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

Sep 18, 08:42 PM St. Louis Rams CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), C Barrett Jones (back), TE Cory Harkey (knee), CB Brandon McGee (foot) and OG Rodger Saffold (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 18. C Scott Wells (non-injury) fully participated in practice.
Sep 18, 08:32 PM St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 18.
Sep 18, 08:22 PM St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis or QB Shaun Hill (thigh) could come down to a game-time decision in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy teams should just avoid both guys.
Sep 17, 05:43 PM St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Fantasy Impact: Hill might be healthy enough to play this week but that doesn't mean he'll crack the starting lineup with Austin Davis playing well last week.
Sep 17, 05:43 PM St. Louis Rams CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), C Barrett Jones (back), TE Cory Harkey (knee) and C Scott Wells (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. CB Brandon McGee (foot) was limited.
Sep 17, 05:43 PM St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Fantasy Impact: Austin has a shot to play this week but seems likely to sit this one out.
Sep 17, 12:33 PM St. Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey is expected to practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, and play Week 3 after having his four-game suspension lifted. Bailey's role may be limited during the game.

Fantasy Impact: Bailey should return this week and has a shot for decent playing time with Tavon Austin hurting.
Sep 15, 06:22 PM St. Louis Rams TE Cory Harkey (knee) has a chance to play Week 3 even though he is dealing with a mild knee sprain, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
Sep 15, 06:12 PM St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee) is dealing with a mild knee sprain but has a chance to play Week 3, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
Sep 15, 01:52 PM St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and is expected to miss around two weeks, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: Seems like he avoided something too serious. He could be back before long.
Sep 15, 10:27 AM St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) will return to the starting role when healthy, according to Rams coach Jeff Fisher. QB Austin Davis has filled in for the past two weeks.

Fantasy Impact: We still wouldn't discount Davis start. He was very impressive in Week 2.
Sep 15, 03:22 AM St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee) sustained a knee injury during the team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Austin will undergo more tests Monday, Sept. 15.
Sep 14, 03:02 PM The St. Louis Rams have declared TE Alex Bayer, DT Matt Conrath, CB Trumaine Johnson, OG Barrett Jones, CB Lamarcus Joyner, RB Tre Mason, RB Trey Watts inactive for Week 2.
Sep 14, 02:52 PM St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) is active for the team's Week 2 game, but QB Austin Davis is still expected to start.

Fantasy Impact: We would just avoid this season.
Sep 14, 10:42 AM St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis is likely to start Sunday, Sept. 14, in place of QB Shaun Hill (thigh), according to a source.
Sep 13, 12:22 PM St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) will travel with the team for their Week 2 game, but he is still considered questionable at this point. QB Austin Davis likely would start if Hill is not able to play.

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  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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