Los Angeles Rams Fantasy football preview

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The L.A. Rams open up the regular season September 12th, and if you play fantasy football here is a look at the Rams from a fantasy football perspective.


Must-have Rams


Todd Gurley, RB – Well there is not much to say that has already said about the former Georgia product. The only debate fantasy wise is this, “Should you draft Todd Gurley number one overall?”. I have the answer for you and the answer is yes and here’s why:

  • He’s the number one back on the team by a country mile

  • He is going into the 2016 season fully healthy unlike last year

  • Gurley is the obvious focal point of the Ram offense

  • He is only going to improve with better QB play and that play can only go up from here

  • The Rams will use Gurley in the passing game much more often

  • If you are tied between Gurley and Peterson then your tie-breaker should be who you would rather root for. Well if you are a Rams fan then that is a no-brainer

Average draft position: 1st overall-5th overall


Rams D/ST – Every year the Rams have a formidable defense and especially fantasy. The Rams have the best defensive line in all of football that should get you sack after sack. Hard-hitting players such as linebacker/safety Mark Barron, new starting safety Maurice Alexander and safety T.J. McDonald should force some fumbles during this season. Ball hawk shutdown corner Trumaine Johnson is coming off a breakout season in which he had seven interceptions. All in all this unit should net you a top five fantasy defense if they perform to their fullest.


Average draft position: 2nd-to-last round


Tavon Austin, WR – Austin has not been the most reliable fantasy option but he did enjoy a season in which he had ten total touchdowns. He also is looking at the same offensive coordinator Rob Boras calling the shots as well as respected new-comer former Bears WR coach now turned rams passing game coordinator and WR coach — Mike Groh. Austin should end up having the rookie no. 1 overall pick throwing to him too so this could be the season Austin finally catches 100+ balls and flirts with 800-1,000 yards. If he does that he could be a highly coveted fantasy player.


Average draft position: 9th round


Tyler Higbee, TE – Make this pick towards the end of the draft and no one will know what you just did. Tyler Higbee might already be the best receiving option on the Rams. With a rookie quarterback in Jared Goff and an offense with heavy emphasis on tight ends Higbee could shine early on. He already has looked good in camp don’t miss out on him when he becomes a waiver-wire steal halfway through the year. You are the only one who will think of drafting him so pull the trigger.


Average draft position: Undrafted


Rams to monitor


Jared Goff, QB – I personally would avoid him at all costs but maybe that’s because I am superstitious and don’t like having Rams QB’s. Anyway Goff is a guy to monitor he most likely won’t have a ROY season. However if he does explode be ready to scoop him up in free agency. I could see any scenario with Goff the issue is that rookie quarterbacks are often times hit-or-miss.


Average draft position: Undrafted


Kenny Britt, WR – Yes, he technically is the best Rams WR as of now but here’s the thing with Britt. He doesn’t return punts and he isn’t used in an sort of trick play like Austin. Despite all the yards receiving Britt had over Austin, Austin had more fantasy points. Britt is someone to monitor he hasn’t had the talent at QB like Jared Goff so that could be interesting.


Average draft position: Last round or undrafted


Pharoh Cooper, WR – Pharoh Cooper is going to be a big part of the offense as long he can hold onto a pass over the middle unlike he did on Saturday. Still Cooper showed some flash in the return game so have to imagine he could be a Tyler Lockett type player this year if he stays healthy.


Average draft position: Undrafted


Malcolm Brown, Benny Cunningham and Aaron Green, RB’s – God forbid Todd Gurley goes down with an injury and you need someone to take over. Here are the Rams running backs and while Green might not make the roster he still has a ton of talent he could get signed off the practice squad at some point during the year if need be. Brown and Cunningham would figure to split some carries with Cunningham receiving the majority of the work load. Cunningham could have some value in PPR leagues as the Rams best backfield pass catcher.


Average draft position: Undrafted


Greg Zuerlein, K – Here’s hoping “Legatron” gets his mojo back. He can easily be a top five kicker if he goes back to his rookie form. Greg the leg has struggled with accuracy although he was injured last year. We will see how he fares on grass in which he is 20% less effective on than in the dome. Yikes!


Average draft position: Undrafted


Nelson Spruce and Duke Williams, WR’s – The reason I list these two at the bottom is because they are on the roster bubble. I actually believe both will make the roster this season and I think Spruce could be a factor. If Spruce and Williams make the roster they have a great amount of talent and could make a run for a significant role in the passing game. We will see and that’s why they are listed under players to monitor.


Rams players to not even bother with

Case Keenum, QB – I know he could end up starting but Keenum is not a fantasy quarterback and I still even have doubts about him as a starting quarterback. Do not touch Keenum, do not look at Keenum and do not even utter his name when talking fantasy football. It’s a quick way for someone to go from thinking you know your stuff to thinking you are a casual newbie.


Average draft position: Undrafted


Lance Kendricks, TE – I am a big fan of Lance Kendricks but fantasy wise its not wise to bank of Kendricks. He is going to be a complimentary TE to Tyler Higbee and most likely a quality blocking TE. Kendricks is a talented player but the Rams won’t bother using him if Higbee plays the way he is capable of. Not to mention the Rams drafted another TE by the name of Temarrick Hemingway who could even get some time this year as well.


Average draft position: Undrafted

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