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Fantasy weekend: Reassessing the Rams fantasy value

Steven Jackson's fantasy potential got a big bump in the St. Louis Rams win over the Patriots.
Steven Jackson's fantasy potential got a big bump in the St. Louis Rams win over the Patriots.

In the feel good win of the year, so far, the St. Louis Rams made a convincing argument that their offense will score points this year, and that means there's some fantasy value to be had for the diligent GM. Let's take a look at the positions that could impact your fantasy fortunes along with giving you another reason to root for the Rams.

Steven Jackson's value was already high. In a league moving toward more specialists out of the backfield, Jackson remains one of just a handful of do-it-all backs. In just two preseason series, he's flashed the same ability he's always had, but the Rams' win against the Patriots may have bumped his value up a little more. Sam Bradford will give the Rams a legitimate passing game. That means Jackson will see far fewer 8, 9 and 10 men in the box when he's on the field. Bradford also knows how to check down when the field's closing around him, which will mean more receptions for Jackson. Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson will get most of the love atop fantasy drafts, but Jackson can be a top three running back without question. 

Speaking of Sam Bradford, he has few doubters. As rookie, he won't be your best fantasy option, especially without a more established group of receivers around him. Prior to last night, I had him on the watch list, but I think he'd be a great backup option for your team who could sneak into a regular starting role depending on injuries and surprises among his peers.

No so long ago, I thought that Daniel Fells might be a decent option at tight end. No more. The guy who could be the steal of your draft and help you turn guffaws into acknowledgement of your brilliance is rookie TE Michael Hoomanawanui. Great hands and natural blocking ability have almost assured him a starting job with the Rams, and Bradford's propensity to make check downs successful combined with a Rams playbook that will always favor the short passes could make him a legit fantasy option. 

Just when Donnie Avery started to emerge as a third or even second fantasy wide receiver his knee buckled on the New England turf. Don't know how much, but he will miss some time. The Rams should still be able to get a competent performance from their other receivers, but no one guy really stands out as a sure thing for solid numbers. Laurent Robinson is probably the best fantasy option among the Rams, but you might want to keep an eye on how things shake out as the season progresses. 

With a weaker schedule the Rams defense might just be a nice middle-tier option for those who like to wait on a defense until late in the draft. Their special teams unit puts them above some better defenses for your DST spot on the roster. 

Any others I'm missing?

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