SMITTY: Look, it’s Tre Mason time, and no one is more excited than I am. I have been Mason’s biggest supporter since January, and I think he will go nuts moving forward, but now is a time to buy-low on Zac Stacy. This is especially the case for those that own just Mason, as you can lock in both backs, and Stacy won’t even command flex-type value. He isn’t even starting. He is now a back-up, so trade for him at that basement price. Why do I say this now, the moment Mason is getting unleashed? Well, for starters, Stacy is still a very good RB, and the duo makes for one solid option. Two, coach Jeff Fisher just recently said “it’ll be a week-to-week thing” at the running back position, and he even said: “Zac could get 25 carries this week.” Stacy won’t likely sniff double-digit carries let alone five, but the point is, nothing is for sure, especially decisions by coaches, and Stacy has enough appeal to go get at his rock-bottom pricing. All that aside, I can’t wait to see Mason run… don’t screw this up, Fisher! Looking for Week 8 Power Rankings?
Donald Brown left Week 5 with a concussion. Branden Oliver dropped 182 total yards and 2TDs in Week 5, and he now becomes a must-own in all leagues and this week’s top waiver wire grab.
Montee Ball suffered a groin injury in Week 5 and is getting an MRI. He is looking very questionable for the next couple games. Ronnie Hillman is a must grab this week.
Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5; his week 6 status is in question.
Rashad Jennings left Week 5 with a knee injury and will undergo an MRI. Andre Williams is not likely available in any leagues, but do check. If Jennings is out, Williams could produce fantasy RB2 numbers if getting starter carries.
Jimmy Graham injured his shoulder in Week 5, but early word is that it isn’t serious. Stay tuned.
Reggie Bush left Week 5 with an ankle injury. It is not though to be serious, but stay tuned. Hopefully Joique Bell will be back in the next contest.
Drew Stanton suffered a concussion in Week 5; Carson Palmer could be back next week, so keep tabs on this one. Palmer back would be good for Floyd, Fitz and Ellington.
Zac Stacy exited Week 5 with a calf injury. He did not return to the game, so there is concern here. Benny Cunningham is a must-grab if for some reason he is available. It’s not likely, though, but check waivers.
According to reports, Rams QB Shaun Hill (quad) is still the team’s starter if healthy. Austin Davis replaced the injured Hill in Week 2.
SMITTY: Honestly, does it matter? The Rams look awful, and unless they can find a way to pass the ball even a little bit (maybe the answer is Case Keenum?), Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham can’t accomplish anything from a fantasy perspective. Stacy owners have to hope things change quickly in St. Louis. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts in order to stay on top of this situation, which is directly connected to the fantasy production of Stacy/Cunningham.
According to ESPN, Rams WR Brian Quick could be the team’s top wide receiver in 2014.
SMITTY: He is entering his third NFL season, which is the typical season a WR breaks out; however, it wasn’t like he was showing a ton of signs of explosion coming out of 2013 (18 receptions, 302 yards and 2TDs). Then there is the concern that the team just won’t have a solid passing attack in 2014 under Shaun Hill. None of those Rams receivers, even Kenny Britt, should be looked at as anything but deep bench fantasy WRs entering 2014. We are even a bit concerned about defenses being able to focus solely on shutting down Zac Stacy, but maybe Hill can produce respectable numbers under center this coming season, it’s going to be a wait and see type of thing all around. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ third radio show of the 2014 fantasy football season! Russ has been doing fantasy radio for over 20 years with his famous “The Red Zone” program, which airs on NBCSports Radio (1060am). Smitty is slotted to join Russ almost every Tuesday night, and below is the third show of the year. Take a listen!
The Red Zone With Russ Bliss
Topics: Tim Wright, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington, Montee Ball, Tony Romo, Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Demaryius Thomas, AJ Green, Calvin Johnson, Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Giovani Bernard, Marshawn Lynch, Dez Bryant, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and more
According to ESPN, Rams RB Zac Stacy is slotted to be the Rams’ RB1 heading into Week 1.
SMITTY: While Benny Cunningham is a talented rusher, and the same can be said about Tre Mason, the starting gig in St. Louis is Zac Stacy’s to lose, and he isn’t on a short leash or anything… Cunningham starting the last preseason game sure caused some rumors to surface – We fully expect Stacy to have a strong 2014 just as long as he is healthy. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to multiple reports, Rams QB Sam Bradford is done for the season with a torn ACL.
SMITTY: It looks like early reports that he was ok were off. This is bad news for Zac Stacy and that Rams rushing attack, as defenses will be focusing on stopping the run. Shaun Hill will take over as the team’s passer. Look for this to affect some Week 1 Power Rankings.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham got the start in Saturday’s preseason game; Zac Stacy came off the bench.
SMITTY: The only reason we’re reporting on this is because it’s out there and needs to be addressed. Is Benny Cunningham good and could he be the team’s No. 2 rusher this year? Yes and yes. No question, he is a talented rusher. But, this ‘coming off the bench’ situation is preseason football and Jeff Fisher wanted to see Cunningham roll with the first unit. Unless Stacy falters, or gets hurt, early on in 2014, the job is his to lose. Cunningham might have the edge on Tre Mason for the team’s top backup job, though, which is something I hate to admit given how much I love Mason. For now, Benny appears to be Stacy’s handcuff, but that could change in a snap. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
Update: Test results indicate no structural damage, so all signs point to this being a minor issue for Sam Bradford.
Rams QB Sam Bradford left Saturday’s preseason game against the Browns with a left knee injury.
SMITTY: Not good news for any of those Rams receivers, and this isn’t great news for Zac Stacy. Sure, the Rams could run the ball more if Bradford is out for a significant amount of time, but stopping the the run will be the focus of opposing defenses if Bradford is not under center. We will keep you updated on his progress. For now, we have Zac Stacy set for these Week 1 stats.
According to reports, rookie RB Tre Mason has improved his blitz pickups as of late.
SMITTY: This might sound contradictory, but I like both Zac Stacy and Tre Mason right now, hence the combo is a very, very strong RB2 in all formats. Stacy should have a kung-fu grip on the starting gig heading into 2014, and he might very well hang onto the job all year, that’s how solid the kid is. That said, Mason has been my No. 1-ranked rookie rusher (based on talent and upside) since January, and that hasn’t changed. He just needs a shot and I think the talent will shine through. Again, the combo is the way to go if you plan on investing in Stacy in all formats, and a crafty non-Stacy dynasty owner will look to acquire just Mason on the cheap while his value has dipped to an all-time low. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?