Steven Jackson Injury: 4 Rams Whose Fantasy Stocks Increase with RB Sidelined

Cian Fahey@CianafFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2011

Steven Jackson Injury: 4 Rams Whose Fantasy Stocks Increase with RB Sidelined

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    Steven Jackson is an elite NFL running back who carried a huge load of his offense in recent years. As the Rams all-time leading rusher, his loss for next week's game with the New York Giants will hurt not only fantasy fans but the Rams also.

    The moves that the Rams make to work around this problem will affect fantasy performers all around the league.

    Here are four players that you'll be happier to have in your team right now.

Carnell Williams

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    Obviously, the guy that is going to take most of Jackson's touches is going to benefit from Jackson's injury. Williams should now be the team's starter at running back; he has the ability to carry the ball 25-30 times in a game.

    His strong body will allow him to get positive yardage between the tackles against the Giants, but he is not solely a bruising back.

    Williams was brought in as the team's third-down back and had over 40 receptions last year in Tampa Bay coming out of the backfield. He has some explosion left in the tank but is not going to hit home runs as often as Jackson. He should be a touchdown threat though and put up yardage both through the air and on the ground.

Sam Bradford

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    Sam Bradford should get more chances to pass the ball now as Josh McDaniels makes an impact on this passing game. Without Jackson, the team will need to replace some of his running with short, quick throws.

    Bradford has great poise and athleticism, and carrying more of the workload should help him to produce even more for the fantasy owners that took a flier on him late in the draft.

Lance Kendricks

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    The team's rookie tight end has already impressed a lot of people. Sam Bradford has always leaned on his tight ends, dating back to his time at Oklahoma.

    Kendricks will likely be the beneficiary of those quick throws that the team will use as an extension of the running game. Without Danny Amendola out for next week—and seemingly a lot longer after then—Kendricks will become a vital possession piece of the offense.

Brandon Gibson

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    Gibson has seemingly become the St. Louis Rams' best receiver after his sterling preseason. He did not have the statistics against Nnamdi Asomugha, but he did have a great day. A long of 31 yards showed that he could get deep on one of the best corners in the league.

    He also forced Asomugha to tug him in the end zone to prevent a touchdown. Against the Giants' struggling secondary, Gibson could make a big impact without Jackson stealing attempts from Sam Bradford.