We break down the pertinent fantasy projections for the Week 8 matchup between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams.
The 3-4 St. Louis Rams and 4-3 New England Patriots mark the NFL's return to London, England for the annual NFL matchup at Wembley Stadium. The Rams are the home team, but they will not get the benefit of the Edward Jones Dome for this matchup. In order to prepare you for fantasy football each week, we are adding game-by-game projections courtesy of numberFire.
New England Patriots
The big news for the Patriots is that Aaron Hernandez will be sitting this one out. He is dealing with an ankle injury as well as the birth of a child, so he did not end up making the trip to London. This injury could benefit Brandon Lloyd, and a potentially healthy Julian Edelman given Hernandez's penchant for splitting wide. Edelman was limited all week in practice and is listed as questionable. If you are desperate because of byes he has some upside, but otherwise he is a guy you should probably sit this week.
The Patriots rushing attack remains a tough one to figure out. Stevan Ridley is the primary running back, but Danny Woodhead has stolen some key touches from Ridley. Although Ridley remains a guy to start, keep in mind that he is not necessarily a solid RB1 at this point. The upside this week is Brandon Bolden is out this week, so that is one less running back to take carries from Ridley.
If you're looking for a sleeper to consider, Tom Brady might be worth a start. The little known former Michigan QB has flown under the radar for much of his career, but is worth the occasional fantasy start.
St. Louis Rams
If this game was indoors in St. Louis projections might be higher for the Rams. Instead, the are giving up a home game for this trip to London, which could cost them. Steven Jackson is a decent start, but not great. The Patriots have a strong rush defense, but the Rams will look to control time of possession. Daryl Richardson is working his way up in responsibility behind Jackson, but until Jackson gets hurt, Richardson will remain a start option in only the deepest of leagues.