Fantasy Football: Why St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford Will Be a Gem in 2012

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Fantasy Football: Why St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford Will Be a Gem in 2012
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St. Louis still believes in Sam Bradford's ability to break out as an elite NFL quarterback.

Fantasy football owners should too.

Bradford is a tough player to evaluate if you're just looking at the numbers from his first two seasons as a pro.

In 2010 he won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award while improving the one-win Rams to 7-9 and a tiebreak away from winning a division title. He answered questions about durability by starting every game. He broke Peyton Manning’s rookie record for completions (326) with 354 while throwing for more than 3,500 yards at a 60 percent completion rate. All this came without even one receiver scoring more than three touchdowns or gaining 700 yards.

In 2011, however, Bradford suffered a sophomore slump as the Rams dropped back to the basement with a 2-14 record. Durability questions came swirling back as he played only 10 games. He completed only 53.5 of his passes. His turnover total of 12 doubled his touchdown total of six.

The obvious question facing fantasy owners now is what version of Bradford will we see in 2012? The answer likely lies somewhere in between, but here are six reasons that it will be much closer to—if not better than—his rookie season.

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