Los Angeles Rams

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 4-12 4-11-1 7-9 3,732 1,660 60.94% 39.06% 31%
2015-16 7-9 7-8-1 4-12 2,805 1,956 53.37% 46.63% 26%
2014-15 6-10 7-9 8-8 3,400 1,635 58.73% 41.27% 35%
2013-14 7-9 7-9 9-7 3,125 1,752 55.99% 44.01% 34%
2012-13 7-9 11-5 8-8 3,550 1,714 59.08% 40.92% 32%

Season Outlook

There isn't much excitement when it comes to the Rams offense in terms of fantasy upside. Sophomore QB Jared Goff will look to prove his worth as a starting QB in the NFL and a first overall draft pick. Goff had a dreadful first seven starts, owning an abysmal 54.6 completion percentage and threw more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (5). He will likely start the season on your league's waiver wire and owners should avoid drafting him, as there are much better options available. The Rams added former Bills receiver Robert Woods in the offseason to pair alongside the speedy Tavon Austin, but neither of them have surpassed the 1,000 yard receiving marks. RB Todd Gurley is the cornerstone of the Rams offense, registering 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns his rookie season. Gurley scuffled at times last season, as teams stacked the box against him due to the Rams' woeful passing game, which led to a deflation of his yards (885) and touchdowns (7). He saw 278 rushing attempts last season. He can be safely drafted as an RB1. Rookie TE Gerald Everett is currently penciled in as the starter and expected to help this passing offense get back on track. He's a slick athlete who ended his college career off on a high-note with a stellar stat-line of 49/717/4. He won't be an impact player at first, but has value as a late sleeper draft pick. Sean McVay enters his first season as the Rams head coach after serving three years as the Redskins offensive coordinator. He will bring with him the Redskins vertical offense that has a healthy mix of screens and short angled passes to continue drives, which has the possibility of kick-starting this youthful offense.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Jared Goff

Goff threw for more than 3800 yards and 28 touchdowns last year, while attempting just over 30 passes per game and throwing just 7 interceptions. It's a pace that doesn't seem sustainable, and was greatly aided by Todd Gurley's involvement in the passing game. That probably continues in 2018, but asking him to be that efficient with his throws again is a bit of a longshot. It wouldn't be surprising to see the interceptions come up a bit and touchdowns regress, along with a similar yardage output, making him a borderline QB1/QB2.

Running Backs

Todd Gurley Injury Update

Gurley is a top running back option for 2018 with a guaranteed three down role in the Rams high powered offense. He's a lock for 300+ touches again, but owners should temper their expectations because he's unlikely to repeat his eye-popping 2017 stats.

Defenses

Los Angeles Defense

As the Rams head back to California, Rams D/ST owners will try to put 2015 out of their minds. Easily a top six drafted unit, this team has a Jekyll-and-Hyde thing going on. On paper, this defensive line should be a major sack producing unit and be at least above average stopping the run. The 2015 Rams really did neither, finishing 11th in sacks (41) and 20th in rushing yards allowed. The defense led by indomitable DT Aaron Donald should be primed for a better year in 2016 for fantasy owners. Donald will have to step into more of a leadership role as the Rams let DE Chris Long and LB James Laurinaitis go. They will need LB Alec Ogletree, the 2013 first rounder, to assume his 2014 form (or better) and be the rangy tackling machine in the middle. DE Robert Quinn, a 15-sack guy when healthy also missed half the season in 2015. In the secondary, where the Rams gave up 254 yards a game and a 66.8% opposing completion percentage, opted to keep CB Trumaine Johnson and let CB Janoris Jenkins leave to the NY Giants. They also have a hole at safety with Rodney McLeod bolting to Philadelphia. The loss of Jenkins will be mitigated by a healthy E.J Gaines, who missed all of 2015. To aid in the loss of Lauranitis, SS Mark Barron is now penciled in at linebacker. The Rams profile as a team that will rely heavily on their defense as their offense is Todd Gurley and an unknown quantity at quarterback in rookie Jared Goff. This probably hurts them and keeps them in the top 10-15 range, but many different scenarios are possible with this unit. You can wait and see on them to see if they get dropped as their first few games are pretty brutal.

LA Rams Defense

The Rams made a huge splash in the offseason by making a number of big free-agent signings and trades. They added Marcus Peters CB, Sam Shields CB, Ndamukong Suh DT, and Aqib Talib CB. Wow. Not much more you can say about those additions, other than the fact they should be among the top units in the league. They were top 10 in takeaways last season and with Suh now paired with Aaron Donald, we could be seeing plenty of them in the opposing team's backfield. From a raw point perspective, they should be able to go head to head with the Jaguars. According to some in the industry, these two teams are a coin flip when it comes to drafting, and I see it the same way. Their ADP is 2.2 right now, so right behind the Jaguars and a viable option to take as number one.

Player Updates

Player Update Pharoh Cooper, WR - Rams part ways with return specialist Cooper
18 Dec 2018 - 7:10pm

Rams waived PR/KR Pharoh Cooper. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Cooper Kupp, WR - Cooper Kupp (knee) doubtful to face Packers
24 Oct 2018 - 4:29pm

Rams coach Sean McVay said Cooper Kupp (knee) is doubtful for Week 8 against the Packers. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Cooper Kupp, WR - Rams rule out Cooper Kupp (knee) Week 17
29 Dec 2017 - 4:33pm

Cooper Kupp (knee) has been ruled out for Week 17. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Jared Goff, QB - McVay hints Rams will rest starters Week 17
26 Dec 2017 - 9:30pm

Speaking Tuesday, coach Sean McVay hinted the Rams will rest their key starters for the Week 17 finale against the 49ers. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Robert Woods, WR - Robert Woods (shoulder) due back in Week 15
10 Dec 2017 - 12:42am

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Robert Woods (shoulder, questionable) is not expected to play in Week 14 against the Eagles, but is due back for Week 15 against the Seahawks. - From Rotoworld.

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