Rams DST not bad - but not good against explosive Saints
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (10:53 am ET) There have been some positives achieved by the Rams defense this season. They rank in the top half of the league in points allowed (308), rushing yards given up (1,415), passing touchdowns surrendered (19) and rushing YPC (3.9). They have also been on a turnover tear with 12 in their last five games and rank seventh in sacks with 38, led by Robert Quinn.
But there is one fact that should keep Fantasy owners from putting the Rams DST in their Week 15 lineups. That is, they are hosting the Saints. They are hosting an offense that ranks fifth in the NFL in points scored (343) and passing touchdowns (33) and third in passing yards (3,938). The Rams rank 30th in the NFL in passing yards per attempt (7.1).
It's playoff time and Fantasy owners can't take the chance that Saints quarterback Drew Brees will experience one of his rare off-days. It would be wise to find another option, even if you have to scour the waiver wire for a more favorable matchup.
Rams DST struggles against Arizona
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) The Rams DST had a tough time stopping the Cardinals Week 14.
St. Louis' offense did do them any favors. Kellen Clemens threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, and the team allowed a safety. Even after taking out those plays, the team still allowed three offensive touchdowns. St. Louis also had a tough time rushing the passer, picking up just one sack.
They'll look to bounce back Week 15 against the Saints.
Rams DST facing average matchup Week 14
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/6/13) The Rams DST is looking at an average matchup Week 14 against the Cardinals.
Defenses have been middle-of-the-pack when going up against Arizona, scoring 9.58 Fantasy points per game. Arizona has scored 22.9 points per game, which ranks 18th in the league. They've been far more productive as of late, averaging 25.8 points over their past eight games. A big part of that has been Carson Palmer's development in the offense. Over the past five games he's tossed 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Rams DST has been pretty solid this season. The team allows an average of 23.2 points per game, which ranks 14th in the league. A big reason for their success has been a dominant defensive line. The Rams have 37 sacks on the season, and have forced 23 turnovers this season. They are a decent play if there are no better options on the market.
James Laurinaitis racks up nine tackles
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/2/13) Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis made nine tackles, one for loss, in the loss at San Francisco. He had six solo stops.
Up to 91 tackles, Laurinaitis visits Arizona in Week 14.
Alec Ogletree forces fumble in losing effort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree enjoyed a dominant performance as he was credited with a forced fumble during Sunday's game against the Chargers in Week 13.
Ogletree stripped Frank Gore in the second half for his fourth forced fumble of the season. He finished the game with a team-high 10 total tackles (seven solo) and one tackle for a loss in a 23-13 defeat.
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The Rams DST is hoping to build off its performance in 2012 when it was actually a top-10 Fantasy option. The reason was St. Louis' ability to rush the passer. The Rams tied Denver and Cincinnati for the most sacks in the NFL with 52. Leading the way were Chris Long (11.5 sacks) and Robert Quinn (10.5). Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan also combined for seven interceptions, with Jenkins returning three for touchdowns. The Rams also have a standout linebacker in James Laurinaitis, and this unit should continue to do well this season. They might not get drafted in the majority of leagues, but the Rams DST will be a great bye-week replacement during the season if they remain on your waiver wire following Draft Day. (Updated 4/26/13)