St. Louis Rams

NFC West

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    MIN @ STL

    09/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    STL @ TB

    09/14/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 3

    DAL @ STL

    09/21/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 4

    bye

  • Week 5

    STL @ PHI

    10/05/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    SF @ STL

    10/13/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 7

    SEA @ STL

    10/19/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    STL @ KC

    10/26/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    STL @ SF

    11/02/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 10

    STL @ ARI

    11/09/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 11

    DEN @ STL

    11/16/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    STL @ SD

    11/23/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 13

    OAK @ STL

    11/30/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    STL @ WAS

    12/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    ARI @ STL

    12/11/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 16

    NYG @ STL

    12/21/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 17

    STL @ SEA

    12/28/14

    4:30 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

St. Louis Rams - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Kudos to St. Louis and the NFL. Many feared the Michael Sam story would dominate headlines for all the wrong reasons. The fact that his sexuality is a non issue is a welcome surprise. In fact, the story line coming out of St. Louis regarding Sam is primarily focused on the depth at the position, an actual football related topic. This is a positive reflection of just how far we have come. Now, for those of you TLZ lovers who just want the forced drama of some in your face homosexuality… I give you Jim Carey from the “In Living Color” days.


 


 







 




If Sam makes the team, he will be joining a stout defense. Last year Pyro ranked them as #7 before the season. In most standard scoring formats, that is exactly where they finished. This year should be about the same with room for improvement.


 




Possible good news for one Sam, bad news for the other. So, now it looks like Shuan will take the field instead of Sam. Don’t worry, names can be confusing.


 









 




So, as we turn our attention from Michael Sam, the news with Sam Bradford is not good. Last year, Bradford was looking sharp before he went down with a season ending ACL injury in week #7. During the first 6 weeks last year, Bradford was scoring 17.7 fantasy points a game and was ranked as the 7th best fantasy QB. Bradford was looking to have a bounce back year, and was a potential sleeper pick. However, during the 3rd preseason game, Bradford reinjured the same ACL in his left knee and is lost for the 2014 season. Coach Jeff Fisher described the news as, “devastating”.  However, in the world of fantasy, I just don’t think the loss of Bradford will have that much of an impact as people are fearing.


 




The team now looks to Shaun Hill, who, granted, has not attempted an NFL pass since 2012. But, he is one of the better backups in the league.  He has a career 62% average. Bradford’s career average is only 58.6%. If you look closely, the two quarterbacks are not that far apart. The last significant time Hill put in was in 2010, he played in 11 games with the Lions. That year, he was 257 for 416, totaling 2,686 yards. He threw 16 touch downs and 12 interceptions.


 




So, let’s compare Bradford’s best season (2013) to that of Hill’s. Hill threw a touchdown in every game except his first.  Admittedly, Bradford had a better TD/INT ratio, 14/4 versus Hill’s 16/12. But Bradford only had one 300 yard plus passing game out of seven. Hill had five games of at least 285 yards and three games for over 300 yards out of 11 games played. He averaged a little over 244 yards per game. That is actually 3 yards better than Bradford’s per game average from last year.


 




Look, I am comparing numbers from 2010 to those from last year, it is not ideal, I get that. But, being a lifelong Lions fan, I have seen many a Shaun Hill performance (He played for the Lions from 2010 – 2013). I understand, Hill has not seen much action since the 2010 season.  But, I don’t think this is a catastrophe by any means.  In fact, I see it as a positive for the ground game. It could even be decent for guys like Tavon Austin and Jared Cook. Perhaps Kenny Britt, the downfield threat, may not see as many deep passes, but in the long run, Hill is surprisingly comparable to Bradford. 


 




Let’s look at the two QBs a little closer. Bradford has never thrown for more than 21 touchdowns, and never more than 3,702 yards in one season.  If you extrapolate Hill’s 2010 season, in which he only played 11 games, and applied it to a full 16 game season, Hill’s numbers are better than Bradford’s. Hill would have ended up with 23 touchdowns and 3,906 yards. That is 2 TDs better than Bradford and 204 yards better than Bradford ever did in his best season.


 




So, all of you St. Louis fans, if you weren’t part of the Sugar HILL gang, you are now! Let me hear you say “Ho-tel, Mo-tel, Holiday Inn!”


 


 







 




The Rams have been actively drafting offensive weapons the past few years. Their line should be in the top 10 for pass blocking and perhaps top 5 for run blocking. That is great news to the ground game as the Rams are going to be relying on them heavily this season, even more so now with the Bradford injury news. In the backfield, last year’s surprise was Zac Stacy, a 5th round pick in last year’s draft. Look, I am going to tell you right now, I am biased. In my fantasy league, I drafted Stacey. Well, after four weeks of bench time, I dropped him for some waiver wire pick up. To be honest, I don’t even remember who it was, I think the whole incident was so emotionally jarring, I’ve blocked most of it out. I envision the day I am sitting in the old folks home and all of this repressed memory comes rushing back to the surface. As an 80 year old man, I will stand up, clutching my cane in the community kitchenette and toss my tapioca pudding in a tirade “Damn you Stacy! Damn you to hell!”


