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Monday, June 16, 2014

Team Talk: St. Louis Rams

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

It's time to take a look at a team that could be one of the more intriguing teams in the NFL and possibly fantasy football this season. The St. Louis Rams. The Rams are an up and coming team who have a good defense on paper and if they can get consistent quarterback play from Bradford, could make some noise in the NFC West in 2014. Just who are the players that could contribute to fantasy rosters? Let's take a look.

Sam Bradford
- Time is running out for  Sam Bradford to show fantasy owners and the Rams what he can do. Bradford was on track for a nice fantasy season in 2013 but an injury derailed him after seven games. Before the injury, Bradford was averaging over 20 fantasy points per game and had 14 touchdowns to just four interceptions. With some nice weapons around him and a good defense, Bradford looks poised to have a good fantasy season in 2014.

Tavon Austin- It was hard to get a good read on the rookie in 2013. Jeff Fisher said during the preseason that the team had big plans for Tavon Austin and fantasy owners are still waiting to see what those plans are. Austin has all the talent to be a stud fantasy player in 2014 but the problem remains fantasy owners don't have a clue as to how the Rams are planning to use him. As a rookie last season, Austin averaged just under seven fantasy points per game which is a bit low for a player who is a threat in the passing game as well as the return game and can run the ball for success on occasion.

Chris Givens- Chris Givens would be a better fantasy receiver if he was more than a deep threat. He did have 83 targets thrown his way but only managed 34 receptions and did not offer much to fantasy owners in 2013 by averaging under four fantasy points per game.

Kenny Britt- I think it's time for fantasy owners to forget the name Kenny Britt. It is possible that with a new home in St. Louis, Britt reverts back to the fantasy receiver owners loved a few years back, but between injuries and off field issues, it will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Kenny Britt. In ten games played in 2013, Britt averaged one fantasy point per game. The production just isn't there anymore to warrant the headache he will cause his owners.

Jared Cook
- If fantasy owners were to look at Cook's 2013 numbers, they'd think he had a decent season from the tight end position. The problem with Jared Cook is he scores his fantasy points in bunches. He'll have a week where he has double digit fantasy points and then disappears for weeks at a time. He averaged just over six fantasy points per game and just hasn't broken out like fantasy owners have expected up until this point.

Zac Stacy- A breakout fantasy player in 2013, not too many fantasy owners saw Zac Stacy coming on this strong. Before the season began, the two running backs on the radar from St. Louis were Isiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. Richardson is no longer with the Rams. After being inserted three games into the 2013 season, Zac Stacy never looked back averaging over 12 fantasy points per game and seven touchdowns. He even contributed a little bit in the passing game with 26 catches for over 140 yards. The only problem with Stacy for 2014 is he is very dependent on volume to get his yards and with rookie Tre Mason now in the fold, Stacy may not get as many carries which can hurt his fantasy production. Other than that, Stacy looks primed for another stellar fantasy season.

Tre Mason- The rookie running back selected in the third round out of Auburn will look to push Zac Stacy for some playing time early. How much playing time remains the question. In his three years at Auburn, Mason finished with almost 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns. It may be hard for the Rams to not give him touches with numbers like that.

D/ST
- The Rams have a quietly dangerous defense heading into the 2014 season. With one of the better defensive lines on paper, the Rams defense is positioned to make some noise in 2014 and could be a sleeper defense for fantasy owners that like to wait a bit before selecting their defense.