Rams Fantasy News

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Rams WR Kenny Britt (hip, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 9. Britt is expected to play against the 49ers. He’ll be the team’s WR1 going forward with Brian Quick out for the year.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Rams WR Kenny Britt (hip) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Britt is expected to play against the 49ers. He’ll be the team’s WR1 going forward with Brian Quick out for the year.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Rams WR Kenny Britt (hip) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Britt is expected to play against the 49ers. He’ll be the team’s WR1 going forward with Brian Quick out for the year.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:37pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Rams shipped fourth and sixth-round picks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for safety Mark Barron, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Scheffer. In making the trade, the Rams add the No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

On paper, adding any talent to a secondary ranked last in the league in opponent completion percentage is a good move, and Barron has long been considered an emerging talent with upside. The Rams liked him coming out of Alabama but passed on him to move down in the 2012 draft before selecting defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the 14th pick.

But the question the Rams must now answer is where, exactly, Barron fits within coordinator Gregg Williams' defensive scheme. At first blush, one would think that Barron could slide in and play alongside T.J. McDonald while the Rams keep tabs on injured safeties Rodney McLeod (knee) and Cody Davis (concussion).

Alex Smith (shoulder sprain) should be fine for Week 9

Monday, October 27, 2014, 2:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters today that Smith suffered a shoulder sprain in yesterday’s win over the Rams.

Reid added that Smith’s right shoulder was “a little tender,” today, after suffering the injury late in the first half. It was hard to tell from his passing line, as Smith was a Smith-like 24-of-28 for 226 yards, and handing off for another 143 yards rushing.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith is expected to be OK and should be on track to start Week 9 is what is shaping up to be a nice matchup against the Jets.

Brian Quick (shoulder, rotator cuff) likely out for year

Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:41pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams WR Brian Quick has a dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff.

Fantasy Impact:

Schefter added that Quick is likely done for the season. In an ugly offensive performance, Kenny Britt did catch two balls for 52 yards to lead the way for the Rams in Week 8. Tavon Austin and Chris Givens could have increased roles as could Stedman Bailey.

Rams lose LT Jake Long for the season

Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:50am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Jake Long's season has again been cut short by a serious knee injury.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that an MRI confirmed the St. Louis Rams left tackle tore his ACL in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a source who has spoken with Long. It is the same ACL that Long tore last season.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a crushing blow for both the Rams and Long, who signed a four-year, $34 million contract with the team in March 2013. Coming back from his second major knee surgery, Long makes sense as a cap casualty in the offseason.

Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rams coach Jeff Fisher and special-teams coach John Fassel called for a kickoff to go deep and to the left side. But kicker Greg Zuerlein mishit the kick and it didn't get much hang time, leaving plenty of room for Davis to scoop it up and take off down the right sideline. By the time Davis was done running, he had a 99-yard touchdown, the Chiefs had a 17-7 lead and were well on their way to 34 unanswered points and a blowout victory.

"It was a bad kick," Fisher said. "We were trying to get a deep left kick and he just shanked it and they got off and running. I haven’t seen it. Usually when that happens, you are going to get potentially a hold or two but it’s uncharacteristic of our cover team not to make that play. But that was a key play. It’s what they needed to win this game. We didn’t get that."

The mishit kickoff and the missed field goal are part of a disturbing trend for Zuerlein, who just two years ago was considered one of the most dangerous young kickers in the league as he converted his first 15 field goal attempts. But since Week 6 of 2012, he's 44-of-57 on field goal attempts, a 77.2 percent conversion rate. He only missed two field goals in 2013 but both came at the most inopportune times in losses to Seattle and Tennessee.

Fantasy Impact:

So far this season, Zuerlein is 8-of-11 on field goal tries. And though two of those misses have come from 50-plus yards, his ability to make long kicks was a big part of his appeal in the first place. He's made just five of his past 14 attempts from 50 yards or further. The story said it's not time to give up on Zuerlein just yet -- a 27-point loss certainly isn't all his fault -- but if his struggles continue, it's fair to wonder how much longer his leash extends.

Brian Quick unsure severity of arm injury

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:18pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams WR Brian Quick had sling on left shoulder in locker.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas' Tweet also said Quick isn't sure of the severity of the injury. It wasn't a pretty offensive display by the Rams but Kenny Britt did catch two balls for 52 yards to lead the way. Tavon Austin and Chris Givens could have increased roles if Quick were to miss time as could Stedman Bailey.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Rams RB Benny Cunningham (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 8. It looks like Cunningham will be around to complicate matters for Tre Mason owners. The Rams say they’re going to use all three of their running backs.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Rams WR Kenny Britt (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 8.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 8. Kelce is good to go for a matchup with the Rams, though there is always a slight chance of re-injury with a rib injury.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Rams K Greg Zuerlein (illness, probable) missed practice Friday and is probable for Week 8.

Rams Beat: Tre Mason will be given 'every opportunity to develop a hot hand'

Friday, October 24, 2014, 9:36am

STL Today - [Full Article]

Most likely, Rams RB Tre Mason will be given every opportunity to develop a hot hand vs. the Chiefs after his eye-opening display against Seattle. He brings a speed element and a higher potential for the explosive play than Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham.

“(Mason) certainly played well last week,” OC Brian Schottenheimer said. “Popped a couple big runs. Some of it is that they haven’t seen him. Now teams get a better idea of what he’s about.

“I think there’s some things he needs to do, taking care of the football. Obviously that last play was a little scary, but wow, what a talented young man.”

Fantasy Impact:

This is our feeling too, despite Jeff Fisher's comments that Zac Stacy could see 25 carries this week. Mason showed more pop than either Stacy or Benny Cunningham, who now has a mild knee issue. Mason isn't a safe start, but he has upside in a so-so matchup against the Chiefs.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Rams WR Kenny Britt (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.