Todd Gurley - RBPosted 6/21/17 10:20am ET
Los Angeles Rams OL Rodger Saffold told ESPN's Alden Gonzalez he saw improvement in the communication with RB Todd Gurley during the offseason program. 'It's more just kind of figuring out the speed out of the backfield that (Gurley) needs. Once you get that down, then you kind of see the mesh of what we're trying to get done. ? I think he's attacking where we want the ball to go a lot better. And I think he?s letting things develop, too. Letting things develop on the inside, but on the outside he?s really pushing that edge, and it?s opening up some things for him,' Saffold said.
Huddle Up: Gurley pressed the issue at times last year, but who can blame him? The Rams are hoping the veteran savvy of new left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan can help fix the team's issues up front. Gurley may lose some passing-down snaps to Lance Dunbar, but he is a prime rebound candidate if he can learn to trust his line again. He's shaping up to be a potential steal at his current mid-second round ADP.
Jared Goff - QBPosted 6/19/17 12:01pm ET
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff said he has understood and grasped all of head coach Sean McVay's so far this offseason. Goff said he has learned the offense much quicker this year than he did his rookie season. McVay said he has implemented about 95% of his offense so far.
Huddle Up: Understanding is one thing, showing that understanding into positive production is completely different. Goff had a laughable rookie campaign last year and is not even guaranteed the starting job this season, although his work so far is a good step. Nonetheless, do not draft Goff as a starting fantasy quarterback.
Gerald Everett - TEPosted 6/19/17 12:10pm ET
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee appears to have a leg up on rookie TE Gerald Everett for the starting tight end position, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez.
Huddle Up: Higbee and Everett are late-round fliers at best. The only Rams really worth serious draft consideration are Todd Gurley, Tavon Austin, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 6/16/17 7:05pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (back) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, June 14, after suffering a back injury Tuesday, June 13.
Huddle Up: Kupp has a solid chance to open the year as the No. 3 receiver for the Rams, but being the third option in a suspect passing attack probably won't translate to much fantasy value. He is worth stashing keeper leagues, but you can take and wait-and-see approach in redraft formats.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 6/13/17 4:17pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (back) injured his lower back at minicamp Tuesday, June 13, and was walking around gingerly.
Huddle Up: The injury does not sound too serious, but keep an eye on Kupp for the remainder of minicamp this week. He may be limited or held out as a precautionary measure.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 6/12/17 1:22pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp is a solid candidate to be QB Jared Goff's safety blanket, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez. Gonzalez cites Kupp's route-running, football smarts and polished game as reasons for being Goff's go-to guy.
Huddle Up: Kupp will be playing behind Tavon Austin and Robert Woods, but he'll be able to make an impact right away on a team largely devoid of talent. The Rams won't necessarily make fantasy dreams come true, and Kupp should only be drafted as a flier in later rounds.
Gerald Everett - TEPosted 6/10/17 6:58am ET
Los Angeles Rams second-round draft choice TE Gerald Everett signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, June 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: If Everett winds up being named the starter at tight end, he would be worthy of consideration as a late-round pick in deep seasonal leagues. However, owners should monitor how he is used in training camp and during the preseason before determining his fantasy value.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 6/10/17 7:22am ET
Los Angeles Rams third-round draft choice WR Cooper Kupp signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, June 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Kupp should be left on the waiver wire in the majority of redraft leagues but could be worthy of stashing in dynasty formats.
Tyler Higbee - TEPosted 6/9/17 9:30pm ET
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee said he is excited to see how head coach Sean McVay uses the tight ends after the success McVay had with the position as the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: Higbee is all potential at this point, and there is no guarantee he will ever develop into a reliable fantasy option. His value is limited to dynasty formats for now.
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 6/1/17 1:40pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley may not be counted on as much in the passing game this year with the addition of RB Lance Dunbar, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez. The Rams want Gurley's focus to be on the running game. He was the focus of opposing defenses last year while only averaging 3.2 yards per carry.
Huddle Up: Gurley can only go downhill after a tough sophomore campaign in which he only ran for 885 yards on 278 carries. He did see an uptick in receiving, but he has to re-establish himself as a runner this season. Despite his 2016 struggles, Gurley remains a low-end RB1 option.
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 5/30/17 6:38am ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Lance Dunbar is a piece that head coach Sean McVay wants to establish in the passing game.
Huddle Up: Dunbar showed flashes in Dallas before injuries derailed him. He's worth a look as an RB5 in PPR formats.
