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St Louis Rams Fantasy Update

What a difference a few weeks can make. Last time we reviewed the Rams roster from a fantasy perspective we’d just won our first game. Another win and a painful loss later and the Rams season is starting to look a little less rosy.

Sam Bradford is still a worthwhile fantasy backup and viable bye-week starter. He does flash signs of his rookie immaturity in some of his decision-making, but you cannot overlook his excellent arm and accuracy. Dynasty league players should be very excited about his prospects. Next week against the Chargers probably won’t be pretty though. Lets hope we can block Shaun Phillips!

The most crucial development has to be the season ending injury to Mark Clayton. Last week I was waxing lyrical about how we can expect a “career year across the board” statistically for him. Then he goes and gets placed on IR with a season ending knee injury… With no trade for Vincent Jackson in sight (which is a good thing mind you!), the Rams will be looking at some of their rookies to contribute more. Mardy Gilyard and Danario Alexander are both raw, but talented. Neither should be relied upon or picked up in fantasy quite yet. The main beneficiary from Clayton’s absence will be Danny Amendola. “White Chocolate” flies under the radar in most circles. But he shouldn’t. Why? One-handed catches. Toughness. In the wake of Clayton’s injury Amendola caught 12 passes for 95 yards. If you are in a PPR league, he’s now a very desirable asset. In non-PPR leagues he’s still a WR2. Go get him!

Steven Jackson is of course what is he always is. A tough, versatile runner. He’s a virtual lock for 20 touches a game and he broke 100 yards for the first time this season last week despite the humiliating loss. He’s still an elite back and I’d still consider him a top 5 RB talent. He hasn’t been as much of a factor in the passing game as I would have expected, but that might change now Clayton is out.

Hoomanawanui is very likely to return against San Diego next week. A pre-season sandout it will be interesting to see how he fits back into the Rams plans. You need to be in a deep league or have some serious bench space to consider picking him up right now, but certainly keep an eye on him. If the Chargers get blitz crazy with their linebackers he might just see a few passes thrown his way.

For those who love their IDP play there are a few bright spots to discuss! Chris Long led the league through the first 4 weeks in QB pressures with 22. He may only have one sack to his name so far, but he is a disruption the backfield and if James Hall and George Selvie keep notching their own names on the stat sheet, Long will finally get himself some single coverage. Speaking of Hall, his 4 sacks and 3 forced fumbles so far make him a viable DE starter.  Don’t be scared to put him in your line-up.

James Laurinaitis is yet to reach double figure tackles, but he has been making tackles for loss and generally running our defense. He is playing at a high level and rest assured the fantasy points will come. You still can’t pick up Vobora, Diggs or Grant, even as depth.

The most genuinely surprising performer on defense has continued to be Bradley Fletcher who has locked down the starting spot opposite Ron Bartell. Not only does he have 2 interceptions on the year, but he is posting solid tackle numbers to boot. He, like Hall, can be considered as a starter for your fantasy team at CB. Bartell though needs to see a slight downgrade. He is making average tackle numbers, but we need to see some turnovers to make him start worthy.

OJ Atogwe has not been the playmaker he usually is in 2010, but his thigh injury can be partly blamed. As he returns to full health we can expect the interceptions and fumbles he normally beings to the party. Butler, Stewart and Dahl are not going to be of any real significance to your fantasy team, so leave them on the waivers.

So, in a nutshell, upgrade Amendola and watch Gilyard, Alexander and Hoomanawanui. Hold firm with Bradford, SJax, Laurinaitis and Atogwe. If Hall or Fletcher are available, grab them.

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One Response to “St Louis Rams Fantasy Update”

  1. Matthew Berry says:

    I completey disagree with all of the above points. There are 31 better teams with better players, so there really is no point in picking up any of the Rams players, even in the deepest of leagues. In every position the Rams are weaker than every other team in the country, even at the College and High School level. This is a bad team, and a bad blog, and you should really devote your time to reading pretty much anything rather than this overoptimistic sugar coated rubbish. I suggest you read more about fantasy football and football in general before continuing with this blatantly unresearched fantical drivel.

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