Bradford out; Feeley will start for Rams

Posted Oct. 22, 2011 @ 3:44 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated Oct. 22, 2011 @ 4:43 p.m. ET

Rams QB Sam Bradford will sit out Sunday's game at Dallas with a high left ankle sprain. A.J. Feeley will start in his place.

This will be Feeley's first start since 2007, when he played for the Eagles.

Bradford hurt his ankle late in the Week Six loss to Green Bay. After a sparkling rookie season, Bradford has struggled this year, throwing only three TD passes in five games and getting sacked 21 times as the Rams remain winless.

St. Louis also waived WR Nick Miller.

 

The way we see it

The loss of Bradford is a big blow to the Rams, even though the team has struggled mightily with him behind center. Feeley has thrown only five regular-season passes in the past four years, and considering he hasn't started a game since '07, he's bound to be rusty. The Cowboys will likely stack the box, daring the Rams to throw.

 

PFW fantasy spin

Feeley has no fantasy value as a short-term play against a middle-of-the-road Cowboys defense at defending opposing quarterbacks. They're allowing 260 yards and nearly two TDs per game to the position. That's not much upside to warrant picking up a backup and playing him. Don't even consider it.

Look for the Rams to stress the run with RBs Steven Jackson and Cadillac Williams. Jackson is obviously the top option but at this stage in his career he'll need someone to spell him more often. Despite the fact the Rams will have to lean on the run, the rush defense is the Cowboys' strength. They're allowing only 104.3 offensive yards and 0.3 TDs per game over the last three to the QB position. Jackson makes a flex position back, and Williams is, at best, an injury fill-in this week.

The receivers won't take a hit as Bradford has been woeful, and it can't get any worse for fantasy owners with Feeley under center. The only wideout worth consideration to post above-average fantasy points would be Brandon Lloyd as a No. 3 or flex receiver since he knows the offense inside-out. Danario Alexander sees targets but not many receptions as a deep threat, so he'll be hit-or-miss, and I would look to keep him on the bench. Brandon Gibson has not improved all season, and with Lloyd in town, his starter numbers could be affected. Keep him on the bench and watch him. However, slot receiver Greg Salas has value in PPR leagues as the team may be forced to play catch-up if it falls behind too quickly.