Rams Fantasy News

Monday, August 25, 2014, 8:01pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

If Brian Hoyer had played better this season preseason, he might have gotten a bye in the preseason finale Thursday night against the Bears.

As it is, he'll play up to a quarter and then give way to Johnny Manziel, who will finish out the half and possibly play into the third quarter. Rex Grossman and Connor Shaw will likely split the second half, coach Mike Pettine said.

Contrast that with what the Bears are doing: starting sixth-round rookie David Fales -- their third-string quarterback -- and likely letting him play the whole game.

But Hoyer said after the 33-14 loss to the Rams Saturday that he welcomes a chance to play. Hoyer and the first-team offense have produced only one touchdown in 14 possessions and Hoyer has earned a 63.7 rating.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:37pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rams rookie Tre Mason continues get carries, but hasn't been very productive with them. He played 20 snaps on offense and posted 29 yards on 10 carries. He had 18 of those yards on one run, meaning he gained 11 yards on the other nine carries. He simply hasn't been able to get it going in extended looks during the first three preseason games.

Fantasy Impact:

Mason doesn't look like he's going to have an impact, at least to start the season. With no Sam Bradford, the Rams may need to run a little more. Right now Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham are leading the way in the rushing game.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

With news coming from ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that Bradford will miss the 2014 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Rams will almost certainly turn to veteran Shaun Hill to replace him. In Hill, they have an in-house replacement they believe to be an upgrade over Kellen Clemens, the quarterback who replaced Bradford last year.

But Hill is 34 and what was already an uncertain picture at the game's most important position just became a lot fuzzier. Bradford is scheduled to count $17,610,000 against this year's salary cap. His number for next year is a daunting $16,580,000. And he's headed for his second left knee surgery in less than a year.

Forgetting the Rams' inability to reach the playoffs or even post a winning record under Bradford's guidance for a moment, the harsh reality is that there's no longer any debate about whether Bradford should be the team's quarterback of the future. Once this season ends, Bradford will have missed 25 consecutive games over two seasons.

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like the Rams are going to have to alter their future at QB. It's easy to say now, but the Rams could have addressed the position with the second and 13th picks this past draft. It will be interesting to see their plan considering they are a very young and upcoming team.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:39pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Rams coach Jeff Fisher has confirmed that, indeed, quarterback Sam Bradford has been lost for the year, re-tearing the ACL that he first tore in October 2013. Now, with Bradford done, the Rams will hand the ball to backup Shaun Hill.

“Shaun’s our guy,” Fisher told reporters. “We brought him here. He’s got experience. We’ve got all the confidence in the world in him.”

Hill, 34, enters his 13th season in the NFL. His most extensive work came in 2010, starting 10 games for the Lions. For his career, Hill has a 61.9-percent completion percentage, 41, 6,381 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions.

Fantasy Impact:

It remains to be seen how much of a drop the Ram WRs take from Bradford to Hill. It's possible the Rams lean on the run a little more this year with Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham leading the way. Hill's fantasy value should be considered very limited at this point, with perhaps a chance to be a spot starter in favorable committee matchups as his upside until we see a little more.

Report: Sam Bradford out for the year

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:05pm

Chris Mortensen on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams QB Sam Bradford is out for season after MRI shows he did tear left knee ACL, per sources. Rams will announce later today.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford was making his second start of the preseason after returning from a season-ending torn left ACL suffered against Carolina on Oct. 20, 2013. It's a big blow for the Rams, but they apparently have been happy with backup Shaun Hill's performance as well. Hill will likely take over the starting role and hasn't started since 2010. It remains to be seen just how much of a drop, if any, the Rams' wideouts will see with Hill under center. Hill's career numbers (Y/A, Cmp%, TD%) are actually better than Bradford's, so we're not expecting much of a drop in our projections. Bradford's injury may be good news for Stacy owners, however, as the Rams could elect to go more run-heavy. Benny Cunningham may also get a few extra carries.

Rams downplay Zac Stacy not getting start in preseason Week 3

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:19pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Rams second-year runner Zac Stacy is widely viewed as the opening-day starter, leaving plenty to wonder why Benny Cunningham got the nod in Saturday night's 33-14 romp over the Cleveland Browns.

Cunningham churned out 32 yards on five carries with the first team and showed burst on a 21-yard volt through Mike Pettine's defense. His handiwork, though, doesn't suggest a change in the pecking order.

"We just gave (Cunningham) a chance to run behind the first offensive line. We know what Zac can do," coach Jeff Fisher told reporters after the game, per ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.

Fantasy Impact:

Hopefully for fantasy owners, this is exactly what Fisher said it is. There hasn't been much of a push for the RB1 job from Cunningham or rookie Tre Mason, who some thought would cut into Stacy's work. Mason hasn't picked up pass-protection as of yet and it's keeping him off the field.

Rams QB Sam Bradford knocked out of game with apparent leg injury

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:42pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

St. Louis QB Sam Bradford -- recovering from a torn ACL -- limped off the field in Saturday's tilt versus the Browns.

