Undrafted FA from 2006. Bounced around from one team to another, till he stuck with the Rams in 2008.They desperately wanted another TE- they drafted Joe Klopfenstein and Dominique Byrd in 2006, but both had been released by the beginning of this season. Billy Bajema is a blocking specialist. Randy McMichael is the only receiving TE on the roster. With Laurent Robinson done for the season, Donnie Avery still struggling to get back from his preseason injury and few other pass-catching options, Fells could get more looks.
Now, here's another thinking that makes this even more interesting- on some sites (nfl, cbs), he's listed as a FB. Who's the back-up to SJax? Gado? Darby? Or the 6'4", 272 lb Fells? I have no clue, but in my deep, deep, deep leagues, I'm gambling.
On another note, as a backup pass-catcher, he could get even more looks if backup QB Kyle Boller starts for the perennially injured Marc Bulger.
In short- A) opportunity; B) lack of other options; C) too much Kool-Aid?
Id like to see one more week from Fells before taking interest in his situation. But on the other side of the token, the QB change will definitely mean a change in throwing style. Add that to the fact that Robinson is down now leaving Avery as pretty much the only viable option at WR. These 2 points could spell more production from the TE position all around, Boller still has a great arm, but he will check down to the TE slot more then the RB IMO. With Avery being pretty much the only viable WR option he will see a lot of double coverage also, thus giving Fells and McMichael more opportunity.
Like I say tho I would like to see one more quality week out of Fells before I start sipping the Kool-Aid, seens how he has 3 catches on the year and 2 are for TDs.
I am not sold on him either. I think Burton will end up as the leading receiver on the Rams going forward. Fells may get another luck TD pass or two, but I don't think he's in for a significant share of receptions. He still has a total of 8 career receptions, and is still the #2 TE on the team, and therefore will only be on the field for 2TE sets. He would need to pass McMicheal to be of any value, and I don't think 2 lucky TD receptions in a 3 reception game make him an instant must-have (see Anthonay Fasano from last year)
On a side note, he went to my school. Same year as my brother.
I'm almost on the koolaid. Zach Miller's been really frustrating this season, and I'm ready to give up on him, but there's just about nothing on our WW. Gave Fells a good hard look. If he does alright this week, or Miller stinks it up again, I'm definitely making the switch. The fact that Fells made good solid catches in the endzone are a plus, giving his team confidence that he'll deliver for them.
And Russell trying to aim a football is the most depressing thing ever.
RotoWire, Oct 5 9:58:28 a.m. ET 2009- "Fells had one reception for 17 yards during Week 4 at San Francisco. Analysis: Fells and No. 1 TE Randy McMichael continue to get targeted an equal amount. Rumors are beginning to swirl that the club may let the underachieving McMichael go to cut costs which could translate to Fells being worth a look in deep leagues."
RotoWire, Oct 5 10:15:31 a.m. ET 2009- "McMichael had two receptions for 17 yards in Week 4 at San Francisco. Analysis: McMichael, the Rams' No. 1 TE, continues to underachieve. Rumors are swirling that the Rams, who have been cutting costs like crazy this Fall, may release McMichael. If they do that would open the door for Daniel Fells to become the primary TE making him a fringe fantasy prospect in deep leagues as he's shown the most ability of any Ram receiver at getting open in the endzone this year (2 TDs)."
I am not sure I would want anyone on the Ram's offense right now. I watched their game vs SF and they looked straight horrible. As a team they only had 13 completions for the entire game. They lost their only receiving playmaker in LRobinson, and now teams just swarm SJax, because nobody else can make a play.
I snagged Avery off FA before this weekend just in case . . . now I doubt anybody on that team is going to break 500 yards receiving and 2 TDs.
It's time to put down the crack-pipe and step away from the keyboard.