Week 9 Recap: St. Louis Rams vs Tennessee Titans
Forgive me as I take this opportunity to pat myself on the back.
In the offseason, I touted rookie running back Zac Stacy religiously. I wrote about him, studied his tape, you name it. I was all in on the Vanderbilt product, and stated that he would be the Rams running back to own, and would be this year’s Alfred Morris. It’s still relatively early, but Stacy has looked awesome thus far, even if the Rams haven’t.
Titans: I hope you attempted to buy low on running back Chris Johnson. After another slow start to the season, Johnson made for the ideal buy-low candidate, seeing as his second half schedule is favorable. It started this week with the Rams, and after failing to rush for 100 yards in nine straight games, Johnson did just that on Sunday. CJ(?)K carried the ball a healthy 23 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson wasn’t a tease this week, and he should continue to have a much better second half of the season.
As for the quarterback position, I (along with many others) was off on Jake Locker. I thought he would make for a strong top-five quarterback option against a Rams secondary with some underachieving cornerbacks. Locker had been playing well, but in this game, he was hardly fantasy relevant. Locker threw for less than 200 yards, failed to pass for a score and threw to interceptions. He did salvage his day a little bit by rushing for a five-yard touchdown, but a disappointing day to say the least. I was also incredibly high on PPR monster Kendall Wright this week, but Tennessee’s passing game as a whole faltered. After failing to catch less than five balls in every game since Week 1, Wright caught just three balls for 69 yards in this one. Nate Washington was held without a catch.
Rams: Ahh, I can finally rant about my man crush at the running back position. Rookie Zac Stacy is coming off an impressive 134-yard rushing performance against a stout Seattle defense. He followed it with an encore performance on Sunday, rushing for 127 yards and two touchdowns. They were the first two rushing touchdowns of the season for both the Rams and Stacy. After seeing 53 carries in his last two contests, Stacy is flirting with must-start territory. Meanwhile, I also made a good call with Jared Cook this week. He’s been brutal, but with Kellen Clemens under center, Cook has been the most targeted receiver on the Rams. On Sunday, he hauled in three balls for 36 yards and a touchdown. Coming into this game, three of Clemens’ seven career touchdowns have gone to tight ends. Make that four of eight.
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