Fantasy Football Implications If Brian Westbrook Is a St. Louis Ram

Ken KellyContributor IIIAugust 14, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27 :  Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs againt Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field on December 27, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Reports have been circulating over the past week that former Eagle Brian Westbrook will sign with a team as early as Monday.

Many media outlets are reporting today that the most likely outcome is Westbrook signing with the St. Louis Rams.

While Westbrook is nowhere near the player he used to be, this signing would create some waves in dynasty leagues.

Here are some players whose values could change if this comes to fruition:

Brian Westbrook, RB, STL?
Westbrook is simply not the player he used to be, but a deal with the Rams would make sense for him on a couple of different levels.

First, he would have more of  an opportunity to play on the Rams than virtually any other suitor out there. In fact, Westbrook would be the No. 2 running back on the depth chart as soon as he got out of his car.

Second, he’s very familiar with the St. Louis offensive schemes and playbook. Getting into camp late with the Rams wouldn’t impede his ability to pick up the offense nearly as much as it would with other clubs.

Westbrook has concussion concerns to go along with chronic knee and ankle problems. In fact, he’s only played in 22 games the past two seasons combined. The turf in St. Louis can’t be appealing to him, but this simply may be the best he can do.

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If he does indeed sign with St. Louis, he would be a worthy pickup only for dynasty or redraft league owners who already own Steven Jackson and are in a position to contend this year.

If you’re a rebuilding dynasty team, there’s no reason to go after him. His presence on your roster would only impede you from adding a valuable developmental prospect.

Steven Jackson, RB, STL
Bringing in Westbrook could actually help Jackson more than it hurts him.

He was already due for an enormous workload this season and having Westbrook around for six or eight carries per game could keep him fresh later into the season.

Jackson’s value wouldn’t change at all with Westbrook in the fold. He’s a great player to have if you’re a competing team and a viable option to sell high on if you’re rebuilding.

Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, STL
The signing of Westbrook would be most detrimental to the value of Ogbonnaya.

He was making a pretty strong case to be the No. 2 running back in camp. He’ll now be in a battle just to make the team as the No. 3 back.

It would be pretty tough to justify keeping him on any dynasty league roster if Westbrook signs.

Kenneth Darby, RB, STL
At one point, it looked like Darby was going to be a very good stash in dynasty leagues. That time would be ancient history if Westbrook strolls into town.

Keith Toston, RB, STL
Toston is going to face an uphill battle to make this roster, regardless of Westbrook signing or not.

He’s shown some ability in practice, so he’ll get an extended look this preseason. At this point, he may actually have a better chance of making the team than Darby.


Brian Westbrook has a decision to make here shortly. If the media outlets are right, that decision has already been made.

While it’s going to be great to see Westbrook back on the field, the glory days in fantasy for this 30-year old running back are squarely in the rearview mirror.

For the complete set of strategic 2010 dynasty rankings, click below:

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Article written by Ken Kelly




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