 









 


 


But, for now, I will just push those feelings back down in there, take some Tylenol and move on. With the loss of Bradford, the St. Louis running game should see an increase in volume. Stacy finished last season averaging 11.24 fantasy points per game. In weeks  #5 – #16, he put up 153.2 total fantasy points. That made him the 7th best fantasy RB during that time span. One thing to be cautious of with Stacy, while he did have four games where he went for over 100 yards, if you look a little closer, you will notice that in each of those games, the lowest amount of carries he had was 26. The guy needs a volume of carries to put up the numbers. He is definitely not an Andre Ellington type, who has lethal potential to strike at any time. Stacy is a plodder who relies on multiple carries to slowly put up those big games. Keep this in mind if you league awards for long TDs, if so, a guy like Stacy will move down your tiers. With the news of Bradford’s injury, Stacy could very well see such a work load in 2014. He is fantasy RB#2, that is currently going in the 3rd round as of late August. Watch his ADP, again, his value should increase, but if owners get scared with the Bradford news and his ADP falls, it could equate to some nice fantasy value. Just know this, that top 5 offensive line is going to be tested as the Rams have the 31st ranked rushing schedule.


 




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As for the other backs on St. Louis, Isaiah Pead tore his ACL and is out for the season.  While Benny Cunningham is there, rookie Tre Mason is the RB to focus on after Stacy. Cunningham may have a better yards per carry after 3 games of the preseason (5.3 for Cunningham vs. 3.0 for Mason), but Mason has seen the volume of work. In fact, Mason has carried the ball 37 times in 3 preseason games to Cunningham’s 15. It was curious however, that in the third preseason game, Cunningham got the start over Stacy. Fisher downplayed the move, just saying they wanted a chance to see what Cunningham could do with the starters. Again, now that Hill is the starter, chances are all running backs will receive more action throughout the season. Still, Mason should find his way to the backup role leaving Cunningham in 3rd on the depth chart before too long. Mason is too talented not to start getting looks sooner rather than later.


 


 


In fact, many seem to fear Mason taking time away carries from Stacy, and well they should. Pyro sees Mason in the early 50’s for RB.  I like him a little better than that. He had a great career at Auburn, never once averaging below 5.7 yards per carry in three years. His last season in 2013 was outstanding. Mason played in 14 games, counting the loss to Florida State in the National Championship. Now, I have stated I fall for the young ones, but he put up some impressive stats against some tough defenses. In the Championship game alone, he averaged 5.7 yards per carry, totaled 195 yards and scored a touchdown. In 14 total games, he rushed for at least 99 yards 10 different times; this includes a 304 yard game against Missouri that also saw him score 4 touchdowns.


 









 


 


That was the 2nd time he scored 4 TDs in one game that year. The other time he did it against Arkansas, he totaled 168 yards. He can snap off some big runs. As the year goes on, I see Mason getting more and more playing time. I love taking a guy like this or Alfred Blue from Houston with the last pick in the draft, it will pay off.


 


 


Now, moving away from the ground game, one is liable to become mired down in receivers. In fact, one could get downright lost, which, is easy to do in St. Louis.




 







 


 


Undoubtedly, the Rams have a plethora of receivers. The question is: who will emerge from the talented group? Jeff Fisher just seems to draft these guys without a plan as to how to use them. Starting with a guy who was with Fisher in Tennessee, we have Kenny Britt. Here is where we might see the most impact from the Bradford loss. Hill is a decent game manager. I can see him relying on the run game, and some play action short yardage plays. But, I do not see him pushing it down the field to Britt as often as Bradford would have. To me, Britt’s numbers will be affected the most by the change at the QB position. Undoubtedly, Britt has the talent. But damn it would be nice if he dusted it off to showcase once in awhile. He has never had more than 45 receptions in a season, nor gone for more than 775 yards. In his 2nd year, he did clock in with 9 TDs, but besides that one year, his highest touchdown total is 4 in a season.  Look, the guy came into the league in 2009 and is only 25 years old amazingly. The dude feels like he has been around forever, yet he has only played in 57 games. Undoubtedly the talent is there. I for one, held out hope longer than most, save Dawgmatica. Even though it is a contract year for him, he may just be another NFL casualty. Here is a kid with incredible talent, but too much baggage to ever let that shine through.


 


 


Tavon Austin entered the NFL with a great deal of hype. In fact, Pyro has him ranked highest of all the St. Louis receivers this coming year. All this kid needs is a little bit of space and a creative offensive coordinator… If there is one thing that Brian Schottenheimer has, it is space: the kind that fills his offensive playbook. This is a case of situation. Austin could be electric if he were in a situation that knew how to utilize his type of play. Unfortunately, his situation is compounded. He has Schottenheimer as the OC and Jeff Fisher as his coach. That is a recipe for sheer boredom. Let’s face it, Fisher is known more for his marketable mustache than his offensive prowess.


 


 


I will say, out of all the receivers affected by the loss of Bradford, I think it actually might be good in a way for Austin.  Granted, the loss of Bradford predominately boosts the run game, but Hill is a capable QB who will not be asked to do much. If the coaching staff can come up with some quick screens, get him in motion for some short routes, Austin just might make the best of the situation. It is not like he was that dynamic with Bradford in the game. Austin only had one 100 yard plus receiving day last year and that was without Bradford. He caught just as many touchdown passes with Bradford as without. Out of all pass catchers, I see Austin and Cook being the least affected by the loss of Bradford. Tavon admitted he did not understand the play book last year. This year is a different story. They plan to use him more as a receiver and less as a return man. If you are in a league that awards for returns, Tavon should not be as involved this year as he was last year. In 2013, they only moved him to return duties because of injury and necessity. So far in the preseason, he has not returned any kick offs and has only fielded 2 punts in three games. As of the end of August, Austin is going in the 10th round in 12 team mock drafts. Look for him to fall with the Bradford news. Guys that I like more going after Ausitn include: Mike Evans, Jordan Matthews, and Kenny Stills. If Austin falls into the 11th or early 12th, the value will be there.


