2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
St Louis Rams
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Rams' defense has a ton of talent and might have the best pass rush in all of football. This will give them a shot to win a lot of games. The offense still has some question marks, though, especially at receiver. We aren't sure the passing game will be able to do enough for this team to make the playoffs just yet. Plus, the Rams play in the toughest division in football, which doesn't help matters. Expect them to finish around .500. Things are getting better for this team, though.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Tavon Austin had a bit of a disappointing rookie season. He did flash some good things, though, and made some big plays along the way. The Rams will find ways to get him heavily involved in the offense this season. This team needs playmakers and Austin is the most talented receiver on the roster. We expect much better things from him in his second season. Austin could emerge as a legit No. 2 for fantasy teams. The Rams will be a run-first team but they are going to have to throw the ball to keep teams honest, and Austin could lead the team in targets when they air it out.
FANTASY DUD
Tight end Jared Cook had a decent first season with the Rams but didn't quite play as expected. He still struggled with consistency, which has been an issue for him throughout his career. We don't see that changing for Cook at this stage of his career. He'll have some big games and finish with decent numbers but you can't count on him to be anything more than a spot starter. Even though Sam Bradford is back at quarterback, Cook still doesn't have a ton of fantasy upside based on his track record.

Team Notes

Oct 24, 04:32 PM St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (knee) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 24, and is probable for Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Oct 24, 04:32 PM St. Louis Rams PK Greg Zuerlein (illness) did not practice Friday, Oct. 24, but he is probable for Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Oct 24, 04:22 PM St. Louis Rams C Tim Barnes (shoulder) and CB Brandon McGee (foot) are both out for Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs. CBs Janoris Jenkins (knee) and Trumaine Johnson (knee) are questionable, while DE William Hayes (illness), WR Kenny Britt (ankle), S T.J. McDonald (concussion), OG Rodger Saffold (knee), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe) and DE Ethan Westbrooks (hand) are probable. Jenkins, Barnes and McGee didn't practice Friday, Oct. 24, while the rest were full participants.
Oct 24, 02:42 PM St. Louis Rams CB Trumaine Johnson (knee) may dress in the team's Week 8 game to be available on an emergency basis.
Oct 24, 11:02 AM St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy, who didn't have a touch in Week 7, could remain a factor in the backfield in Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Earlier in the week, head coach Jeff Fisher said Stacy could have 25 carries Sunday, Oct. 26. However, the team is likely to give RB Tre Mason every opportunity to develop the hot hand this weekend.

Fantasy Impact: We wouldn't count on Stacy getting that much work but you can't completely rule it out.
Oct 23, 09:02 PM St. Louis Rams WR Kenny Britt (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 22, 06:32 PM St. Louis Rams RB Tre Mason could be the top candidate for a majority of carries since he is averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Mason rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in Week 7 and received most of the carries because he had the hot hand, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. RB Zac Stacy was announced the starter for Week 7 but only played one snap. RB Benny Cunningham only rushed for three yards during the game. Stacy is averaging 3.93 yards per carry this season, while Cunningham is averaging 3.78 yards per carry.

Fantasy Impact: We think Mason is the back to own in this offense right now.
Oct 22, 05:43 PM St. Louis Rams C Tim Barnes (shoulder), DE William Hayes (illness), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), S T.J. McDonald (concussion) and OT Rodger Saffold (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe) and CB Trumaine Johnson (knee) were limited, while CB Brandon McGee (foot) and DE Ethan Westbrooks (hand) practiced in full.
Oct 22, 05:23 PM St. Louis Rams WR Kenny Britt (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 01:23 PM St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis was 18-for-21 for 152 yards in the team's Week 7 win over the Seattle Seahawks, and former QB Brett Favre thinks Davis could be special in the league. 'Not to sound off my rocker, but (Davis) -- in my mind -- can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. (Brian) Hoyer as well,' Favre said. Davis' 86 percent completion rate against the Seahawks was the highest accuracy mark against a defending Super Bowl champion (minimum of 20 passes). It was also the second highest completion percentage against the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Davis is really playing well for just getting thrown into things. We'll know more about him in the tougher matchups but he has shown pretty well for now.
Oct 21, 06:03 PM Cleveland Browns RB Ray Agnew III and DT Jacobbi McDaniel, Denver Broncos LB Shaquil Barrett, Detroit Lions DB Jerome Couplin III, New Orleans Saints LB Todd Davis and St. Louis Rams WR Austin Pettis cleared waivers and became free agents Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Oct 21, 05:23 PM The St. Louis Rams signed free-agent WRs Kadron Boone (Eagles) and Devon Wylie (49ers) to their practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Oct 21, 05:23 PM The St. Louis Rams waived LB Denicos Allen from their practice squad and added free-agent LB Korey Toomer (Cowboys) to their practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Oct 20, 05:43 PM The St. Louis Rams waived WR Austin Pettis Monday, Oct. 20.

Fantasy Impact: This is a bit of a surprise but Pettis has fallen down the depth chart. He should be grabbed by some team needing receiver help. He can produce in a reserve role.
Oct 19, 05:03 PM St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy did not have any touches in the Week 7 game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams used a combination of RBs Tre Mason, who had 85 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Benny Cunningham, who led the team with 46 receiving yards and a score.

Fantasy Impact: Don't drop Stacy just yet but he is trending that way right now.
Oct 19, 05:03 PM Updating a previous report, St. Louis Rams OT Rodger Saffold (knee) suffered an injury to his right knee in the Week 7 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Alex Carrington, DT; Kenny Britt, WR; Davin Joseph, G. 

Losses:
Cortland Finnegan, CB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  2 Greg RobinsonOL
 # 1  13 Aaron DonaldDL
 # 2  9 Lamarcus JoynerDB
 # 3  11 Tre MasonRB
 # 4  10 Mo AlexanderDB
 # 6  12 E.J. GainesDB
 # 6  30 Jemea ThomasDB
 # 6  38 Garrett GilbertQB
 # 7  11 Mitchell Van DykOL
 # 7  26 C.B. BryantDB
 # 7  35 Demetrius RhaneyOL
 Undrafted Trey WattsRB
 Undrafted Greg ReidDB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Minnesota
2     Sep 14 4:05PM     at Tampa Bay
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Dallas
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Philadelphia
6     Oct 13 8:30PM     San Francisco
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     Seattle
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at Kansas City
9     Nov 2 4:05PM     at San Francisco
10     Nov 9 4:25PM     at Arizona
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Denver
12     Nov 23 4:05PM     at San Diego
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     Oakland
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Washington
15     Dec 11 8:25PM     Arizona
16     Dec 21 4:05PM     New York Giants
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     at Seattle
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