Most people wait until the last round of the fantasy football draft to grab a defense/special teams. There are always respectable units that slip through the cracks and there is plenty of talent outside of the top-five defenses. One of the best late-round defensive units to steal this summer is the DEF/ST of the St. Louis Rams.
St. Louis was ninth in the league in passing yards against (102.9 yards/game) last season. The secondary is filled with young talent and no one has more than three years of experience. They will only get better with time and will be a very deadly unit for years to come.
The Rams were also shockingly third in the league with 53 sacks. The unit has a collection of elite pasr rushers, including Robert Quinn and Chris Long, and the tandem is among the best at getting to the quarterback in all of football. They will easily combine for 20-plus sacks this season.
The Rams were able to bring in Greg Williams to be the new defensive coordinator this offseason. Now while Williams may have failed his ethics exam, he certainly knows how to get the most out of a defense. Williams will improve this defense across the board in 2014.
St. Louis only picked off 14 passes last season, which was tied for 20th in the league. The unit simply couldn’t cause turnovers and ironically finished with a turnover differential of zero. Fantasy defenses need to rack up turnovers, because it make them rather ordinary otherwise.
Even worse, the team has an extremely tough division and an even together 2014 schedule. They have to play the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers twice each year, which are two pretty successful offenses to try to contain. Unfortunately, they also have to play the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, and Washington Redskins throughout the upcoming season. These are some of the toughest offenses in football and will keep the Rams on from putting up elite fantasy numbers week after week.
The Rams may be in the middle of the pack as far as interception and yardage, but they know how to rack up sacks and contain the passing game. They will be a bargain fantasy defense outside of the top-five units this summer.
Bye Week: 4
Projected Round: 14
Auction Value: $2