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Rams DST gets four sacks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Rams DST allowed 269 total yards and registered four sacks in the Week 17 loss at Seattle. Defensive end Robert Quinn got one of those sacks, giving him 19 this season to finish a half-sack behind Indianapolis' Robert Quinn for the NFL lead.

St. Louis was unable to force a turnover but the defense played fairly well, allowing 20 points. One Seattle touchdown came on a pick-6.


Rams pass rush dominates in Week 16


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Buccaneers offense had a hard time getting going in Week 16, and the Rams pass rush was a big reason why.

The Rams held the Buccaneers to just 170 yards and 13 points in a 23-13 win, and Tampa Bay's offense managed just one field goal after halftime. The Buccaneers turned the ball over twice on lost fumbles, but the biggest story in the game was the way Tampa's offensive line was dominated.

The Rams racked up seven sacks for 47 yards lost total.  Robert Quinn had three of those sacks, and four other players chipped in. The Rams completely dominated the line of scrimmage Sunday, but they will probably have a tougher time of things in Week 17, with the Seahawks on the schedule to close the season. 


Rams DST surprisingly strong play on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) The Rams DST didn't seem like much of a Fantasy play heading into their Sunday game against the explosive Saints. But they turned out to be a decent one.

They did not score a touchdown, but they did record four sacks, hold New Orleans to 16 points, pick off two interceptions and recover a fumble.


Greg Zuerlein perfect in two tries against Saints


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Rams placekicker Greg Zuerlein kicked a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 35-yarder in the third to help his team to a surprisingly easy win over New Orleans.

Rams DST not bad - but not good against explosive Saints


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) 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
(12/8/2013) 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
(12/6/2013) 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. 


Rams have no answer for Colin Kaepernick


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) The Rams had no answer for Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers during Sunday's loss to San Francisco in Week 13.

The Rams allowed 275 yards passing and 21 yards on the ground to Kaepernick. The defense did get to him for four sacks. St. Louis also recovered a fumble from Frank Gore but allowed 338 yards of total offense in a 23-13 defeat.

St. Louis will travel to Arizona for a Week 13 showdown against the Cardinals.

Rams could take step back in San Francisco


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2013) The Rams could have their hands full heading into Sunday's contest against the 49ers in Week 13. 

The last time the Rams faced the 49ers, they allowed 35 points and 370 yards of total offense in Week 4 in St. Louis. The Rams will have to encounter the 49ers in San Francisco where only two teams have scored in double-digits against the 49ers in San Francisco (Carolina, Indianapolis). Opposing DST units have scored only 7.45 Fantasy points per game against the 49ers this season.

Since that Week 4 matchup, St. Louis has scored at least 15 Fantasy points in all but two of their previous seven games. Still, the Niners are riding high and our Fantasy experts have the Rams ranked as high as 20th this week. Consider them a low-end option in deeper formats for Week 13.


Rams helped by late defensive plays


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) The Rams had a very good Week 12 on paper -- an interception, a sack, a defensive touchdown, and two forced fumbles. But most of that damage came in the fourth quarter, as Robert Quinn (sack, fumble, and DTD in the same play) and Rodney McLeod (interception) picked up their stats on successive possessions with under three minutes in the game. 

The Rams have a solid unit -- and their pass rush kept Josh McCown scrambling for most of the game -- but they are still a somewhat unpredictable DST, capable of very big and somewhat disappointing days, without much warning. 

The Rams now have three defensive scores in the last two weeks. They can be started in most formats heading into a Week 13 matchup against the 49ers. 


Rams having up and down season


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) The Rams make for an interesting Fantasy asset. At times this season, they've looked excellent, with two games of 30 or more points and three more in double-digits. At other times, though, the Rams have been Fantasy let-downs, with five weeks of eight or fewer points. 

Their four best games came against two teams in the bottom five of scoring this season, and two teams in the top 10, so there isn't much to divine from matchups. Two came at home, and two came on the road. And their biggest Fantasy point total this season came in a game where they allowed the most passing yards to an opponent this season. 

Owners should approach the Rams with a mixture of apprehension and risk management. There will be more big games, it just might be tough to pinpoint when they come. Week 12 brings the Bears, who have been intercepted twice in the last six games, but have allowed four defensive touchdowns on the season -- the fifth-most in the league. 

The Rams have the fifth-most points in Fantasy, but have been lacking consistency. If you're looking for a steady 12-15 points, you won't get that here. But if you want to swing for the fences -- with the chance you might strike out -- the Rams are your perfect DST. 


