Rams 2018 los angeles rams Fantasy Preview

We saw a Rams renaissance in 2017. Head coaching wunderkind Sean McVay oversaw a turnaround from the lowest scoring offense in the league in 2016 to the NFL's highest-scoring outfit last season. At the forefront of this revival was Todd Gurley, who underwent a fantasy resurrection of his own. The talented running back put a disappointing 2016 behind him to post nearly 2,100 total yards and 19 total touchdowns while finishing second to only Russell Wilson in total fantasy points. Equally as impressive was the improvement of quarterback Jared Goff. The second-year signal caller quieted his many critics with 3,804 passing yards and 28 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Two of the bigger beneficiaries of that aerial bonanza were free agent pick-up Robert Woods (56/781/5) and rookie Cooper Kupp (62/869/5). Perhaps the only one who didn't meet expectations was Sammy Watkins, who was traded to Los Angeles from Buffalo shortly before the season began. Watkins' eight touchdowns somewhat made up for an otherwise underwhelming 39 receptions (70 targets) and 593 yards. The Rams also took a giant step forward defensively, going from one of the worst units in the league – both real and fantasy – to one of the best. It's a group that is expected to get even better heading into the new season.

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FACT: Cooper Kupp made an immediate impact for the Rams and fantasy managers alike as he led all rookies in receptions and was second to Juju Smith-Schuster in receiving yards.
Offseason Moves

One wide receiver out, another one in. After a lackluster season, the Rams parted ways with Sammy Watkins and traded for Brandin Cooks. While both players are burners who can stretch a defense, the Rams hope Cooks can offer more versatility. Without a draft pick until the third round, Los Angeles chose to add help for the offensive line, which should bode well for Goff and Gurley. The team did select Tennessee's John Kelly in the sixth round though he's not on many fantasy radars. The Rams did make a big splash on defense by signing Ndamukong Suh to a defense that was already top five in the league while also adding former Chiefs linebacker Ramik Wilson and re-signing cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Sleepers & Busts

Robert Woods had a career season last year but the addition of Cooks to the offense could eat into some of his opportunities in 2018. Despite showing impressive growth between his first and second seasons, there is no guarantee that he makes another quantum leap forward in an offense that will heavily feature short passing (Goff averaged 5.8 air yards/completion in 2017) and an all-world running back. On the upside, the Rams found targets for two tight ends – Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee – and could start to work one or both into the offense even more this season.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Jared Goff Sean Mannion Brandon Allen
RB Todd Gurley Malcolm Brown Justin Davis John Kelly
WR Brandin Cooks Robert Woods Cooper Kupp Josh Reynolds
TE Gerald Everett Tyler Higbee Temarrick Hemingway
K Greg Zuerlein Sam Ficken