St Louis finished last season as the 30th ranked passing attack while averaging just 179 YPG. Former first overall pick Sam Bradford missed 6 games last season due to injury and has reported that his ankle won’t be 100% until after this season (sounds like he should have had surgery months ago). Jeff Fisher will attempt to bring the Rams back to relevance but is fully expected to rely heavily on the ground game limiting the upside of all Rams players not named Steven Jackson. For now all members of the Rams passing game are off limits except in deeper PPR leagues (maybe Amendola) or dynasty formats (rookies Brian Quick / Chris Givens may be worth late round fliers).
First year OC Brian Shottenheimer is installing a passing game that relies on shorter routes which makes sense considering Sam Bradford is struggling with mobility and will be positioned behind one of the worst O-lines in the league.
Rookie K Greg Zuerlein might be one of the only Rams players worth targeting as SB Nation expects another year of futility for the St Louis offense.
Yahoo.com concludes that rookie Brian Quick is the best WR to target if you decide to roll the dice on a Rams pass catcher.
FFToolbox labels Rookie vertical threats Brian Quick and Chris Givens as Super Sleepers and slot WR Danny Amendola as a solid deep league option.
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Through three preseason games, Bradford is just 19-of-35 (54%) for 223 yards (6.4 YPA) with 2 TDs and no interceptions. Reports have surfaced that his injured ankle will need surgery and playing behind an O-line that allowed a league worst 55 sacks in 2011 – we don’t think he makes it through the season without multiple trips to the trainer’s table. With Kellen Clemens waiting in the wings , any injury to Bradford would be a death blow to a passing offense that remains with out much upside.
The Rams used the #1 overall pick on Bradford in the 2010 draft and the Sooner held his own finishing his rookie season with 18 TDs:15 INTs. He’s yet to average more than 220 YPG over his first two seasons and playing for one of the more run oriented / defensive minded head coaches in the league in Jeff Fisher is not going to help Bradford’s fantasy potential. The Rams QB will also being playing for his 3rd different OC in as many years but will have the benefit of working with a dedicated QB coach (Josh McDaniels served as OC and QB coach last season – a year Bradford admits was a major disappointment for his development).
Based on current ADP data, Bradford is being selected as the 24th QB in a tier with Alex Smith, Russell Wilson and Jake Locker – we rank Bradford last among this group based on the injury concerns/lack of mobility , weak supporting cast at WR/TE, and presence in a conservative offensive system with a porous O-line.