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Fantasy Football Rankings 2012: Falcons' Michael Turner 16th-Best RB, According To ESPN

Fantasy football experts don't expect Atlanta's Michael Turner to be an elite running back in 2012.

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Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner is ranked 16th in ESPN's current fantasy football RB rankings. Turner ran for 1,340 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in 2011; it was his third thousand-yard season in the last four years.

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Back in June, Yahoo! Sports' Brad Evans had this to say about Turner:

The Burner, now practically extinguished, is the virtual game's most overrated early round pick (30.0 ADP, RB16). His value is and will continue to be locked in a deep freeze. Dirk Koetter's insistence on installing more screens and swings has the stone-handed rusher on the outside looking in. More reliable pass catchers Jason Snelling and breakout favorite Jacquizz Rodgers are destined for more touches, relegating Turner almost exclusively to short-yardage and some early down work.

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