2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
St Louis Rams
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

Head coach Jeff Fisher has this team headed in the right direction. They surprised many last year with much improved play on both sides of the ball. Look for the Rams to take another step forward and compete for a playoff spot. The offense finally looks like a unit than can put up some points to compete with the elite teams, and the defense creates all sorts of havoc with a top pass rush. This will be a tough team to play on a weekly basis, similar to many of the teams Fisher has coached through the years.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Sam Bradford, QB. Bradford hasn't lived up to his draft status just yet but shown some flashes. If he is ever going to put it all together, it will be this year. For the first time in his career, he'll be playing in the same offense for two straight seasons. And the Rams have finally surrounded him with some playmakers. They have plenty of young talent at receiver and a legit No. 1 tight end in Jared Cook. The offensive line also should be much improved with Jake Long anchoring the left side. Bradford could emerge as a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback in an improving offense.

FANTASY DUD

Brian Quick, WR. Quick was taken high last year but got little playing time. Apparently, he was slow to pickup the playbook. But even when playing, Quick looked a little slow at receiver and didn't make a ton of plays with his few chances. Many are high on him for a breakout season but it isn't a given he'll even start. He has a lot of talent to compete with for touches, including Tavon Austin, Chris Givens and Austin Pettis. It wouldn't surprise to see Quick disappoint again in 2013.

Team Notes

Apr 08, 11:03 AM Updating previous reports, St. Louis Rams WR Kenny Britt received a $50,000 signing bonus, and $500,000 of his $1 million is guaranteed. He also has a $100,000 workout bonus and $18,750 per game in active roster bonuses.
Mar 31, 07:32 PM The St. Louis Rams signed free-agent WR Kenny Britt (Titans) to a one-year, $1.4 million deal Monday, March 31, according to a source. The deal could wind up being worth as much as $2.9 million. Britt will receive $550,000 in guarantees.

Fantasy Impact: Britt has plenty of talent but needs to prove he is healthy once again. If his knees aren't right, he won't be much of a factor.
Mar 31, 03:42 PM St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said he expects WR Tavon Austin to improve this upcoming season, because he will have a full offseason to learn the offense. 'I think another year in the program, in the offense, OTAs, training camp, you'll see more production. I think we'll do a better job of using him now that we know what he's capable of doing. Kind of looking forward to see him improve from year one to year two,' Fisher said.
Mar 31, 12:12 AM Free-agent WR Kenny Britt (Titans) recently said he may meet with the Carolina Panthers, but no visit has been scheduled at this time.
Mar 28, 09:02 AM St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher praised Clemson WR Sammy Watkins' talent, but he also said he likes what the team has at receiver. 'I think with what we have on the roster right now, we can provide (quarterback) Sam (Bradford) with the talent to where we can win a lot of games,' Fisher said. 'We're expecting improvement. We're still seeing improvement from (receivers), for example, Brian Quick, Chris Givens who are going into their third year.'

Fantasy Impact: You have to wonder what Fisher is thinking sometimes. His receivers have made little progress the last few seasons and the team still has a gaping hole at their No. 1 receiver spot.
Mar 27, 07:22 PM The St. Louis Rams are still in the hunt to sign free-agent WR Kenny Britt (Titans), but Britt is still evaluating his options.
Mar 27, 10:22 AM Updating a previous report, St. Louis Rams DE Alex Carrington received a one-year, $1.5 million deal with $1 million guaranteed.
Mar 27, 08:23 AM St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher hinted that RB Zac Stacy could be the team's lead back. 'I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy,' Fisher said.

Fantasy Impact: At this point, the job is his to lose. His value is on the rise.
Mar 26, 03:03 PM Updating a previous report, the St. Louis Rams signed QB Shaun Hill to a one-year deal worth as much as $2.25 million. Hill will receive a $1.75 base salary.
Mar 26, 02:33 PM The St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Shaun Hill (Rams). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: He'll be the top backup for the Rams this season.
Mar 26, 10:23 AM St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, representing the competition committee, said the league is going to crack down on the conduct on the field. The number of taunting penalties increased from 12 to 34 last season. 'We're going to clean up the language,' Fisher said. 'There's no change in our rule, we're going to enforce the current rule.'
Mar 26, 09:43 AM St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said the team is still in the mix with free-agent WR Kenny Britt (Titans).
Mar 25, 05:43 PM The Washington Redskins remain interested in signing free-agent WR Kenny Britt (Titans), according to a team source. Pat Dye, Britt's agent, said his client is looking for a short-term deal.
Mar 25, 05:43 PM The St. Louis Rams' chances of landing free-agent WR Kenny Britt (Titans) are 'better than 50 percent,' according to general manager Les Snead. Britt has visited with the Rams, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy Impact: The Rams might be a good spot for Britt but it isn't certain where he'll land at this point. We should know soon enough.
Mar 25, 04:33 PM The St. Louis Rams agreed to terms with DE Alex Carrington (Bills) Tuesday, March 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: He'll serve a depth role with the team. Don't expect much.
Mar 24, 09:23 PM The St. Louis Rams might still potentially sign free-agent QB Shaun Hill (foot), but one thing that could be slowing down the process is Hill rehabbing from offseason foot surgery.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
TE Jared Cook, OT Jake Long. 

Losses:
RB Steven Jackson, WR Danny Amendola, WR Brandon Gibson, WR Steve E. Smith, OG Robert Turner, CB Bradley Fletcher, FS Craig Dahl. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  8 Tavon AustinWR
 # 1  30 Alec OgletreeLB
 # 3  9 T.J. McDonaldDB
 # 3  30 Stedman BaileyWR
 # 4  16 Barrett JonesOL
 # 5  16 Brandon McGeeDB
 # 5  27 Zac StacyRB
 # 7  48 Justice CunninghamTE
 Undrafted Ray-Ray ArmstrongLB
 Undrafted Philip LutzenkirchenTE
 Undrafted Benny CunninghamRB

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 4:25PM     Arizona
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     at Atlanta
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at Dallas
4     Sep 25 8:25PM     San Francisco
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     Jacksonville
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     at Houston
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Carolina
8     Oct 27 8:40PM     Seattle
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     Tennessee
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
-- Week 11 Bye --
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Chicago
13     Nov 30 4:05PM     at San Francisco
14     Dec 7 4:25PM     at Arizona
15     Dec 14 4:25PM     New Orleans
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     at Seattle
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