Fantasy Football: 5 St. Louis Rams Players To Target

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St. Louis Rams To Target In Fantasy Football

Rams
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The St. Louis Rams are a very interesting team heading into the 2013 season. This is a team that is definitely in a state of transition. Steven Jackson, their long time workhorse running back, left the team via free agency in the offseason. Jackson leaves the Rams after nine productive seasons. His 10,135 career rushing yards is the most in the history of the franchise. I think that it is safe to say that the Rams will need some new players to step up this season to help fill the void left by Jackson.

Head coach Jeff Fisher looks to be ready to build his offense around former number one overall pick Sam Bradford. The Rams loaded up on playmakers during the offseason and it appears that Bradford finally has a full arsenal of weapons at his disposal. It seems to be some what of a make or break season for Bradford, but he finally has guys that he will be able to count on in the passing game.

In addition to the new weapons for Bradford, the Rams signed left tackle Jake Long. As you know, the left tackle position is one of the most important on a football team. You need a guy at the position that you can trust to protect your quarterback. It was not long ago that Long was one of the premier offensive lineman in the business. His career has been trending downwards recently, but that has mostly been due to injuries. I strongly believe that if Long can stay healthy, he will return to prominence and be a huge key for the Rams' offense.

This team is full of guys that you should be targeting during your fantasy football draft. Somebody has to make up for the lost production of Jackson and most fantasy owners will not be willing to take a risk on so much unproven talent. The Rams have some nice fantasy options that I believe are being severely under-valued right now. Yes, most, if not all of these guys are unproved, but that does not mean that they cannot produce. Here five Rams players that I will be targeting in fantasy football and I recommend that you do the same.

Daniel is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @D_Schmelzer and add him to your network on Google.

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Sam Bradford, QB

Bradford
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As I said before, Bradford is in for a make or break kind of season. He has been decent during his three-year NFL career, but he has not played up to expectations of a number one overall pick. With additions like Tavon Austin and Jared Cook, I think the Rams are looking to run a more fast paced offense, similar to what Bradford ran in college. During his Heisman Trophy winning sophomore season, Bradford had a completion percentage of 67.9, threw for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns to only eight interceptions in 14 games. Obviously, the college game is completely different than the NFL, but Bradford is very comfortable in a fast paced offense and I think that the Rams are moving in that direction. Bradford is a great player to take a flyer on late in your draft.

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Jared Cook, TE

Cook
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Cook has always had the talent, but was never able to turn that into consistent production with the Tennessee Titans. That being said, I do not think that was entirely Cook's fault. He seemed to be under-utilized by the Titans' coaching staff and suffered from lack-luster quarterback play. The talent is certainly there for Cook and I think this Rams offense could be in for a big season. Cook is a nice tight end to target in the middle-to-late rounds in your draft.

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Chris Givens, WR

Givens
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Chris Givens seemed to be Bradford's favorite target at times last season. As a rookie, Givens had 42 receptions for 698 yards and three touchdowns. While those numbers are by no means amazing, they are respectable for a rookie in a struggling offense. Givens has solid size and strength, but his main asset is his elite speed. His speed makes him an attractive target for Bradford and Givens is a guy that he seems to trust. The upside is huge on Givens and he is worth taking a flyer on late in your draft.

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Isaiah Pead, RB

Pead
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Isaiah Pead is suspended for the first game of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. This one game suspension is affecting his ADP tremendously. I have been able to snag Pead as the fifth or sixth running back on my roster many different times. I think the Rams will use some sort of a running back by committee. It is hard to say who leads the way right now, but Pead's skill set fits in perfectly for what the Rams appear to be trying to do. He has great speed and athleticism that he uses to make defenders miss in open space. Pead is a fantastic receiver out of the back field and would give Bradford another great option in the passing game. Pead is a great player to target late in your draft, especially in PPR leagues.

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Zac Stacy, RB

Stacy
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Standing 5'9'' and weighing 216 pounds, rookie Zac Stacy is a little on the small side. But what he lacks in size, Stacy makes up for in power. He is not afraid of contact and he does a great job of bursting through arm tackles. Stacy does not have the greatest speed, but I think he would make a great goal-line back. I think at worst this season, Stacy gets some goal-line carries and has a handful of touchdowns. Best case scenario, he gets the starting nod Week 1 with Pead on the bench and never looks back. Could Stacy be this year's Alfred Morris? Only time will tell.

