How will the Rams wide receivers do in Fantasy Football this week?
The Rams receivers are similar to the Bills without Sammy Watkins in that they have a lot of players with diverse skill sets but they lack a truly dominant number one option. Kenny Britt right now has been Case Keenum’s favorite target and he’s having a nice season so far. Britt has 281 yards on the year which comes out to about 70 per game.
The problem for fantasy owners is that he doesn’t have any touchdowns which is not that surprising based on his career. He’s only had one season where he had more than four touchdowns and that was back in 2010 when he had nine. Britt is an option for a WR3 or flex spot this week but has limited upside due to his lack of touchdowns.
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The other main receivers for the Rams are Tavon Austin and Brian Quick. Austin is the type of player who will drive a fantasy owner nuts. I know from having him on my team in prior years. Austin is so talented and has the tendency to make big plays whether on end arounds, bubble screens, handoffs, or even on the return unit. He’s been targeted more than any other player on the Rams (36 times) but has only managed to come up with 16 catches.
He is a bit of a gadget player but when he does make a big play you wonder why can’t he do this more often. If Austin can ever figure it out he could mirror the career of someone like Percy Harvin although Harvin is a little tougher (despite all the injuries) than Austin. He has never put up over 500 receiving yards in a season and his best year was last year when he had 741 all-purpose yards. He disappears for weeks at a time and he’s not a player you can trust to play in any given week.
Brian Quick has already matched his career high in touchdowns in just four games. He’s racked up three touchdowns for the Rams. Outside of two big plays though he’s been largely ineffective. He has two long touchdown catches of 44 and 65 yards which account for 73 percent of his total 149 yards for the year.
Tight end Lance Kendricks is in his sixth season with the Rams. His first two seasons were his most productive with 352 receiving yards his first year followed by 512 in his sophomore year. Since then he hasn’t put up over 300 yards in a season. At this point, it’s pretty fair to say he’s never going to be a factor in fantasy football. He should be a free agent in your league and you should let him stay that way.
That’s it for the offensive side of the ball. Let’s move on to the defense on the next slide.