The dawn of the Sam Bradford era arrived for the Rams here as they lost a close one to a rebuilding Cardinals team. Bradford looked like he has a nice career ahead of him but he will take his lumps this season. Here are the fantasy football storylines from the contest.
ST. LOUIS RAMS:
Sam Bradford: 32/55 for 253 yards with 1 TD and 3 INT. What was the offensive coordinator for the Rams thinking having a rookie QB in his first start throwing 55 times? Ridiculous. Anyway I am a huge Bradford fan and believer but not for this season. No doubt I will own him in a year or two when he throws for the 4,000 yards and 30 TD’s he is destined to throw for. Not since Peyton Manning have I been this impressed with a QB coming in from college. Heady praise indeed. Dont sleep on this guy next season but for now he is nothing but an intriguing backup.
Steven Jackson: 22 carries for 81 yards with 4 catches for 6 yards. The beat goes on for Jackson in playing for awful Rams teams but he guy is a pro and always gives an honest effort. I have loved Jackson for years as he is a top notch PPR RB but TD’s will be tough to come by on this offense. Still the total package of yards and catches will more than make up for it.
Mark Clayton: 10 catches for 119 yards. Boy did he step into something promising after being traded from the Ravens. Clayton has long had potential that went unrealized but today could signal that he is ready to arrive. The rapport between he and Bradford was tremendous and this could be a lethal combo for years to come. Check the wire if he is available and make the add if he is.
Laurent Robinson: 3 catches for 18 yards with 1 TD. Robinson opened a lot of eyes early last season before suffering a year ending injury. He has good speed and nice hands and could be in line for another solud start. What happens afterwards is anyones guess but keep an eye out.
Danny Amendola: 6 catches for 67 yards. Amendola should be drawing attention in PPR leagues as he has a bit of Wes Welker in him….meaning great hands and great route running over the middle. I like him better than Robinson but not enough to make the add yet. Give it another week.
Josh Brown: 2/3 on FG with a long of 46. Brown shouldnt be owned in most fantasy football leagues as he wont get a ton of opportunities in this offense.
Derek Anderson: 22/41 for 297 yards with 1 TD. Anderson was a Pro Bowler only a few years ago and he has nice weapons in Arizona with Larry Fitzgerald and company. Still he struggeld for much of the game but luckily didnt get picked. I dont trust Anderson at all and would only use him as a bye week fill in.
Beanie Wells: sat out with injury as expected. Not the breakout fantasy football owners anticipated.
Tim Hightower: 13 carries for 54 yards with 1 TD and 2 fumbles along with 4 catches for 40 yards. Hightower is not a good runner and he has a major fumbling problem. As soon as Wells is healthy, he will get the lions share of the touches. Still Hightower is a great PPR back if you are in need. He is best served as a FLEX play or a RB 3.
Larry Fitzgerald: 3 catches for 43 yards with 1 TD. Fitzgerald was visibly frustrated throughout the game as he couldnt get on the same page as Anderson. I had Fitzgerald ranked fourth on my final preseason WR rankings due to this concern and this performance confirms my fears. Still he is a wonderful talent and I always feel that great players will get their numbers regardless. Still it might not be a bad idea if you offered Fitzgerald straight up for Reggie Wayne and see what happens.
Steve Breaston: 7 catches for 132 yards. Unlike Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston had a nice thing going with Anderson from the beginning of the contest. Breaston finally gets his chance to shine after being the third wideout when Anquan Bolding was in town and he should be in all lineups going forward.
Jay Feeley: 1/1 on FG with a long of 22 yards. Feeley is a nice low end fantsy football kicker that he is even more valuable now that he is kicking in Arizona and not New York. Go ahead and get him if you are in need.