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Week 2 – Rams Fantasy Projections

The first week of the NFL season provided some cause for optimism, but the usual dismay for Rams fans. Bradford looked like a rookie, but one who appears capable of bing the franchise play-caller that St Louis needs. Another loss, but we created turnovers and moved the ball with a relative amount of success. There are also positives to be taken with regards to fantasy football with several encouraging performances, with O.J. Atogwe, Mark Clayton and Larry Grant the star performers.

Clayton especially stood out. His 10 catches for 119 yard showed a chemistry with Bradford that looks likely to develop as the season wears on. ¬†Sooners graduate, Clayton, had worked out with Bradford in the summer back in Norman, Oklahoma in the build up to the draft and it looks safe to assume he’ll be a key target in 2010. If he is available in your fantasy league he should certainly be picked up. His career year in 2006 was 67 catches for 939yds & 5 TDs and a he has a career average of 13.3 yards per catch. He could easily have an 80-90 catch season and even if you think he’ll see shorter passes in an aerial attack based around medium to short passes, that’s banging on the door of the 1,000 yard mark. He’s a #2 WR in fantasy now. Week 2 will be an interesting match-up against a poor Oakland team that boasts one elite talent, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. You can’t start him if he draws coverage from Asomugha, which he will do if #1 on the Rams depth chart.

Rest of the projections are after the jump!

Rookie Sam Bradford was called upon to make 55 passes, which can be taken as a positive as Pat Shurmur does not seem worried about calling his number. Bradford also threw his touchdown on 4th and 1, a territory you would assume would be dominated by Steven Jackson. Outside of the two-minute offense, which he ran three times, Bradford completed 23 of 34 passes (67%). He did however toss three interceptions, and although one was a last-play heave, it still costs you points. His value remains similar, a fantasy back-up that needs to show some consistent numbers before being considered a match-up starter.

Playmaking safety O.J. Atogwe has always been an IDP must and he did not dissapoint on Sunday with 8 solo tackles and forced fumble. Larry Grant also shone with 2 forced fumbles of his own, 1 fumble recovery and 4 solo tackles. Atogwe can be relied upon for a return most weeks, but I’d mark Grant as a ‘wait and see’ in IDP leagues still. It’s great he’s making big plays but he needs to put up a good stat line for a few more weeks before you consider picking him up.

Steven Jackson racked up a servicable, but not game winning, 80 yards (on 22 carries) with no touchdowns. He did add 4 catches for 6 yards which boosts his score in PPR leagues, but his performance was fairly underhelming as a whole. Although dissapointing it’s probably around the baseline of a S-Jax fantasy score outside an injury. He’s an every week starter still. Especially against a Raiders defense that gave up over 200 yards on the ground last week, 3 rushing TDs, posting only 3 tackles for loss in 39 attempts.

An injury to Michael Hoomanawanui obviously knocks his value, but don’t think Billy Bajema will see an major upsurge in his. Last year’s #1 TE Daniel Fells and rookie Fendi Onobun are more likely to see an increase in snaps so temper any enthusiasm you might have about getting Bajema on your roster.

If you haven’t got an elite D/ST like the Ravens, Steelers or Jets, and like to play the waiver wire each week for you starter, the Rams are a decent bet against a woeful Raiders team, especially if they can keep causing turnovers.

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