2010 Fantasy Preview: St. Louis Rams

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJune 28, 2010

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams carries the ball during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Rams selected their QB of the future in Sam Bradford. Unfortunately the pieces aren’t in place for him to turn things around too dramatically this year. At least there is hope.

Fantasy Playoffs Schedule:  Moderate
They take on the Saints on the road in Week 14 followed by home games against Kansas City and San Francisco. It’s not a terribly frightening schedule, but aside from Steven Jackson, who are you counting on from the Rams?

Five Star Fantasy Option
Steven Jackson — My hope is that Bradford will at least keep defenses honest. Jackson was such a warrior battling through injuries to amass 1738 total yards (1416 rushing) and 4 TDs. He could have easily quit given the Rams’ ineptitude, but he didn’t. Gotta respect that. If the team is any better, which I expect it to be, Jackson should easily be a top 5-8 fantasy RB.

Four Star Fantasy Options

Three Star Fantasy Options
Donnie Avery — Avery burned fantasy owners last year, so he should come at a value. He will have some consistency issues with a rookie QB under center, but he at least has a competent one this year.

Two Star Fantasy Options
Sam Bradford — I’m not the biggest fan of this year’s QB class, or rookie QBs in general, but Bradford has the tools. He could start the year watching A.J. Feeley, but you have to imagine he’ll get his opportunity.

One Star Fantasy Options
A.J. Feeley — While he’s probably an upgrade over the QBs the Rams had last year, he does not have a firm grip on the job. Even if he holds off Sam Bradford, he will eventually yield to the future.

Kenneth Darby & Chris Ogbonnaya — Unless Steven Jackson goes down, you needn’t worry about this duo.

Keenan Burton, Mardy Gilyard, Danny Amendola, Laurent Robinson — None of these options excite me, but Burton and Robinson, assuming they have recovered from injuries, are the ones to watch.

Daniel Fells & Michael Hoomanawanui — Neither TE does anything to excite me.

Rams Defense/Special Teams — The Rams’ D would have taken a step in the right direction if they took Ndamukong Suh. That said, I see why they wanted a franchise QB instead. There is no reason to think the Rams’ D will be fantasy worthy in 2010.

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