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St. Louis Rams To Target In Fantasy Football

Rams
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Rams are a very interesting team heading into the 2013 season. This is a team that is definitely in a state of transition. Steven Jackson, their long time workhorse running back, left the team via free agency in the offseason. Jackson leaves the Rams after nine productive seasons. His 10,135 career rushing yards is the most in the history of the franchise. I think that it is safe to say that the Rams will need some new players to step up this season to help fill the void left by Jackson.

Head coach Jeff Fisher looks to be ready to build his offense around former number one overall pick Sam Bradford. The Rams loaded up on playmakers during the offseason and it appears that Bradford finally has a full arsenal of weapons at his disposal. It seems to be some what of a make or break season for Bradford, but he finally has guys that he will be able to count on in the passing game.

In addition to the new weapons for Bradford, the Rams signed left tackle Jake Long. As you know, the left tackle position is one of the most important on a football team. You need a guy at the position that you can trust to protect your quarterback. It was not long ago that Long was one of the premier offensive lineman in the business. His career has been trending downwards recently, but that has mostly been due to injuries. I strongly believe that if Long can stay healthy, he will return to prominence and be a huge key for the Rams' offense.

This team is full of guys that you should be targeting during your fantasy football draft. Somebody has to make up for the lost production of Jackson and most fantasy owners will not be willing to take a risk on so much unproven talent. The Rams have some nice fantasy options that I believe are being severely under-valued right now. Yes, most, if not all of these guys are unproved, but that does not mean that they cannot produce. Here five Rams players that I will be targeting in fantasy football and I recommend that you do the same.

Daniel is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @D_Schmelzer and add him to your network on Google.

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Sam Bradford, QB

Bradford
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

As I said before, Bradford is in for a make or break kind of season. He has been decent during his three-year NFL career, but he has not played up to expectations of a number one overall pick. With additions like Tavon Austin and Jared Cook, I think the Rams are looking to run a more fast paced offense, similar to what Bradford ran in college. During his Heisman Trophy winning sophomore season, Bradford had a completion percentage of 67.9, threw for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns to only eight interceptions in 14 games. Obviously, the college game is completely different than the NFL, but Bradford is very comfortable in a fast paced offense and I think that the Rams are moving in that direction. Bradford is a great player to take a flyer on late in your draft.

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Jared Cook, TE

Cook
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Cook has always had the talent, but was never able to turn that into consistent production with the Tennessee Titans. That being said, I do not think that was entirely Cook's fault. He seemed to be under-utilized by the Titans' coaching staff and suffered from lack-luster quarterback play. The talent is certainly there for Cook and I think this Rams offense could be in for a big season. Cook is a nice tight end to target in the middle-to-late rounds in your draft.

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Chris Givens, WR

Givens
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Givens seemed to be Bradford's favorite target at times last season. As a rookie, Givens had 42 receptions for 698 yards and three touchdowns. While those numbers are by no means amazing, they are respectable for a rookie in a struggling offense. Givens has solid size and strength, but his main asset is his elite speed. His speed makes him an attractive target for Bradford and Givens is a guy that he seems to trust. The upside is huge on Givens and he is worth taking a flyer on late in your draft.

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Isaiah Pead, RB

Pead
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Pead is suspended for the first game of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. This one game suspension is affecting his ADP tremendously. I have been able to snag Pead as the fifth or sixth running back on my roster many different times. I think the Rams will use some sort of a running back by committee. It is hard to say who leads the way right now, but Pead's skill set fits in perfectly for what the Rams appear to be trying to do. He has great speed and athleticism that he uses to make defenders miss in open space. Pead is a fantastic receiver out of the back field and would give Bradford another great option in the passing game. Pead is a great player to target late in your draft, especially in PPR leagues.

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Zac Stacy, RB

Stacy
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Standing 5'9'' and weighing 216 pounds, rookie Zac Stacy is a little on the small side. But what he lacks in size, Stacy makes up for in power. He is not afraid of contact and he does a great job of bursting through arm tackles. Stacy does not have the greatest speed, but I think he would make a great goal-line back. I think at worst this season, Stacy gets some goal-line carries and has a handful of touchdowns. Best case scenario, he gets the starting nod Week 1 with Pead on the bench and never looks back. Could Stacy be this year's Alfred Morris? Only time will tell.


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