Fantasy Football 2013: St. Louis Rams' Roster Loaded With Sleepers

By Jim Heath
St. Louis Rams Offense
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There’s just something about the St. Louis Rams‘ offense this year that has me a bit twitterpated. I have to admit I am struggling with these feelings simply because the Rams have not really been Fantasy Football relevant since Kurt Warner’s production of  “The Greatest Show on Turf.”

When you look at the Rams’ roster, there isn’t a single offensive player that will go in the first several rounds of any Fantasy Football draft. And maybe that is the appeal of this team in 2013. Think about it, someone has to throw the ball, someone has to catch the ball and someone on that roster has to carry the rock for the Rams. This team oozes with fantasy value, and isn’t that something we all look for on draft day? Fantasy football players with potential at a rock-bottom price.

Many of us have bought into Sam Bradford the last couple years, only to have him never pan out. Of course, it was never a major issue as Bradford never carried a huge price tag. That is again the case in 2013. For Bradford, your investment is almost nonexistent. But why would you want to go down that road again this season, you ask? You’ve already been there, done that and probably even own the t-shirt, right?

This year will be different, I am certain of it, and here is why. Since being drafted first overall in 2010, Bradford has had very few weapons on offense. The often hurt Danny Amendola was a productive receiver when available, and Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens showed some flashes of productivity but were generally inconsistent. Bradford has never had his go-to guy.

The Rams seem to have fixed that issue. Trading up with the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 NFL Draft to nab West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin has secured Bradford his electric play maker. In addition, the Rams drafted Austin’s teammate Stedman Bailey in the third round. The Austin/Baily one-two punch showed their potential together, combining for 549 yards and six touchdowns against Bradford’s former team, the Oklahoma Sooners, in 2012. In free agency, the Rams handed Bradford a security valve by signing former Tennessee Titan Jared Cook. Bradford now has his options.

As for the Rams running game, right now it’s anyone’s guess. But consider this, Isaiah Pead is in the dog house more than he is in the Rams’ huddle, and Daryl Richardson never really fully seized the reigns during the opportunities St. Louis gave him last year. Throw in to the unknown mix fifth-round selection Zac Stacey from Vanderbilt and the Rams’ running game screams Alfred Morris and the 2012 Washington Redskins.

The Rams running back saga will play out during the preseason. But my money is on the rookie. Regardless of how it does inevitably play out, one thing is for sure, someone will invest little and reap significant production because of the Rams’ backfield.

Finally, remember this. The Rams quietly competed in the rough-and-tough NFC West one season ago. They beat the Seattle Seahawks, tied the San Francisco 49ers and then beat San Francisco later in the year. They also defeated the playoff Redskins. The Rams are a sporty team who will compete in 2013.

Oh yeah, I am definitely feeling the Fantasy Football love for St. Louis this season.

Jim Heath is a Fantasy Football writer for Follow him on Twitter @jim_heath, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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