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John Halpin

John Halpin has been a fantasy contributor for FOXSports.com since 2007. He has written and co-hosted webcasts about fantasy football for FOXNews.com, and managed websites for the NHL, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Network. Listen to his "Fantasy 15 Podcast" on FOXSportsRadio.com and follow him on Twitter.

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Overall outlook: Steven Jackson’s departure takes away this team’s best fantasy player, but overall, they might get a bit better across the board.

Bye week: 11

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Quarterback: Sam Bradford

Ranked 18th among quarterbacks with 264.3 fantasy points in 2012 … Was 15th in passing yards (3,702), 11th in attempts (551) and 18th in TD passes (21) … YPA improved to a career best 6.72, but that still ranked 26th in the league … New spread offense could help him … Doesn’t crack the top 15, but could be a dependable, low-end QB2.

Running back: Daryl Richardson

Ranked 47th among running backs with 61.8 fantasy points in 2012 … Was 33rd with 475 rushing yards on 98 carries, and caught 24 passes for 163 yards … Head coach Jeff Fisher said on August 6 that Richardson “comes back as our starter” … Only 196 pounds, Richardson probably plays bigger than that … Based on Fisher’s comments, Richardson appears to be a solid RB3.

Running back: Isaiah Pead

Lost carries to fellow rookie Richardson in 2012, running just 10 times for 54 yards and catching three passes … Will miss the season opener due to a substance abuse-related suspension … Rams seem committed to using Pead, but will he beat out Richardson? He didn’t last season. Hmm … RB4 with upside (and downside if he makes another character mistake).

Running back: Zac Stacy

The Rams drafted Stacy in the fifth round out of Vanderbilt … Ran for a combined 2,334 yards in his junior and senior seasons … At 216 pounds, he’s bigger than Richardson and Pead … Can block and catch passes … Makes for a tempting RB5 pick, as he has more traditional lead-back characteristics than the other Ram backs.

Wide receiver: Tavon Austin

The Rams drafted Austin in the first round out of West Virginia … At 5’9”, 174 pounds, his name doesn’t go anywhere without the word “explosive” in front of it … Some analysts have Austin as a WR2, but he’s probably better near the WR3/4 cusp … However, if you want to get excited about Austin, read this NFL.com article.

Wide receiver: Chris Givens

Ranked 52nd among wideouts with 91 fantasy points in 2012 … Was 62nd in receptions (42), 46th in receiving yards (698) and scored three times … Entering second season, could have upside as a WR5 if he improves … Early word from camp has been good.

Wide receiver: Brian Quick

Caught just 11 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie … At 6’3”, 220 pounds, is clearly the Rams’ biggest receiver … Drafted in the second round last year, and might be worth a late-round flier in deeper formats due to talent alone.

Tight end: Jared Cook

Predecessor Lance Kendricks ranked 18th among tight ends with 77.9 fantasy points in 2012, on the strength of 42 receptions, 519 yards and four touchdowns … As a Titan last season, Cook was 20th with 74.3 points, going 44-523-4 … Bradford seems to really like Cook already, and that’s making Cook a top-10 tight end on many draftboards.

Placekicker: Greg Zuerlein

“Young GZ” was 24th with 105 fantasy points in 2012 … Was mid-pack with 23 of 31 field goals, and T-25 with 26 extra points … Tremendous range, with seven field goals of 50-plus yards … Is a top-10 kicker in many circles, with the Rams’ offense seemingly poised for improvement … This may be a reach, but Rob Bironas had enough opportunity to be a semi-consistent top-five fantasy kicker when Fisher coached him in Tennessee.

Team defense (DST)

Ranked ninth with 126 fantasy points in 2012 … 14th in yards allowed (5,482), T-14 in points allowed (348), T-11 in interceptions (17), 31st in fumble recoveries (four) and a big T-1 in sacks (52) … Rookie CB Janoris Jenkins scored four of their five touchdowns … Look for a repeat as a top-10 unit.

Tagged: Titans, Rams, Rob Bironas, Jared Cook, Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson

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