The St. Louis Rams single-handedly made Dallas Cowboys rookie running back DeMarco Murray a star. They allowed him to break records on his way to 250+ rushing yards. This week, many are wondering if the Rams can finally offer one of their former draft picks the chance for a break out performance, as Chris Ogbonnaya takes over rushing duties for the Cleveland Browns.
One person sure thinks so, even offering up Ogbonnaya as a fantasy sleeper this week.
You might want to hold off on trying to sneak Ogbonnaya into your fantasy football lineup. First of all, he isn't very good. He's averaging 2.9 yards per carry on 30 attempts this season. Last week, working as the primary runner, he averaged just 2.2 yards on 13 carries against a tough Texans defense. He has also fumbled the ball twice in his last two games.
That said, he is playing the Rams, and there is all that extra meaning with the former team thing, right? The Rams defense has improved vastly since laying an egg against Dallas. Much of that improvement has come against the run.
In their win over the Saints, the Rams allowed just 56 rushing yards on 20 attempts, an average of just 2.8 yards per carry. The Cardinals managed 70 yards on 17 carries for 4.0 YPA, a number skewed by a couple of John Skelton scrambles. They limited Beanie Wells to just 20 yards on 10 carries in that game.
You might want to hold off on making Ogbonnaya the center of your fantasy football plans this week. However, this might be the rare occasion where starting the Browns DST actually makes sense.