The Giants have ruled ILB Alec Ogletree out for the 2nd straight week with his concussion. That should mean more playing time again for LB B.J. Goodson. He cracked 80% playing time last week for just the 2nd time all season but collected a mere 6 tackles (4 solo). Goodson certainly presents upside beyond that with Ogletree out but isn't a lock for big IDP production.
The Giants have ruled out MLB Alec Ogletree for Sunday's game in Indianapolis because of a concussion. Ogletree's absence should mean more playing time for LB B.J. Goodson. The Giants' other ILB starter played 87% of the snaps the last time Ogletree missed a game and didn't reach 57% in any other contest until last week (when he hit 65%).
The Giants have ruled ILB Alec Ogletree out for Sunday's game against Washington with a hamstring injury. That will leave ILB B.J. Goodson wearing the green dot and likely playing at least a near-full snap share. We've added Goodson to the Week 8 LB rankings, and he'll carry tackle upside beyond his ranking in what could/should be a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson.
ESPN and NFL Network report that the Rams have reached a deal to trade LB Alec Ogletree to the Giants for a pair of draft picks. Ogletree will obviously start for his new team and could settle into either the middle or the weak side. The Rams, meanwhile, will now have an ILB slot to fill next to Mark Barron. They'll also look to replace OLB Robert Quinn this offseason after trading him to the Dolphins last month. There's plenty of IDP production potential available to Ogletree with the Giants, behind a solid D-line and amid what has been a weak LB corps.
Rams ILB Alec Ogletree is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles with the hyperextended elbow he suffered last week. Ogletree returned to practice Friday for just a limited workout, but the Orange County Register reports that HC Sean McVay said afterward he expects Ogletree to play. Make sure an insurance option is available if you plan to use Ogletree in your IDP lineups, however.
Rams LB Alec Ogletree left Sunday's win over the Cardinals with an elbow injury and did not return. We'll look for further word on the injury today.
Update: The early diagnosis was a hyper-extended left elbow. Ogletree said after the game that he expects to play against the Eagles in Week 14, according to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez.
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 on Wednesday reached deals with OLB Mark Barron and DE William Hayes that make them look like 2016 starters. Barron got $45 million on a 5-year deal, with $20 million guaranteed. HC Jeff Fisher said after releasing MLB James Laurinaitis last month that he planned to move OLB Alec Ogletree inside and keep Barron at the weak-side spot he played after Ogletree got hurt last year. Barron should be an IDP stud in any league that keeps a DB designation on him. He should see a switch to LB in many cases, though, which will ding his value a bit. Hayes got a $17.5 million, 3-year deal with $10 million guaranteed and another $3.5 million available in incentives. He'll turn 31 in May and thus might not work as a long-term starter, but he's the favorite to take over Chris Long's vacated left DE job. Look for Hayes to at least match his career high of 7 sacks from 2012, his 1st season with the Rams.
The Rams have released MLB James Laurinaitis and DE Chris Long. Laurinaitis spent the past 7 years starting every game for St. Louis but isn't a special talent at this point -- at least not enough to be worth the $5.25 million in space his ouster cleared under the salary cap. Long will turn 31 in March and started just 11 games over the past 2 seasons because of injuries. He also totaled only 4 sacks over that stretch. The Rams' top 2 backups at DE -- William Hayes and Eugene Sims -- will hit free agency in March, so we'll see what the team does at that position. According to ESPN's Nick Wagoner, St. Louis plans to move OLB Alec Ogletree to the middle and try to re-sign S/LB Mark Barron to continue playing the weak-side LB spot that he took over when Ogletree got hurt last season.
Rams OLB Alec Ogletree fractured his left fibula and will require surgery, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. He's expected to miss the rest of the season. That takes an LB1 out of fantasy football lineups. Akeem Ayers could see a big playing time boost and offer some useful numbers in Ogletree's place, but don't expect any Ram to match Ogletree's stats. MLB James Laurinaitis should collect a few more tackles as well.
Rams OLB Alec Ogletree left Sunday's game at Arizona with an ankle injury. The team has ruled him out for the day. We'll see how serious the situation is, but early speculation makes it sound likely to be a multiple-week issue. A healthy Ogletree is a high-LB2 to low-LB1 in IDP leagues.
The Rams spent their 2nd pick of Round 1 on Georgia OLB Alec Ogletree. Character concerns likely knocked the talented LB down the the 30th spot. A former safety, Ogletree brings loads of cover ability and athleticism to the weak side for the Rams. Look for him to start right away and cut into MLB James Laurinaitis' tackle domination just a bit. Ogletree looks like a LB4 in redraft fantasy football leagues for the coming season.
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