St. Louis Rams Fantasy Projections

Fantasy Knuckleheads@_knuckleheadsCorrespondent IJune 5, 2010

The Rams are facing another season of beat downs.

It’s tough being a  St. Louis Rams fan right now. Winning and respect seem a long way off. They have questions in every aspect of their game, but they continue to improve and they push forward. From a fantasy perspective it’s difficult to get excited about the Rams. Other than running back Steven Jackson and a couple of IDP performers, there’s not much to think about. But there is some fantasy value here, and you’d be remiss to overlook it.

Division: NFC West – Projected Finish: 4th Place

Strength of Schedule - #31st = 2nd best. Only conference rival Arizona has a softer schedule in 2010, and the Rams will surely need it with a new QB under center.


Sam Bradford – The Rams staked it all on the rookie QB and it appears he’ll get the nod to start this season. This would be an unwise move for the poor kid. Regardless, he has no fantasy value for 2010 barring a miracle.

AJ Feeley – Feeley comes over from the Eagles. He played quite well in his few appearances for Philly, and the Rams would be wise to let Feeley start this season while Bradford learns the ropes.

The Ram's 1, 2 and 3 fantasy threat


Steven Jackson is arguably the best running back in the NFL, but he plays on a bad team that is in a major rebuilding process. He was a stud last year in all fantasy areas except getting the ball in the endzone; 324 carries, 1416 yards, and 4.4 yards-per-carry. Unfortunately, he only had 4 TDs. If he stays healthy I expect an improvement this year in TDs. I have him ranked at #7.

The team still needs to address a proper back-up for Jackson.


This is the one area where a fantasy gem or two could be discovered. Much depends on how Sam Bradford gels with each player, and if the offensive line can give him time to throw.

  • Donnie Avery – He was projected to be the team’s go to wideout in 2009, and a nice fantasy sleeper. Unfortunately, all he did was sleep. He was oft-injured and unproductive, but he enters his third year with the deep sleeper tag this time.
  • Danny Amendola – Keep an eye on this kid through the preseason. He could be a nice pick up late.
  • Laurent Robinson – He was leading the team to start the season before his season was cut short. He could be the team’s #1 guy in 2010.
  • Brandon Gibson – A second year WR and another guy who could step up.

This is a constant theme for the Rams. Who will step up and make big plays? Steven Jackson can’t do it all.


The St. Louis Rams have more Tight Ends than a Vegas strip club, but none of them are worth a damn from a fantasy perspective.


Josh Brown missed almost a quarter of his FG attempts last season. A kicker on a bad team often spells fantasy riches. But a bad kicker on a bad team…


I won’t bore you with the Rams team defense, but there are IDP players you should know: Linebacker  James Laurinaitis is a monster stud. Defensive Lineman Chris Long is finally coming into his own. Defensive Back Oshiomogho Atogwe just filed for unrestricted free agency, but the rams hope to keep him. He is a top fantasy DB. Some rumors have him going to the Dolphins which should improve his value.


WkDateGameStadiumTime (ET)
1Sep 12ARISTLEdward Jones Dome4:15 PM
2Sep 19STLOAKOakland Coliseum4:05 PM
3Sep 26WASSTLEdward Jones Dome4:05 PM
4Oct 03SEASTLEdward Jones Dome1:00 PM
5Oct 10STLDETFord Field1:00 PM
6Oct 17SDSTLEdward Jones Dome1:00 PM
7Oct 24STLTBRaymond James Stadium1:00 PM
8Oct 31CARSTLEdward Jones Dome1:00 PM
10Nov 14STLSFCandlestick Park4:15 PM
11Nov 21ATLSTLEdward Jones Dome4:05 PM
12Nov 28STLDENInvesco Field at Mile High4:15 PM
13Dec 05STLARIUniversity of Phoenix Stadium4:15 PM
14Dec 12STLNOSuperdome4:05 PM
15Dec 19KCSTLEdward Jones Dome1:00 PM
16Dec 26SFSTLEdward Jones Dome1:00 PM
17Jan 02STLSEAQwest Field4:15 PM


Spagnuolo needs help


Long gone are the days of the Mike Martz offense. It’ seems almost silly to talk about coaching strategy for a team that will struggle to stay in every game. Second year team coach Steve Spagnuolo has his work cut out for him to make the most of his limited weapons while keeping morale high. The addition of OT Rodger Saffold will certainly help plug a big hole upfront for the team. Now Spags needs to protect his rookie QB and squeeze every drop of talent he can out of his team.


The Rams defense was deplorable in 2009. of course in their defense, they were on the field most of each game. The team grabbed three defensive ends in this year’s draft, but like everything else on the team, it’s a building process and growing pains. Defensive coordinator Ken Flajole and his staff are going to be burning the midnight oil to improve this maudlin defense. Flajole uses a standard 4-3 defensive package.


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