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You might not buy this because it seems counterintuitive, but a team's starting-quarterback situation has a lot of influence on the performance of its fantasy defense/special teams. You shouldn't need to be reminded, but look at the Houston Texans a year ago.
The St. Louis Rams have lost Sam Bradford (knee) for the season again, so they could be this year's Texans cautionary tale. The Rams might be the most overrated defense/special teams unit in fantasy right now.
You could argue the Rams can get after the quarterback with Robert Quinn and Chris Long, but their own quarterback play, or lack thereof, will have a direct correlation with defensive struggles. Elite pass-rushers cannot cover for the lack of a quarterback, as the Texans showed.
A unit led by arguably the best defensive player in football, J.J. Watt, was dead last among fantasy D/STs last year, per FFToday.com. This was a unit drafted among the top 10 in leagues, and it went bust. It wasn't necessarily injury, scheme or schedule. It was the disaster that was Matt Schaub, aka Pick Six. The Texans couldn't generate enough offense to keep the defense off the field.
The Rams might be in danger of doing the same with backup Shaun Hill now installed as the starting quarterback, as Ian Rapoport tweeted Sunday.
The Rams are a bad buy right now, sitting fourth in FantasyPros.com's ADP and consensus rankings. Avoid them until very, very late.