St. Louis Rams: 2014 Outlook
 
 
 
 
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St. Louis Rams

By Brad Kruse, Friday, September 12, 2014

With Calvin Johnson at his disposal, Shaun Hill proved he could provide serviceable fantasy weeks when called upon. Unfortunately, Johnson is no longer on this team. If Bradford goes down, Hill would become the team's starter. He has no fantasy value.

Stacy opened up 2013 buried on the depth chart. When Stacy got his chance, he played very well. He proved to be fairly durable and kept drives moving for St. Louis. He eclipsed 100 rushing yards in a game four times and also scored seven TDs from Weeks 9 to 16. The Rams drafted a rookie in Tre Mason; some think can challenge Stacy for the starting job. Given Stacy's performance last year, the job won't be flippantly handed over to Mason. With Stacy as the starter and earning the majority of carries, he should be able to turn in similar rushing numbers to what he did last year.

However, Stacy wasn't successful enough running the ball to completely rely on his rushing totals to propel your fantasy team. In 2014, his fantasy success will be tied to his ability to produce at the goal-line and become more involved in the passing game.

Editor's note: We are not as high on Stacy as some of our peers. While Stacy is entrenched as the starter, his so-so athleticism, limited pass-catching skills and potential loss of snaps to a third-down back should be of concern. It also doesn't help that he must face San Francisco, Arizona and Seattle a total of six times per season.

Tre Mason was a 2014 third-round pick. He has good quickness and speed. He can run downhill and he's more powerful than you'd think someone his size would be. Mason's weakness, like many rookies, is his pass-blocking. He will need to demonstrate competence in this area to obtain a sizable role in the offense. Monitor his preseason to see what progress he's made in this area. If he struggles (like Montee Ball did last year), he is unlikely to see a lot snaps early in 2014.

Editor's note: Don't allow your expectations to go overboard with Mason. He had his moments last year with Auburn, but he's going to have to earn his keep with the Rams. Given Bradford's propensity for injuries, this rookie has to be on point as a blocker. He's a super sleeper if there ever was one.

Similar to Stacy, Cunningham capitalized on his opportunities last year. He actually averaged more yards per carry (5.6 to 3.9) and yards per catch (9.8 to 5.4) than Stacy. Unfortunately, he only had 20-percent of the touches compared to Stacy, so the sample is limited. He should be a good handcuff to Stacy in case of injury. The concern is whether he will hold off rookie Tre Mason. Cunningham isn't considered as good of a receiver or pass protector as Stacy. Those flaws will keep him behind Stacy on the depth chart. Mason's unknown ceiling isn't well defined, which makes him more worthy of a gamble in drafts. Cunningham has very limited potential due to his unclear role in a middling offense.