Fantasy Football Week 14 Matchup: St. Louis Rams at New Orleans Saints

Jeremy Alpert@@pyroman1acSenior Analyst IIDecember 12, 2010

Week 14 Matchup:  St. Louis Rams (6-6) at New Orleans Saints (9-3)

Rankings based on top 16 QBs, 32 RBs, 48 WRs and 16 TEs.

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St. Louis Rams (Rams Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

New Orleans Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game Third - TDs Allowed First

New Orleans Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game T-15th – TDs Allowed T-21st


St. Louis Offensive Cast

Sam Bradford (QB Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 268/442 – for 2,653 yards and 17 TDs

As much as I like Sam the Ram, I’d have a tough time depending on him against one of the best pass D’s in the league, especially on the road.

Steven Jackson (RB Week 14 Ranking: No. 15)

2010 Season: 260 carries for 985 yards and four TDs || 30 receptions for 250 yards and no TDs

The Beast has been getting around 30 touches a game the last couple of weeks, and I expect him to get the same again this week against the high-flying Saints.  St. Louis will want to control the ball in this one, so a whole bunch of The Beast should be involved with around 100 rushing yards coming out of it.

Danny Amendola (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 43)

2010 Season: 65 receptions for 551 yards and three TDs

Amendola is still a little too inconsistent to think about playing on your fantasy team, especially during a possible playoff week, but the Rams will need to pass the ball to stay in this game, so he could end up a good play in PPR leagues this weekend.

Danario Alexander (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 48)

2010 Season: 11 receptions for 193 yards and one TD

Alexander has some real nice potential for the future with Sam Bradford as his QB, but he’s just too inconsistent right now to be taking chances on him, especially if you’re going into your fantasy playoffs.  However, his size may get him some red zone looks in this game, so don’t be surprised to see a TD in his statline come Monday.

Brandon Gibson (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 40)

2010 Season: 40 receptions for 425 yards and two TDs

Gibson is truly a crapshoot from week-to-week, as are the rest of the Rams receivers.  However, he IS more consistent than the rookie Danario Alexander or Laurent Robinson, and he’s more explosive than slot receiver Danny Amendola.  The Rams will have to pass the ball in this one if they want to win, so Gibson could put up some decent numbers.

Laurent Robinson (WR Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 25 receptions for 236 yards and one TD

There’s just too many receivers on this team doing well for Laurent to sneak into fantasy lineups.

Daniel Fells (TE Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 28 receptions for 251 yards and two TDs

With Hoomanawanui out with a high ankle sprain, Fells will be the main tight end once again.  He looks to be pretty good, but he’s hardly worth playing at this point.


New Orleans Saints (Saints Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

St. Louis Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 19th - TDs Allowed T-Seventh

St. Louis Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 14th – TDs Allowed T-Third


New Orleans Offensive Cast


Drew Brees (QB Week 14 Ranking: No. 3)

2010 Season: 337/485 – for 3,634 yards and 25 TDs

Brees absolutely LOVES playing at home (as his career stats will show you) and against a St. Louis Rams defense that’s relatively stingy against the run, you can bet the Saints will be opening it up quite a bit in this one.

Reggie Bush (RB Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 13 carries for 45 yards and no TDs || 13 receptions for 75 yards and one TD

Pierre Thomas will be back, and with Ivory playing as well as he is, Bush won’t get enough touches to make a difference.

Chris Ivory (RB Week 14 Ranking: No. 20)

2010 Season: 123 carries for 636 yards and five TDs || One reception for 17 yards and no TDs

Ivory isn’t pretty, but he’s getting the job done.  Even if Pierre Thomas comes back, he’ll be eased in, so Ivory should still be able to garner around 15 touches (which is all he needed last week to put up 117 yards).  He’s also scored five TDs over the last three weeks, so the Saints would have a hard pressed to take him out of his rhythm at this point.

Pierre Thomas (RB Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 46 carries for 147 yards and one TD || 17 receptions for 133 yards and no TDs

So Pierre looks like he’ll finally get back on the field this week.  Don’t get too excited though, as he’ll likely be limited to just a few carries to see how he reacts.  Sit him until he shows us something.

Marques Colston (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 7)

2010 Season: 71 receptions for 875 yards and five TDs

Ahhh, Mr. Colston.  After your blasé start to the season, you’ve been quite the steady hand over the past six games, a trend we expect to continue through at least this weekend against the Rams.  Playing at home has been nice for you this year, especially against middle-of-the-pack teams like the Browns (112 yards, one TD) and Seahawks (113 yards, two TDs).  Do it again for us, will ya Marques?

Lance Moore (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 37)

2010 Season: 49 receptions for 566 yards and six TDs

Moore is still more consistent than Robert Meachem, but he’s not nearly as sexy of a fantasy player.  He might do something, he might do nothing, but if you’re in your fantasy playoffs and you play in a PPR league, he’s a pretty good bet as either a WR3 or flex player this week, especially with the Saints at home. (Home: 29 catches, 349 yards, four TDs. Away: 20 catches, 217 yards, two TDs.)

Robert Meachem (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 30)

2010 Season: 31 receptions for 515 yards and five TDs

Meachem is finally starting to string some fantasy-love together for his owners, but the inconsistency in his game is still maddening!  He’s just as likely to go off for 100-plus yards and a TD or two as he is to go without a catch the entire game.  However, Brees is rolling at this point, so it’ll be tough not to get these Saints receivers into your lineup somehow.

Devery Henderson (WR Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 28 receptions for 376 yards and one TD

Henderson is a once-in-a-blue-moon type of player.  Don’t bother.

Jeremy Shockey (TE Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 33 receptions for 342 yards and three TDs

Jeez Louise, another crapshoot…  If he plays, he might do well, but again, don’t bother.

Jimmy Graham (TE Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 19 receptions for 265 yards and one TD

Just forget it when it comes to the Saints tight ends.  It’ll probably be David Thomas who goes off this week.



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