Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
NFC West | 9-7-0
Rank: 11th
Avg Yds
Rank: 9th
Avg PYds
Rank: 5th
Avg RYds
Rank: 25th
Posted 8/08/2020 3:43 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp has not had talks with the team about a contract extension, he said via videoconference.
Huddle Up: It came with peaks and valleys, but Kupp had a 94-1,161-10 monster season in what was a down year for the entire team. The team had no running game, and they threw the ball often, but there's no reason Kupp can't repeat as a midrange WR1 in a contract year.
Posted 8/06/2020 7:41 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods said he has had preliminary contract extension talks with the Rams and wants to finish his career with Los Angeles.
Huddle Up: Woods has played very well since joining the Rams and has posted at least 1,100 yards in each of the last two seasons. He will be one of the main options in the passing game this season and should be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 7/22/2020 3:38 am UTC
Los Angeles Rams RBs Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, John Kelly and Malcolm Brown will likely be expected to begin the season in a committee, as head coach Sean McVay specifically mentioned the way the San Francisco 49ers used their running backs last season as a model for what he hopes the Rams will attempt to do at the position in 2020. 'I think it'll just naturally work itself out. I think if you look at that success San Fran had last year with that running back-by-committee approach. What I thought Kyle (Shanahan) and their players did a great job of is, 'Hey, we're going to have an open-mind approach, we're going to be committed to trying to have some balance and then we'll go with the hot hand or whoever really expresses himself as deserving of the carries,' McVay said on The Helliepod.
Huddle Up: McVay did utilize a committee of sorts as an offensive coordinator for the Washington franchise from 2014-16, but a clear leader seemed to emerge from the running back room each year. The odds are strong that Akers will be that guy in 2020. However, with this offseason being what it is, it could easily take for October or even November before one back emerges from the pack. As such, fantasy owners would be wise to look elsewhere for an RB2 candidate unless they can get Akers at a steep discount in drafts.
Posted 7/11/2020 6:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee had a 33-percent target rate when the Rams were trailing in 2019. That matched San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle for the highest percentage in the league, according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: Higbee closed out 2019 with a stellar five-game run and has placed himself squarely in TE1 territory for 2020. He's a tight end to target if you miss out on the top five.
Posted 6/23/2020 2:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff needs to take ownership of the offense, according to offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell.
Huddle Up: Goff struggled last season behind a leaky offensive line, and the running game wasn't nearly as affective. He'll have something to prove this year as a low-end QB1 or high-end QB2 value pick.
Posted 6/22/2020 9:19 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods recorded 35 receptions on play-action passes during the 2019 season, which ranked second among wide receivers.
Huddle Up: Woods has posted at least 1,100 yards in each of the last two seasons and will see more targets this upcoming season because of the trade of Brandin Cooks. Woods should be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/20/2020 8:54 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown may be limited to goal line and short yardage work this upcoming season depending on how RBs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson perform, in the opinion of RamsWire's Cameron DaSilva.
Huddle Up: The Rams probably will be using a committee at running back, so Brown's role is uncertain at this point. Fantasy players can keep an eye on the situation because Brown can be avoided if he has a limited role.
Posted 6/20/2020 6:35 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods led all wide receivers in 2019 with 146 yards on screen passes, according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: Woods caught a career-high 90 passes in 2019 but averaged a modest 12.6 yards per catch and scored only two TDs. He might be more involved downfield in 2020 with Brandin Cooks now out of the L.A. picture, but Woods figures to be a better PPR-league fantasy option than a standard-league wideout.
Posted 6/16/2020 7:24 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff had the lowest Pro Football Focus in the NFL last season when forced to look past his first read. He has a top-10 PFF grade on first-read throws over the last two seasons.
Huddle Up: This is a bad look for Goff, especially considering he was equipped with one of the NFL's best receiving corps once again in 2019. Poor offensive line play can take a large share of the blame, but Goff will need to improve his progressions and take less time to throw. He's a mid-tier QB2.
Posted 6/14/2020 5:54 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp caught 69 passes while lined up as the slot receiver during the 2019 season, which was tied for the most among wide receivers.
Huddle Up: Kupp likely will receive even more targets this upcoming season with Brandin Cooks gone, but it is not known if he will move to the outside or stay as a slot receiver. He is one of the better options in point-per-reception leagues and should be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/13/2020 5:40 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp led the league in 2019 with 853 receiving yards from the slot, according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: It will be interesting to see if Kupp plays outside more now that Brandin Cooks has been traded, and we could see Josh Reynolds working more from the slot. That could hurt some of Kupp's fantasy value, but he's still the best pass-catching fantasy option on the Rams as a WR2.