 


 


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The other receivers to mention are Brian Quick and Chris Givens. I like Quick the best. There has been some talk about him from camp, although it seems like that is always the case with him, yet he never lives up to it. Ironically, both guys have scored a touchdown so far in the first three games of the preseason. Givens only has 2 catches while Quick is tied with Austin for 5. Again, they are going to be focused on the run game with Bradford down. I can’t see too much fantasy value trickling down this far in their receiving core.  With your last two picks in the draft, I would go for complete upside guys. Whereas, you know what you are getting with Quick and Givens. They will not make any of my teams.


 




Jared Cook. Oh man. Pyro has loved his potential over the seasons. After week #1 last year, it finally looked like he was ready to take the leap. Fooled us again Cook, you sneaky bastard! Last year did happen to be his best thus far with 51 receptions and 671 yards and 5 TDs. But, looking back on his year, it was lackluster to say the least. He is worth drafting as a backup in 2014. I could very easily see Hill relying on the short routes and check downs to his tight end. If you need a backup tight end, and you don’t want to take a chance on the high upside guys like Kelce and Ladarius Green, Cook could be an option. I think he will put up similar numbers to those of last year. In 2013, he was the 11th ranked fantasy tight end. This year, I feel the position is deeper, thus, those same numbers might put him around fantasy tight end #14 or so.


 




 


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ERIC DICKERSON’S DOMINANCE

When Eric Dickerson entered the NFL, he came to do two things, chew bubblegum and kick ass, and he was all out of bubblegum. Dickerson was a tall running back, standing 6’3”, who possessed tremendous speed with an amazing burst. The first two seasons of #29’s career set the bar so high, that no other running back has yet to break to his single season rushing record from 1984, with 2,105 yards.

The Los Angeles Rams drafted Dickerson with the second overall pick in the 1983 draft, behind John Elway. In the strike-shortened season of 1982 the Rams finished 2-7, but the addition of E.D. would change their fortunes immediately.

In his rookie season it would take the former SMU Mustang only one game before he would make his first impact on the NFL. In Eric’s first ever game he carried the ball 31 times for 91 yards and no scores against the New York Giants, but the following week Dickerson would carry the ball 18 times, with three of them going for touchdowns. While this was an impressive start, it was in week four that #29 made the rest of the league take notice.

The Rams travelled to New York to face the Jets and Dickerson ran the ball 28 times for 192 yards with 2 touchdowns, while adding another 45 yards on five catches. This kid was for real, and if the league was not impressed enough, the following week #29 would bring the hammer down on the Detroit Lions. E.D. had 30 carries fro 199 yards and three touchdowns, with another 21 yards on three catches.

Those two games began a stretch where Dickerson had over 100 rushing yards in seven of eight games. During that stretch six of those games went for over 142 yards. He would finish that eight game stretch running for 1,115 yards and 13 touchdowns. Holy crap!!! The Rams would end up going 9-7 on the season and beat the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. They would eventually lose to the Washington Redskins in the following round, but the Dickerson put the Rams on his back and brought the franchise back to respectability. 

For the season Dickerson would finish with 1,808 rushing yards on 390 carries, with 18 touchdowns. The rookie would also add 404 yards with two scores on 51 receptions. That was an amazing total of 2,212 yards with 20 scores on the year. There is no doubt this is the best rookie season for a running back of all-time. Setting that bar that high for himself, #29 was more than ready for the challenge that awaited him in 1984.

Dickerson came into 1984 with a huge bull’s-eye on his back, but all he did was have the best rushing season in the history of the NFL with 2,105 rushing yards. He started the season with two 100-yard rushing games, but was shut down the next two weeks with only 138 rushing yards. That would soon change, as #29 was all world with over 100 yards rushing in 9 of his next 10 games.

Dickerson would rush for 1,629 yards with 11 touchdowns during this 10 game stretch. Seven of those games Eric would rush for 145 or more yards, with two 200-yard rushing games (208 vs. Cardinals, 215 vs. Oilers).  That 10 game stretch would be a fantastic season any running back, but Dickerson was a true beast in 1984.

#29 would finish the season with 100 yards or more rushing in 12 games, 132 yards or more rushing in nine games, and of course his two 200+ yard rushing games. Dickerson also displayed his ridiculous speed during the season with at least a 20-yard run in 10 games. He topped 40-yard runs in 5 different games, all while being the main target of every defense that he faced. Eric took all the pressure and week after week he brought his best to the football field. Dickerson would lead the Rams to a 10-6 record, although they would fall to the New York Giants in a tough playoff loss 13-16. #29 gave his best effort in that game, rushing for 107 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown against Lawrence Taylor and a very stout Giant defense.

Dickerson’s first two seasons in the NFL just leave you scratching your head at how amazing he was. In 32 games E.D. ran 3,913 yards, 122.3 yard per game, with 32 touchdowns. If you include his receiving stats he finishes with 4,456 yards and 34 scores, which is an average of 139.25 yards per game and just better than a score per game. There was no running back that was more dominant in fantasy football during this time period. Dickerson’s two-season total of 4,456 yards would stand as the record until Marshall Faulk broke it in 1998-1999 with 4,656 yards.  Although the fact that Dickerson’s totals came in his first two seasons in the league leaves him and his rec specs in a league of his own.


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MARSHALL FAULK’S FANTASY DOMINANCE

Marshall Faulk is a Hall of Fame running back, but he was also the most dominating fantasy player for a four-year stretch between 1998-2001. Simply put, during those four seasons Faulk was a one man wrecking machine, and an unfair advantage in fantasy football. The advantage was so severe that leagues considered changing scoring systems known as the Faulk effect.

