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Daily Dose: Looking Ahead to the Cardinals

Each weekday, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Wednesday September 12th about your Los Angeles Rams.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS

The Rams will look to improve to 2-0 in Sunday’s home opener against the Cardinals at the L.A. Coliseum. Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register took a closer look at the Cardinals ahead of Week 2.

Running back (30) Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the Rams 32-16 victory over the Cardinals in a Week 13 NFL football game, Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Glendale, AZ. (Jeff Lewis/Rams)

Who’s Coaching the Cardinals?

Wilks interviewed with the Rams before they hired Sean McVay in January 2017, and after last season, he was considered something of a lock to get hired for his first NFL head coaching job.

A former small-college and Arena Football defensive back, Wilks had a 10-year career as a college coach before he got his first NFL job with the Chicago Bears in 2006. Wilks spent three years there, plus two more with the Chargers, before he got hired by Carolina in 2012. The Cardinals hired Wilks in January to replace Bruce Arians, who retired after last season.

Player to Watch

The Rams had major problems with Oakland tight end Jared Cook in their season opener, so this could be the much-awaited breakout chance for Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.

Seals-Jones caught three touchdowns as a rookie last season, even though he played in only 10 games. Seals-Jones, listed at 6-foot-5 and 243 pounds, is considered to be an offensive talent, but last Sunday, he had just three catches for 19 yards.

For Hammond’s full Cardinals analysis, click here.

START ‘EM

NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano gives his best fantasy football advice each week with his ‘Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em’ article. Fabiano looks at each NFL matchup and determines how they’ll help or hurt your fantasy team.

Fabiano says fantasy owners should start both quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams defense in Week 2.

Quarterback (16) Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams speaks to head coach Sean McVay during a timeout against the Arizona Cardinals during the Rams 32-16 victory over the Cardinals in a Week 13 NFL football game, Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Glendale, AZ. (Jeff Lewis/Rams)

Jared Goff vs. Arizona Cardinals

“Goff should produce a nice stat line in a home matchup against the Cardinals. Their defense allowed over 19 fantasy points to Alex Smith in their opener, and opposing home quarterbacks averaged 18.61 points against them last season. If you're into streaming signal-callers or want a DFS option, Goff is a very attractive option.”

Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals

“Let's stick with the Los Angeles theme and talk about the Rams, who battered the Raiders for 17 fantasy points in their opener. I'd expect another fat stat line against the Cardinals, whose offense looked bad with Sam Bradford under center last week. This could be a one-sided affair, so keep the Rams defense active.”

For the entire article, click here.

GURLEY SHINES

In other fantasy football news, Pro Football Focus has running back Todd Gurley atop trade value charts after Week 1. Gurley matched fantasy owners’ expectations against Oakland, rushing for 108 yards, and reeling in one receiving touchdown.

Todd Gurley takes the top spot on the Week 2 trade value chart. Gurley cruised to 108 rushing yards and added 38 yards and a score through the air in Week 1. His case for the top spot was aided by Le’Veon Bell’s holdout, David Johnson’s misuse (just 14 touches), and Ezekiel Elliott’s bad team (just eight points).”

For the entire article, click here.

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