Posted 6/10/2020 8:02 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers has started to participate in workouts with QB Jared Goff in Los Angeles, according to Goff.
Huddle Up: Akers will be part of a committee at running back this upcoming season and could win the starting job out of training camp. He has a chance to be at least a No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues if he receives a majority of the touches.
Posted 6/10/2020 8:01 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff said he has been working out with some of his teammates during the shutdown and has been working to his receivers for a while.
Huddle Up: Goff threw for at least 4,600 yards for the second straight season but saw his touchdown passes go from 32 in 2018 to 22 last season. He still has one of the better groups of pass catchers to work with this upcoming season but may only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Posted 5/24/2020 1:44 am UTC
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers 'does everything well,' according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, and Rosenthal compared Akers to retired RB Matt Forte.
Huddle Up: Despite his versatility, Akers isn't likely to be an every-down back as a rookie. However, there is a good chance he ends up leading the backfield in touches. He's a first-round option in rookie drafts and a potential flex play in standard leagues.
Posted 5/21/2020 7:35 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers is a player that offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell is excited about working with this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: Akers likely will be part of a committee at running back in 2020 but could receive the majority of the work as the season goes on. He has a chance to be at least a flex option for fantasy players this season and could be a middle round pick in drafts.
Posted 5/18/2020 6:04 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp caught 94 of his 134 targets in 2019, good for a reception rate of 70.1 percent. Only New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas had a better percentage (80.5) among qualifying wide receivers (at least 130 targets).
Huddle Up: The No. 2 touchdown-scoring receiver, Kupp finished as WR4 in conventional PPR formats last year. His target count could increase in 2020 after the release of RB Todd Gurley and trade of WR Brandin Cooks. Los Angeles QB Jared Goff already has an eye for Kupp at all three levels, and no offseason program could limit rookie WR Van Jefferson's ability to contribute early in the season. Kupp is a strong WR1 choice in all PPR fantasy drafts.
Posted 5/14/2020 11:27 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff was the least efficient passer in the league on play-action attempts in 2019, but he attempted more play-action throws than any other QB.
Huddle Up: The Rams running game also struggled in 2019 with no RB averaging 4.0 yards per carry or better. An improved rushing attack would go hand-in-hand with helping Goff in 2020 and second-round pick RB Cam Akers could lead that improvement.
Posted 5/07/2020 2:48 am UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp led all receivers with 853 yards from the slot in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: The Rams are reportedly leaning toward running more two-tight sets in 2020, meaning Kupp may not get the same kind of opportunities inside that he has in previous seasons. Nevertheless, his route-running skills are sharp enough that he should be just fine working opposite Robert Woods if he sees significantly more time on the perimeter than he is used to. Owners should view him as a solid WR2 in drafts this summer.
Posted 5/04/2020 2:41 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams second-round pick WR Van Jefferson impressed the Rams with how technically sound he was in running routes. He reminded them of a combination of WRs Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.
Huddle Up: Jefferson is worth a WR5 flyer, but he's coming off of a foot surgery. He might not be fully ready to be a fantasy cog until 2021. Kupp is in a contract year, and Jefferson could be in line to replace him after the season.
Posted 5/04/2020 2:08 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams second-round pick RB Cam Akers tallied 904 yards of his 1,144 rushing yards (79 percent) after contact at Florida State last season.
Huddle Up: The Rams used a first-round pick on Darrell Henderson last year and had a productive year from Malcolm Brown. They still drafted Akers with their first pick in the draft. One would think he'd really have to have issues securing the football in camp to not have a leg up on the others. He'll be in the RB4 mix and could graduate to an RB3.
Posted 4/26/2020 1:40 am UTC
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers 'is in a great spot to compete for carries' with RB Malcolm Brown and RB Darrell Henderson, according to Matt Bowen of ESPN.com, and Bowen believes Akers offers 'upside' in the passing game.
Huddle Up: After spending a second-round pick on Akers, it is a safe bet that he will see his share of touches as a rookie. Whether he can grab the reins of the backfield and become an every-down option remains to be seen, but he needs to be rostered.
Posted 4/21/2020 6:58 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Josh Reynolds received a positive review from head coach Sean McVay Tuesday, April 21, when McVay called the recent trade of WR Brandin Cooks 'a big vote of confidence' for Reynolds. 'We just feel he's a capable starting receiver,' McVay said.