In 1998 Marshall Faulk would play in his final season for the Colts, who drafted Peyton Manning with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. The addition of Manning would propel Faulk to another level in the Colts offense, and it allowed Faulk to showcase all his abilities and become a dominating fantasy player. Prior to this season Faulk had a season high of 56 catches and finished 1998 with 86. In fact, Faulk had over 100 yards from scrimmage in 13 games during the season and finished with 1,319 yards rushing, 908 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

After this amazing season the Colts traded Faulk to the St. Louis Rams for a second and fifth round draft pick because they did not want to renegotiate his contract, which had two years left on it. The Rams saw the potential that Faulk would bring to their offense and jumped at the chance to bring him on board. Faulk became the focal point of Mike Martz’s offense and took his offense to levels that were unheard of in fantasy football.

In his first season with the Rams Faulk once again had over 100 yards from scrimmage in 13 games on the season. Faulk had over 150 total yards from scrimmage in 9 games and over 200 yards in 5 games. Marshall finished the season with the rare feat of more than 1,000 yards rushing (1381) and receiving (1048), with his career best 2,429 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns. The following season would take his fantasy dominance to yet another level.

In 2000 Faulk would become a touchdown machine with a score in 13 games and 26 overall. Faulk had five games on the season where he single handily won the week for his fantasy owners. In those five games Faulk totaled 1,056 yards from scrimmage with 15 touchdowns. That stat line would be great for any running back today, especially with the touchdown production, but this was done in FIVE FREAKING GAMES! Marshall would finish the season with 1,359 yards rushing, 81 catches for 830 yards along with those 26 touchdowns. Faulk just kept putting together a career year one after the other, but this was going to be a tough act to follow. Too bad Faulk did not know that.

In 2001 the Marshall plan was once again in full effect for the Rams. Faulk would miss two games on the season for the Rams, but still had over a 100 yards from scrimmage in 12 of 14 games. #28 also had nine games with over 150 yards from scrimmage. Of course Marshall did see his touchdown total drop from the 26 he had the season before, but he still scored 21 times in 14 games. When you look at this season compared to the rest, this could be his best season overall considering his final numbers in only 14 games. Faulk had 2,147 yards from scrimmage with those 21 scores. This marked the fourth season in a row that #28 had over 2,000 yards from scrimmage.

During this amazing span Marshall had 8,992 yards from scrimmage with 337 catches and 69 touchdowns. All of this was done in four seasons, which is unheard of and the reason Marshall was the ultimate fantasy weapon. What is so impressive to me about this four year run were the numbers that Faulk posted in the receiving game. Check out the stat lines from each season, and you can bet that just about every receiver in the NFL wished they had this running backs numbers on their season.

1998: 86-906-4
1999: 87-1048-5
2000: 81-830-8
2001: 83-765-9

Those would be good numbers if he was just a receiver, but Faulk was the “Ultra” back. In PPR formats Faulk was unstoppable, and with 13 scores of 30 yards or longer he also dominated in leagues that rewarded for longer scores. If you were in a fantasy league it became imperative to get the number one overall pick to get Faulk, because you could let a monkey chose the rest of your team and still win the championship. Thank you #28.


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JIM ROME vs. JIM “CHRIS” EVERETT

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Jim Everett was the quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams from 1986-1993. During that time He was know for having a big arm and throwing the deep pass, but he was also questioned about his toughness by the media. The person in the media who was relentless in his pursuit of Everett was Jim Rome.


Jim Rome was just getting started in his career as a broadcaster and had the reputation for calling athletes out, which has never changed. Jim had a radio show in Southern California and he would refer to Jim Everett as Chris or Chrissie on his show. Chris Everett was one of the top female tennis players of the time, and this was meant to question Jim Everett’s manhood. Rome believed that Everett was a soft player who shied away from contact, and would go down early on his own, instead of taking a hit to make a pass. This would lead up to a boiling point, and it would get settled when Jim Everett agreed to be on Jim Rome’s ESPN2 talk show, Talk2 in 1994.


Everett appeared on the show and Rome first welcomed him as “Jim”, but quickly checked himself and called Everett “Chris”. He then backed it up and called him Chris yet again, all while Everett is telling him how angry he is that he has been calling him that for five years. That is when Rome corrected “Chris” that it was only two years. Rome then said,


“You may have been Jim there…but somewhere along the way you ceased being Jim and you became Chris”.


At this point Jim Everett is getting pissed off and goes all middle school bully on Rome. Everett leans over the table and says,


“If you call me Chris Everett to my face one more time then we better take a station break”


Everett then says, “I bet you won’t say it again”


Rome responded, “I bet I do…Chris”


Then Everett shoves the table into Rome, jumps across and takes Rome down to the floor, where a producer had to separate th


When I saw this as a college student, I was LMFAO. In fantasy leagues at the time, people were drafting “Chris” Everett instead of Jim. Rome may have been, and still is an asshole, but he stuck to his guns and let Everett have it. He also took his beating like a man, even if it came from “Chrissie”.


Jim Everett would not have another winning season in his professional career, but would post some decent numbers with the Saints. Jim Rome would go on to annoy many other athletes through his television and radio programs, and that longevity gives him the win in this matchup.  Rome would definitely not stand a chance in a fight against Everett, but he has assured that when people think of Jim Everett they also think of “Chris”.


 







 







 


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Highway Robbery of 2012 Draft

The 2012 NFL Draft was one of the best in recent memory with two nearly undoubted top quarterbacks available at the top of the draft in Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Luck was all but locked in to going number one to the Indianapolis Colts after a lost season without Peyton Manning. The Rams would own the second pick in the draft but would leverage the situation in a trade for more draft picks as the organization felt it already had its franchise quarterback in place in Sam Bradford. A number of teams were in on the bidding for the second overall pick including the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.

