2012 NFL Preseason: Chiefs vs. Rams Recap With Fantasy Analysis
The Kansas City Chiefs traveled to St. Louis to take on the Rams on Saturday night, but were unable to come out with a win, as Sam Bradford and co. took the game, 31-17.
We still saw a lot of note-worthy things from both squads. Here are the top five things I took away from this preseason battle:
1. Sam Bradford Gets it Going
Bradford tosses just six touchdowns in 10 games in 2011, so a lot of people were concerned he was suddenly not the guy they thought he was coming out of the draft in 2011. It was especially eyebrow raising because he had such a solid rookie season. Bradford potentially erased some serious doubts about his ankle and his play on Saturday night, as he looked good en route to 102 yards and two touchdowns with no picks. We need to see more before we can trust him in fantasy leagues, but this was a great start.
2. Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis
Hillis didn’t have an easy day, as he rushed for just 11 yards on five carries, but for the second straight preseason game he had a very solid role and also found the end-zone. Hillis looks to be sharing the load with Charles, and should also see some third down work, in addition to most of the goal-line duties. He’s looked very good through two games and is also reportedly shining in camp.
Charles looked much better on the ground this week, as he took five carries for 17 yards, and also added two receptions for 18 yards. He’s not all the way back just yet, but he looks plenty shifty and explosive. Even with Hillis stealing touches and goal-line work, Charles figures to have plenty of fantasy value in 2012. He should be seen as a high-end RB2 with serious RB1 potential.
3. Kevin Boss is Solid
Tony Moeaki is still working his way back from acl surgery and caught just one pass for one yard, while Boss made the most of his opportunities for 62 yards on four catches. Moeaki is still the guy I’d take a chance on in fantasy circles, but Boss is making a case for the two to split time on the field. Considering Moeaki’s health concerns, there’s a real chance that happens at least in the early going this year.
4. Danny Amendola Impresses
Amendola missed 15 games last year with a dislocated elbow, so it’s pretty easy to see how fantasy owners forget this guy caught 85 balls in 2010. Amendola is a borderline elite slot receiver with the ability to also make some plays down the field. His after the catch ability is questionable, but Bradford loves throwing to him and seems to be the most comfortable with him out of all the Rams’ receivers. Don’t be shocked if Amendola paces the Rams in receptions in 2012.
5. Steve Jackson is Still the Man
Isaiah Pead was the flavor of the week when the Rams drafted him in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but I doubt he’s a serious threat to a healthy Steven Jackson’s rushing load. Jackson proved once again on Saturday that this is still his backfield, as he rushed for an impressive 49 yards on just seven carries. Pead, on the other hand, struggled mightily with -5 yards on six carries, and a long of just one yard. Jackson is simply the better back and he just gets the job done on a consistent basis. With St. Louis switching to a run-heavy offense under Jeff Fisher this year, S-Jax has a great chance to put in one more borderline elite campaign. He just needs to stay healthy.