Isaiah Pead Fantasy News

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 12:20pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

Rams beat writer Jim Thomas on Rams' RB situation: "Daryl Richardson has been practicing, so he's healthy enough to play. If [Zac Stacy] is out, Richardson has to be active, although I couldn't tell you for sure that he'd be the 2 or the 3 behind [Benny Cunningham]."

Fantasy Impact:

The other player in question is Isaiah Pead, who has been active ahead of Richardson for the past couple of weeks. Benny Cunningham would be a Sneaky Start if Stacy sits.

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Monday, October 28, 2013, 7:32pm

Rams Inactives
Matt Conrath DT
Benny Cunningham RB
Barrett Jones OG
Isaiah Pead RB
Mike Person T
Brady Quinn QB
Gerald Rivers DE

Rams RB situation muddled
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 9:24pm

Jim Thomas, Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams RB Daryl Richardson, backtracking from earlier tweet, said he was told that there will be a competition this week.

Fantasy Impact:

It's unclear who will 'start' for the Rams this week, though Isaiah Pead, Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy could all be in the mix. It's a situation to avoid until we gain some clarity, and that may not happen prior to kickoff.

Isaiah Pead OUT for Rams, rookie RB Zac Stacy IN
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7:13pm

Rams Inactives
Roger Saffold OL
William Hayes DE
Barrett Jones OL
Brandon Washington OL
Mike Person OL
Mike McNeill TE
Isaiah Pead RB

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie RB Zac Stacy gets the nod over Isaiah Pead, who is inactive. With Pead out we feel more comfortable starting Daryl Richardson in the flex considering the 49ers defense is banged up and has struggled against RBs this season.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 9:20am

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St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson practiced on a limited basis Monday after leaving Sunday's game in Dallas because of a foot injury, but said he plans to play Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, leading into Sunday's game, Richardson had already been dealing with a foot injury that ailed him since the opener against Arizona. He's is a risky start this week with Isaiah Pead getting some work as well. Be sure to check out our rankings on Wednesday, but Richardson is looking to be a RB3 option at best.

Daryl Richardson re-injures foot
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 8:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rams running back Daryl Richardson had his foot in a walking boot on Wednesday but practiced Thursday and Friday and looked to be good to go Sunday.

Richardson started the game but aggravated the injury and came out very early.

“I re-injured my foot,” Richardson said. “I believe it got stepped on when I was trying to go out for my route early in the game.”

Fantasy Impact:

That left all the carries to Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham, but the Rams once again failed to generate a rushing attack after falling behind early. They ran the ball just 12 times.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 9:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Isaiah Pead has been added to the mix at running back for the Rams and back in his familiar spot as the second back on the depth chart.

When asked whether Pead would play this week on Monday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said "we'll see."

The Rams didn't get much production in the run game and Zac Stacy got the only carry among backs not named Daryl Richardson. Fisher said he wants to see more of Stacy. Could that mean less Richardson to make room for some carries for Pead and Stacy?

One other thing we'll monitor this week is Richardson's health. Although he finished the game against Arizona, he did spend some time being looked at by Rams' medical personnel on the sideline. There are a lot of moving parts to the team's running back situation right now.

Rams name Daryl Richardson starter
Monday, August 19, 2013, 7:59pm

Dov Kleiman on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams announce that RB Daryl Richardson will be their starter over Isaiah Pead, he was their 7th round pick last season. Pead was their 2nd.

Fantasy Impact:

It's not really a surprise as HC Jeff Fisher and the team hinted at this recently. Pead is suspended for game one anyway, but aside from that, Richardson has been better in camp. We rank Richardson 29th among our running backs, which puts him in the RB3 zone, with ADP of the 8th round. Pead will likely still steal some work away when he returns, but for now, Richardson is the guy to target in drafts.

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.

Beat: Daryl Richardson has "strong hold" on starting job
Saturday, August 17, 2013, 1:32pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

One game into the preseason, Daryl Richardson has a strong hold on the starting job at running back. He hasn’t clinched the spot, but he’s getting close. Isaiah Pead needs to bounce back from his lost fumble against Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact:

Given the uncertainty of his situation, Richardson is a middle-of-the-road RB3 in both standard and PPR formats. If he remains the starter, he should outplay his current draft position.

Rams OC: Daryl Richardson "has the lead" in RB competition
Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:03pm

ESPN NFC West - [Full Article]

As the team’s leading returning rusher, it stood to reason that speedy Daryl Richardson would be the odds-on favorite to win what many figured would be a close battle to claim the starting running back job.

Since camp has begun, Richardson has done nothing to endanger that status and, in fact, has probably put a bit of distance between himself and competitors such as Isaiah Pead, Terrance Ganaway and rookies Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham.

A week after Richardson looked sharp in the preseason opener against Cleveland with 24 yards on four carries, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer confirmed that Richardson is ahead, but also noted that there’s still time for one of the others to make a push.

“I think Daryl played really, really well last week,” Schottenheimer said. “I think Isaiah’s definitely got to play some catch-up. But again, we’re not just looking at one game. He’s got a whole preseason to look at. We were very pleased with the way Daryl played last week. They’ve both done really well in practice. Would I say Daryl has the lead? Sure, but there’s a ways to go, and we expect good things from Isaiah this weekend.”

“I think Isaiah’s done some amazing things in training camp,” Schottenheimer said. “Obviously he was disappointed last week in the fumble. We talked about that with him. We said, ‘Hey, don’t let one play take away all the great things you’ve done.’ He’s made play after play, so again, try to get him some more reps. Obviously he’s still a young player. You’ve got to teach him. But build on the great things he’s doing out here on the practice field and carry that over to the field.”

Fantasy Impact:

At this point, Richardson is the RB to own in the St. Louis backfield, though Pead could press him for touches as the season wears on. Consider Richardson a middle-of-the-road RB3 with upside if he earns a big workload.

Rams think Daryl Richardson will be starter
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 10:18pm

Rams on Twitter - [Full Article]

"I think RB Daryl Richardson comes back as our starter," said Rams head coach Jeff Fisher on the running back competition.

Fantasy Impact:

Isaiah Pead will likely still be in the mix, and those two have stood out the most at camp so far. We predict Richardson to get the most work of the two and is ranked 34th on our RB list. Both backs are late round options to help with depth on your roster.