The Redskins would acquire the second pick the draft but the Rams might end up being the true winders of the deal. The Rams received the Redskins' No. 6 overall pick in 2013, as well as the Redskins' first-round picks in 2013 and 2014. The Rams also received Washington's second-round pick in 2012. The Redskins would go on to select RG3 second overall and new coach Jeff Fisher would use his draft assets to acquire players at other positions.

The Rams would later deal the sixth pick acquired from the Redskins to the Dallas Cowboys who would select Morris Claiborne from LSU, in exchange for the Cowboys first and second round picks in 2012, which were the 14th and 45th selections overall. The Rams would then trade the 45th selection to the Chicago Bears who would select South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery for the 50th pick and the 150th pick. The Rams would also trade the Redskins pick in 2013, which ended up as 22nd overall, for the 30th overall selection, the 92nd overall pick, and the 198th pick. The Redskins pick in 2014 is the best of them all however as it ended up being second overall giving the Rams the option to trade back and collect more assets once again or select a prime time talent such as Jadeveon Clowney or Sammy Watkins.

Here is what the Rams have drafted to this point:

Michael Brockers - The LSU defensive tackle was picked 14th in 2012.
Janoris Jenkins - The North Alabama cornerback was picked 39th in 2012, formerly of the University of Florida.
Isaiah Pead- The Cincinnati running back was picked 50th in 2012.
Rokevious Watkins – The guard from South Carolina was the 150th selection in 2012.
Alec Ogletree - The Georgia linebacker was picked 30th in 2013.
Stedman Bailey - The West Virginia wide receiver was picked 92nd in 2013.
#2 overall selection in 2014, top available players: Sammy Watkins, Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Brdigewater, Johny Manziel, Jake Matthews, Anthony Barr, Khalil Mack, and Marquise Lee.

The real winner of this trade might not be decided for two to three more seasons as the last set of assets have spent a few seasons in the league. So far it seems like the Rams and Redskins have both done well as RG3 led the Redskins to the playoffs last season and the Rams have addressed a few areas of need. The Rams have done a marvelous job of moving back in the draft and acquiring more assets in order to completely reshape their roster, I bet they wish they could take back the trade with Chicago though that netted them Alshon Jeffery as a prime time receiver is something that the Rams are really lacking.


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Bailey reinstated

Due to the new NFL policy Stedman Bailey will be reinstated back with the Rams. Bailey was not allowed in the Rams facilities while suspended. He missed only two weeks, and undoubtedly had been working out on his own, so it should not take long to get the muscle memory going quickly and play against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Tavon Austin may be out against the Cowboys, so Bailey's role may be increased more than the Rams would have planned.

Pyro's take: Stedman Bailey had a real good offseason, and has some solid talent. Keep an eye on him as he could make a solid waiver wire pick-up, as the Rams are looking for a leader at their wide receiver position.

09/17/14, 07:26 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.stltoday.com

Shaun Hill listed as Questionable, will be game-time decision

After sitting out both Wednesday and Thursday with an injured thigh, Hill returned to a limited practice on Friday and will be a "game-time decision" on Sunday.

Pyro's take: Not that you were going to start him anyway...or that anyone actually has him on their team...but if you do, sit him this week...and then go slap yourself silly for thinking it was a good idea to put up money to play fantasy football.

09/12/14, 04:08 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Joining the back-field crew

The NFL world knows that Tavon Austin has all the athletic skill in the world. Just by watching him do what he does, you can similarities to Percy Harvin. In attempt to get him the ball in space. Head coach Jeff Fisher stated: “We’re just trying to get the ball in his hands,” Fisher said. “ ‘Cause he needs the ball in his hands in space.”

The game at Minnesota saw him in the backfield for five plays, gaining five yards on three carries, and producing 19 yards overall when you include the run by Chris Givens and the catch by Jared Cook.
Not the success the Rams were hoping for.

Pyro's take: The Rams are not giving up on this plan. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer stated: “This week, there’ll be more of the same,” Schottenheimer said. “We’ll keep giving him touches, getting him the ball. The more spots we can put him, the better off we’ll be.”

If Austin can get some space he is off, and nobody will catch him, but can the Rams create for him the space needed. They saw it all unfold last week when Cordarrelle Patterson was all over the field, and that's what they want for Austin.

As of now keep him on the bench, and see if the Rams can finally give him the clearance space he will need.

09/12/14, 03:18 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.stltoday.com

Quad injury to Shaun Hill spells trouble for Rams

Shaun Hill played the first half of the Rams game, but he looked like a guy that hadn't thrown the ball in a meaningful minute of NFL action since 2010.

He couldn't get anything going and threw a terrible interception. The Rams were down 13-0 at half and it kept getting worse in the second half with Austin Davis manning the ship.

Pyro's take: Austin Davis is now the Rams QB until we know the extent of Shaun Hills leg injury. This is really bad for fantasy owners that took any players on St. Louis this year. Yikes, not much confidence there.

All I can say of Rams offensive specialty players in regards to fantasy football points is sell, sell, sell! If you have to keep any guys from the team for whatever reason, my advice is sit, sit, sit!

09/08/14, 12:20 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Hill's time is now

With the ACL injury to Sam Bradford there is now an open door for Shaun Hill to prove he can be the quarterback for the St. Louis Rams. Jeff Fisher summoned ex-head coach of the Rams Dick Vermeil and announced “This team’s gonna rally around Shaun and we’re gonna go play,” no word if tears where shed.

