Chris Givens Fantasy News

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:35am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Why is Rams WR Tavon Austin's role seemingly shrinking? A personnel executive for another NFL team theorized: "Little receivers don't work with inaccurate quarterbacks."

Sam Bradford is a 58.4% career passer. He's been more efficient this season – 59.5% passing, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions, 90.7 rating – but never will be known for his accuracy.

Austin stands 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds. He leads the Rams with 24 catches but is averaging only 6.6 yards per reception, meaning he's mostly getting the ball near the line of scrimmage.

The bigger targets presented by Austin Pettis (6-3, 203), tight end Jared Cook (6-5, 254) and even Chris Givens (6-0, 203) are capable of creating more favorable matchups on the perimeter than Austin, who's best suited to the slot and is smallish even for that spot.

"You can get away with those guys if you have (Drew) Brees or (Tom) Brady," the executive said. "Of course, you can get away with a lot with those guys."

Fantasy Impact:

Austin is one of the disappointments in this year's fantasy world, mostly because he was pretty hyped up by the team in the offseason. Then the Rams said they were keeping him under wraps in preseason games, but he's obviously yet to be unwrapped this season. According to this story, he's just not a good match with Bradford. Not a good sign for the future either.

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Beat: Chris Givens may be Rams most productive WR
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 4:05pm

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - [Full Article]

Rams WR Chris Givens that may be the most productive player among the wideouts this season, coming off a rookie season that included five consecutive games with a reception of 50 yards-plus.

Fantasy Impact:

That says a lot considering the article mentions Tavon Austin being used more. And there's been numerous reports how the team intentionally underused Austin in preseason. We do have Givens slightly ahead of Austin this week in an OK matchup against the Cards at home. Givens could draw a lot of Patrick Peterson in this contest as well.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:38pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks Rams WR Chris Givens will see more targets than Tavon Austin.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Givens to catch 57 passes compared to 72 for Austin, but with a higher YPR and more touchdowns. We have Givens ranked ahead of Austin in both standard and PPR formats.

DeAndre Hopkins (concussion) ruled out for Sunday
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 8:40pm

Tania Ganguli, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins is still in phase 1 of the concussion program. Ruled out for Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

He's been in the first phase for a while. This is definitely something to consider when deciding who to draft in the 10th/11th round. There are healthier options out there (i.e. Kenbrell Thompkins, Alshon Jeffery, Chris Givens, Golden Tate, etc.).

Isaiah Pead's start "largely a wash"
Sunday, August 18, 2013, 11:44pm

Anthony Stalter, 4for4

We asked 4for4 Scout at 101 ESPN in St. Louis to give us his thoughts on Isaiah Pead's performance against the Packers on Saturday night:

Isaiah Pead's night was largely a wash. On his first carry of the game, he got to the edge with purpose while picking up 9 yards. Later in the first half, he caught a dump-off pass from Sam Bradford, made a nice move to shake a defender on the sidelines, and picked up 10 yards in the process. But on the very next play, he chose to bounce a run outside instead of following his guard through the hole, which resulted in a loss of a yard instead of a potential gain. Despite starting and playing the majority of the first half, he converted his 12 touches into just 29 total yards while failing to make much of an impact. And while some of that can be blamed on the Rams' shoddy run-blocking, Daryl Richardson continues to run with more decisiveness and remains the favorite to start early in the season.

That said, there was one takeaway from Pead's night that you won't find on the stat sheet. He did a great job picking up the blitz on two separate pass plays in the first half, including on Bradford's 57-yard completion to Chris Givens in the first quarter. Seeing as how blitz pickup has been a problem for Pead this offseason, at least he shined in that area on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams RB situation is being closely monitored by fantasy owners this preseason. At this point, it appears as if Richardson is well ahead of Pead, while Zac Stacy is an afterthought. While there is some risk here, Richardson is looking like a nice RB3 with some upside in the 6th/7th round. Pead can be had cheaply in the later rounds.

Chris Givens expanding his route tree
Sunday, August 11, 2013, 12:48am

ESPN NFC West - [Full Article]

For Rams WR Chris Givens to take the next step in 2013, he must diversify his game by becoming stronger and smoother on intermediate routes. He had just nine catches between 11 and 20 yards as a rookie.

During the offseason program, Givens pointed out that adding those routes to his game was his primary focus. As part of the plan, Givens added a few pounds to push his weight just north of 200 pounds.

Already in this training camp, Givens has made progress with his improved route running. Former Rams receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt have come away impressed with Givens’ work.

Bruce said Givens is not as “herky jerky” with his routes and appears to be smoother transitioning from running the route to catching the ball. Holt echoed those sentiments.

“He’s done a really good job with his routes, cleaning up his routes,” Holt said. “Speed, big play ability, nice size, there’s still some things that he can work on from a technique standpoint. I think he’s working on it. He’s asking a lot of questions. He’s wanting to improve his game.”

The Rams clearly trust Givens to do more than just run 9-routes deep down the field as he’s actually lining up at all three receiver positions in this camp.

Fantasy Impact:

Givens' stock is rising after a big preseason game and these glowing reports, but the Rams' receiving corps is a tough nut to crack. Givens, Tavon Austin and Jared Cook are all being drafted as fantasy contributors. We like Givens in the 10th round of 12-team drafts.

Monday, August 5, 2013, 9:57am

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - [Full Article]

Rams WR Brian Quick has made strides but still has work to do.

