Rams Fantasy News

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) did not practice Wednesday. He did however practice in some fashion on Thursday. Martin is on track to play in Week 2 against the Rams.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) did not practice Wednesday. Hill’s quad injury may keep him out of Week 2. If that’s the case, Austin Davis would get the start, making the Buccaneers defense a great streaming option.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It’s early in the week, but Martin is tentatively expected to play against the Rams. Bobby Rainey would get the start if Martin can’t go.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 11:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rams HC Jeff Fisher reiterated that Shaun Hill is his starting quarterback if he's healthy enough to play.

Fantasy Impact:

Hill has a leg injury that we'll monitor this week.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

RB Adrian Peterson looked a little uncomfortable with the Vikings' new running scheme at times, and he got a couple more opportunities in the second half to find cutback lanes off inside runs.

Those are the plays Peterson has lived on in the past, and he mentioned on Sunday that this coaching staff will listen to players' preferences about what they'd like to run, so the Vikings might have given him a few more of those runs in the second half.

Once he gets more comfortable with the system, though, he'll be fine on the Vikings' power plays; he showed hints of success on his two biggest runs.

The Rams' defense, which is one of the fastest and most aggressive against the run the Vikings will see this season, also deserves some credit for holding Peterson in check.

Monday, September 8, 2014, 2:37pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams may be without starting QB Shaun Hill on Sunday vs. the Bucs. He has a strained quad and his status is in doubt. Know more Wednesday or Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

Austin Davis could be in line to start Week 2, however don't forget, the team recently acquire Case Keenum.

Doug Martin has leg rolled on

Monday, September 8, 2014, 2:17pm

Greg Auman on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bucs RB Doug Martin had lower left leg wrapped, said someone rolled on his leg. Said wait and see on severity.

Fantasy Impact:

Bobby Rainey and Mike James are, of course, next in line. Martin can't seem to stay on the field and only had nine carries for nine yards when he was in action, but it was a tough matchup against the Panthers, too. We'll continue to keep you updated as we hear more. Tampa hosts the Rams in a late afternoon game in Week 2.

Rams QB Shaun Hill has thigh injury

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 7:33pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Shaun Hill era in St. Louis is on hold after only two quarters.

Hill, tabbed as the Rams' starter last month after Sam Bradford suffered a torn ACL, was replaced at halftime by Austin Davis, who had never played in a regular-season game in two previous seasons as a Rams backup.

The Rams announced that Hill had suffered a thigh injury, though he remained standing on the sideline with his helmet on early in the third quarter as Davis led the Rams to their first scoring drive – a 56-yard field goal by Greg Zuerline.

Hill left the game after completing 8 of 13 passes for 81 yards including an interception.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams offense struggled as a whole and both QBs threw an interception in the blowout loss. The Rams visit Tampa Bay in Week 2. There was some confusion at first and some thought Hill was benched due to coach's decision.

Rams GM: Team expected to go with 'hot hand' at running back

Friday, September 5, 2014, 12:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

While the Rams continue to list running back Zac Stacy as the starter -- and he probably will be against the Vikings in Week 1 -- general manager Les Snead said on local radio this week that he expects the offense to go with the "hot hand" in a given week at running back. Benny Cunningham started in Stacy's place in the third preseason game against Cleveland and both backs should get opportunities against Minnesota. Plan your fantasy rosters accordingly.

Fantasy Impact:

Stacy was under some pressure this preseason from Benny Cunningham who has run well when given the opportunity. HC Jeff Fisher poured cold water on the Cunningham hype by saying that his start over Stacy was just to see him run with the first team, but now Snead is saying that it will be a 'hot hand' situation. Stacy owners should pick up Cunningham, and their leaguemates should try to stash him if they have room.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 2:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

At receiver, the Rams listed starters are Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin. Brian Quick is listed behind Britt but it's safe to expect that duo to be on the field together regularly with Austin in the slot. The Rams also list two starters at tight end with Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks on the top line.

Fantasy Impact:

Britt, Quick and Austin have all been available in the later rounds due to the uncertainty of how targets and snaps will be distributed. This is not going to be a great pass offense, but Shaun Hill is capable and at least one of these receivers will be fantasy relevant in 2014.

Monday, September 1, 2014, 5:56pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Rams claimed quarterback Case Keenum off waivers from the Houston Texans.

In Keenum, the Rams are getting a third-year player with some actual game experience, something current backup Austin Davis lacks. The Rams will have to make a corresponding roster move but it seems unlikely Davis would leave so Keenum could arrive. Having Davis allows the Rams to have a backup who knows coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's offense. It would also allow for Keenum to take his time getting acclimated in St. Louis.

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:57am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Terrelle Pryor's stint with the Seahawks is over.

The former Ohio State star quarterback was released by Seattle on Friday, FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo and other media report.

Pryor, who was chosen in the third round in the 2011 supplemental draft by the Raiders, threw for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games last year with Oakland. The Raiders traded Pryor to the Seahawks in the offseason for a seventh-round pick in last May's draft.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say the St. Louis Rams might have interest in Pryor as a backup after losing Sam Bradford.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:59pm

ClevelandBrowns.com - [Full Article]

A nagging hamstring injury has kept Browns WR nate Burleson out the entire preseason and off the practice field for nearly three weeks. Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the team remains optimistic the veteran receiver can suit up and prove himself Thursday against the Bears.

Burleson has been itching to play, and was practically begging for the trainers to let him suit up against the Redskins and the Rams. The veteran has played through injuries for a large portion of his career. Even if Burleson isn’t exactly close to 100 percent, he still thinks he can make plays against Chicago.

Fantasy Impact:

Burleson thinks he can light a fire under what's been an unimpressive offense in the preseason that's perhaps caught up in a quarterback controversy. Burleson will have to make the team first which isn't a given with all the time he's missed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

When Detroit WR Golden Tate says he believes he can better his 64 receptions and 898 yards from last season, it is a plausible thought even though he moved from being the No. 1 receiver in Seattle to the No. 2 receiver in Detroit.

"I think my numbers can be way better in this offense naturally how it's set up," Tate said. "I was coming from, you gotta think I was in the toughest division with the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals, defensively, with a run-heavy offense and now I'm going to a pass-happy offense where I'm on the same team as the best player in the league, one of the best players in the league who is going to draw a lot of attention, a lot of double coverage, which is going to leave me with a lot of single coverage with a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks.

"So mentally I think I should be able to excel and do very well here."

Fantasy Impact:

All of Tate's reasons are likely exactly what fantasy owners are planning when they take Tate - that teammate Calvin Johnson is likely to draw most of the attention leaving Tate in single coverage against lesser cornerbacks. We have Tate ranked 32nd on our list which puts him as a low-end WR3.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 1:06pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Josh Gordon's DWI hearing has been pushed back to November 18, his attorney Trey Fitzhugh told the Associated Press today. The hearing was originally scheduled for today in Raleigh, N.C., but Gordon was granted a waiver.

Still awaiting word on the appeal of his indefinite drug ban, Gordon was on the practice field Tuesday and participating in individual drills during the 20 minutes or so open to the media.

He was dressed for Saturday night's 33-14 loss to the Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium, but didn't play, in part because of an abdominal strain and in part because the Browns know they're going to have to be without him for awhile.

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