ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16: Running back Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams enters the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Rams aren't just relevant in the NFL standings again, they have some legitimate fantasy football viability. We here at TST have been getting plenty of inquiries on Twitter (@TurfShowTimes) and elsewhere about some fantasy options among the Rams, so allow me to try and answer some of the more common questions popping up lately.
Start Steven Jackson?
I think that Jackson will play this week. It's not known to be a serious injury, and missed practice time for the veteran running back has become more the rule than the exception. That said, the Bears present a tough matchup, and I expect Jackson's workload to get some carries taken away by Daryl Richardson (or maybe even Terrance Ganaway) if the team plays is careful with his injury.
Is Danny Amendola worth my time in PPR leagues?
Yes. He will be Sam Bradford's top target this season. He will not catch 15 passes every game, so temper your expectations. Chicago was stingy with passing yards against the Packers. Andrew Luck threw for 309 yards in Week 1, but that was mostly in garbage time. Amendola is a good fantasy play, even in normal leagues, in my opinion. Brian Schottenheimer is diversifying his use, moving him inside and out, and he should be in for a very good year.
Why am I not starting Greg Zuerlein?
I don't know. Clearly you have a problem with success. In standard scoring, Greg the Leg has double digits in both games this season, 13 in Week 1 and 12 last week. This is a tougher game, but he will be called upon at least a couple times for the three-pointer.
Is Brandon Gibson a viable option?
Unless you're in a deeper league, probably not. However, he is clearly the Rams No. 2 receiver in both snap counts and targets. He has a touchdown in each of his last two games too. I think he could actually get a bump in stats this week, providing the Rams offensive line can protect Bradford, with the Bears forced to give Amendola extra attention.