There are certain routes he excels at, such as the fade pattern in the end zone. But he needs to display more consistency catching the ball and get better at using his size to grab contested or 50-50 balls.

Quick looks like the No. 4 but unlike last year in camp, he has gotten plenty of practice reps with the starting offense.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams top-three WRs right now are Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Tavon Austin.

Saturday, July 13, 2013, 2:23pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Sam Bradford, Stedman Bailey, Brian Quick, Isaiah Pead, Chris Givens at Rams camp at the University of Oklahoma this weekend.

Fantasy Impact:

Good to see the young Rams getting together before training camp to get their timing down.

Sunday, June 16, 2013, 8:05pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

As the spring ended, Austin Pettis and Chris Givens were working as the starting outside wide receivers, with first-round draft pick Austin the starting slot receiver, and Brian Quick the No. 4. Not that Quick has had a disappointing spring; it’s just that Pettis has been that impressive.

“(Quick’s) doing a lot better,” Schottenheimer said. “He’s stepped up this year. He’s just much more comfortable.”

Fantasy Impact:

We'll see if Pettis is able to hold off the rawer yet more talented Quick when the pads go on in August.

Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:29pm

STLToday.com - [Full Article]

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is excited to see WR Chris Givens lining up in a variety of spots.

“I expect Chris to have a great year. He works extremely hard,’’ Bradford said. “Where last year he primarily played the ‘Z’ for us, now he’s also being asked to play inside. He’s being asked to go backside and play ‘X’. He’s a really, really smart football player; he understands our offense and I think by moving him to different spots in our offense, he’ll be able to run more routes.

“There’s only so many routes you can run from one position, but when you move him to two or three different spots, you can incorporate him in the whole offense.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Givens was shaping up to be a nice sleeper this season until the team drafted Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Givens could still have a productive season, but it seems that there are more mouths to feed in St. Louis.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 3:57pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

At the moment, Rams WRs Brian Quick and Chris Givens project as the starting outside receivers, with Tavon Austin in the slot. The Rams could pair those three up in two tight end sets with Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks in what would be an empty backfield. Three- and four-receiver sets figure to see more use at the Edward Jones Dome than they have since the days of Mike Martz.

Cook alone could line up on the line, in the backfield, in the slot and out wide.

As for Austin, the possibilities are just as numerous. When asked Thursday if Austin will line up in the backfield as a ball-carrier, HC Jeff Fisher smiled and said: “Maybe. We’ll see.”

Actually, Austin let the cat out of the playbook earlier that night while on a conference call with St. Louis reporters.

“They showed me all the positions that I did when I played for Coach (Dana) Holgorsen,” Austin said, referring to the West Virginia head coach. “They’re going to use me in the backfield. Coach Fisher talked to me about special teams, and I’m definitely a slot receiver. So, they definitely have a plan for me.”

Fantasy Impact:

Austin figures to have the most fantasy value of any of the Rams WRs.

Friday, March 22, 2013, 10:59am

STLToday.com - [Full Article]

Rams WR Chris Givens was the most productive of the 2012 rookies, leading the Rams with 698 receiving yards on 42 catches. Early in the season he caught passes of 50 yards-plus in five consecutive games, becoming the first rookie in league history to do so.

As the season progressed, Givens got more comfortable running short and intermediate routes, which made him more than a one-trick pony.

“He improved weekly,” HC Jeff Fisher said. “We were able to do more and more with him as he got more familiar. I think he knows that this is his opportunity.”

Fantasy Impact:

Givens definitely has sleeper potential now that Danny Amendola isn't gobbling up 9.1 targets per game. In the five games Amendola missed, Givens averaged 8.0 targets per game. He averaged 4.0 TPG with Amendola in the lineup.

Patriots lock up Danny Amendola on a five-year deal
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 7:31pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots reach agreement in principle on five-year deal with former Ram Danny Amendola, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Well, then. With Wes Welker heading to Denver, the Patriots had a hole in the slot and they filled it with the best slot receiver left on the market. Amendola isn't as durable as Welker but he should be very good in PPR formats if he can stay healthy. If the Patriots let Julian Edelman walk, it would be good for Amendola. Bump Tom Brady back up and move Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski back to their original positions (though Amendola shouldn't see quite as many targets as Welker would have). As for the Rams, it's wide open at WR. We like Chris Givens (42-698-3 as a rookie) and Brian Quick should be better with a year under his belt. Sam Bradford loses his slot receiver but gains TE Jared Cook.

Rams not expected to re-sign Danny Amendola
Sunday, March 10, 2013, 1:31pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

The lean market also could work in Danny Amendola’s favor. Brian Hartline provided a benchmark of sorts Friday when he re-signed with Miami for a reported $6.1 million a year over five years, saying he gave the Dolphins a home-team discount at that.

That’s the kind of deal Amendola seeks, according to those familiar with the negotiations. That’s more than the Rams are willing to invest, given Amendola’s recent injury history. So he appears headed to the market once free agency starts Tuesday. And if the market materializes as expected by Amendola’s agents, he will be headed to a new team sooner rather than later.

Fantasy Impact:

Amendola averaged 5.7-61-.27 (#28 WR numbers) but struggled with injuries throughout the season. The Rams have a group of young WRs that they're trying to develop, including Chris Givens and Brian Quick. If the two sides can work out a deal, Amendola should once again be a PPR force in 2013.