2013 Fantasy Football Preview: St. Louis Rams' Sam Bradford Looks To Take The Next Step

By Daniel Schmelzer
Sam Bradford St. Louis Rams
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The 2013 season could very well be a make or break year for St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

Bradford is entering his fourth season in the league after being drafted first overall by the Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft. He has had some success, but his numbers have not been that impressive. He has a career completion percentage of 58.3, has thrown for 9,378 yards and 45 touchdowns to 34 interceptions. Not terrible numbers, but you would expect more out of a no. 1 pick.

It is not entirely Bradford’s fault as the Rams have never really surrounded him with enough talent to take his game to the next level. This offseason, I think the Rams have finally given Bradford enough. T

hey signed tight end Jared Cook, who is considered to be a very talented player who was underutilized during his time with the Tennessee Titans. He should be a nice security blanket for Bradford. Also, the Rams drafted Tavon Austin with the eighth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Austin is a very dynamic player who will help Bradford and the Rams in many different ways. He is the most explosive rookie that is coming in to the league this season, and will surely command a ton of attention from opposing defenses. Chris Givens really started to come on at the end of last year, and should be an important part of the Rams’ arsenal as well.

Most importantly, I think that Bradford will finally get the chance to be the focal point of the offense. With Steven Jackson leaving via free agency, Bradford is going to get full control of the Rams’ offense. St. Louis will now build the offense around Bradford, and that means a ton of opportunities for him.

Opportunity is one of the most important things when it comes to fantasy football. Guys who get a chance to throw the ball a lot are guys that you want to have on your team. Bradford is currently the 19th quarterback being drafted on MyFantasyLeague.com. In drafts that I have done, Bradford usually goes later than the 13th round.

That my friends, is great value. Bradford is a guy that I will be targeting late in my drafts, and I recommend that you do the same.

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