Huddle Up: Reynolds is still behind WRs Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods on the receiving depth chart, but he's now just one injury away from playing a big role. He isn't worth much fantasy consideration in 12-team leagues to begin the season, but he'll be a streaming option at times and will be a must-get waiver option should Kupp or Woods miss any time.
Posted 4/15/2020 9:05 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff said he is open to restructuring his contract if the team needs to create some salary cap space.
Huddle Up: The Rams have made pretty big changes to their offense this season, but Goff will continue to be the starting quarterback for years to come. He threw for 4,638 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2019 but may only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback next season.
Posted 4/15/2020 7:21 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee could be in for a bigger role in 2020 after exploding last year with 69 receptions, 734 yards and three touchdowns. Higbee caught at least seven passes in each of the team's final five games and had more than 100 yards receiving in four games in a row last year. It is expected, according to the LA Times' Gary Klein, that head coach Sean McVay utilizes Higbee and TE Gerald Everett even more this year.
Huddle Up: Higbee should be in mid-range TE1 conversations during drafts this year after such a strong finish, increased opportunities should provide even better fantasy results.
Posted 4/15/2020 7:19 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said he needs to do a better job utilizing TE Gerald Everett's skill set because Everett is 'a difference-maker, but he's got to get the opportunity.' Everett is coming off a career-best 37 receptions for 408 yards and two touchdowns. Everett and TE Tyler Higbee combined for 149 targets last season and the two may be a bigger part of the offense with RB Todd Gurley and WR Brandin Cooks out of the picture. Everett, by the way, is entering a contract year and is a candidate for an extension.
Huddle Up: Everett had a few big games last year, but we're not ready to elevate him to borderline TE1 status yet. If you carry two tight ends on roster or are in deeper leagues, he is worth a look if he stays healthy and his role increases. He's also a potential DFS flier when the matchup is right.
Posted 4/09/2020 11:28 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Josh Reynolds caught six of 11 targets for a total of 104 yards in two starts last season.
Huddle Up: The two starts came with freshly-traded WR Brandin Cooks out of the lineup, but they were in fairly difficult matchups against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears. Reynolds will be the third option behind WRs Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods with Cooks moving on to the Houston Texans. He'll be worth streaming in plush matchups and will be a high-priority waiver addition if Kupp and/or Woods were to suffer injury.
Posted 4/09/2020 12:33 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett is a player that head coach Sean McVay said he has to do a better job of utilizing. 'Really, really excited about what Everett's going to do,' McVay said. 'I think Tyler Higbee did a phenomenal job, but I think Everett's a guy that I've got to do a better job of utilizing his skill set because he's a difference-maker. But he's got to get the opportunities and I think that starts with some of the things I know I can do a better job of.'
Huddle Up: Everett was a TE1 for a big chunk of the season last year before a knee injury did him in. That allowed Tyler Higbee to break out in a monstrous way. Everett will be victim to a numbers game often, but he'll still be a TE2 or a bye-week filler in 2020.
Posted 4/07/2020 2:08 am UTC
Los Angeles Rams RBs Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson may end up sharing snaps in 2020, based on comments made by general manager Les Snead on Monday, April 6. 'What we do want to be is a team that utilizes more than one workhorse moving the ball, with different skill sets.'
Huddle Up: It probably goes without saying this presumes the Rams don't take a running back in the first two days of the draft. Snead somewhat contradicted himself in his statement as well since using more than one workhorse means the team won't have one player it considers the workhorse. It's a reasonable assumption at this point that Brown will handle the majority of the early-down and goal-line work, while Henderson will assume much of the work in the passing game.
Posted 4/06/2020 3:13 am UTC
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee had 43 catches for 522 yards and two touchdowns in the month of December last season compared to 26 catches, 212 yards and one score over the first three months combined.
Huddle Up: Jared Goff actually led the NFL in pass attempts last year, and now that Todd Gurley is not in the mix, Higbee's strong finish to 2019 could be a sign of things to come if the Rams continue to embrace a pass-heavy attack. Target him as a TE1 in 2020.
Posted 4/04/2020 6:32 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee finished 2019 as Pro Football Focus' fourth highest graded tight end (minimum 500 snaps).
Huddle Up: Higbee had a fantasy-elite season-ending stretch, finished with at least seven catches and 84 yards in each of his last five games while scoring a pair of TDs. He's a underrated TE1 this offseason with the Rams seemingly headed for an offensive makeover sans bellcow RB Todd Gurley.
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