While there is no Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson on the St. Louis Rams’ roster, there does appear to be a handful of players moving up the ranks in the fantasy football hierarchy. On Tuesday, Ramblin’ Fan touched on three players that should see their “stock on the rise“. Yesterday, a handful of those predictions were justified, supported by their spot on the Yahoo! Sport Fantasy Football Top 200 for the 2013 season.
Within the Top 200, here is where the top St. Louis Rams players ended up:
|Player||Position||Average Rank||Highest Rank||Lowest Rank|
|St. Louis Rams||D/ST||193rd||171st||Unranked|
Unsurprisingly, draft stock in Daryl Richardson skyrocketed after being officially named the Week 1 starter against the Arizona Cardinals, especially considering the lack of enthusiasm for the No.2 spot on the running back depth chart. Still, the 75th spot is not necessarily anything to brag about, with players like Reggie Bush (30) Lamar Miller (55), Rashard Mendenhall (73) and even several rookies, like Eddie Lacy (41) and Giovani Bernard (72), being ranked ahead of the Richardson.
Bradford is one of the lowest ranked quarterbacks in the league, finishing well outside of the Top 100 on Yahoo! Sports’ list of players. In fact, only Matt Schaub (134), Jay Cutler (143), Josh Freeman (144), Philip Rivers (147), Brandon Weeden (164), and Ryan Tannehill (177) are ranked lower than the Rams’ signal caller; although some players, like Mark Sanchez and Blaine Gabbert, were not listed anywhere in the Top 200, including all of the rookie quarterbacks.
Any receiver outside of Tavon Austin and Chris Givens is likely a crap shoot at this point in the preseason, with no obvious signs of who will be getting the bulk of playing time in the receiver rotation. If you are looking for a “safe pick” from the St. Louis Rams in fantasy football, stick with “players” that will undoubtedly be giving you production on a weekly basis: Daryl Richardson, Sam Bradford, and the St. Louis Rams Defense/Special Teams. However, player like Chris Givens, Jared Cook, and Tavon Austin could certainly transform themselves in “must have” names by the end of the season.