’s unknown exactly how much Turner’s carries will be reduced, but given all of those factors, I would stay away from Turner in fantasy leagues and make him someone else’s problem, especially at his current ADP, which is in the 3rd round.

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