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|Rams DST could thrive in Week 1 vs. Vikings |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(9/4/14) The Rams defense found a way to get scarier this offseason, selecting draftnik darling Aaron Donald in the first round to add to a front four that already includes Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Michael Brockers. That fearsome foursome has a good chance to wreak havoc on the Vikings in Week 1.
The Rams also enjoyed addition by subtraction when they parted ways with the regularly overmatched Cortland Finnegan this offseason. A unit that was dominant against the run last year should be able to do as good a job against Adrian Peterson as is possible. But teams will likely find it tougher to pass on the Rams this season; though the team was the worst in the league against No. 1 receivers last year, thanks in large part to Finnegan, they excelled against No. 2 wide receivers and were also the top team in the league at defending tight ends, per Football Outsiders.
The Vikings represent a nice matchup for the Rams, as Minnesota the 11th-best offense for DSTs to face last season. The Rams deservedly check in as top-five options for both CBSSports.com Fantasy experts this week.
|Rams sign entire draft class |
|by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(6/12/14) The Rams locked up their entire draft class Thursday as all 11 rookies were signed to contracts.
The complete list:
Round 1, pick 2: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Round 1, pick 13: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Round 2, pick 41: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida St.
Round 3, pick 75: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
Round 4, pick 110: Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State
Round 6, pick 188: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
Round 6, pick 214: Garrett Gilbert, QB, Southern Methodist
Round 7, pick 226: Mitchell Van Dyk, OT, Portland State
Round 7, pick 241: Christian Bryant, S, Ohio State
Round 7, pick 249: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
Round 7, pick 250: Demetrius Rhaney, C, Tennessee State
|Can Aaron Donald be the rare Fantasy DT superstar? |
|by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(5/9/14) Aaron Donald 's arrival is huge (figuratively and literally) for the Rams. He's been considered a clone of Warren Sapp and John Randle -- an inside lineman who has enough athleticism to get to the quarterback. That's great for the Rams but it doesn't guarantee huge numbers for Fantasy owners. For one, Donald won't have to play every single down now that he finds himself in a defensive tackle rotation with Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford. He also will share the line with Robert Quinn and Chris Long, two excellent pass rushers in their own right. Typically defensive tackles don't get a lot of tackles or sacks, keeping their Fantasy stats at a minimum.
We'd give Donald some credit based on his awesome play not just at Pitt but during the Senior Bowl, but don't make him a staple of your Fantasy team. Donald is worth a late-round flier in seasonal leagues and long-term formats and is a mid-round choice in rookie-only drafts.
|Rams add D-line depth with Aaron Donald |
|by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(5/8/14) With the 13th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Rams drafted Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
The second of their two first-round picks for St. Louis, Donald was considered one of the best defensive players in the draft thanks to his explosive style and excellent strength. Standing at 6-feet and 288 pounds, Donald has the girth to hold back the run and the quickness off the snap to attack the quarterback on passing downs. As a senior last year he totaled 59 tackles, including 28.5 for a loss, 11 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and a blocked extra point. He also won a ton of awards.
The Rams get richer along their defensive line, putting Donald in a heck of a unit that includes Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford.
|The Rams added to their defensive line in the NFL Draft by taking Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh in the first round. He should be a force in the middle of the defense, and he could help in the sack department after getting 11 in 2013. We don’t recommend drafting Donald in the majority of IDP leagues because his tackle totals will likely be low. But if he shows he can rush the passer on this level then add him off waivers during the year.
(Updated 5/22/14) |