The St. Louis Rams have benched quarterback Nick Foles for Case Keenum in Week 11 and now Keenum will take over as the starter for Jeff Fisher. The Rams have Todd Gurley playing well and he is the likely offensive rookie of the year award winner, while Wes Welker could be a deep league fantasy pickup option for this weekend against the Ravens.
The Rams come into Week 11 after losing to the Bears and the team still remains in the mix in the NFC wild card picture. Fisher made the decision to bench Foles after the loss to the Bears and now Keenum will take over heading into Week 11. According to Pro Football Talk, Fisher said that he thinks that Keenum can give the team an "offensive spark" after the Rams lost two straight games.
Foles has been inconsistent this season and he has just 1678 passing yards in nine games with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. Foles is competing less than 57 percent of his passes and his passer rating is the third worst in the league among starting quarterbacks, according to NFL.com. The Rams traded Sam Bradford to the Eagles for Foles in the offseason and so far the deal has not quite worked out for St. Louis.
Keenum has starting experience in the past, as he has started 10 games in his career while with the Houston Texans. In those games Keenum has completed 55 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. While his numbers there are not much better than what Foles has done, Fisher felt a change was needed. According to Pro Football Talk, Fisher said that Foles "eventually" will be under center again, but for the time being the team is going to use Keenum.
Wes Welker was signed by the team before last week and he could see increased playing time on Sunday for the Rams. Welker was used mostly on third downs for the Rams and he had three catches in the game on six targets. Welker has dealt with concussion issues in the past and the Rams are hoping that he can give the team some production out of the slot.
Todd Gurley has been playing very well all season and the running back is the leading candidate for the offensive rookie of the year award. Gurley has rushed for 709 yards this season and is averaging over 100 yards per game. Last week Gurley went for 89 total yards and a touchdown and he has shown that he is one of the best RBs in the league.
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