A run down of the fantasy impact from the Rams this week. For our friends local and beyond...
Steven Jackson, RB - The one everyone's thinking about. Jackson himself is optimistic, and he'll test his thigh today in practice. If he does play, he'll be an important part of the Rams game plan, running the ball and catching passes. Officially, he's a game time decision.
Marc Bulger, QB - The Rams will pass this week against an Arizona secondary that does allow yards, 28th most passing yards per game. He'll get fantasy points this week, but the question for fans is whether or not he can be nails, making key throws and beefing up the Rams third down and red zone conversion rates.
Donnie Avery, WR - The secret's out on Avery. The first WR drafted this year leads the Rams in receiving yards and TDs. You can bet the Rams are counting on Bulger to find him deep this week, again. Speaking of deep passes, the Rams have 10 pass plays of at least 30 yards, 6th most in the league; Avery has 4 catches for more than 40 yards.
Torry Holt, WR - With all the attention on Jackson's thigh, people aren't saying much about Holt. However, the Rams need Holt, who has just 6 catches in the last 2 games, threatening defenses again. Part of that has resulted from teams keeping Holt in double coverage, but with Avery now established, teams can't afford to defend one over the other. This could be Holt's week.
Josh Brown, K - The NFC Special Teams Player of the Month has a golden leg this season. Best free agent pick up in a long time. As long as the Rams are playing, Brown is going to nail a field goal or two.
Rams, DST - The Rams have 9 turnovers in their last three games, and coach Jim Haslett knows that trend has to continue to beat the Cardinals. OJ Atogwe has four INTs on the season already. Watch to see what the status of DE Leonard Little and DT Adam Carriker is for the week though. Both are vital to the pass rush.
Antonio Pittman, RB - Pittman made 19 of the Rams 26 total rushing attempts last week, breaking off some nice runs and racking up 83 yards. If Jackson sits this week, Pittman will again get most of the work. He'd be a decent start if your big name backs are on a bye.
Anyone I forgot? Sleeper picks?