It is no secret that the St. Louis Rams have struggled to run the ball this season. The team is currently ranked dead last in the league in rushing and is averaging a meager 47.3 rushing yards per contest. Supposed starting running back, Daryl Richardson, has only racked up 114 rushing yards on 42 carries, which works out to an embarrassing 2.7 yards per attempt. His popular backup, Isaiah Pead, has similarly struggled to move the chains, as he has only 21 yards all season long.
Probably the most embarrassing aspect of this collection of backs is that none of them has scored a single rushing touchdown this season. Fantasy football is all about finding the end-zone, and if you own a back that can’t reach pay-dirt, you won’t be going to far this fantasy season.
Everyone is predicting either Richardson or Pead to have a breakout contest this weekend versus the abysmal Jacksonville Jaguars. However, what if neither back makes a fantasy impact in Week 5? What is they both put up awful fantasy stat lines again?
Well, if they both end up once again averaging a miserable 3.0 yards per carry, the team won’t keep giving them the ball much longer. It is as simple as that. And considering how disappointing the aforementioned backs have been this year, it may be wise for fantasy owners to start looking down the depth chart.
The next guy in line in St. Louis would be off-season super sleeper, Zac Stacy. The former Vanderbilt standout is the only back that has yet to get the rock, and by the looks of things, he could be starting very soon. Stacy is very elusive out of the backfield, and at 219 pounds, he can certainly finish off tougher runs between the tackles.
I am not saying that Stacy will get over 10 touches this weekend, but I think that this will be the final week the team tries to make the Richardson-Pead experiment work. I think both backs will once again struggle this weekend and it will force the team to seriously consider giving the rookie back more reps.