The St. Louis Rams had a potent front seven last year with James Laurinaitis, Chris Long and Robert Quinn headlining. It was the secondary that got the Rams in trouble. Injuries plagued their defensive backing crew and they suffered accordingly. Even with the injuries though, the Rams stood at 15th in both pass yards and rush yards given up.
They will improve on both those categories in 2013.
Ranked at 18th overall after the 2012 Fantasy season, the Rams now have an offense that can stay on the field and give the defense breaks. Cortland Finnegan is always a threat to produce interceptions and who can forget Janoris Jenkins’ three pick sixes his rookie year? It’s a passing crew that has had more time to grow together and will produce some quality turnover numbers.
Pass rushing has always been the strength of the Rams, as they tied for the league lead with 52 sacks last year. Long and Quinn will continue to rack up sacks and their will be plenty of fumbles that comes along with it.
And then comes the special teams. Tavon Austin has shown tremendous potential as a punt returner, nearly returning one in Week 2 of the preseason.
I firmly believe that any good offense will beat a good defense more times than not, and that the best DST to use is the one with the best match up. Well, the Rams are terrific at home in particular, as they played division rival San Francisco 49ers to a near two ties in 2012.
The Rams are a good squad to employ in the DST slot, but it would be more beneficial to start them primarily at home.