The Rams hired Wade Phillips this offseason to be their new DC, after switching from Jeff Fisher to Sean McVay in the head job. That move likely startled some IDP owners who wondered how it might affect DT Aaron Donald's role and production. According to ESPN.com, however, Donald expects to do the “same thing. I’m still going to be a 3-technique; still a penetrate, get-up-field type of guy. I got to come here during the offseason and got to sit down and talk with him. I like his game plan and how he’s going to use us, and the position he’s going to put us in to have success.” Phillips is a 3-4 maven, but he's also a smart, career-long defensive coach. He's not likely to apply the Rams' best defensive player in a way that mutes Donald's effectiveness. We'll see what the numbers say come the season, but don't worry too much about Donald's IDP outlook as we move toward fantasy football draft time.
The Rams will switch their base defensive front to a 3-4 under new DC Wade Phillips, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. That could mean significantly different roles for a number of front-seven players. The most affected in fantasy terms will likely be Robert Quinn, who figures to move from DE to OLB. If that designation changes for 2017 on most fantasy sites, then his IDP ceiling will come down considerably. Aaron Donald will move from his 3-technique DT spot, but he'll retain DL eligibility. Phillips told the Daily News that if Donald doesn't fit your system, then your system isn't working. We'll trust the seasoned veteran DC to put the stud lineman in position to make plays. LBs Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron will face a big change as well, which could include taking on a lot more blockers in the run game. This will be a key defense to look at as we head toward the summer, regardless of your fantasy football format.
The Rams have hired Sean McVay as their HC. The 30-year-old becomes the youngest HC in NFL history. He already has 8 seasons of experience in the league, though, including the past 3 as Washington's OC. The 2016 Redskins finished 3rd in total yards and 12th in points, led by the #2 ranked passing attack. McVay's 1st order of business in Los Angeles will be Jared Goff, who is coming off a disappointing rookie campaign.
Rams DE Robert Quinn is out for more than just tonight's game against the Seahawks. Los Angeles has placed him on IR with the concussion that cost him the previous 2 games. Quinn has dealt with multiple injuries this year, though, dating back to offseason back surgery. As IDP owners, let's hope his 2017 offseason -- and ensuing regular season -- proves healthier.
Rams DE Robert Quinn (concussion) is doubtful for tonight's game against the Seahawks.
The Rams have fired HC Jeff Fisher. He finishes his 5-year stint with the team with a 31-45-1 record. None of his teams won more than 7 games or sniffed the playoffs. Most damning is that the Rams never showed any signs of progress under Fisher's watch. We'll see who Los Angeles tabs as its interim HC, but this will remain an offense best avoided in fantasy lineups the rest of the way. The Rams travel to Seattle to face a pissed-off Seahawks squad on Thursday night.
Update: Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel has been promoted to interim HC. Fassel has only been a HC for DII New Mexico Highlands University.
Rams DE Robert Quinn (concussion) is inactive once again for today's game against the Falcons. CB E.J. Gaines (thigh) is also inactive.
Rams DE Robert Quinn (concussion) is inactive for today's game against the Patriots. Look for DE Eugene Sims to take over most of his snaps. You can probably find a better option for your IDP league.
Rams DE Robert Quinn (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's game at New England after missing practice all week. We would not bet on Quinn playing based on the usual concussion timelines this year. Generally, players who return without missing a game tend to hit the practice field before the week ends. Quinn hasn't been supplying big IDP numbers anyway, so he shouldn't be difficult to replace in lineups. We'll confirm his status Sunday -- unless the team rules him out sooner.
Rams DE Robert Quinn is active for today's game against the Dolphins, as expected. Use him as you normally would in your IDP league in a matchup with the Dolphins that presents some sack upside.
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