Los Angeles Rams
Coach: Sean McVay
OC: Sean McVay
QB: Jared Goff, Blake Bortles, Brandon Allen, John Wolford
RBs: Todd Gurley, Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson, Justin Davis, John Kelly
WRs: Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds, JoJo Natson, KhaDarel Hodge, Mike Thomas, Austin Proehl, Jalen Greene, Alex Bachman, Johnathan Lloyd, Nsimba Webster
TEs: Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, Johnny Mundt, Kendall Blanton, Keenen Brown
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 3, Pick 70 – RB – Darrell Henderson – Memphis
Round 3, Pick 97 – OT – Bobby Evans – Oklahoma
Round 5, Pick 169 – OT – David Edwards – Wisconsin
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
WR – Jalen Greene – Utah State
WR – Alex Bachman – Wake Forest
WR – Johnathan Lloyd – Duke
WR – Nsimba Webster – Eastern Washington
TE – Kendall Blanton – Missouri
TE – Keenen Brown – Texas State
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
QB – Blake Bortles
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/24, Veterans 7/26
Sean McVay enters his third season as the Rams head coach. He also acts as the offensive coordinator. The Rams finished 2nd in total offense last year, 5th in passing and 3rd in rushing. We can expect the Rams to remain a top five offense this year.
Jared Goff was fantastic last year, finishing as the QB6. He threw for 4,688 yards, 32 TDs and added 108 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. His current ADP is around QB10. I like this value here. He will likely regress a little bit, but should be able to notch another top 10 finish. He also gets his favorite red-zone target back in Cooper Kupp. The Rams signed Blake Bortles to be the back up. Brandon Allen and John Wolford will compete for the final roster spot.
The biggest question for the Rams coming into the 2019 season will be the health of Todd Gurley. Reports are saying that he has arthritis in his knee and that he might be scaled back slightly this year. The Rams drafted Darrell Henderson out of Memphis in the third round. This action backs that report up. The Rams also signed Malcolm Brown’s offer sheet after the Lion’s tried to sign him. Gurley’s ADP is all around the place, as early as RB10 and sometimes as late as RB15. He’ll most likely cost a second to early third round pick. He looks best as your RB2. If the Rams plan on scaling Gurley back, that means Henderson will be getting involved, most likely in passing situations. There has been talk about the Rams using Gurley/Henderson is similar fashion to how the Saints deployed Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Henderson has an ADP around RB36. He could be a league winner this year if Gurley misses time. If he does miss time, Malcolm Brown would step as the primary back. Continue to monitor this situation throughout the summer before your drafts. Justin Davis and John Kelly round out the rest of the group.
With the uncertainty at running back, it might be a better idea to target the Rams receivers. Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp will all have value for us this year. They all have WR2 upside and should finish no worse than a WR3. Cooks has an ADP of around WR15, Woods around WR18 and Kupp around WR20. I usually like to draft the guy with the lowest ADP, so that’ll be Kupp in this situation. He tore his ACL last year but was able to avoid the PUP list and will be full-go for camp. I think it’s more of a preference choice here, but you should definitely target one of these guys. After the top three, Josh Reynolds would be the clear number four. If an injury occurs, he’ll be the guy who gets called up to start. We’ll monitor the camp battle for the remaining roster spots. This include; JoJo Natson, KhaDarel Hodge, Mike Thomas Austin Proehl, Jalen Greene, Alex Bachman, Johnathan Lloyd and Nsimba Webster.
Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee headline the tight end group. Everett is the better receiving tight end and also has a high draft capital. Everett is a solid best ball target for your TE2. If one of the receivers misses time, this would elevate Everett to a streaming option. Higbee is the better blocker and likely won’t be drafted. The backup number three spot will be a camp battle between Johnny Mundt, Kendall Blanton and Keenen Brown.
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