Jeff Fisher told reporters waiting word on how Shaun Hill performed in his first day replacing Sam Bradford,"{He}knows where to go with the football, believe it or not. He’s fine. He’s a competitor, and knows what he’s doing. He’s going to make every opportunity count.”

Hill is a 13 year veteran of both NFL Europe and NFL. He was undrafted, and signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2002. He has not started a game since 2010, and has only 26 games started.

Shaun Hill had a grasp of the playbook by the end of OTA's and stated “I’ve always gone into every week, even as a backup, as if I was gonna play,” Hill said. “That’s the only way I knew how to prepare. That’s the only way I knew how to do it.

“So to be honest with you, my mindset’s the same as it’s been every week. And I think throughout the length of my career, having that mindset every week has helped me to this moment. So that it’s not anything new. I don’t have to do anything different.”

Pyro's take: All Zac Stacy owners rejoice, and make sure you have his hand-cuff, because dont be surprised, if this team is going to lead the league in rushing. Shaun Hill can be a one-year starter, and not destroy the team in the process, but he will redefine the quarterback "game manger" role.

08/26/14, 02:52 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.stltoday.com

Bradford out for the season

Chris Mortensen@mortreport

Rams QB Sam Bradford is out for season after MRI shows he did tear left knee ACL, per sources. Rams will announce later today. @ESPNNFL

Pyro's take: Well, so much for Bradford avoiding the scare. Worst fears have been realized for Sam and Rams. Time to move Rams receivers down your tiers. Zac Stacy should be very busy this year.

08/24/14, 02:50 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: bleacherreport.com

Bradford avoids a big scare

When the St. Louis Rams played the Cleveland Browns Saturday night, the worst happened as quarterback Sam Bradford left the game in the first quarter with an injury to his left leg. Bradford had surgery on his knee previously when he tore his ACL in week 7 last season.

Bradford took the hit to his knee from Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant, beating left tackle Jake Long, who is also returning from a torn ACL. Bradford walked off of the field under his own power.

An MRI will be done to determine exactly what Bradford's injury currently is, but so far it appears that he won't miss the season. Although that too is speculation, but it appears as though the Rams have dodged a bullet and Bradford doesn't have any ACL damage.

Here's a statement that Jeff Fisher made about Bradford.

"I can't speculate but it appeared just to be a hyperextension of the same knee," Fisher said. "He's walking around fine inside right now. That's all I can tell you."

Pyro's take: No matter what, this is horrible news for Sam Bradford, as well as the Rams receivers. Bradford is the key to the success of St. Louis this season, and now that he has hyper-extended the same knee that he tore last season, he becomes a major injury risk in 2014. It remains to be seen what the extent of this injury is, but it has to have affected Sam mentally. Shaun Hill is the backup for the Rams, and if he is called on to be the starter, it will be bad news for fantasy owners.

08/24/14, 02:22 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.turfshowtimes.com

Mason can't block...we knew this

In the Rams preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, Mason struggled in pass protection by allowing sacks to blitzes from Sam Barrington and rookie standout safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jim Thomas, these critical lapses unsurprisingly drew some criticism from Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who stated that Mason needs to improve his pass pro.

Fisher said, “Yeah, I think that’s one of the biggest challenges for the position. To learn how to play without the football. Guys have run skills, can carry the ball and run, and do those kind of things. But it’s playing without the football. It’s protection. Tre needs to keep working on it.”

Per Fisher, Mason has struggled with recognition and execution, and it isn’t surprising to hear that he’s struggling mightily with a phase of the game that most young backs have a difficult time getting a handle on. Mason lacks much experience in this department, as he wasn’t asked to block- let alone recognize blitzing safeties and linebackers- at Auburn.

Pyro's take: In our podcast I have been constantly talking down Tre Mason. He is an extremely talented back, but he can't block. While Pyro was together watching the draft Mike Mayock said,

"The next time this kid throws a block, will be his first"

That was all I needed to hear. If you can't block, then you can't play running back in the NFL.

08/18/14, 07:40 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: nflspinzone.com

Austin's Role to Expand

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer hinted that Tavon Austin's role this season. Schottenheimer is going to want to move him around to a lot of different spots. “You’ll see us hand him the ball, do some different things. He’s playing so much faster just because he knows what we’re doing. He has the system down cold.”

Pyro's take: Being a big-play guy is not an issue for Tavon Austin. In his rookie year last season, he had a big showcase game against the Colts, where he had 3 receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and had a punt return go the distance in that game as well. Overall, he struggled, he finished the season with just 40 receptions on 69 targets for 418 yards and four touchdowns. His lack of production could come from the fact that he was learning the offense, but if Brian Schottenheimer feels that he can expand Tavon's role, and move him around, it seems that the offense is under Austin's control.

06/24/14, 09:07 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Stacy comes not guranteed

There has been a change of heart for services of Zac Stacy. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer confirmed Wednesday, via ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner, that Stacy isn't guaranteed to open the season as the lead back.

The competition is between Stacy and thrid round draft pick Tre Mason. Schottenheimer has stated that "Zac's obviously a really, really good player, but we're going to create competition for all the guys," Schottenheimer continued. "...We know we have a good stable group of backs and they all have different skill sets, which we'll try to use throughout the course of the year."

Pyro's take: This is probably not as close of a competition as Schottenheimer would like. I just cannot see Stacy losing the starting job to a rookie. What I do see is Brian Schottenheimer committing to the idea of "nobody's job is safe, and if you want the starting job, you need to go get it." Keep Stacy where you have him as of now, and keep an eye on what is transpiring during camp.

