Defensive Coordinator: Tim Walton
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Another loaded defense in the NFC West and the Rams are worthy of drafting as a top ten squad this summer. St. Louis tied the Broncos for tops in the league in sacks with 52 last season and should have around that amount this year.
I love everything about this defense expect their situation at the safety positions. I think it’s asking a lot of rookie T.J. McDonald to be a starter year one, and hopefully this team signs a veteran before the season begins.
If they can shore up that spot, we could see the Rams breakout as one of the dominant groups for fantasy leagues at their position. Finally Sam Bradford has the offensive line and weapons to make an impact on offense and if he plays well (expect that to happen) the Rams will an interesting sleeper team for a wild-card spot, this season.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for the Rams team defense here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
The Rams were a big disappointment last year, but the pass rush was still solid. With Jeff Fisher in town, you know he’s going to bring a physical brand of football to St. Louis, and the additions of corners Cortland Finnegan and rookie Janoris Jenkins are a testament to that.
Both corners are physical and will play press coverage getting in your face and letting you know they’re here to play. While I’m still concerned about this front line up the middle, first-round pick Michael Brockers will be an upgrade against the run.
Still, if the offense can’t play respectable football, this defense will be left on the field too long, but I think things will turn around. Don’t consider the Rams defense on draft day, but keep an eye on them as the season moves along.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
The Rams’ defense brokout as a useful option in fantasy football leagues, with their ability to create pressure on the quarterback. Sacks seemed to be a specialty of Coach Steve Spagnuolo’s defenses back when he was with the Giants. No time was this truer than when the Giants’ defense beat up Tom Brady in the Super Bowl and finally knocked off the then undefeated Patriots.The Rams may not have a complete defense to make them a top five option for fantasy, but they’re not that far away. If the Rams are up for another run at the division, I wouldn’t be surprised if they topped 50 sacks on the season as they added talented defensive end Robert Quinn to the rotation of pass rushers, this defense demands, for ultimate success.
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While I can understand the temptation to draft quarterback Sam Bradford with the top pick in the draft, I hope the Rams don’t do it. If they can acquire Michael Vick in a trade and nab a top defensive tackle it would really help their horrible defensive play. Without help in the middle defensive ends like Chris Long can’t play up to their full potential.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: I thought new Coach Steve Spagnuolo was supposed to be a defensive genius that rotated lineman in and out and created pressure on the quarterback. Well, he probably can coach up a good unit like the Giants’ defense but he sure didn’t seem to do much with the Rams.
The Rams’ defense only got worse last season as the finished 25th or worse in points given up, against the run and against the pass. This was a horrible season, and it’s hard to even see a sliver lining in the dark clouds that hang above this group.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: With the first pick in the draft this defense could have gotten a big boost drafting Suh out of Nebraska but instead choose to go with quarterback Sam Bradford. In the second round, they choose to ignore the defense once again as they went with an offensive lineman to help Bradford.
Finally, in the third round they selected corner back Jerome Murphey, and I’m sure he’s going to take care of all their problems this season. He’s going to have to as now it looks like the team might part ways with one of their few talented defenders in safety OJ Atogwe.
It’s hard to see how this group is going to be productive this season, and I feel bad for Howie Long’s son Chris as he works his butt off on a horrible team. This should clearly be the worst team and defense in 2010.
– Chris Long And James Laurinaitis
– Horrible On All Fronts