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 Rising Stock

There is nothing about Goff's 2016 performance that suggests a big leap forward is imminent any time soon. Still, there's a reason the Rams took the rookie first overall in last year's draft, and even with a new coaching regime they aren't giving up on him yet. The first order of business was improving an offensive line that had Goff running for his life across his first seven NFL starts. But even when not being pressured, Goff was a train wreck and looked wildly overmatched. And outside of the offensive line help, the Rams really didn't do him any favors on a receiving front, overpaying for former Bills wideout Robert Woods to fill the WR1 role this offseason after overpaying gadget receiver/running back Tavon Austin last preseason, and then adding oversized, but plodding slot receiver Cooper Kupp in the draft. Fourth round wideout Josh Reynolds is an interesting piece, as are second year receiver Pharoh Cooper and tight end Tyler Higbee. But across the board the supporting cast is weak and lacks experience. It goes without saying that new coach Sean McVay is a huge upgrade for Goff. But while he needs to be rostered in all dynasty formats, he's unlikely to have much 2017 value and certainly has some long term bust potential at this point.

Running Backs

Todd Gurley

There was much hype about Gurley ahead of last year. Reports had him taking on a larger role in the passing game, and after an impressive rookie campaign he was at or near the top of seemingly everyone's running back rankings. The result was an across the board disappointment. Gurley enters 2017 with much to prove, but fortunately he does so with new head coach Sean McVay at the helm. With Jared Goff looking far from a franchise quarterback to this point, the Rams will lean heavily on Gurley and this coaching staff should scheme to find considerably more creative way to utilize his talent than the last. He may never be the receiving threat we hoped, but it does look like he's going to get another shot to prove he's the real deal as a three down weapon. The Rams should also continue to improve across the offensive line so the real x-factor for Gurley's future fantasy fortunes comes down to whether or not Goff can keep opposing defenses honest with his arm.

Wide Receivers

Sammy Watkins

Early in camp it appeared that Watkins had regained the explosiveness and agility that predated last season s foot injury. Now the question is whether he can stay healthy going forward. In the second half of 2015 Watkins was one of the most dominant receivers in the game, but last season s lingering foot issue left a lot of fantasy owners with a bad taste in their mouths. Now the move to Los Angeles further complicates the situation. In mid-preseason Watkins will need to learn a completely new offense and develop chemistry with second year quarterback Jared Goff, who is still struggling to adjust to the NFL. One positive note for Watkins is that much like in Buffalo, there should be little competition for targets at the receiver position. Former teammate Robert Woods got big money from the Rams this offseason, which raised some eyebrows because he s more of a WR2/3 NFL talent, gadgety scat back-wideout Tavon Austin gets manufactured touches, and rookie Cooper Kupp is slated for slot receiver duties. Watkins should reprise his alpha dog role with the Rams as the most talented wideout on the roster, but his future value is linked to the development of Goff for the time being.

Tight Ends

Tyler Higbee

Higbee will battle Gerald Everett for playing time in the Rams offense, but these are two very different players at the tight end position. Higbee is a big, athletic pass catcher who can be both and in-line tight end and a field stretcher. He also has a bit of a nasty streak that makes him a difficult player to bring down after the catch. From a talent perspective there's some poor man's Travis Kelce to his game if he can learn to maximize his ability. But don't overlook the fact that he's a holdover from the last coaching regime, and after falling to the Rams in the draft a couple years ago due to off the field issues, he'll need to prove himself all over again.

Gerald Everett

Everett will certainly have an adjustment to make, going from South Alabama to the NFL. A Jordan Reed clone, Everett was handpicked by Sean McVay and company to fill a similar role to the one McVay carved out for Reed in his offense in Washington. His biggest competition comes from second year pro, Tyler Higbee, but given their very different skill sets, there's a strong chance they wind up playing quite a bit together in two tight end sets. Everett's ceiling may ultimately be higher, but as a receiver-first move tight end he has less margin for error than a player like Higbee.

Kickers

Greg Zuerlein

The man nicknamed "Greg the leg" has established himself as a power kicker, successfully kicking over 60 yards in 2012 and 2015. However, he's struggled with consistency since entering the NFL, which limits his value as a starting fantasy kicker. He owns a lousy 79.4 career field goal percentage despite improving his field goal accuracy last year, ranking ninth among NFL kickers with an adequate 86.4 percent. The Rams offense ranked last in almost every team statistic last season, limiting Zuerlein's fantasy upside. If you want a kicker that has the range to knock down 55-plus yard FG's on a consistent basis, Zuerlein's the man.

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

DE Aaron Donald is one of the most feared defensive lineman in the game, there's no arguing that, however, the rest of the team's defense just doesn't have the depth to shut down the offensive juggernauts in their division that are the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. They surrendered the most fantasy points among D/ST last season in 2016 and were torched for 300 total yards or more in 10 of their 16 games played. There weren't any notable additions to the Rams defense through free agency or the draft, however, ILBs Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron add playmaking potential. Their special team's unit is a different story. Returner Tavon Austin has been a machine returning punts for the Rams, totaling 2,271 yards and three touchdowns during his four-year career, including a league-high 44 returns last season. RB Benjamin Cunningham and WR Pharoh Cooper split return duties last season, collecting 1,122 yards; the best mark in the NFL. The organization brought in 40 years of coaching experience in defensive co-ordinator Wade Phillips, so there is a good chance the Rams improve on that side of the ball in 2017.

Player Updates

Injury Update Malcolm Brown, RB - Rams RB Malcolm Brown out with MCL injury
8 Nov 2017 - 9:10pm

Rams RB Malcolm Brown is out indefinitely with an MCL injury. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Sammy Watkins, WR - Sammy Watkins 'good to go' for Week 4
29 Sep 2017 - 3:45pm

Rams coach Sean McVay said Sammy Watkins (concussion) is good to go for Week 4 against the Cowboys. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Sammy Watkins, WR - Watkins in concussion protocol after 2nd TD
22 Sep 2017 - 1:11am

Sammy Watkins is in the concussion protocol following a win over the 49ers in Week 3, finishing with six catches, 106 yards and two touchdowns on his seven targets. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Sammy Watkins, WR - Rams get Sammy Watkins from Bills
11 Aug 2017 - 1:59pm

Rams acquired WR Sammy Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick from the Bills in exchange for CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Cooper Kupp, WR - Cooper Kupp starting on Rams 1st depth chart
8 Aug 2017 - 10:43am

Third-round pick Cooper Kupp is listed as a starter on the Rams' first depth chart of preseason. - From Rotoworld.

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