Rams Fantasy News

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon already turning heads

Friday, May 15, 2015, 4:02pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, the Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is already making an impression a day after signing his contract, even though teams aren’t able to do much resembling football at the moment.

“He did a nice job,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. “We weren’t really going full speed out there, just really an introduction to make sure everyone’s got a hat on hat and guys are running to the right spot.

“But he makes a few of those moves and cuts, you understand why we took him where we did.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers traded up to get Gordon, so we’d expect they’ll use him early and often in 2015. In fact, GM Tom Telesco used the phrase "impact player" 11 times in Gordon's introductory press conference. Ryan Mathews is gone, so it’s Gordon’s job to lose. He doesn’t have a lot of experience as a receiver, so we'd expect that Danny Woodhead still gets a lot of work on third down while Gordon establishes himself as a good weapon out of the backfield. Given Todd Gurley’s ACL recovery, we'd also expect that Gordon will be the first rookie running back off the board.

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Friday, May 8, 2015, 10:17am

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Eagles TE Zach Ertz has been impressed in his time working with QB Sam Bradford.

“We’ve been throwing for the past three weeks and I can honestly say I’ve thrown with [Andrew Luck], [Nick Foles] and other guys, and I don’t think I’ve thrown with a guy who has a stronger arm than Sam Bradford,” Ertz said.

“He hasn’t been able to really truly get his full legs underneath him. But the ball still comes out effortlessly, and it’s a lot of fun to run routes with him.”

Oddsmakers say Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is the favorite to win OROY

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:06pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Las Vegas oddsmakers have made running back Melvin Gordon the favorite to with the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The sportsbook Bovada.com lists Gordon's odds at 13 to 2.

Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, drafted first and second, are next at 7 to 1.

Behind them are three other players drafted before Gordon: receiver Amari Cooper 15-2, running back Todd Gurley 8-1 and receiver Kevin White 10-1.

Fantasy Impact:

All six players were first round picks. We agree that Gordon has the best chance to shine among the running backs, especially since Gurley is coming off of an ACL tear.

Rams trade RB Zac Stacy to the Jets

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 9:50am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The St. Louis Rams traded Zac Stacy to the New York Jets in exchange for the 224th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Stacy requested a trade after the Rams drafted Georgia's Todd Gurley in the first round on Thursday night.

Stacy will vie for playing time in a crowded Jets backfield, which also features Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley and Bilal Powell. Similar in skill set as a downhill chain-mover, Stacy will provide insurance in case Ridley suffers a setback in his return from ACL surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

Touches in the Jets' backfield are seemingly up for grabs. The acquisition of Stacy looks like another vote of "no confidence" in the quite-capable Chris Ivory.

Zac Stacy requests a trade after Rams draft Todd Gurley

Friday, May 1, 2015, 10:45am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The move has the potential to be a game-changer for the Rams' offense, which took a player many consider the best running back to come out of college since Adrian Peterson. Todd Gurley should step right in and form one of the fastest, dynamic tandems in the NFL with Tre Mason, who showed flashes in his rookie season.

One player not happy the Rams added a first-round stallion to their crowded backfield is Zac Stacy. The running back who rushed for 973 yards as a rookie in 2013 tweeted (and deleted) "yikes" after the Gurley pick.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported early Friday morning that Stacy has requested to be traded and the Rams are shopping him, per a sourced involved.

Fantasy Impact:

Stacy is clearly on the outs in St. Louis. He was a starter heading into the 2014 season, but lost his job to Mason and now finds himself third on the depth chart once Gurley returns from his ACL injury.

Rams WR Brian Quick (shoulder) 'progressing well'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:19pm

Jim Thomas, Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams HC Jeff Fisher says WR Brian Quick progressing well in shoulder surgery rehab; threw out possibility of him participating (with protection) in some OTAs.

Fantasy Impact:

Quick was posting solid WR3 numbers in both standard and PPR formats before his injury in Week 8. He's currently the 50th WR off the board at the end of the 10th round. The arrival of Nick Foles should be good for his prospects in 2015.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 11:45am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

In the four games that Giants RB Rashad Jennings sat out, RB Andre Williams never ran for more than 59 yards, and never surpassed 3.5 yards per carry.

Williams was partly victimized by an offensive line that lost way too many battles at the line of scrimmage, failing to open up holes long enough for Williams to exploit. Only one starting offensive lineman had a positive run blocking grade last season, per Pro Football Focus (left tackle Will Beatty at +6.1).

Williams also displayed poor vision in finding those holes and cutback lanes. At 5-11, 230 pounds, Williams is a bruising north-south runner with some giddy-up when he gets to the second level, but he had trouble grasping the patience aspect of being an every-down back. Instead of waiting a split-second after he was handed the ball for his blocks to materialize, Williams would often run straight ahead, knocking into the backside of his offensive linemen countless times.