06/19/14, 11:57 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Britt brings new dimension to Rams

The St. Louis Rams have signed former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt to a one-year, $1.4M deal, including $550,000 guaranteed. The maximum value of the deal is $2.9 million.


Pyro's take: Britt has elite size for the position at 6'3" 223 pounds, something the Rams have really lacked in their starting lineup as Brian Quick has failed to live up to expectations thus far in his career. Britt also brings a speed element that Quick lacks as he has mid 4.4 speed. Britt's size-speed combo could be exactly what the Rams need as they look to take some of the pressure off Tavon Austin.

Britt is also reunited with Jeff Fisher, who was the head coach in Tennessee when he flashed enormous talent early in his career. Beyond Tavon Austin the rest of the Rams receiving corps is nothing special, so Britt will definitely have an opportunity to win a job and some targets. Britt is on a one season show me contract with the Rams, so there is little risk in this deal for them, but for Britt he will need to show that his drops and inconsistency are a thing of the past in order to earn a new long term deal in the league.

04/02/14, 03:16 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.espn.com

Jeff Fisher says Bradford will be under center in 2014

In an interview Tuesday with ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Fisher said Bradford is making good progress in his rehab from a torn ACL and left little doubt who will be under center as the starter when the 2014 season begins.

"Sam's doing great with the rehab," Fisher said. "He's really excited. He took on a leadership role last year and he's maintained that and he's our quarterback, and we've said that."

Fisher also touched on Bradford's contract, which has become a topic of discussion. Bradford, heading into the fifth year of a six-year deal, is set to count $17.6 million against the salary cap. There has been speculation that the Rams, who hold two first-round picks in May's draft, could cut Bradford or redo his contract.

"We talk about extensions with all our players under contract," Fisher said. "Whether or not we do so with him, I don't know where all this came from, but Sam's our quarterback. He's going to be under center."

Pyro's take: Bradford is coming off a torn ACL, and still looking for a signature season in his career. The Rams are going to have the potential to help him out even more with their high picks (2 & 13) in this years NFL Draft. That will go along with Tavon Austin and Zac Stacy, both of whom showed nice potential in their rookie seasons.

This could be a put up or shut up season for Sam. We had him as a sleeper candidate last season, and he was off to a good start with 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions in seven games.
I like to bet on players that have to bet on themselves. Bradford will be avoided in most drafts next year, so he will be a smart add as a backup toward the end of your draft.

02/18/14, 09:05 PM CST by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Keenum says Texans are going to play "pissed off"

Texans quarterback Case Keenum believes the NFL’s worst team could be trouble for their final three opponents.

Keenum said Wednesday the 2-11 Texans are “pissed off” and know they’ve already been counted out. With two AFC South rivals (Indianapolis, Tennessee) and Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos still on the schedule during what has thus far been a lost season, Keenum thinks the Texans could surprise at the end of 2013.

“We’ve got nothing to lose and I think that’s pretty scary for other teams,” Keenum said at Reliant Stadium. “Because we’re really talented and have nothing to lose, and I think a lot of guys are pissed off. So, that’s kind of a scary combination.”

Pyro's take: It is true the Texans have nothing to lose the rest of the season, and Case should be a gunslinger for the rest of the season. That does not mean that he is a great start, but it could be great news for Andre Johnson.

If Keenum is letting it fly, it could lead to more turnovers, but it could also lead to a lot of long catches for Andre. Johnson is Keenum's number one target, and he should continue to be a viable fantasy weapon in your playoffs. Another player who will benefit from Case is Garrett Graham, who has seen 46 targets in the last four weeks.

12/11/13, 05:30 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blog.chron.com

Stacy has a rough match-up

Stacy, who has represented arguably the most important member of the Rams’ offense since taking over as the team’s lead back in the fifth game of the season, has already run for more yards than any other St. Louis Rams rookie with 696 entering Sunday. Conversely, Arizona has allowed only one back to rush for 100 yards this season. San Francisco’s Frank Gore carried 25 times for 101 yards in Week 6. Stacy’s ability to produce on first and second down could prove crucial against a defense that has an affinity for bringing excessive pressure from a variety of positions on third down. Arizona has received a sack from 11 different players on the season.

“You look at first, second down, there’s a lot of pressure,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. “Third down it jumps off the roof. There’s a bunch of pressure that they’re doing, some real exotic stuff, multiple stuff, but they’re doing a great job. I think (Defensive Coordinator) Todd Bowles has been doing it for a long time at a very high level, and those guys are having a lot of fun. It’s kind of a veteran group with a few young players in there, but a very, very good group.”

Pyro's take: Stacy has been good for owners, but don't count on him this week. The Cardinals are beastly upfront, and they are going to force the Rams to beat them by throwing the ball.

If you own Stacy it would be a good idea to look for another option if you have one. If you don't, then just hope that he becomes a trend buster this week.

12/07/13, 05:13 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.stlouisrams.com

Stacy is a must start this week

After allowing 174 rushing yards Sunday against Ray Rice and the Ravens, the Bears dropped to 31st in the NFL in rushing defense (127.5 yards per game). They were ninth after three weeks (88.7 yards per game) when defensive tackle Henry Melton suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Rice, who entered the game averaging 2.5 yards per carry, gained 131 yards on 25 carries (5.2 yards per carry) against the Bears. He was the sixth player to rush for 100 or more yards against the Bears. No other NFL team has allowed more than four 100-yard rushers.

With a 47-yard run on his first carry of the game, Rice became the fifth player to have his seasonlong run against the Bears. The others are the Packers’ Eddie Lacy (56 yards) and James Starks (32), the Lions’ Reggie Bush (39) and the Giants’ Brandon Jacobs (16).

