Todd Gurley - RBPosted 8/22/17 6:29pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley ranked 41st in fantasy efficiency among 42 qualifying running backs in 2016. He finished last in PPR fantasy scoring per touch, and second to last in standard fantasy points per touch as well as offensive yards per touch. Gurley ranked 39th in standard fantasy points per contest and 22nd in PPR points per game, which was his highest ranking of any efficiency category.
Huddle Up: You can thank Jeff Fisher's predictable brand of football (and a lack of overall talent) for those numbers. Life should get better, albeit possibly a marginal improvement, for Gurley in 2017. The Rams will be more diverse and dynamic under Sean McVay. In theory, Jared Goff will have taken a step forward, too, by season's end. Gurley is a shaky RB1 and better drafted as a second in all formats.
Tavon Austin - WRPosted 8/21/17 5:16pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) is making progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury but is not expected to practice this week or play in the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Austin has been sidelined for a little over a week because his injury and probably will not be back on the field until Week 1. He is expected to have a similar role this season than he had in 2016 but probably will lose some targets to Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. He could be a late-round option in fantasy leagues but will not be a weekly starting option.
Tavon Austin - WRPosted 8/17/17 6:51am ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) will be used in a similar role as he has in the past, according to general manager Les Snead. 'We haven't figured out how much he evolves as a receiver in this offense because he hasn't had a chance to play,' Snead said. 'Plan to see him used very similarly to how he's been used in the past. By that I mean, he's scored as a receiver, he's scored as a running back, he's scored as a returner. That's why we like him. He threatens the opposing team in many different ways. We've just got to get him healthy.'
Huddle Up: Austin offered a glimmer of hope of justifying his No. 8 overall pick status in 2015 with a 52-473-5 receiving line and a 52-434-4 rushing line. He's a small receiver that you can do a lot of things with, but the previous regime couldn't make him enough of a factor. He has WR5 viability, but it's unlikely he'll be a consistent fantasy source.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/14/17 6:56pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins is expected to play in the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Saturday, Aug. 14, according to head coach Sean McVay.
Huddle Up: Watkins will need some time to learn the Rams offense, so it is not known how much playing time he will receive Saturday. Watkins probably will be the Rams' top receiver this season and should see plenty of targets. He probably should be considered a low-end No. 2 or a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Tavon Austin - WRPosted 8/13/17 5:01pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) will not participate in practice this week because of a hamstring injury. Head coach Sean McVay said the team is not sure if Austin will play in any preseason games.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Austin will be ready for the start of the regular season. He probably will be the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver for the Rams this season and may see fewer targets because of the addition of Sammy Watkins. He could be a No. 5 receiver in some leagues or a waiver wire option during the season.
E.J. Gaines - CBPosted 8/11/17 10:00am ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was traded along with a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round selection on Friday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: The Rams desperately needed a lead receiver and they will get one with the injury-prone Watkins, who will reunite with Robert Woods in Los Angeles and play the DeSean Jackson role in new head coach Sean McVay's offense. Watkins' arrival gives Jared Goff a fighting chance to be a quality fantasy quarterback as well. Watkins should still be considered no better than a high-upside WR2 given his durability issues.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/11/17 2:24pm ET
Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said the team is interested in signing WR Sammy Watkins to a long-term contract since he is entering the last year of his contract. The two sides have not had contract talks at this point.
Huddle Up: Watkins should be the No. 1 receiver for the Rams this season but is still a risky option because of his injury history. He has joined another team that likes to run the ball, but he should receive a solid amount of targets in the passing game. He can be considered a No. 2 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 8/7/17 10:30pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp has impressed his coaching staff, according to head coach Sean McVay, who has already listed the rookie wideout as a starter in the team's preliminary depth chart. 'He always has a plan at the line of scrimmage, understands coverages and route concepts, and I think that's what enables him to be such a productive player and very advanced for a rookie,' McVay said. 'He's one of the more mature rookies that I've ever been around and we're expecting some good things from him moving forward.'
Huddle Up: Given the Rams' lack of depth at receiver, Kupp will certainly be in a position to contribute right away, which could make him a solid sleeper pick. At the same time, though, his potential success will largely hinge on the continued development of sophomore quarterback Jared Goff, who struggled mightily a season ago. Thus, it'll be difficult putting too much stock into Goff's supporting cast.
Todd Gurley - RBPosted 8/2/17 7:16am ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley is expected to see more action in the passing game after the injury to RB Lance Dunbar (knee). He needs to improve as a pass blocker to be used more often on third downs. 'When you have a special player like Todd, you want to continue to find ways to get him involved but also be mindful of, ?What is that fine balance between him being at his best and not wearing him out??' head coach Sean McVay said. 'That is something that we?re continuing to find out.'
Huddle Up: Gurley has been below the league average in yards per rush in 21 of his 28 starts after taking the league by storm once he touched the field. Gurley is a low-end RB1 with significant upside.
Tavon Austin - WRPosted 7/29/17 6:53pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (wrist) was a full participant in practice Saturday, July 29, and he lined up outside and ran deep routes on several plays.
Huddle Up: It sounds like Sean McVay is indeed going to have Austin fill a DeSean Jackson-like role in the offense. However, that still makes him a boom-or-bust WR4.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 7/20/17 6:42pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp was listed as a preseason starter on the unofficial list provided to the media Wednesday, July 19.
Huddle Up: Kupp appears to be on track to be the starting slot receiver, but the limitations of the Rams' passing attack make him no more than a flier as a WR5. He is a lot more appealing as a stash option in keeper leagues.
Todd Gurley - RBPosted 7/9/17 11:41am ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley has 'definitely been loving' his exposure to new head coach Sean McVay's style of offense.
Huddle Up: After working with first-time play-callers Rob Boras and Frank Cignetti in his first two pro seasons, McVay's 'wealth' of knowledge and experience must seem like a breath of fresh air for Gurley. Expect the Rams to lean on Gurley as much as possible in 2017 as McVay attempts to find out what he has in the passing game. With some much-needed improvements along the offensive line, Gurley should be able to return to RB1 status this fall.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 6/25/17 5:36pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp has established himself as the go-to slot receiver, according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Even as the starting slot receiver, Kupp isn't likely to have much fantasy value unless Jared Goff makes a huge leap in his second season. Stash Kupp in keeper leagues, but don't expect much from him this season.
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.
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