Isaiah Pead Fantasy News
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:47am
In just two seasons, Rams RB Isaiah Pead has been surpassed by running backs with lesser draft status including Daryl Richardson and Zac Stacy. Even undrafted rookie Benny Cunningham handled a bigger role in 2013 and the Rams drafted Tre Mason in the third round this year. Pead's long term future in St. Louis will likely hinge on his ability to finally produce in 2014.
The Rams would like to see a competition develop in camp with their backs. Pead even got some first-team reps in the spring. But the story even says it's probably not realistic to expect Pead to make enough of a leap to steal carries from Stacy, Cunningham and Mason. It goes on to say a more likely scenario is Pead playing special teams and developing into a third-down back. Right now, there's just not a lot of fantasy value.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:01pm
Rams RB Isaiah Pead has been lost in the shuffle a bit since the Rams found their top two backs in Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham, and then added Tre Mason in the third round of this year's draft. Midway through last season, Pead took a role on special teams and apparently excelled in the role to the point where the Rams view him as one of their most valuable contributors there.
In looking at his role for this season, special teams again figure to be a big part of the plan.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 12:20pm
Rams beat writer Jim Thomas on Rams' RB situation: "Daryl Richardson has been practicing, so he's healthy enough to play. If [Zac Stacy] is out, Richardson has to be active, although I couldn't tell you for sure that he'd be the 2 or the 3 behind [Benny Cunningham]."
Monday, October 28, 2013, 7:32pm
Rams RB situation muddled
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 9:24pm
Isaiah Pead OUT for Rams, rookie RB Zac Stacy IN
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7:13pm
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 9:20am
As the story points out, leading into Sunday's game, Richardson had already been dealing with a foot injury that ailed him since the opener against Arizona. He's is a risky start this week with Isaiah Pead getting some work as well. Be sure to check out our rankings on Wednesday, but Richardson is looking to be a RB3 option at best.
Daryl Richardson re-injures foot
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 8:54pm
Richardson started the game but aggravated the injury and came out very early.
“I re-injured my foot,” Richardson said. “I believe it got stepped on when I was trying to go out for my route early in the game.”
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 9:26pm
When asked whether Pead would play this week on Monday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said "we'll see."
The Rams didn't get much production in the run game and Zac Stacy got the only carry among backs not named Daryl Richardson. Fisher said he wants to see more of Stacy. Could that mean less Richardson to make room for some carries for Pead and Stacy?
One other thing we'll monitor this week is Richardson's health. Although he finished the game against Arizona, he did spend some time being looked at by Rams' medical personnel on the sideline. There are a lot of moving parts to the team's running back situation right now.
Rams name Daryl Richardson starter
Monday, August 19, 2013, 7:59pm
It's not really a surprise as HC Jeff Fisher and the team hinted at this recently. Pead is suspended for game one anyway, but aside from that, Richardson has been better in camp. We rank Richardson 29th among our running backs, which puts him in the RB3 zone, with ADP of the 8th round. Pead will likely still steal some work away when he returns, but for now, Richardson is the guy to target in drafts.
Isaiah Pead's start "largely a wash"
Sunday, August 18, 2013, 11:44pm
Isaiah Pead's night was largely a wash. On his first carry of the game, he got to the edge with purpose while picking up 9 yards. Later in the first half, he caught a dump-off pass from Sam Bradford, made a nice move to shake a defender on the sidelines, and picked up 10 yards in the process. But on the very next play, he chose to bounce a run outside instead of following his guard through the hole, which resulted in a loss of a yard instead of a potential gain. Despite starting and playing the majority of the first half, he converted his 12 touches into just 29 total yards while failing to make much of an impact. And while some of that can be blamed on the Rams' shoddy run-blocking, Daryl Richardson continues to run with more decisiveness and remains the favorite to start early in the season.
That said, there was one takeaway from Pead's night that you won't find on the stat sheet. He did a great job picking up the blitz on two separate pass plays in the first half, including on Bradford's 57-yard completion to Chris Givens in the first quarter. Seeing as how blitz pickup has been a problem for Pead this offseason, at least he shined in that area on Saturday night.
The Rams RB situation is being closely monitored by fantasy owners this preseason. At this point, it appears as if Richardson is well ahead of Pead, while Zac Stacy is an afterthought. While there is some risk here, Richardson is looking like a nice RB3 with some upside in the 6th/7th round. Pead can be had cheaply in the later rounds.
Beat: Daryl Richardson has "strong hold" on starting job
Saturday, August 17, 2013, 1:32pm
One game into the preseason, Daryl Richardson has a strong hold on the starting job at running back. He hasn’t clinched the spot, but he’s getting close. Isaiah Pead needs to bounce back from his lost fumble against Cleveland.
Given the uncertainty of his situation, Richardson is a middle-of-the-road RB3 in both standard and PPR formats. If he remains the starter, he should outplay his current draft position.