Rams DST provides two touchdowns Week 10


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) The Rams DST was supposed to be a poor Fantasy start Week 10, as St. Louis was preparing to face one of the best teams in the NFL in Indianapolis. Well, the Rams DST turned out to be one of the surprise performers Week 10.

The Rams defense made an early statement, as Chris Long returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown on the Colts' opening drive. Tavon Austin then returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. 

The Rams forced Colts quarterback Andrew Luck into three interceptions and backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw one interception. St. Louis came away with three sacks, while Indianapolis finished with 406 total yards (18 rushing).

The Rams are on a bye Week 11 before returning to action Week 12 vs. Chicago.


Avoid using the Rams DST Week 10


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2013) The Rams enter play Week 10 at Indianapolis on a three-game losing streak, and they will need a strong effort from their defense Sunday to end their losing skid against one of the best teams in the NFL.

The Colts enter play Sunday ranked 19th in total offense (340.9 yards per game), but they have a top 10 scoring offense. The Colts are averaging 26.8 points per game (8th).

On the flip side, the Rams are a middle-of-the-road defense. They rank 16th in total defense (345.8 ypg) and 20th in scoring dedense (25.1 ppg).

The Rams have held just two opponents under 20 points and it's going to be tough for keep the Colts under 20 points, even with Reggie Wayne (knee) out for the season. DSTs average 6.1 Fantasy points per week against the Colts, which is the fourth-lowest average, so the Rams DST is not a recommended option Week 10.


Rams force two turnovers in losing effort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) The Rams DST unit mostly held the Titans passing game in check in Week 9, but were gashed by what had been a struggling running attack in a 28-21 loss.

The Rams held Jake Locker to just 185 yards Sunday, while forcing two interceptions and sacking him four times. Locker was held without a passing touchdown for the first time since Week 1.

Unfortunately, the Titans running game had no problem operating at a high level against the Rams. The Rams gave up 198 of 363 yards overall on the ground, with all four of the Titans' touchdowns coming on rushes.

The Rams DST performed better than expected Sunday, but have a tougher task ahead of them in Week 10. They have to contend with the Colts next Sunday. 


Rams prepare to stop the Titans


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Opposing defenses have found great success against the Titans in recent weeks, but the Rams might have trouble keeping that up in Week 9.

Opposing DST units are averaging 17.7 Fantasy points per game against the Titans over the last three weeks, thanks to seven turnovers, nine sacks and two defensive touchdowns. Of course, most of that success came against an offense not led by Jake Locker, who misses two of the games due to injury.

With Locker back under center, our Fantasy experts are not big believers in the Rams' DST unit this week -- only Nathan Zegura ranks them in the top-15 for Week 9. Consider the Rams more of a low-end starting option for this week. 


Rams DST should sit this one out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) The Rams DST ranks a respectable 13th entering Monday's game against the Seahawks. The unit is usable when the matchup is right -- that's not the case this week. Seattle gives up the 10th-fewest points to opposing DSTs (8.0 per game).

The Rams DST feasted on the offensively-challenged Jaguars and Texans, picking up 49 of its 76 Fantasy points in those matchups. With quarterback Sam Bradford out for the season, St. Louis is likely to be trailing, which doesn't lend itself to pressure and Fantasy points.

Keep the Rams DST on your bench in Week 8.


Rams do little in loss to Panthers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) The Rams defense largely held the Panthers in check in Week 7 Sunday, but a lack of big plays limited their Fantasy impact as a DST unit.

The Panthers scored 30 points in the game, however seven of them came via a defensive touchdown. The Rams held Carolina to just 282 yards of total offense, but forced no turnovers and had just two sacks in the game. 

The Rams DST unit has been up and down this season, and they should be down yet again in Week 8, as they get set to face the Seahawks. 


Rams DST not a strong play against Carolina


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2013) The Rams DST isn't a strong Fantasy play against the Panthers Week 7. 

The Panthers have done a good job against opposing defenses, limiting them to just 9.20 Fantasy points per game. A good chunk of that success is due to the team's huge offensive outbursts against the Giants and Vikings. The Panthers scored 38 and 35 points in those two games. The team's offensive performance has fluctuated in other games. Against the Seahawks and the Cardinals, the Panthers were limited to just seven and six points. 

That might not matter against the Rams. St. Louis has had a tough time keeping opponents off the board this season. The Rams are allowing 25.7 points per game, which is good for 22nd in the league. While they were able to hold Houston to just 13 points, that was with backup T.J. Yates playing a fair amount of the game. 

