Fantasy Player Projections

 
St. Louis Rams
Ford Field | Sunday, October 10 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Rams 24, Lions 20
Detroit Lions
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBSam Bradford
185 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 1 INT
Bradford has looked sharp and smart, especially for an NFL rookie. He runs a very efficient offense that should continue to put up decent numbers. At least enough to make Bradford a solid backup in most fantasy leagues.
RBSteven Jackson
3 rec, 15 rec yards, 95 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Despite being limited with a groin injury the week before, Jackson started against Seattle and carried a full load: 22 carries and three catches for 124 yards. The Rams staff is doing a great job of keeping him on the field.
WRMark Clayton
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
Clayton has been Sam Bradford's favorite target this season and has two touchdowns despite not being much of a red-zone target. He should continue to see passes his way, especially if Laurent Robinson is out another week with a foot injury.
WRLaurent Robinson
3 rec, 40 yards
Robinson was inactive for the second straight week due to a foot injury, so his Week 5 status is up in the air. Even if he can play, Mark Clayton looks like the top target in St. Louis. Robinson had just four catches in his first two games.
WRDanny Amendola
3 rec, 25 yards
Amendola has been a consistent source of receptions this season, but the Rams' conservative passing scheme makes him a low-ceiling option. Amendola has no touchdowns this season, deferring to tight ends and running backs within the red zone.
TEDaniel Fells
3 rec, 25 yards, 1 TD
Fells finds himself in a starting role with injuries to Billy Bajema (knee) and Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle). He has yet to record more than three receptions in a game, but should continue to see end-zone looks near the goal line.
KJosh Brown
3 PATs, 1 FG
The Rams are kicking field goals at a pretty consistent clip, so Brown has remained valuable despite three misses from within 40 yards this season. Just hope that the St. Louis red-zone offense continues to stutter.
Defense
1 sack, 2 INT
The Rams have performed well above defensive expectations so far, but keep in mind that they have yet to face an elite offense. The Lions seem to be clicking offensively, and should present a one of the stiffer challenges the Rams have seen.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBShaun Hill
175 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Matt Stafford could return from his shoulder injury this week. If not, Hill has proven a more than capable fill-in. Whoever starts will likely throw the ball a lot with the Lions perpetually playing from behind.
RBJahvid Best
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Despite dealing with a turf toe injury, Best ran for 50 yards on 12 carries and added 34 yards on five receptions. The Lions may not run the ball much if they are playing from behind, but Best once again proved that he can play a big role through the air.
WRCalvin Johnson
5 rec, 90 yards, 1 TD
Shaun Hill looked poised last week, and Johnson took advantage with two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was a leaping catch made over two well-positioned defenders. The Rams present another favorable matchup.
WRNate Burleson
2 rec, 25 yards
Burleson was once again inactive last week due to an ankle injury. If he's available to play against St. Louis, he'll return to his role of occasional pass catcher, but mostly decoy for Calvin Johnson.
TEBrandon Pettigrew
2 rec, 20 yards
Pettigrew is blossoming into a vital part of the Lions' offense, averaging seven receptions over the last three games. He has yet to record a touchdown, but his steady stream of catches warrant a waiver pickup if he's available.
TETony Scheffler
2 rec, 20 yards
Scheffler and Pettigrew combined for 27 catches over the last two games, so it looks like both tight ends can coexist within the Lions' offense. Pettigrew has the greater upside of the two, but Scheffler has been productive and has a score as well.
KJason Hanson
2 PATs, 2 FGs
Hanson went 4-for-5 on field goals last week, making a 52 yarder. The Lions have a lot of problems, but a kicker isn't one.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Rams' offense is performing better than anyone would have expected. Meanwhile the Lions defense has met everybody's expectations, which is to say, they've been bad. There are a lot of better options available.
 
 
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