Rams Fantasy News

Jaguars hire Greg Olson as offensive coordinator

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:33pm

Jason LaCanfora, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Jaguars are hiring Greg Olson to be their offensive coordinator.

Fantasy Impact:

Olson's offenses have been consistently mediocre, but Derek Carr showed some flashes last season. Olson's '06 Rams were 6th in yards and 10th in points scored. He'll lead a young offense featuring Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns and perhaps Justin Blackmon.

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Brian Schottenheimer leaves the Rams to become Georgia's offensive coordinator

Friday, January 9, 2015, 11:36am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced on Wednesday that St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer would replace Mike Bobo, who accepted the head job at Colorado State last month, as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Schottenheimer spent his past three seasons leading a Rams offense that ranked as one of the NFL's lowest-scoring units (25th in scoring and 28th in total offense over that stretch) while struggling with personnel issues, most notably quarterback Sam Bradford.

Fantasy Impact:

Schottenheimer didn't have much to work with while in St. Louis, specifically at quarterback. The offense showed some signs of life when Sam Bradford was under center, but he was limited to just seven games over the past two seasons.

Drew Stanton must practice in order to play

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 8:20pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

If quarterback Drew Stanton wants to play in Arizona's Wild Card game Saturday at Carolina, he has to practice at least one day this week, coach Bruce Arians said.

That’s it. Just one. It doesn’t matter if it happened Tuesday or comes Wednesday or Thursday. That's all Arians wants to see from Stanton before he hands him the ball against the Panthers.

But time is running out on Stanton. He wasn’t on the field during the part of Arizona’s practice Tuesday open to the media. Since an injury report wasn’t required to be distributed, it's unknown if he participated after practice was closed. Arians said there wasn’t a change in Stanton’s status, meaning Stanton continues to recover from a right knee injury suffered against the St. Louis Rams in Week 15.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals will go through a walk-through in Charlotte on Friday, but Stanton would need to go through a full practice in order for Arians to consider playing him. Arizona changed their travel plans to fly to Charlotte on Thursday instead of Friday, as was initially scheduled.

Rams want Sam Bradford to compete for QB job

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 5:50pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Rams have ended the last two seasons with quarterback Sam Bradford on injured reserve because of torn ACLs, but that hasn’t soured them on having Bradford back in 2015.

They aren’t going to hand him the starting job, however. On Tuesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that the team wants to have Bradford compete for the starting job with a player “not in the building now” this offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

It’s not clear whether Shaun Hill and/or Austin Davis, the two quarterbacks who started after Bradford’s injury, would also be invited to take part, the story mentioned. Bradford also spoke to the media and said that he thought about giving up the game immediately after suffering the second tear, but has gotten back on the rehab track. He’s running and said that he has no issues with the Rams making any moves at quarterback, the story added.

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:21pm

Rams Inactives
E.J. Gaines CB
Justice Cunningham TE
Alex Bayer TE
Alex Carrington DE
Ethan Westbrooks DT

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:37pm

Rams Inactives
Alex Bayer TE
Alex Carrington DE
Justice Cunningham TE
Barrett Jones G
Marcus Roberson CB
Brandon Washington G
Ethan Westbrooks DT

Texans won't reveal starting quarterback until Sunday

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7:21pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien isn't revealing who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Ravens.

The Texans can go with Case Keenum, who was signed this week off of the St. Louis Rams practice squad and went 0-8 as a starter for the Texans last season, or they can start mobile former Buffalo Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.

"We're not going to publicly name who's starting," O'Brien said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters Wednesday. "We'll let everybody see that when the game starts."

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans don't hold much of an advantage in this situation, but they do have the element of surprise. We would guess that Thaddeus Lewis gets the nod since he has been with the team longer, but Case Keenum had some success with Andre Johnson in 2013 and knows the offense well.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:08pm

Rams Inactives
Alex Bayer TE
Alex Carrington DE
Justice Cunningham TE
Lamarcus Joyner CB
Marcus Roberson CB
Brandon Washington G
Ethan Westbrooks DT

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Stanton is not an attractive start given his matchup against a Rams defense that is red hot.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Rams WR Kenny Britt (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Britt is a decent dart throw at receiver given Arizona’s propensity to give up big plays. They are 7th in the league with 11 pass plays of 40-plus yards.

