Rams LB Mark Barron (Achilles') is active for today's game against the Seahawks. He's set to start in his season debut after missing the 1st 4 games -- and all summer. If you've waited, he's available. But we'd prefer to wait a week before using him in an IDP lineup.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Rams LB Mark Barron is expected to start today against the Seahawks. Barron missed the 1st 4 games while dealing with an Achilles' injury. Rams DC Wade Phillips said early in the week that he expects to watch Barron through the game to determine how many snaps he can handle. IDP owners would probably be best off waiting to use Barron in lineups.
Rams LB Mark Barron is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Rams coaches reportedly remain hopeful that he'll make his regular-season debut. HC Sean McVay said early in the week that Barron would return to starter status. DC Wade Phillips cautioned Friday that they'll need to watch Barron during the game to see how much of a workload he can handle in his 1st action, according to Rams Wire. You'd be best off keeping Barron out of your Week 5 IDP lineup while we see how ready he is.
Rams ILB Mark Barron missed practice Thursday and said he's "not certain" whether he'll be ready to play Monday night, according to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register. Barron is listed with an ankle injury, but Hammond tweeted that Barron's "still coming back from injuries." He participated little in training-camp practices and sat out the preseason. We saw Barron put in limited practice work all last year, too, but he would play full time on Sundays. We'll see where this situation goes, but you're best off going in another direction for your Week 1 IDP lineup. Corps mate Corey Littleton gets an upside boost if Barron sits out. Ramik Wilson would likely start in Barron's place after filling in during the preseason.
Rams HC Sean McVay expects LB Mark Barron to start Saturday's playoff game against the Falcons, according to the Los Angeles Times. Barron was among many starters to sit out Week 17 but also missed the game before while dealing with a knee issue. “I feel great,” Barron said. “I mean I’m not 100 percent, but this actually probably is the best I’ve felt in a couple of months, so I’m feeling pretty good.” Expect him to be available if you're playing a playoff IDP format. Barron's return is also noteworthy for Atlanta TE Austin Hooper, as Barron is the Rams' primary TE coverage guy.
Rams LB Mark Barron was a surprise inactive in Week 16. It won't be surprising when he sits this week. The team has deemed him doubtful for Sunday's clash with the 49ers because of an Achilles' tendon injury. We were already betting on Barron getting rest in a game with little meaning for the Rams. The team has also said that DE Aaron Donald will sit out.
Rams LB Mark Barron is a surprise inactive for today's game against the Titans. Barron has been dealing with a knee injury since the offseason but practiced in full this week and entered the weekend with no injury designation. We haven't seen any further info about what's keeping him out this week, but make sure to replace him in any IDP lineups.
Rams ILB Mark Barron left Sunday's win over the Seahawks after just 3 snaps because of a knee injury. HC Sean McVay said Monday, however, that Barron was just battling "a little knee soreness" that "bothered him a little bit more than it had" because of the colder weather in Seattle. McVay said they think Barron will be ready to play against the Titans, but we'll have to watch his participation this week. Barron could carry elevated risk with the current forecast calling for a high of 40 degrees in Nashville on Sunday.
Rams LB Mark Barron (thumb) is active for today's game agains the Cardinals. He's fine to use as normal in your IDP lineups after playing 100% of the defensive snaps last week.
Rams LB Mark Barron is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals in London. He missed Wednesday and Thursday practices with a thumb injury before returning for a limited Friday workout. Barron followed the same practice schedule last week with a knee issue and then played 100% of the snaps against Jacksonville. Bet on him being available for your IDP lineups in Week 7 as well.
Rams LB Mark Barron is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars because of a knee issue. He sat out Wednesday's and Thursday's practices before putting in a limited Friday workout. HC Sean McVay said mid-week that he expected Barron to play, and the veteran didn't miss a snap of last week's game. We'd bet on him playing but will check his status Sunday. DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) is also questionable for the game after putting in limited workouts each day.
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 on Tuesday placed the franchise tag on CB Trumaine Johnson. Despite the fact that Johnson snagged 7 INTs last year to give him 15 through his 4 seasons to date, it's a surprising move. CB Janoris Jenkins is also headed for unrestricted free agency, as is safety-turned-LB Mark Barron. GM Les Snead said he hopes to retain all 3 plus S Rodney McLeod, according to The Associated Press.
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 Mark Barron (concussion) returned to a full practice Friday and is probable for Sunday's game at San Francisco. That gives IDP owners back 1 of the most consistent fantasy scorers of the year among DBs.
Rams OLB/S Mark Barron left Sunday's game at Seattle after suffering a concussion. He'll need to pass through the league protocol to be able to play next Sunday at San Francisco. The Rams have also hoped to get OLB Alec Ogletree back from injury for the finale. It'll be a situation to watch this week for IDP owners.
The Bucs traded S Mark Barron to the Rams on Tuesday for 4th- and 6th-round picks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's a somewhat odd move for a Rams team that already seemed stronger at safety than many other spots. Our guess is that DC Gregg Williams (and maybe HC Jeff Fisher, a former DC) bought into the talent of Barron -- a former #7 overall pick -- after finding him available, as opposed to hitting the market in search of a safety. We'll see whether Barron takes over for T.J. McDonald or Rodney McLeod, but his skill set would seem to fit McDonald's role more. The SS has ranked 3rd among safeties so far in percentage of run snaps spent "in the box." Don't expect Barron to start right away. We'll see how quickly the Rams can work him in. Tampa, meanwhile, has Bradley MacDougald and Major Wright as options to step in at safety.
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