The St. Louis Rams need running back Tre Mason in week one. Whether they get him, though, is up in the air. Mason injured his hamstring in the Rams’ week three preseason game and has been rehabbing ever since.
#Rams coach Jeff Fisher says on his weekly radio show that RB Tre Mason (hamstring) will probably be a game time decision this week.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) September 8, 2015
Per reports, Mason is set to be a game-time decision when the Rams prepare to face the hated divisional rival Seattle Seahawks in week one. With rookie rusher Todd Gurley still out (knee surgery), Mason’s absence would open the door for a huge role for Benny Cunningham, while the likes of Isaiah Pead and Chase Reynolds would compete to pick up scraps.
Mason faced the Seahawks twice in his rookie season in 2014, dropping 85 rushing yards and a touchdown in a surprising week 7 win in St. Louis, and then earning 57 tough yards in a blowout loss in the season finale. With this week one game on the Rams’ turf, Mason is a very interesting play if healthy – especially in DFS leagues since he has such a cheap price tag ($5k flat at DraftKings). Mason is probably a player to avoid either way for this matchup in season long leagues, but if you’re playing DFS fantasy football in week one, you’ll want to keep tabs on his status.
Should Mason be out, Cunningham would likely get the start and would be worth a look in DFS leagues just because of his role and extremely low price tag. He would not be a suggested consideration in season long fantasy football leagues for week one, however.
For the season long grind, Mason still figures to be a very solid RB3 or RB4 with Todd Gurley possibly missing the first month (or more) of the season. Be sure to snag him in drafts at value if you can.