We've got a season-long partnership running with FanDuel, a fantasy football site that allows you to build a new team from scratch every week. You're giving a total budget for your team for the week and have to fill out the necessary positions within the constraints of your budget...no Steinbrennering allowed.
As part of the partnership, they're hosting a $350k contest for week 3. Information's below. As for the Rams, here's how things look to FanDuel:
Austin Davis' impressive first performance in the Rams' 19-17 win over the Buccaneers helped his fantasy value a bit, but let's be honest. This would be a desperate fantasy play.
Zac Stacy is practically begging for the ball this Sunday, as the Cowboys are giving up 4.86 yards per rush in two games. The question is if the Boys' defense will load up against Stacy and force Austin Davis to make some plays. If you think Davis, and OC Brian Schottenheimer, can alleviate some of the pressure in the passing game, Zac Stacy would be a steal as the 15th-ranked RB this week.
Based off of two games, Brian Quick's the only real option here. He's leading the team in targets, receptions and yards with 18, 14 and 173, respectively. Second in those categories among WRs? Chris Givens' 5 targets, a three-way tie at 3 receptions between Givens, Austin Pettis and Tavon Austin, and Pettis' 46 yards. Quick's still ranked incredibly low though, largely due to his lack of a TD catch...or the lack of a single passing TD for the Rams in 2014 as yet. Hard to recommend this one.
Much like the above, the Rams' TEs are suffering from a fantasy perspective from the lack of end zone targets. I'd go elsewhere.
Here's what I said last week:
Now here's where I might be overly bullish. Greg Zuerlein is a solid option for me. No, he doesn't have a great offense behind him to get a ton of opportunities right now...but as the Rams start to figure something out, he will. As depressing at it might be, I'm gonna say that GZ is our best fantasy play...and it's not close IMO.
Yup. All he did was kick four field goals. He's tied for 10th in FanDuel's rankings, so that's be an automatic pick for me.
This one's tough. I said last week it was an underrated unit after the Vikings blowout that would get the better of the luck factor down the road. And while they did hold Tampa Bay to 17 points, I would've liked more than a single turnover if I had them on my fantasy team. This week against Dallas, you have to wonder how aggressive they are against a less-than-100% Tony Romo. Also with their history against the Cowboys, you'd assume the Rams to be more mindful of RB DeMarco Murray. I wouldn't be surprised f they employ the same strategy they did in week one in keeping Adrian Peterson limited by boxing a safety pretty often (hi, T.J. McDonald). The concern would be that Romo will still be able to work deeper downfield with WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten. And if Gregg Williams' blitzes fail to get to Romo, he's going to have plenty of field to work with. I'd say this might be a decent play if you need to save some of your salary to go big elsewhere...but only if you're reaaaaally committed to that player.
Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is hosting a $350,000 Fantasy Football Contest for Week 3's NFL games. It's only $10 to join and first place wins $30,000. Starts Sunday, September 21st at 1pm ET. Here's the link.