The St. Louis Rams Draft Report Card

Jordan Howard
DeMarco Murray
Keenan Allen
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Coinciding with Some Early-Round Reaches, The St. Louis Rams May Pull a Brexit and try to Ditch this League

Draft Summary

Meat Loaf once told USA Today that he had to file an extension because he chose to put together his fantasy-player draft list rather than work on his income-tax filing. The manager of The St. Louis Rams should aim for that level of dedication next time, as they're projected to finish 11th in JFF League with a record of 4-10-0 (1,497 points). The GM of The St. Louis Rams obviously entered this draft knowing who their QB target was. They waited until the 10th round to pick their first quarterback, drafting Philip Rivers with the 111th overall pick. They ultimately landed the weakest group of WRs in the league, as they have Emmanuel Sanders, Sammy Watkins, and Keenan Allen.

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The St. Louis Rams should use Week 9 to ponder life's deeper mysteries, like if someone claims "I always lie" then is that person lying or telling the truth? They have four players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Based on their opponents' projected points, they have a harder-than-average slate. Although they have the fifth-most grueling overall schedule, The St. Louis Rams actually has the second-easiest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • Highlight Reel

    The St. Louis Rams is loaded at TE, but DEF isn't too shabby, either.

  • Senior Citizen Discount

    With an average of 7.6 years of NFL experience, The St. Louis Rams is the team most likely to have a player become a grandpa.

  • No Back-Up No Cry

    Ignoring roster depth, The St. Louis Rams chose only one player at four different positions (QB, TE, DEF, and K).

  • Starting Slowly

    The St. Louis Rams got off to a sluggish start, winding up with the fewest projected points in the league during the first half of the draft.

  • A Pair of Proven Winners

    The St. Louis Rams has a couple of fantasy MVPs in their lineup. Last season, two of their players (Jordan Howard and DeMarco Murray) finished among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams.

  • Low Floor, High Ceiling?

    The St. Louis Rams grabbed a sleeper in Joe Williams with pick No. 178.

Player Analysis

    • Jordan Howard, RB
    • Round 1, Pick 10
    Howard is Hungry

    And he'll get plenty of chances to feast this season, projected to rank seventh in the NFL with 287 touches.

    • DeMarco Murray, RB
    • Round 2, Pick 15
    Old Fashioned

    The St. Louis Rams stuck to the tried-and-true fantasy strategy of going RB-RB to start the draft, taking Jordan Howard and DeMarco Murray before targeting other positions.

    • Greg Olsen, TE
    • Round 4, Pick 39
    Panther Performance

    Olsen saw an increase in targets for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. It was his third straight 1,000-yard campaign and ninth year in a row suiting up for all 16 games.

    • L. Fitzgerald, WR
    • Round 6, Pick 63
    Milk Was a Bad Choice

    And so was drafting Larry Fitzgerald, the weakest value of the round.

    • Frank Gore, RB
    • Round 7, Pick 82
    A Bit of a Reach

    The St. Louis Rams went out on a limb with their seventh-round pick. Across all Yahoo! leagues, Frank Gore has an ADP of 103.9, but he was grabbed at pick No. 82. Patience is a virtue, The St. Louis Rams.

Best Available

While The St. Louis Rams is projected to have four subpar positions, WR is clearly their worst unit and should be upgraded first.

    • Nelson Agholor
    • Rank 155, ADP 128
    • Kenny Golladay
    • Rank 162, ADP 128
    • Allen Hurns
    • Rank 164, ADP 127
    • Breshad Perriman
    • Rank 165, ADP 131
  • Bye Week Points Lost

    Each bar represents the total projected season points for each player that's on bye that week. This chart shows any potential bye week issues.

  • Pick Number Minus ADP
    Pick Number

    Bars above zero indicate a pick was selected later than a player's ADP. Bars below zero show players that were taken earlier than their ADP.

  • Avg Points by Position vs League
        Team     League

    The average projected points for all the players at each position versus the average projected points for all players at that position in the league.

  • Schedule by Opponent Points

    Week-by-week schedule with each opponent's projected season points. This chart shows any difficult or easy stretches in the schedule.

How We Grade

Draft grades are based strictly on teams' draft performances. This is calculated by counting the number of fantasy points teams are projected to score over the course of the season using their optimal line-ups. The grades do not take schedule into account. Because of bye weeks and other variables it is possible to earn a high grade yet be projected to finish in the middle of the pack. The opposite is also true. Bottom line: Fantasy Football is like the real game. You can draft the greatest talent in the world but you still need to manage your team every week to get the most out of that talent. As a wise man once said, "On any given Sunday..."

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The St. Louis Rams
1. (10) Jordan Howard (Chi - RB)
2. (15) DeMarco Murray (Ten - RB)
3. (34) Keenan Allen (LAC - WR)
4. (39) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
5. (58) Emmanuel Sanders (Den - WR)
6. (63) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari - WR)
7. (82) Frank Gore (Ind - RB)
8. (87) Sammy Watkins (LAR - WR)
9. (106) Jonathan Stewart (Car - RB)
10. (111) Philip Rivers (LAC - QB)
11. (130) Arizona (Ari - DEF)
12. (135) Chris Hogan (NE - WR)
13. (154) Cole Beasley (Dal - WR)
14. (159) Brandon McManus (Den - K)
15. (178) Joe Williams (SF - RB)

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