Todd Gurley - RBPosted 5/30/17 6:37am ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley is likely to receive fewer targets in the passing game with the addition of RB Lance Dunbar. Gurley had his targets double from 26 in 2015 to 58 in 2016.
Huddle Up: Gurley was a colossal bust last season, and there is likely to be some trepidation in selecting him in the first round anyway. He has clearly shifted to the midrange or back end of the RB1 discussion, but a bounce-back season isn't out of the realm.
Jared Goff - QBPosted 5/30/17 7:26pm ET
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff has 'done a nice job of getting better,' according to head coach Sean McVay. However, McVay added, 'But you always want to make sure you're playing the guy that you feel like gives you the best ability to win football games. Right now, Jared is the starter.'
Huddle Up: That hardly qualifies as a firm endorsement for last year's No. 1 overall pick. Sean Mannion is reportedly enjoying a solid offseason, and it is important to remember the new regime is not tied to Goff in any way. With that said, the investment the organization made into Goff last year will probably break any ties as to who starts Week 1. It goes without saying the second-year quarterback is a long way from fantasy relevancy.
Robert Woods - WRPosted 5/27/17 10:00am ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods is determined to be a 'No. 1 receiver,' according to the Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein.
Huddle Up: Woods has not eclipsed 699 yards receiving in a season, has only three 100-yard receiving games and no multi-touchdown games over his four-year career, although it could be argued he didn't have much of a chance playing second-fiddle to Sammy Watkins in a run-based offense. On a team lacking veteran offensive playmakers in the passing game, the Rams may be able to grant Woods his wish. His target share alone in 2017 should allow him to be a fantasy WR3.
Robert Woods - WRPosted 5/24/17 9:52am ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods is 'perhaps the best bet to lead the (team) in catches,' according to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez.
Huddle Up: Woods and quarterback Jared Goff have been working out together since mid-March, and the quarterback told Gonzalez that Woods has been 'more than I could have really expected.' The former Buffalo Bill is the only clear starting receiver Los Angeles has at the moment and will probably see enough targets to be a serviceable WR4 in fantasy.
Jared Goff - QBPosted 5/23/17 10:01am ET
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff said Monday, May 22, learning Rams head coach Sean McVay's offense has been easier than last year's learning curve under then-head coach Jeff Fisher. Goff noted how different the systems are to learn, and Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur praised Goff's pace of picking up the system.
Huddle Up: While this is encouraging news, Goff has miles to go before he is a fantasy consideration. At a minimum, gamers can hope his increased competence bolsters value for RB Todd Gurley.
Gerald Everett - TEPosted 5/19/17 4:36pm ET
Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett said he expects to have a role similar to the one Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed had in head coach Sean McVay's offensive scheme.
Huddle Up: Everett was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft but could have a role in the passing game as a rookie. Owners will need to monitor his role during training camp and preseason before deciding on his fantasy value. He could be a No. 2 tight end in deeper leagues if he starts and should be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 5/18/17 8:29pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp stood out in rookie minicamp, according to head coach Sean McVay, and McVay praised Kupp for his consistency.
Huddle Up: The Rams have been searching for a go-to target for a while, and Kupp could eventually have a shot at filling the role. However, the current state of the offense limits the fantasy appeal of the entire receiving corps, and Kupp looks like a stash candidate in keeper leagues for now.
Jared Goff - QBPosted 5/13/17 8:19am ET
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff has been exceedingly present this spring and picked up the new playbook at a 'surprisingly quick pace,' according to new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. 'He?s coming in early and staying late. He?s really grasped the offense surprisingly fast, especially for a new guy. When you get a new guy in an offense, there is a transition period with that, but he?s doing a nice job of picking it up at a surprisingly quick pace,' LaFleur said.
Huddle Up: Save for a half against the New Orleans Saints, Goff looked like the raw rookie he was in 2016. In his defense, the Rams didn't give him much of a chance behind a poor offensive line or with one of the world league's worst receiving corps. He is still probably at least a year away from contributing in most fantasy leagues, but new head coach Sean McVay and LaFleur should be able to help him look like a more competent quarterback as a sophomore in 2017.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 5/12/17 9:21pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp displayed the knowledge of an NFL receivers coach during interviews at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, according to head coacg Sean McVay. 'He is one of the more polished college receivers that I've evaluated coming out in a while,' McVay said.
Huddle Up: There is a lot to like about Kupp, but the quarterback situation for the Rams isn't on the list. He is worth selecting in rookie drafts, but it could be a while before he has any value in redraft leagues.
