It’s that time of year again where the 2020 NFL season is about to begin. This also means, Fantasy Football is underway too. So if you’re competing for bragging rights or cash, here are some Los Angeles Rams players to pick up, avoid and a few dark horses.
QB Jared Goff
The Rams became a pass-reliant team in 2019. That being said, Goff and the offensive line struggled. Still, despite the struggles, Goff is a decent option, especially if the top names are taken or if you’re adding a back up QB. One thing that can be said is now that Todd Gurley is gone, we can likely expect Goff to take more chances in red zone. Plus, if Goff has a bounce back year, he can challenge your first QB selected. If available, go ahead and draft him with a high upside. Verdict: Mid-round backup.
RB Cam Akers
Rams running backs in general are a position to be cautious about for the 2020 season. Akers has a ton of potential and someone that will be tempting to grab early since he could eventually be the featured back. However, don’t expect that to happen Week 1. He could be a worthy investment, but try and grab him in the later rounds if possible. He may not be available because most like to take rookie risks. Verdict: Late round draft pick.
RB Darrell Henderson
Henderson is the biggest mystery on offense. Technically speaking, McVay mentioned he will give the RB with the hottest hand the ball. So if Henderson improved much from 2019, he could be someone worth grabbing. That being said, if the Rams were confident in him being the featured back, they wouldn’t have drafted Akers. Verdict: Avoid.
RB Malcolm Brown
Brown isn’t going to give you many points from rushing yards. He may initially get decent yardage in the opening weeks if the Rams name him the starter based on being a veteran. That said, his value is a red zone presence. The Rams could rely on Brown to get those red zone touchdowns and that means big points! Verdict: Last round picks/waiver wire pickup.
WR Robert Woods
This goes without saying, if he falls to you in the middle rounds, absolutely draft him! Easily the Rams’ most consistent player in recent years. That’s not expected to change now that Brandin Cooks has moved on. While he may not get you a ton of touchdowns, Woods is a safe 1,000-yard receiver. Verdict: Mid-round draft pick.
WR Cooper Kupp
Kupp put the league on notice in 2019. In fact, he did so well that many believe that Kupp is the Rams’ top receiver. Don’t fall into that trap. Now, I am believer in Kupp’s abilities, but don’t invest a high draft pick on him. The Rams offense is designed to spread the ball out more. Remember, Kupp did disappear toward the end of the 2019 season too. Keep in mind, you should absolutely draft Kupp, just not too early. Verdict: Mid-late round draft pick.
WR Josh Reynolds
If you’re in a deep league, maybe take Reynolds in the last few picks. But honestly, Reynolds isn’t a consistent enough player to really take seriously for Fantasy Football. His major intrigue will be touchdown receptions. Verdict: Avoid.
WR Van Jefferson
It’s debatable to even put Jefferson on the list. That said, news out of training camp suggests that McVay likes Jefferson a lot. It’s difficult to ignore that, but keep in mind that Woods, Kupp and Reynolds are all ahead of Jefferson, and that’s just the receivers. Couldn’t hurt to keep an eye on him though. Verdict: Waiver wire pickup.
TE Tyler Higbee
Higbee ended the 2019 season as one of the best TEs in the league. That’s not to say he could do that the entire 2020 season though. Still, the Rams offense does tend to involve TEs more, so expect Higbee to have a big year. Higbee can be a low TE 1 option in larger leagues, but in average leagues, try and use him as a TE 2. Verdict: Mid-round draft pick.
TE Gerald Everett
So Everett has had a career based on potential. If he remains with the Rams, don’t expect him to put up big numbers consistently. It might be better for his fantasy numbers if he’s traded to another team. If you’re in a larger league, maybe consider him as a waiver wire pick up. Otherwise, probably best to look elsewhere. Verdict: Avoid.
In the past few seasons, the Rams defense has absolutely been one of the better defenses in fantasy football. Losing Dante Fowler and Cory Littleton will likely bring numbers down a bit. Still, the Rams have Aaron Donald and a dominant defensive line. I expect the secondary to be strong too. Remember, the points stem from sacks, interceptions and defensive touchdowns. This defense is certainly capable of putting up those types of stats. Verdict: Late round draft pick.