The Rams have named FS Rodney McLeod the starter over 4th-year veteran Darian Stewart. The latter was expected to keep the job but struggled with injuries this preseason, as he has in past years. McLeod didn't wow anyone but apparently did enough to claim the spot even if Stewart gets back to full health. We wouldn't recommend drafting either for your IDP fantasy football squad. The shakiness of that spot could give a slight boost to the tackle upside on rookie SS T.J. McDonald.
Rams S Darian Stewart has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Niners because of a concussion. Stewart suffered the injury while failing to tackle Beanie Wells on his 53-yard run last week and said he's trying to "be safe and be smart." Craig Dahl is expected to start in Stewart's place but isn't too enticing for IDP purposes. The Niners have been among the league's stingiest teams in providing fantasy points to DBs. Stewart expects to take the concussion test Monday that will decide whether he's cleared to play.
The Rams have announced that S Darian Stewart will start Friday's game in place of Craig Dahl. The 2nd-year player out of South Carolina impressed coaches last year. GM Billy Devaney even said back in February, "He's got a lot of upside." This move indicates Stewart is making the kind of jump the team was hoping for. If he plays well, he could hang on to the job and fill the "in-the-box" role. That would leave Quintin Mikell to spend lots of time in coverage. Mikell is versatile enough to play up or back. He broke up 28 passes the past 2 years while intercepting 5. Dahl carried strong IDP value late last year, which should turn Stewart into a potential sleeper.