The Panthers have performed well against poor defenses this season, and the Rams look like they could be the team's next victim. 


Rams score twice in big win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) The Rams DST unit took advantage of some miscues by the Texans Sunday, in a 38-13 win in Week 6.

The Rams made it five straight games with a defensive touchdown against the Texans, when Alec Ogletree scored on a 98-yard interception return. That came shortly after Daren Bates scored on an 11-yard fumble return on a kickoff, giving the Rams two touchdowns from the defense and special teams.

The Rams finished the game with four turnovers and five sacks to go along with those touchdowns, while holding the Texans to just one touchdown.

The Rams face a tougher test in Week 7, when they head to Carolina to take on the Panthers. 


Rams not recommended in Week 6


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2013) Texans quarterback Matt Schaub's interception issues have been a boon for opposing DST units in recent games. Can the Rams take advantage of that in Week 6?

Opposing DST units have produced double-digit points in each of the least four games against the Texans, and are averaging 16.8 Fantasy points per game for the season. That has largely been based on the five defensive touchdowns allowed in four games, to go with eight interceptions and two fumble recoveries. 

Unfortunately, the Rams' recent history suggests they won't have much success even with Houston's struggles. St. Louis' defense has just three interceptions this season, as their secondary has really struggled to make big plays. 

Even with the dark cloud hanging over Schaub and the Texans' heads at this point, the Rams are not a recommended DST play for Week 6. 


Rams DST holds off Jaguars


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) The Rams used 17 points in the second quarter and 10 more in the fourth to run away from the Jaguars on Sunday from St. Louis. The Rams DST gave up 363 total yards to the Jaguars in the Week 5 win, but surrendered just 20 points. 

The play of the game for the Rams DST was Matt Giordano's 82-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter for St. Louis' first score. That made it 7-7 as the Rams never looked back. 

The Rams DST finished with three turnovers forced as Blaine Gabbert threw two interceptions and Clay Harbor lost a fumble in the game. The Rams DST finished with two sacks of Gabbert in the game and couldn't take down Chad Henne once he replaced Jacksonville's starting QB. 

It wasn't a very good effort, despite the win, for the Rams DST in Week 5. The Rams next play on Sunday of Week 6 at Houston in another tough matchup. 


Rams DST the place to be Week 5


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) The Rams DST has not been the best Fantasy option through four weeks of the season, but Week 5 may be their shining moment. Playing at home against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars could make them a must-start DST unit.

The Rams DST has managed just one interception and four fumble recoveries to this point and the Fantasy points have not been flowing consistently. That said, Jacksonville has tied for allowing the most Fantasy points per game to opposing DST units this season. The Jaguars are getting picked off almost two times per game and Blaine Gabbert has five picks in his two games back as the starting QB.

The Jaguars have been so bad, they are allowing loads of Fantasy points despite giving up just two DTDs this season. Due to the excellent matchup, the Rams DST should be considered a No. 1 unit for Week 5 on Sunday.

Rams force two turnovers in big loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) The Rams provided little resistance Thursday, in a 35-11 loss to the 49ers in Week 4.

The 49ers finished with 370 yards of total offense, with the majority of that coming on the ground. While the 49ers didn't rack up a ton of yards, they mostly controlled the game, putting up five offensive touchdowns against the Rams defense.

The Rams DST unit made up for an otherwise poor showing with a pair of turnovers, as they recovered two fumbles. They also got to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick twice for sacks in the blowout loss. 

The Rams DST has not lived up to expectations through four weeks, but things get easier in Week 5, as they get set to face the Jaguars. 


Will Witherspoon recovers fumble on punt


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2013) Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon recovered a Dwyane Harris fumble on a punt return in Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Cowboys. 

Witherspoon also had one tackle in the game. 

The Rams face the 49ers Week 4, on Thursday night. 


Rams DST has forgettable day


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2013) The Rams DST was a bottom-of-the-barrel Fantasy option coming into Week 3 (depsite some exciting, solid components) and did little to shed that label after a 31-7 loss to the Cowboys. 

The Rams recovered a fumble on a kickoff, but that was it for turnovers against an efficient Cowboys offense. Tony Romo was sacked just once, and Dallas managed four touchdowns and 396 total net yards in what looked like an effortless win. 

The Rams have a quick turnaround against the 49ers -- facing them Thursday night. But even with the Thursday night games being offensive nightmares, the Rams are still better left on waiver wires going forward.