Tests say Colt McCoy's neck injury not serious

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 11:04am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The neck injury that knocked Colt McCoy out of the final two minutes of Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams is not believed to be serious, and the possibility remains that the quarterback could play this week, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday morning.

Fantasy Impact:

The test results revealed no structural damage. But McCoy’s availability will hinge largely on how quickly the soreness in his neck subsides, and how quickly he regains full range of motion, the story said. The piece added that Washington's coaching staff isn’t expected to have a full idea of whether or not McCoy can or will start until later in the week. At this point, Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins could start if McCoy can't go. The Skins play the Giants in Week 15.

Jay Gruden doesn't rule out Kirk Cousins starting again

Monday, December 8, 2014, 5:53pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Kirk Cousins has been the Redskins’ third-string quarterback ever since Week 9. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to stay there.

The Redskins’ quarterback situation has been in flux ever since Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle early in the team’s second game of the season. It is now as up in the air as it has been all year and Cousins could have a seat at the table.

Colt McCoy, who has risen from third string to starter over the course of the year, suffered a sprained neck late in Redskins’ 24-0 loss to the Rams. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that Griffin should get the start on Sunday against the Giants if McCoy can’t go.

However, Gruden was not firm about anything involving the quarterbacks and he didn’t rule out Cousins getting another shot at some point during the last three games.

“I could see myself playing with Kirk, no doubt about it.,” said Gruden. “I like Kirk, I think he did some good things when he was in there. Obviously turnovers and third downs have really plagued us pretty hard.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Skins QB situation is a bit of a mess. Reports Sunday said it would depend on McCoy's health, and that he would start if possible. Washington actually has some decent matchups starting with the Giants in Week 15, then the Eagles followed by the Cowboys, but just about any Redskin comes with risk in the fantasy playoff season.

Andre Ellington (sports hernia) out for the season

Monday, December 8, 2014, 8:26am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that RB Andre Ellington will miss the rest of the season after having sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia this week.

Fantasy Impact:

Kerwynn Williams came out of nowhere and ran for 100 yards on the first 19 carries of his NFL career as the Cardinals rolled up a season-high 141 yards on the ground. Williams appears to have the inside track at a bulk of the work going forward with that performance. Keep in mind, the Cards close with the Rams, Seahawks and 49ers, which are all tough matchups for running backs. Marion Grice and Stepfan Taylor could also be factors.

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:23pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

With reports of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden being at odds with his front office and owner over the future of quarterback Robert Griffin III, a new story from The Washington Post says the rookie coach could be fired over the disagreement.

This is what columnist Jason Reid wrote on Saturday:
"Although it’s unknown whether Snyder and Allen eventually will agree to trade Griffin, what has become clear from recent conversations with Redskins officials is that Gruden believes he needs a clean break from Griffin to focus on fixing Washington’s 3-9 mess. And if Snyder and Allen commit to Griffin as the starter in 2015, Gruden could be “one and done,” a team official said, alluding to Gruden possibly being fired despite four years remaining on his guaranteed five-year contract."

Fantasy Impact:

The Redskins have four games left, beginning with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. If the Redskins and Gruden are as far apart in their plans for RG3 as Reid suggests, it could be a very important stretch for Gruden's career in Washington, the story points out.

Vikings place Jerick McKinnon (back) on injured reserve

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 5:14pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Jerick McKinnon's promising rookie season is over.

The Minnesota Vikings announced Saturday that the rookie running back has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a nagging lower back injury.

McKinnon, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia Southern, was leading the Vikings in carries (113), rushing yards (538) and yards per carry (4.8). Among rookie backs, he ranks third in rushing yards, behind Jeremy Hill and Tre Mason.

The runner will have a procedure done on his back with a recovery time of about eight weeks, ESPN.com's Adam Caplan reported.

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon is still a nice dynasty/keeper value for next season given Adrian Peterson's up-in-the-air status with the Vikings. Peterson could win his appeal and be reinstated as soon as Week 15, assuming the Vikings want to welcome him back when there's not much to play for. Matt Asiata figures to continue as the lead back for now, with Ben Tate and Joe Banyard in the mix.