St. Louis Rams, Def, Rams: Fantasy Football Outlook

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St. Louis Rams, Def, Rams

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Age Height Weight
Def - #2 124.54 STL Active 45 0' 0 0

2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Aug-20-2015 by Shawn Childs


The Rams' run defense has five tough matchups: the Seahawks (twice), the San Francisco 49ers (twice) and the Cincinnati Bengals. They also have five games versus teams with weak rushing attacks: the Arizona Cardinals (twice), the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, I think the Lions and the Cardinals will run the ball much better than last year. St. Louis has three games versus quality passing attacks: The Pittsburgh Steelers, the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers. The Rams have eight games against teams with below-par aerial offenses, most of which come during the second half of the year.

St. Louis finished 14th in rushing yards allowed (1,765) with ball carriers gaining 4.2 yards per carry and 12 TDs. The Rams accumulated 40 sacks after coming up with 53 in 2013. They ranked 19th against the pass, allowing 3,861 yards and only 18 passing TDs while catching 13 interceptions.

Linebacker Alec Ogletree improved slightly in all areas in his second season. He still graded out as only a league-average player. LB James Laurinaitis struggled against the run last year while recording 3.5 sacks, three QB hits and 10 QB hurries. His best skill is in pass coverage, and it really doesn't separate him from the field. LB Akeem Ayers has shown upside as a run defender and some underlying pass-rushing skills during his four-year career.

Cornerback E.J. Gaines was a nice surprise for the Rams. As a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, E.J. held his own in pass coverage (57 catches on 85 targets for 550 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions). CB Janoris Jenkins has been a league-average player for the past two years. He allowed a 72.7 percent completion rate on 77 pass attempts last season, which led to 753 yards and five TDs. He also picked off two passes. Safety Rodney McLeod has improved in pass coverage but still isn't great against the run. Safety T.J. McDonald was much better in run support during his second season. He still has plenty of problems versus receivers (43 catches on 59 targets for 500 yards and six scores last year).

The Rams' defense is loaded with talent on the defensive line, but when that group doesn't pressure the quarterback, the secondary gets exposed. St. Louis plays physical football and can make offenses one-dimensional. The second level of the defense can be better if it improves its pass-rushing ability off the edge. This defense is getting a lot of respect in the early draft season; it is the fourth unit off the board with an ADP of 163. There is upside here and scoring ability in the punt and kick return game. This defense could be No. 1 in Fantasy scoring if the stars align.

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
13.11 Dr. Roto 
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