Complete Week 3 Projections

Position: ALL | QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST | K | FLEX
     
PROJECTED 2014 SEASON STATS
1. Zac Stacy, StL RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics2509733.97261411150
2014 Projections28611874.29211270182
2014 Outlook: No rusher in 2013 was more of a revelation than Stacy. A fifth-round rookie, he seemingly vanished from the Rams' plans after an awful summer, but by Week 5 he ascended from nowhere to seize the starting job. From that point forward, he averaged more than 20 carries per game and flashed a punishing skill set that was reminiscent of a young Frank Gore. The Rams drafted Tre Mason this spring, perhaps signaling a slight decrease in Stacy's workload. But his proven track record near the goal line -- he had 6 TDs from inside the 5-yard line last year -- makes him an RB1.
2. Tavon Austin, StL WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics694041810.549151181
2014 Projections904652411.4313121184
2014 Outlook: Austin lived up to his reputation as a pinball in cleats by ranking 18th among wide receivers in yards after catch per reception (5.62). He also set a new standard for fantasy unreliability, as he tallied 62 fantasy points in three starts and only 19 points the rest of the season. Get your surefire starters in line before you think about drafting Austin, but if he's still around in the late rounds, his 4.34 speed and game-breaking potential become harder to ignore.
3. Rams D/ST D/STYEARSCKINTFRTDPAYAPTS
2013 Statistics53141563645520145
2014 Projections55131363625345145
2014 Outlook: With 19 sacks and 51 hurries (fourth in the NFC), DE Robert Quinn could've been the NFL's defensive MVP last year. Now that blitz-happy DC Gregg Williams is taking over, you can bet DE Chris Long and new signee DT Alex Carrington will see more sack opportunities too. As for the back seven? It's too soon to dismiss LB Alec Ogletree or CB Janoris Jenkins, but we're not fans of anyone else. There's a reason this unit was third in sacks (53) but 19th in pass yards allowed (3,874) last year: It doesn't cover well, and that keeps it shy of elite status.
4. Tre Mason, StL RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics----------------
2014 Projections693164.6219155056
2014 Outlook: Zac Stacy is ensconced as the workhorse in St. Louis, but his backup job is wide open. Benny Cunningham was serviceable in small doses in 2013, but Mason is a quicker-footed player. (Plus, his dad was in De La Soul, and that's awesome.) Mason may not have ideal feature-back size at 5-foot-8, but his college tape portrays him as an explosive player unafraid of contact and willing to run with a low pad level. And because he's reliable in pass protection, it's not hard to imagine that he'll carve out a supplemental role to Stacy right away.
5. Kenny Britt, StL WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics3511968.700005
2014 Projections673752514.2400074
2014 Outlook: As the Rams give Britt a second chance to live up to the hype, fantasy owners are left wondering why they should do the same. One reason? Downfield production. In his first four NFL seasons, Britt averaged 4.8 vertical fantasy points per game, a mark that ranked 27th among WRs over that span. Working with Jeff Fisher again could help Britt regain his deep-ball prowess, but his durability (he's missed over a quarter of his career games) and his place on St. Louis' crowded WR depth chart should keep him off your roster initially.
6. Benjamin Cunningham, StL RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics472615.61659031
2014 Projections572764.82650044
7. Chris Givens, StL WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics833456916.7038050
2014 Projections684167116.41431074
8. Jared Cook, StL TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics835167113.2500088
2014 Projections754753711.4300069
2014 Outlook: Oh, for one week it was glorious. The first game of Cook's Rams career was an all-timer: seven catches for 141 yards and 2 red zone TDs. Those 24 fantasy points were the most Cook had ever scored in a single game. You know how many he nabbed in the subsequent seven weeks combined? Twenty-one. Despite his freakish wingspan and 4.5 speed, Cook seems to have a difficult time getting open, and his hands just aren't good. In 2013, St. Louis gave him a five-year deal for $19 million guaranteed, but we have real doubts about whether Cook can ever be a consistent producer.
9. Trey Watts, StL RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics----------------
2014 Projections000.000000
10. Shaun Hill, StL QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics0/00002-200
2014 Projections216/3522253171216651142
2014 Outlook: Now that Sam Bradford is out for the season with yet another ACL tear, Hill will be asked to hold the fort in St. Louis. Hill filled in valiantly for an injured Matthew Stafford in 2010, passing for 2,686 yards and 16 TDs in 11 games with Detroit. (That prorates to about 3,900 yards and 23 TDs over a full season.) However, that's also the last time he started an NFL game, so it remains to be seen if he's still got it. If you're in a deep two-QB league, Hill is worthy of consideration as a lower-end QB2.
11. Greg Zuerlein, StL KYEAR1-3940-4950+TOTXPPTS
2013 Statistics17/178/91/226/2834/34120
2014 Projections17/187/83/527/3137/37127
2014 Outlook: Remember Zuerlein? Sure you do. Most second- year kickers don't get three nicknames, after all. But Legatron -- or Greg the Leg, or Young GZ -- hit a few sophomore snags last year, some of which were out of his control. Zuerlein's opportunities from 50-plus dipped from 13 to two last season, and his 28 total tries ranked 21st among kickers. But by almost all metrics, Zuerlein got better as a kicker in 2013, with his overall conversion rate rising from 74 percent to 93 percent. The Rams' offense should improve in 2014, though not enough to warrant bumping Zuerlein into your top 10.
12. Brian Quick, StL WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics361830216.8200037
2014 Projections0000.000000
13. Lance Kendricks, StL TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics46322588.1400044
2014 Projections0000.000000
14. Austin Davis, StL QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics0/00000000
2014 Projections27/483123370018
15. Case Keenum, StL QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics137/2531760961472197
2014 Projections30/5134132511020