Tavon Austin - WRPosted 5/5/17 12:34pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (wrist) will miss OTAs after undergoing surgery on his left wrist but is expected to be ready for training camp, according to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez.
Huddle Up: It's a setback for Austin - a player new head coach Sean McVay wants to use in the same way he did DeSean Jackson in Washington. Austin's absence should open up more reps for rookie Josh Reynolds, who is perhaps the team's best downfield threat anyway.
Tavon Austin - WRPosted 5/5/17 10:14am ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin is expected to establish himself as more of a downfield threat, similar to what DeSean Jackson for new head coach Sean McVay when he was the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, according to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez.
Huddle Up: Austin has carried the ball 116 times (nearly three times more than any other receiver) and caught 75 passes behind the line of scrimmage (tied for second among receivers) over the last three years. Now, it appears McVay wants to see what the former first-round pick, who ran a 4.34 prior to getting drafted No. 8 overall in 2013, can do down the field. Expecting Austin to emulate Jackson may be too high of a standard to reach, but it does suggest McVay will use him more logically than Jeff Fisher ever did.
Tavon Austin - WRPosted 4/29/17 9:15pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin could move to the outside or be utilized more in the run game if WR Cooper Kupp is a better option as a slot receiver, according to beat writer Rich Hammond.
Huddle Up: The Rams have always struggled to find the best way to take advantage of Austin's game-changing speed, and the result has been an unreliable fantasy option dependent on breaking a long score. Austin is a WR4 who can be used as a Hail Mary flex play during bye weeks.
Gerald Everett - TEPosted 4/28/17 5:17pm ET
The Los Angeles Rams selected South Alabama TE Gerald Everett with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Everett probably will see limited targets as a rookie and can be avoided in most fantasy leagues this season. He could be an option for owners in keeper leagues because he has a chance to become a low-end No. 1 tight end down the road.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 4/28/17 7:00pm ET
The Los Angeles Rams selected WR Cooper Kupp with the 69th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Kupp has the potential to become a dangerous slot receiver, but he is going to need time to develop, and the quarterback situation for the Rams won't help matters. He is worth a look in the second round of rookie drafts, but he can be left on the waiver wire in redraft leagues.
Todd Gurley - RBPosted 4/3/17 9:43pm ET
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said 'it's going to take everybody' for RB Todd Gurley to have a 'bounce-back year,' referring to the linemen and receivers being able to make blocks 'because everybody is tied together.' McVay added: 'Clearly, what he did in his rookie year, I think it sets the expectations where this guy is going to be a great back year-in and year-out.'
Huddle Up: Gurley burned fantasy owners everywhere who took him early on in drafts with their first pick, going from the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015 to amassing the fewest rushing yards ever in a season for someone who registered at least 275 carries. He also averaged just 3.18 yards per carry, which was the second-worst mark among qualified rushers. The Rams' horrendous play at quarterback also played a role in all of this, and if Jared Goff can't take a few steps forward, Gurley may be looking at another lost season in 2017.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 3/9/17 6:45am ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Kenny Britt has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Browns Thursday, March 9. The deal is for four years and $32.5 million with $17 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Britt thrived on a bad team last season and has a chance to do it again in 2017. The expectation is that Terrelle Pryor will be back, and the two will front a young receiving corps. Britt is a low-end WR3 with some added value in PPR leagues.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 3/6/17 11:33am ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Kenny Britt is expected to receive interest from the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN.com's Tim McManus.
Huddle Up: A pursuit of Britt would be logical by the Eagles, primarily due to the possible departure of Jordan Matthews. The good news is that if Britt does not return to the Rams, his quarterback will be an automatic upgrade. Britt's just not a consistent enough player to be viewed better than a low-end WR2 to high-end WR3.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 3/6/17 3:33pm ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Kenny Britt is expected to receive interest from the San Francisco 49ers during free agency, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Britt should receive interest from multiple teams and probably would start if he signed with the 49ers this offseason. He posted 1,002 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2016 and would be a focal point in San Francisco's passing game. He probably would be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if he joins the 49ers.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 3/6/17 3:39pm ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Kenny Britt is expected to receive interest from the Seattle Seahawks during free agency, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Britt would join a solid receiving corps if he signs with the Seattle and could have a chance to be a No. 2 receiver for the team. Britt is coming off one of his most successful seasons of his career and would be considered a No. 3 receiver if he signs with the Seahawks.
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