The St. Louis Rams have Todd Gurley healthy and heading into Week 5 he is a fantasy football start option over Tre Mason, while Tavon Austin is a top sleeper pick. The Rams are 2-2 and one of the big stories for the franchise this season is whether the team will move to LA, as the NFL wants to get a team in Los Angeles.
The Rams drafted Gurley in the first round despite the knee injury he suffered in college and after the way he played last week, it looks like Gurley is fully recovered. Tavon Austin said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Gurley "exploded" in Week 4 and that the team expects him to continue playing that way moving forward. Gurley missed the first two games of the season and after rushing for just nine yards in Week 3, Gurley had 146 yards on the ground on 19 carries and added two catches for 15 yards.
Gurley is a start option over Tre Mason until Mason proves he deserves more carries and right now he is not doing that. Austin has emerged as a versatile target on offense for the Rams, as he is a wide receiver first, but also returns kicks and also gets work at running back sometimes. Austin has 14 catches for 138 yards this season and two TDs along with a rushing and return TD and he is on pace for 12 total touchdowns this season.
There has been a lot of talk in the media and around the NFL regarding Los Angeles over the past few weeks, as there are deadlines and meetings coming up regarding the plans to put a team in LA. The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Rams are all considered options to move to Los Angeles, as those teams have all had issues getting new stadiums in their current cities. There are multiple proposals and plans about an LA move and by the end of 2015 it could become clear which team (or teams) will end up moving.
According to Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego, the upcoming meetings for the league in New York could see a "deal struck" between the Chargers and Rams about moving to Los Angeles. Pro Football Talk writes that both the Chargers and Rams may have the votes to keep the other team out of Los Angeles and there is chance that the two sides could get together to "work something out" regarding the move. One of the biggest questions is whether one team or two teams will move to LA, as the Chargers and Raiders have "partnered" with each other for the Carson, California stadium site.
Another nugget in the whole LA move story for the Rams is the potential for a stadium being built in St. Louis. According to the Sports Business Journal, the stadium project in St. Louis could cost $200 million more for taxpayers than originally expected, which could push the deal from happening. More will come from this story once the league meetings start. Pro Football Talk reports that the team is expected to apply for the Los Angeles move with the Raiders and Chargers.