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How Sam Bradford's injury affects Rams' Fantasy values

By Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

Sam Bradford's torn ACL is bad news for some Rams receivers. (USATSI)
Sam Bradford's torn ACL is bad news for some Rams receivers. (USATSI)

St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill is a competent backup. He doesn't have nearly the arm strength as Sam Bradford. At 34, Hill is eight years older and immobile.

Saturday night, Bradford tore the ACL in his left knee -- the same injury that ended his 2013 season in Week 7. It's a devastating blow; Bradford seemed fully recovered and was zipping throws in camp and the preseason. He was a solid QB2 who might have flirted with QB1 status.

In camp, Bradford developed a strong chemistry with Kenny Britt. They hooked up for a 36-yard completion on the opening drive Saturday. Britt figured to be targeted on at least a couple bombs in every game this season. In the second preseason game, Bradford hit Brian Quick with a 51-yard strike. Both wideouts lost sleeper appeal Saturday night. Hill simply can't get the ball downfield.

Tavon Austin shouldn't be affected as much. He'll still get his end-arounds, screens and other quick throws designed to get him in space.

If anything, running back Zac Stacy can expect a heavier workload, with Benny Cunningham also in line for more carries. The Rams ranked 17th with 26.6 rushing attempts per game last year. Look for that number to increase as St. Louis leans on its rising defense and the ground game.

Stacy will need the volume, as he'll be staring at stacked boxes like he did last year.

Hill is a Fantasy option only in the deepest two-QB leagues. Dave Richard ranks him 27th at the position.

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