On Sunday, the Bears will face Rams rookie Zac Stacy, who has rushed for 537 yards on 129 carries (4.2 yards per carry). Stacy ran for 134 yards against the Seahawks and for 127 against the Titans in back-to-back games but was held to 62 yards on 26 carries in a 38-8 victory Nov. 10 against the Colts. Stacy’s long run this season is 32 yards against the Titans.

Pyro's take: I would expect the trend of a season long run to continue, as Stacy should easily break a run longer than 32 yards against the Bears. The Bears defense has been atrocious against the run, and is making average running backs look like all-pros.

Zac is having himself a very nice rookie season, and with the bye week leading up to this game he will have fresh legs. Stacy should see a lot of action in this game, and could end up being the most productive back in fantasy this week.

11/23/13, 03:27 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.suntimes.com

Austin struggling so far

When the St. Louis Rams traded up to select wide receiver Tavon Austin at No. 8 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, they had visions of Percy Harvin dancing in their heads. What they have seen through six games more closely resembles Dexter McCluster.

Austin's playing time steadily has declined over the past four games, culminating in a season-low three offensive snaps in Sunday's blowout victory over the Houston Texans.

"It's just the way the game went," coach Jeff Fisher said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We didn't have a whole lot of plays, didn't have a lot of opportunities on offense."

Fisher's explanation checks out, as the Rams ran Austin's "11" personnel package on just seven snaps in Week 6.

The approach has changed on offense the past two weeks, with Sam Bradford passing the ball just 41 percent of the time versus 71 percent in the first four games.


Pyro's take: I warned owners about going after Austin this season back in August. Austin was, and still is the most dynamic player drafted this season, but it just does not happen for slot receivers in their first season.

It especially does not happen for these slot receivers when they are the best receiver on their team. Slot receivers need to have weapons on the outside to keep the defense honest, and to keep themselves in one-on-one coverage.

The Rams are struggling to find their identity and so is Austin. If you are in a keeper league Austin still has a lot of value, but it is going to be a struggle for him the rest of his rookie campaign.

10/17/13, 07:27 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nfl.com

Zac Stacy misses practice, Coach Fisher not worried

Rookie running back Zac Stacy, who ran for 78 yards in his first NFL start Sunday in a 34-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Edward Jones Dome, did not practice Wednesday as the Rams began preparations for Sunday's game against the Texans in Houston.

But head coach Jeff Fisher, who said Monday that he expected to stick with Stacy at running back, downplayed the absence.

“He just took the day off, a little sore after that outing, but he'll be fine.'' the coach said.

Pyro's take: Stacy did a hell of job actually being a productive running back for the Rams last week, which no other running back has been able to do to this point. Stacy was making nice hard runs and was always moving forward with the ball. He is going to have to learn how to play through injuries if he wants to be successful in the NFL, as well as fantasy. The rookie should be able to go on Sunday, but this is a tough match-up against the Texans.

10/09/13, 06:09 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.stltoday.com

Kenny Britt is questionable for Sunday

Britt is nursing a cracked rib and a sore neck from a hit in last week's win against the San Diego Chargers.

"It's something we'll wait till and see tomorrow where he's at," coach Mike Munchak said Friday. "Last year, he played a couple of times. We'll see how sore he is. He's still not quite where he needs to be, and he didn't practice as much today."

Pyro's take: Kenny Britt is another player that has underperformed all season. If he is able to play on Sunday he would most likely only be a decoy and is not worth starting or writing about anymore.

09/28/13, 04:18 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.newsobserver.com

Fantasy goodness coming for Pead owners?

Of the 77 snaps the Rams ran last week in their 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Isaiah Pead was in on 29 of them (38%) compared to 40 (52%) for starter Daryl Richardson.

In Week 1, while Pead was serving a one-game suspension due to his July, 2012 arrest for possession of two ounces of marijuana, Richardson was in the game for 59-of-67 snaps (88%).

Pyro's take: Basically, after running for 63 yards on 20 carries (3.2 YPC) in Week 1 and just 35 yards on 10 carries (3.5 YPC) in Week 2, the Rams will be looking to their 2012 second-round pick (Pead) for a little more juice out of the backfield in the coming weeks.

Pyro hitched ourselves to the Isaiah Pead wagon at the end of last season and have refused to jump off (even though most others have) despite Richardson's initial "starter" status. Not only is Pead slightly bigger and more befitting of an early-down role, but he's also just as fast (sub-4.4 40-yard dash) and adept as a receiver out of the backfield as Richardson is.

If you've been patient on the second-year Pead, nice work! If you couldn't wait any longer and dropped him, if he's still available on your waiver wire, do yourself a favor and pick him back up.

09/17/13, 10:34 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Isaiah Pead continues to struggle

After fumbling on his first touch in the preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, (Isaiah) Pead began his work on a much more positive note against the Green Bay Packers in the second tilt. His 11-yard gallop around the right end to start the night was the high point for his entire body of work unfortunately as Pead played into the third quarter with only 11 carries and 21 yards to show for his efforts. He did show his versatility as a receiver with a nice 10-yard catch and run down the sidelines during the game, but his general ineffectiveness has to give the Rams pause about his future prospects.

Pyro's take: Pead has failed to impress in two preseason games, and if he continues to put game film like this together he is going to quickly find himself at the bottom of the Rams depth chart. Pead struggled in his rookie season and only had 10 carries on the year. Pead had a great opportunity this offseason with the departure of Steven Jackson, but has done nothing with his chances to this point.

The all important 3rd preseason game is next, and if Pead fails once more he may see his chances for an impact this season all but vanish.

08/18/13, 06:26 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.rantsports.com

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