After months of going on football websites, to be only temporally entertained with mock drafts, player rankings, power rankings and the latest training camp buzz. Football has finally arrived. Yes its preseason and you only see the starters for about a second, but football is football and it gets me excited. Preseason is very helpful for those fantasy fanatics. It answers a lot of questions about certain players, for the good and the bad. Either way you walk away having a better understanding on who you do and don’t draft. Here are players from the St. Louis Rams you do/don’t draft.
Jared Cook (Tight End) – has been a temptation for many fantasy owners for years. But with his hot and cold form at the Tennessee Titans, he has continuously let fantasy owners down. But since the move to St. Louis, things have only gotten better. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and Jared Cook are “already connecting endlessly” at Rams camp. With the departure of previous ‘security blanket’, Danny Amendola, expect Cook to be in Bradford’s new favourite weapon.
Tavon Austin (Wide Receiver) - is certainly a player that the Rams Nation will have their eyes on. According to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, Tavon Austin “may be the most explosive player” that he’s ever seen. Austin is expected to have his hands full this season, seeing snaps at wideout, the slot, punt/kick return and even running back. All of which Austin had done previously at West Virginia. With all of Austin’s involvement, he could have some big points coming his way.
Rams Defense - definitely had one of the best front seven’s in the NFL last season, which was one of the main reasons why they led the NFL for sacks (52). Going into this season, the front seven is looking even better. Expect the Rams defense to get close or even past 52 sacks. The rams secondary is looking dangerous. Sure the loss of Quintin Mikell was a big loss, but ESPN reporter Nick Wagoner, formerly of StLouisRams.com, has been raving about McDonald, who has been recording picks, excelling in coverage and is showing the aggression that you look for in a safety. Nothing but good things have been said about cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who has been shutting down explosive young receiver Chris Givens. With that front seven and the improvements in the secondary, the Rams defense should not be overlooked.
Greg Zuerlein (Kicker) - can definitely hit field goals from 60, and with a tail wind he has even kicked a 74 yard field goal…..in practice, but come on, 74 yards is 74 yards!
Rams Running Backs – are not yet settled. If you have your fantasy draft this week, do not make the commitment of drafting any of the Rams running backs, because the battle for the number one spot is only heating up. You don’t wan’t to draft Isaiah Pead now, to only find out two weeks later that Daryl Richardson is the clear starter. Coach Jeff Fisher gave the fans a little insight this week, telling NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport that the situation could be “playing two or three backs all the time. Which is good.” No, coach it isn’t good! You’re killing us fantasy nerds!
Lance Kendricks (Tight End) - is no doubt an important piece to the Rams offense in reality, but not in fantasy. Kendricks has been the forgotten player on the Rams offense, due to being put on the PUP list with a nagging knee injury, which has led him to sit on the sidelines through out OTA’s and training camp. Also the addition of Jared Cook certainly hurts his draft stock.