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Fantasy Analysis | 1419212193
Rams take step back defensively
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Rams entered Week 16 one of the hottest teams on the defensive side of the ball, but they didn't perform up to their recent standards Week 16 against the Giants, allowing 37 points on 514 yards, both season worsts. They had just one sack with zero takeaways.

Altogether, the performance came out to one Fantasy point for the Rams DST in CBSSports.com leagues, this after averaging 18.0 in its previous seven games. It allowed an average of 12.4 points on 304.1 yards during that stretch. One game doesn't undo that kind of momentum.

Unfortunately, the Rams are visiting a red hot Seattle team in Week 17, but the Seahawks' surge has been more because of their defense than their offense. Still, you'll want to weigh your options carefully. The Rams DST is a fine start for Week 17, but not automatic.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1417992561
Rams DST continues to dominate
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Rams continued their recent stretch of defensive dominance Week 14 at Washington, shutting out the Redskins on just 206 yards. They had no shortage of big plays either, recording seven sacks, 1 1/2 each by James Laurinaitis and Robert Quinn, to give them 13 in their last two games. They also had two interceptions, giving them five during that same stretch.

The biggest play for the Rams DST wasn't on defense, though, but on special teams. Tavon Austin returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. For the Rams DST, it was the third straight game with a touchdown.

The Rams DST got off to a miserable start to the season, recording just one sack over its first five games, but in standard CBSSports.com leagues, it has averaged 24.7 Fantasy points over its last six, including 40.0 in its last two. And though it had a favorable matchup in Week 14, some of its matchups during that stretch were the 49ers, Broncos and Chargers.

Based on the kind of roll it's on right now, you might want to start the Rams DST regardless of matchups, but it has another favorable one Week 15 against Arizona and backup quarterback Drew Stanton.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1417385015
Rams dominate Raiders in shutout
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Rams took advantage of the Raiders' offense woes in Week 13, in a 52-0 win Sunday.

The Rams held the Raiders to just 244 yards of total offense on 75 plays, and absolutel dominated every facet of the game. The Rams came away with five turnovers, and turned one of them, a late interception, into a touchdown. They also sacked the two Raiders' quarterbacks a combined six times en route to the shutout.

The Rams have now reached double figures in Fantasy scoring in four of their last five games, highlighted by Sunday's 34-point explosion. They could keep rolling in Week 14, with Washington on the schedule.  

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Targeting DST options to stream in Week 13
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

In his waiver-wire column Tuesday, Jamey Eisenberg names the Ravens, Rams and Bengals as the top DST streaming options for Week 13.

The Ravens have a tough matchup on the way against Philip Rivers and the Chargers, though San Diego's offense hasn't been quite up to par lately. Each of their last five opponents have managed at least 8 Fantasy points, and that dovetails nicely with the Raven's own streak of eight straight games reaching that level.

The Rams and Bengals both have better matchups on the way, as the Rams are set to take on the Raiders and the Bengals heading to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers. All three are owned in fewer than 70 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, and should make for solid streaming options for Week 13. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416845480
Rams DST continues to impress
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

At least for Fantasy purposes, the Rams had another strong defensive showing Week 12 at San Diego. True, they gave up 27 points on 410 yards, but they also had three sacks and three takeaways, including an interception that Janoris Jenkins returned 99 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter.

It was the third time in four games that the Rams DST scored double-digit Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues -- something it did only twice in its first seven games. And one of those three was against the Broncos, lest you forget.

The key to the Rams' turnaround has been their pass rush, which was expected to be among the league's best coming into the season but recorded just one sack in its first five games. It has 21 in six games since.

With the turnaround, the Rams DST has proven to be plenty serviceable when it has a favorable matchup, which it does each of the next three weeks. The Raiders come to town in Week 13.

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