With Sam Bradford's injury still dogging him days after he missed the first start of his career in the St. Louis Rams' loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Week 8 is looking like a tenuous bet for fantasy football owners looking to take advantage of his new number-one wide receiver, Brandon Lloyd. If he begins practicing—the Rams plan on checking the status of his non-plant-leg high ankle sprain Wednesday—that part of the risk involved in starting him begins to dissipate, but the major question still remains: Is Sam Bradford a starting quarterback in deep leagues?
More importantly, will he be one? Numberfire fans get this terrifying set of similar players for the Rams' savior: Joey Harrington, Trent Edwards, Matt Leinart, Damon Huard, and Charlie Batch. While Bradford's coming off a solid game in the Rams' Week 6 loss to the Green Bay Packers—he was 29-for-45 with 328 yards and an interception—on the whole he's regressed from his solid but still questionable debut, just barely increasing his yards-per-attempt despite throwing the high-reward passes he didn't get turned loose for under Pat Shurmur's offense.
Fantasy owners are beginning to understand the extent of his learning period: He's now owned in 59.4% of ESPN fantasy football leagues, down 10% in the last week.