Fantasy Review of the Rams Roster

QB

Sam Bradford has been roster worthy in fantasy leagues since mid-season and his week 12 against Denver flashed his ability to be a spot week starter. He surpassed 300 yards for the first time in his career and also threw for 3 touchdowns, again for the first time. Pat Shurmur has been more willing to open up his play calling and go deep of late and that gives confidence to Bradford owners that he can do it again. In his final four games he faces 3 defenses in the Seahawks (7th), 49ers (12th) and Chiefs (13th) who rank in the top 13 for giving up points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks.

RB

Steven Jackson has been good, but not great this year. In the past 5 games he has only broken the 100 yard mark once and has 2 only TDs. That is not enough performance for a player probably drafted in the first round of your league. On the plus side he is an almost certainty for 25 touches a game so he always has the opportunity to break a big run. He also might be a championship winner for you as his week 17 match-up is against Seattle who give up 151 total yards a game to opposing QBs.

WR

After 3 consecutive games with touchdowns from w7 – 10 Danny Amendola solidified his fantasy value in more than just PPR leagues. His ability to return kicks further boosted his worth, but a 1 catch game last week against Arizona has dampened the spirits somewhat. He is a #2 fantasy wideout or flex starter. Danario Alexander has returned to the line-up and looks set to assume the role of Bradford’s deep threat. 95 yards against Denver was followed up by only two catches and 20 yards against the Cardinals but expect him to continue to be targeted as the Rams start to stretch the field more. He is a match-up starter only so the Seahawks 2nd easiest defense for opposing WRs in w17 might be the game to play him. Sam Bradford said that Brandon Gibson is his best route-runner and it shows. Gibson has averaged 5.6 catches a game since week 8 and has become a starter, making himself a possible waiver wire pick-up in deep leagues.

TE

The impressive looking Hoomanawanui has picked up a high ankle sprain which rules him out for 4-6 weeks, which means you have to drop him. Although Bradford does target his TEs, who have 7 TDs between them, they share the touches so much you can’t trust in either Fells or Bajema.

DL

Both James Hall and Chris Long have been valuable in IDP leagues this year. Hall has 7.5 sacks and Long 6.5 and they look set to continue to pressure opposing QBs in Ken Flajole’s pass-rush heavy scheme. The 9ers have given up 30 sacks and the Seahawks 29, so they should be favourable match-ups. Although he has 3 sacks in the last 2 games I don’t think you can use Fred Robbins even in leagues that play DTs. No-one else is even worth considering for your roster.

LB

James Laurinaitis has been great for the Rams but he hasn’t been the IDP force people predicted pre-season. He’s only had one double-digit tackle performance and isn’t noted for his big plays, so he hasn’t been the elite fantasy scorer you’d have liked. He still has to be an every week starter though, it’s just not the return you drafted him for. Kehl, Vobora and Grant should not be owned in any league.

DB

Similar to Laurinaitis, OJ Atogwe has been reliable but not fantastic. He only has 4 turnovers this year after racking up 24 in the previous 3 seasons, but he his level of play has improved in the second half of the year. He is still an every week starter. Craig Dahl has also become fantasy relevant. Since week 8 he has averaged 8.2 tackles a game and has added 1 FF, 1 INT and 1 sack. If he is available in your league I would add him for roster depth. Ron Bartell has been playing some good football in covering Roddy White, Brandon Lloyd and Larry Fitzgerald but his fantasy output has not been reflected his play. I don’t think you can count on him as a fantasy starter, although his match-up with Dwayne Bowe in w15 is attractive. Bradley Fletcher picked up his 2nd career interception last week and also charted a 7 tackle game against Atlanta, but his production isn’t consistent enough to warrant starting in an IDP league. He is worth a roster spot in deeper leagues though.


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