Opponent: New York Jets
Location: Edward Jones Dome (Home)
Not even a full 15 minutes of overtime could get Sam Bradford over 300 yards last week. However, he acquitted himself well against the 49ers and although he may not be in the starters category yet he has proven to be a very capable fantasy backup QB. I don’t expect big numbers against the Jets this week but he’ll continue to be right around the top 20 fantasy QBs.
Time has not slowed down Steven Jackson who showed that not even the vaunted 49ers run defense was going to prevent him from fighting for his future. Thanks to the overtime, Jackson registered his first 100 yard game of the season and a touchdown to go with it. Against the Jets this week he’s a high end flex option. His backup Daryl Richardson continued to be highly production in what snaps he had, generating an impressive 8.3 yards per carry on Sunday. In deeper leagues he’s a very solid depth starter. What might kill Richardson – Isaiah Pead is seeing more and more snaps. Daryl is still the backup to own though.
Injury? What injury? That’s the statement Danny Amendola made in his return. He looked highly impressive and put up 11 for 102 in the tie against the 49ers. Amendola isn’t in must start territory yet but he’s very high on the list of reliable WR2 candidates. Amendola’s production means it’s time to forget about starting Brandon Gibson for now – there’s just not enough ball to go around when Amendola gets targeted so much. As for rookie Chris Givens, who knows how long he will remain in head coach Jeff Fisher’s doghouse after being benched for breaching team rules this week. Give him a little rope for now as he’s still a fantasy asset – he may well come back against the Jets and remind everyone why the hype was growing around him in the first place.
I’m not sure the Rams know how to involve tight ends in passing plays. Lance Kendricks has little to no involvement in this offense – leave him on waivers.