“Me, Myself, and IDP”: 2013 St. Louis Rams

When I was in 7th grade I went to St. Louis. I rode to the top of the Gateway Arch. It was awesome.

Mark Mcgwire  hit a ton of home runs, captivated a nation along with Sammy Sosa, and should be in the Hall of Fame. I couldn’t care less if he did steroids or not.

“Greatest Show on Turf”

These 3 things combined surmise my thought’s/feelings of the city refered to as “The Gateway to the West”. That about covers the “me” and “myself” portion of this week’s article, now it’s time for what you really came for…IDP.

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St. Louis Rams

The Rams, as a defensive unit, came in around the middle of the pack last year, but they offer some very intruiging individual players. They’re also a relatively young unit which bodes well for keeper/dynasty leagues.

Defensive Line (Base: 4-3)

Chris Long: It’s taken several seasons for Long to develop into the pass rusher the Rams thought he would be when they made him the 2nd overall selection back in 2008, but he’s finally starting to blossom into a very good player. He’s posted back-to-back double digit sack seasons, and it appears his best football is ahead of him. Additionally, he’s been very durable; not missing a game thus far in his career. You can probably draft him as a low end DE2 going into the year, but don’t be surprised if he posts DE1 numbers.

Robert Quinn: Quinn heads into his 3rd season and has yet to fully realize his potential. He did increase his sack total from 6 to 11 last year, but 3 of those sacks did come in week 5 against Arizona so the final tally doesn’t pop quite as much as you’d think. And, his PRP(Pass Rushing Productivity per PFF) dropped from an 8.9 his rookie year, to a 7.0 in his second year. But despite some #’s that may say otherwise, he’s still regarded as one of the best raw pass rushers in the league. You’ll probably have to draft him as DE1 because of his upside, and we’ll cross our fingers that he finally taps into that raw ability.

Michael Brockers: Last year’s first round pick quietly enjoyed a very nice rookie season; posting a positive PFF rating against the run and actually finished even in pass rushing. After missing 3 games due to injury, he returned to record 31 total tackles and 4 sacks in just 615 snaps. With more playing time those numbers are bound to go up. If your league has a Defensive Tackle postion, he can be a DT1.

Linebackers

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James Laurinaitis: Laurinaitis is one of the finest IDP options in all of fake football. For his 4 year career he’s averaged 129.5 combined tackles per year. He’s also recorded 8.5 sacks and 7 INT’s over that span as well, so he’s much more than just a tackle monster. Draft him as your LB1 and watch the stat sheet fill up.

JoLonn Dunbar: In Dunbar’s first year with the Rams after 4 seasons with the Saints, he recorded 155 combined tackles; this after not posting more than 79 in any year with his previous team. And, as the strong side linebacker in the Ram’s 4-3 scheme, he has more blitzing and coverage responsibilities. This will give him the opportunities to get more sacks and interceptions to go along with strong tackle numbers. He will fill in nicely as a high end LB2.

Alec Ogletree: The rookie will fill in the weak side linebacker spot this year, as the team will try to capitalize on his freak athleticism. It’s likely to be a year or so before he’s really fantasy relevant, as he’s still very raw, but the tools are there. He has blazing speed for a player his size, and should be able to move sideline to sideline with ease. However, he struggled against the run in college and missed tackles will be a concern until he proves otherwise. If you’re in a dynasty league, this is definitely a guy you want to get in on the ground floor with.

Defensive Backs

Cortland Finnegan: Finnegan doesn’t grade out that well against the run or pass, but because of his ability to tackle he remains one of the best overall defensive backs in fantasy. Last year in his first with the Rams he posted 101 combined tackles, with 83 of those being solo. He’s demonstrated this ability for his entire 6 year career, so there is little doubt about his ability to tackle going forward. He can be your CB1 or DB1, and anything he gets you outside of the tackle numbers is just icing on the cake.

Janoris Jenkins: Much of Jenkins overall value last year came from his ability to find pay dirt 3 times, but the rookie was also able to notch 73 total tackles. And when a corner back shows an ability to bring down a ball carrier like he did–especially as a rookie–the IDP world takes notice. Jenkins, like Finnegan, should provide value first as a tackler and then will bring more as long as he gets his hands on the ball. And, while predicting defensive TD’s is a fool’s errand, he’s obviously shown that when he does come down with the ball that he has the speed to take it for 6.

 

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One Comment

  1. Matt Lane

    June 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Really nice article Luke! Glad we have another IDP player on board!

    I’ve got a dynasty start-up soon which starts 4 LBs – so the Ogletree bit is especially useful – I don’t know as much as I should about rookies/college ball

    I’ll look forward to your next article!

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