Revisiting My Top 5 fantasy players for the LA Rams

by Lewie Bartone
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Before the season started, I made my predictions for who I thought would be the Top 5 fantasy scorers for the Rams. With most fantasy seasons over, let’s take a look at what I hit on and what I missed on. (Looking at you, Tyler Higbee.) Like we did last time, these are based on ESPN PPR rankings — skill players only. 

#5 – Josh Reynolds, WR67 

My pick – Josh Reynolds

My projection – WR80

#4 – Tyler Higbee, TE18 

My pick – Cam Akers 

My projection – RB18, finished as RB49

#3 –  Darrell Henderson, Jr. RB34 

My pick – Tyler Higbee 

My projection – TE4 (Yikes.)

#2 –  Cooper Kupp, WR19 

My pick – Cooper Kupp

My projection – WR10

#1 –  Robert Woods, WR12

My pick – Robert Woods

My projection – WR9

Well, the Rams offense was NOT what I expected this year. Jared Goff didn’t show the positive regression that I anticipated when projecting these guys’ numbers and now, more than ever before in his career, there is actual speculation that he may not be the guy for Sean McVay and the Rams. Oof. 

I am gonna take this time to pat myself on the back for getting 4/5 on this preseason list, but I’ll be sure not to take a full victory lap. Only eleven players on the Rams offense registered a fantasy point, so predicting the top five of that pool doesn’t really make me the next fantasy football guru. But hey, 2020 is all about small victories! A few takeaways…

The tight end position for LA this year was honestly the biggest surprise to me. Like I said, Goff didn’t have the season I anticipated so that hurts everyone, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if Higbee and Everett were both top-10 options at the tight end position when all was said and done. Instead, Higbee was TE18 and Everett was TE24. Yuck.

Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp still outperformed their ADP of WR18 and WR20, respectively, so that’s a bright spot? But if you rostered either of them, it was frustrating at times. Cooper Kupp took a massive step back in the touchdown department, recording just three touchdowns — a career low. This offseason is gonna be very interesting to see what direction the organization, and Sean McVay, want this offense to go in — and maybe a QB change will be necessary.

My final takeaway is that Cam Akers is a star in the making and, although I may have been a year early on his projection, I’m all-in on the FSU product in 2021. Outside of him, I don’t know who else I’ll be very excited about on this offense until we get a clearer picture of where the team is headed. On that note…

Happy New Year, everyone! 

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