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Morning Ram-blings: Fantasy rankings

8/17/2014

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams haven't provided much in the way of production for fantasy football owners in recent seasons. That lack of production has carried into the ESPN fantasy staff's preseason rankings of the top 300.

That doesn't mean that no Rams made the list, just that they show up sporadically and, for the most part, aren't coming in all that high on the list, either.

There is, however, one notable exception. Running back Zac Stacy checks in at No. 19 on the list and No. 11 among running backs. Stacy figures to be the focal point of the Rams' run-first attack, and if he can avoid the small bumps and bruises that cost him snaps last year, he could produce.

From there, you have to dig down to No. 122 overall to find fellow running back Tre Mason. Mason has plenty of work to do to factor in with the top offense or push Stacy but I can understand why he's on the list. After Mason, receiver Tavon Austin is No. 131, running back Benny Cunningham is No. 211, receiver Kenny Britt is No. 215, quarterback Sam Bradford is No. 243, receiver Chris Givens is No. 265 and tight end Jared Cook is No. 279. In most leagues, that means only Stacy, Mason and Austin would be drafted.

It should also be noted that the Rams' defense is ranked seventh among all defenses for fantasy purposes and would also project as plenty draftable in standard scoring leagues.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of the weekend's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... On Saturday, we offered a look at the Rams' second preseason contest against Green Bay with things to watch in the game. ... Next, we provided the observation deck with thoughts from the game. ... Then we delivered the news that running back Isaiah Pead is likely out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. ... From there, we looked at the progress of Bradford in his return from knee surgery. ... On Sunday, we opened the day by revisiting the things to watch to see how the Rams fared. ... In separate pieces, we looked at three Rams who helped themselves against the Packers and three who didn't. ... We then took a closer look at Jeff Fisher's discussion of how basic the Rams have been playing defensively in the preseason. ... To close the weekend, we got more details on offensive lineman Barrett Jones' back injury.

Elsewhere:

NFL analyst Jeff Saturday gives his take on Michael Sam's chances of making the roster.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas recaps the Rams-Packers game.

Bernie Miklasz discusses Bradford's return.

Joe Lyons covers the young defenders trying to make their way to roster spots.

At 101sports.com, receiver Kenny Britt chats with the Fast Lane.