Rams Fantasy News

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

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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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs) took limited practice reps again Thursday. The team hasn’t expressed much concern about the injury, so we’re expecting he’ll play against the Rams.

Redskins targeting Week 11 for RG3's return

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:50pm

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Jay Gruden recently hinted that Week 11 could be the date on which Redskins QB Robert Griffin III returns to action.

“I would guarantee Tampa, most likely, unless something happens between now and then,” Gruden told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “You’ve got a good bye week, you’ve got a couple weeks to make sure it’s ready. Obviously Robert is a quick healer. He works extremely hard in the training room. So the process could be sped up a little bit depending on how he feels.”

It’s highly unlikely that Griffin will play in Dallas on Monday night, and nearly as unlikely that he’d play on a short week in Minnesota the following Sunday.

Waiting until after the bye gives Griffin more than three more weeks not only to heal but also to prepare.

Fantasy Impact:

Once healthy, Griffin will return to a good situation that includes Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and a now-healthy Jordan Reed. The Redskins are currently 14th in fantasy points generated from its passing game, and Griffin adds the extra dimension of being able to run the ball. Expect low-end QB1/high-end QB2 numbers upon his return. His playoff schedule is favorable with matchups against the Rams, Giants and Eagles from Week 14 to Week 16.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

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

Sorting out the short-term future of the St. Louis running game

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 2:36pm

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In the span of a couple of hours, the Rams introduced Zac Stacy as the starting running back, then Benny Cunningham actually started the game before Tre Mason ended up getting 18 carries, by far the most amongst the backs and the second most by a Ram this season. All of that while Stacy played one snap and got no carries.

Apparently, it didn't take long to decide that Mason had the hot hand.

“We’re going to play all three backs," coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday. "I have great respect for all three of them, and Trey Watts for that matter. They are very unselfish, they root each other on. Tre got a hot hand and it was just kind of a different thing. We felt that we may have a chance to crease their defense at times with him."

How much it has changed things remains to be seen. When asked about the division of carries again Monday, Fisher offered a similar refrain.

“It’ll be a week-to-week thing," Fisher said. "Zac could get 25 carries this week. We had some things in early this week. It was working so we decided to stay with ‘Mase.' It’s nothing that Zac has done or hasn’t done. He’s been a little banged up the last couple of weeks, but obviously he’s an outstanding runner as well. We clearly have significant depth there at the position.”

Fantasy Impact:

Fantasy owners would love to get more clarity here, but it doesn't look like Fisher is going to tip his hand. Mason has been far more productive (5.4) in his 23 carries, and he did it against two good run defenses (SEA, SF). We expect all three backs will be involved, but that the new guy (Mason) has the best chance to seize an RB1-type role.

Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:19pm

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The St. Louis Rams released wide receiver Austin Pettis on Monday, citing roster concerns elsewhere.

Pettis was inactive for Sunday's victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo reported that Pettis missed a meeting on Saturday. He caught 12 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown this season. He made 11 starts in four seasons with the Rams, who drafted him in the third round in 2011.

The Rams also released wide receiver Emory Blake from the practice squad.

Rams 'OK' with committee approach at running back, will ride 'hot hand'

Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:51pm

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Zac Stacy's 19 carries against Tampa Bay in Week 2 are the most by a Rams runner this year, and aside from that, no back has had more than a dozen opportunities in a game. Earlier this week, HC Jeff Fisher said he was OK with continuing the running-back-by-committee approach. OC Brian Schottenheimer echoed those sentiments with a caveat.

“Well, early in the game we try to get guys multiple touches," Schottenheimer said. "That’s part of the deal. Then we try go with the hot hand late in the game. Most places that I’ve been that have really good running games, they had the people to spread the ball around. Different backs bring different types of plays. We try to get them all touches early. Then whoever has the hot hand will certainly get the balls late in the game.”

Fantasy Impact:

What was once Stacy's show has devolved into a murky committee that also includes Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason. Complicating matters, the Rams don't score a lot of touchdowns, so this isn't a running game that fantasy owners will want to invest in if there isn't a clear RB1.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Rams RB Zac Stacy (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. Stacy will play, but his role is unclear after he lost touches to Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason in Week 6. This is turning into a messy RBBC.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Rams WR Austin Pettis (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Rams RB Zac Stacy (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Stacy’s injury may open the door for Benny Cunningham and/or Tre Mason to see additional snaps in what has devolved into an ugly RBBC in St. Louis. Complicating matters, the matchup with the Seahawks isn’t good.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Rams WR Austin Pettis (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Seahawks know they have to do 'a better job' of feeding Marshawn Lynch the ball

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 10:07am

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One thing Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell doesn't care about is your fantasy team.

"The fantasy owners ... I'm not a fantasy owner," he said. "I don't care about anyone's (fantasy) points. But I do care about us winning the game. And (Marshawn Lynch) is a huge key for us winning the game. And we do -- and I -- have to do a better job of giving him the ball."

Fantasy Impact:

Since 2012, Marshawn Lynch has seen 15 or fewer carries in five regular season games. He has averaged 20.4 carries in the following game (19, 26, 10, 21, 26), so we're confident that Lynch will be fed the ball early and often against the Rams.

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