This page will be regularly updated with news and analysis regarding the Rams’ skill position players throughout training camp and the preseason. ⬆︎ ⬇︎ Indicate which way a player’s fantasy value is trending and (R) denotes rookies.
Warren Sharp projects the Rams to face the 10th toughest schedule in 2018.
Jared Goff ⬆︎ -- The Rams schedule sets Goff up for a potentially high-volume season. Dates with the Chargers, Vikings, Packers, Saints, Chiefs, Lions, Bears, and Eagles will undoubtedly produce shootouts that Goff should feast in. He’ll throw interceptions -- a lot of these defenses are legit -- but volume and Sean McVay will keep Goff producing solid QB numbers. Draft Goff comfortably in the 11th round.
Todd Gurley ⬆ -- Last year’s RB1 will once again dominate the stat sheet. He’s a do-it-all back in dynamic, progressive offense. He may not finish as the RB1 but he’ll undoubtedly stay within the Top 5. Draft him aggressively and smile, smile, smile.
John Kelly (R) ⬆︎ -- Stop what you’re doing. Go watch this. Draft John Kelly in all dynasty leagues and feel free to take him as a late round flyer in redraft. If Gurley get hurts, Kelly is immediately in the RB1 discussion.
Robert Woods ⬆︎ -- Woods burst onto the scene last year, totalling 781 yards and 5 touchdowns despite only playing 12 games. He won’t be a Top 10 option but he’ll be a rock solid WR2/Flex all year long. His 9th round ADP is a steal.
Brandin Cooks ⬆︎ -- Cooks was brought in to play the Sammy Watkins Role from 2017. However, with Watkins never having had time to learn the playbook, we don’t really know what that role is. Watkins was basically used as a field-stretcher/decoy -- albeit a productive one. It’s easy to dismiss Watkins’ season as a bust but how many 8 touchdowns bust-seasons do you know of? Watkins was used effectively in the red-zone as well. Cooks will be asked to do all of the above — and more. A 1,000 yard, 8 touchdown season seems more than reasonable to expect. It’s worth noting, McVay attempted to trade for Cooks in 2017 as well, so we know he has big plans for the speedster.
Cooper Kupp ⬆︎ -- Sharp notes in the 2018 Football Preview that Kupp registered a whopping 23 red-zone targets in 2017, finishing the year with 869 yards and 5 touchdowns as a rookie. Expect those numbers to increase -- especially in the touchdown department -- in Year 2. I love Kupp and his 9th round ADP.
Tyler Higbee ⬆︎ -- Gerald Everett was the highly touted receiving prospect but Higbee has been having a stronger preseason. Given Everett’s shoulder injury, this looks like Higbee’s job to lose.
Gerald Everett ⬇ -- Everett needs to get healthy -- quick. He’s got immense upside but that won’t matter if McVay feels more comfortable rolling Higbee out there as the TE1.