Fantasy Impact:

That's not to say that Williams' rookie year was a complete lost cause, the story went on to say. He finally broke the 100-yard mark in Week 14 against the woeful Tennessee Titans, busting out for 131 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Two weeks later against a much better St. Louis Rams defense, Williams gashed them for 110 yards on 26 carries. Those performances give reason for optimism that Williams can develop into a nice complementary back in his sophomore season. But with Shane Vereen now in the fold as the likely third down running back behind Jennings, that leaves Williams' role this year up for question.

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 9:17am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

As part of Denver HC Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking offense, the fullback will return to the roster. The Broncos haven't featured a true fullback on their 53-man roster since Chris Gronkowski in 2012, and Spencer Larsen boasted the last part-time role in the running game in 2008.

Twenty-three NFL teams used fullbacks last season. The Broncos will join the group this season with Juwan Thompson and Joe Don Duncan, signed last month, the current candidates to fill the vacancy. Kubiak also will look to add depth through the draft, which starts April 30, or with a street free agent.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that the Broncos tried to throttle up their running game after a humbling November loss to the St. Louis Rams. Pro Bowler C.J. Anderson blossomed, and the story also pointed out the undrafted tailback will enter offseason workouts as a starter. The author feels the balanced attack left quarterback Peyton Manning ineffective and lacking confidence. With Kubiak, power-based sets will increase in multiple formations, including the pistol, a concession to the shotgun Manning has mastered.

Rams expecting 'a lot more' out of WR Kenny Britt

Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:55pm

PFT - [Full Article]

HC Jeff Fisher on WR Kenny Britt:

“It didn’t surprise me because obviously I know Kenny, the production didn’t surprise me,” Fisher said, via ESPN.com. “I can kind of share the same issue Kenny does and that’s we think he can be better. I think he can do better. He thinks he can be better. He thinks he can be more productive. He’s looking forward to the offensive changes. I think yeah, we should see a lot more out of Kenny this year.”

Fantasy Impact:

Britt was effective when he was targeted consistently. He averaged 4.4 catches for 73 yards and 0.29 TD in the seven games in which he saw at least six targets. Those are solid WR2 numbers, but the Rams didn't use him consistently enough to make him a trustworthy fantasy starter. The arrival of Nick Foles will help the passing game, and Britt should benefit.

Rams re-sign WR Kenny Britt

Friday, March 13, 2015, 9:48pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Kenny Britt is staying with the Rams, source said. It’s a two-year deal worth up to almost $14 million. He got 4.3 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Britt was effective when he was targeted consistently. He averaged 4.4 catches for 73 yards and 0.29 TD in the seven games in which he saw at least six targets. Those are solid WR2 numbers, but the Rams didn't use him consistently enough to make him a trustworthy fantasy starter.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6:43pm

St. Louis Rams - [Full Article]

The Rams re-signed TE Lance Kendricks.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 12:29pm

St. Louis Rams - [Full Article]

Rams reacquire Case Keenum from the Texans for a seventh round pick.

Schefter: Rams, Eagles swap Sam Bradford and Nick Foles

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:18pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams close to trading QB Sam Bradford to Philadelphia for Nick Foles and draft-pick compensation, per sources.

Update: This deal has been finalized.

In addition to Foles, the Rams will also get Philadelphia's fourth-round pick in 2015 and second-round pick in 2016. The Eagles will get St. Louis' fifth-round pick in 2015 in addition to Bradford.

The Eagles can also pick up a conditional pick in 2016 based on how many snaps Bradford takes. If Bradford plays less than 50 percent the Eagles will get a 4th-round pick, if he does not play at all it becomes a 3rd-rounder. If Bradford plays more than 50 percent of snaps the Eagles will not receive any additional compensation.

Fantasy Impact:

Change is afoot. Foles’ second season as the starter in Philadelphia didn’t go as well as his first. After a ridiculous 27-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013, Foles tossed 13 touchdowns against 10 picks last year. It wasn’t all his fault, however, as he was playing behind a patchwork offensive line and didn’t have as much time to throw. In the seven games that he finished in 2014, he averaged 16.9 fantasy points, which is about what Philip Rivers scored as the #12 QB on the season. Foles ultimately broke his collarbone in Week 9 and missed the final eight games of the season. He'll be penciled in as the starter in St. Louis, but this is a scheme/system downgrade, and the Rams' receiving corps is currently lacking established talent. As for Bradford, he'll get a fresh start in a friendly offense, though the Eagles just lost Jeremy Maclin. It's a familiar situation for Bradford, who has never had the benefit of a strong supporting cast. Both quarterbacks will be QB2 types heading into the summer.

Rams reportedly tab Frank Cignetti as their new OC

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:49pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Frank Cignetti is in line for a promotion in St. Louis.

Cignetti, currently the Rams’ quarterbacks coach, is expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The announcement is expected next week.

Cignetti was hired when Fisher first took the Rams’ head-coaching job and has been the quarterbacks coach the last three seasons. He’s never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL before, but he’s been the offensive coordinator for six different college teams: Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Cal, North Carolina, Fresno State and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams were 28th in yards and 21st in points. Sam Bradford is under contract for another season, but he's not a shoo-in to start in 2015.

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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