Fantasy Impact:

It was the same (left) leg that was operated on last year. He walked off under his own power, which is a good sign. He should be avoided in drafts until we know he's in the clear.

Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:50am

ESPN - [Full Article]

After what WR Jeff Janis put on film in St. Louis, there's no way the Packers can cut him and hope to slide him through to the practice squad. He'd get snatched up on waivers in a heartbeat. The one thing you can't teach is speed, and the rookie seventh-round pick has it. He's a lock for the roster after that 34-yard touchdown catch and run against the Rams.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:52pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Rams have waived-injured Isaiah Pead on Wednesday. Should Pead clear waivers, he can revert to the Rams and go on injured reserve for the entire season or reach an injury settlement that makes him a free agent.

Eddie Lacy taking it easy this preseason

Monday, August 18, 2014, 9:58am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Halfway through the exhibition season, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has the freshest legs of his NFL career and there's a pretty good chance they'll remain that way until the first snap in Seattle Sept. 4.

After a concentrated dose of work to start training camp, Lacy's load has lessened to the point where 12 snaps was all he got in the 21-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams at the Edwards Jones Dome Saturday night.

Lacy carried five times for 25 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards in his exhibition season debut, taking all his snaps during the Packers' no-huddle touchdown drive to open the game.

When quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense returned to the field for 12 more snaps, Lacy turned in his helmet and called it a night. He said he did not lobby to return.

"To me, it's whatever is given," Lacy said after the game. "It's a blessing to be able to go out and play this game and be injury free. I'm not a guy who whenever they take me out complains or asks to go back in. I just take everything that's given to me."

Fantasy Impact:

It's a good sign that he's going to get a ton of work this regular season, which is what we expected all along. Lacy is of course a mid-to-late first round target in fantasy drafts and is easily a top-5 or -6 RB.

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 4:39pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chris Givens was once thought to be the one receiver on the Rams roster who would play and play a lot this year, but Givens has been surpassed by Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin.

He's playing in the preseason with the second-and third-team offenses and isn't doing much to stand out when he does play.

Against the Saints, Givens was targeted twice and was unable to come up with a catch for the second week in a row. He had a chance to make a play on one jump ball against a defender but couldn't come down with it. Givens isn't getting many opportunities, and when they come, they're with backup quarterbacks. That's going to make it tough for him to move up the depth chart.

Rams beat: Tre Mason struggling in pass protection

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 4:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rams RB Tre Mason finished with just 30 yards on 12 carries, an average of 2.5 yards per attempt.

What was more of a red flag were his struggles with helping in pass protection. Mason whiffed on blitz pickup a couple of times, including once against safety Haha Clinton-Dix that led to a sack. Mason actually had a nice pickup against the Saints last week, but that memory was quickly erased with a rough outing against the Packers.

It'll be hard for him to earn much playing time above guys like Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham until he gets that squared away.

Fantasy Impact:

An interesting bit of information as many have Mason stealing carries from Stacy this season, but it looks like it won't be on third down right now. Cunningham appears to be behind Stacy at this point as the RB2, but we'll have to see if Mason can correct this and move back up charts.

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 12:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Last season, Packers running back Eddie Lacy fumbled only once – it came in his regular-season debut – in 15 games.

If DuJuan Harris is going to take some of Lacy's snaps this season, he can't cough up the ball like he did in the third quarter. The Packers like Harris as a change-of-pace back but if ball security is an issue, they have other options.

Undrafted rookie Rajion Neal was impressive in Week 1 before he sustained a knee injury. He could return this week. Michael Hill averaged 4.3 yards on four carries and had a 27-yard reception against the Rams.

Sam Bradford sharp in comeback

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 7:06pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Returning from an offseason of rehabbing a torn left ACL, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford made his preseason debut Saturday afternoon at Edward Jones Dome against the Packers.

Notably taking his first in-game snap in exactly 300 days, Bradford piloted two drives, one in which was capped by a 11-yard strike in traffic to tight end Lance Kendricks for a score.

Bradford’s second series began when he stood tall in the pocket and rifled a pass for a 41-yard, catch-and-run completion to wide receiver Brian Quick.

Later in the drive, rookie offensive tackle Greg Robinson was outmuscled by a Julius Peppers’ bull rush move. Peppers drilled Bradford’s backside, but the fifth-year quarterback popped right up.

Sporting a clunky left knee brace, Bradford showed comfort operating in the pocket. He finished completing 9 of 12 passes for 101 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

The article called Bradford 'sharp' and said it was an encouraging sign for him heading into next week's game. Looks like it's all systems go for Bradford to start Week 1 for the Rams. He's ranked 25th and likely won't get drafted but could prove to be a nice committee QB if he continues to look good in his return.

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 4:59pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead was streaking down the field on a kickoff return when he spilled to the ground untouched.

The non-contact injury appeared to happen when he planted on his left foot in Saturday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. The running back was helped off the field by trainers and carted to the locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

It turns out the injury is an ACL and Pead is lost for the season. The third-year back was well behind Zac Stacy, rookie Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham in the backfield pecking order, but was expected to make the squad due to his play on special teams.

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