Thursday, August 9, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Projections: Los Angeles Rams

In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the Los Angeles Rams.



Jared Goff508.6319.440432710.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Goff made huge strides in his second NFL season. A new coaching regime led the Rams from a worst-to-first improvement in scoring offense as Goff exceeded preseason expectations with a top-12 fantasy performance. Assuming the Rams get more production from new addition Brandin Cooks than they got from Sammy Watkins last season, Goff has the potential to build upon last year's success.
Sean Mannion10.46.2640.

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Running Backs


Todd Gurley291.61306.411.151.4503.73.11.8262.61
What a difference a year (coach) makes! Leading all running backs in fantasy points scored, Gurley compiled 2,093 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns, both of which led the NFL. Repeating those lofty numbers in back-to-back seasons may be unreasonable for Gurley (or any NFL player). That said, Gurley is second overall in my rankings to Le'Veon Bell and he's currently going off the board with the first pick, on average, according to fantasy football ADP data.
Malcolm Brown62.7241.41.39.772.80.20.339.82
John Kelly51.5216.30.812.9105.80.50.539.01
Justin Davis4.5180.100002.4

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Wide Receivers


Brandin Cooks56.8920.261.811.700.1128.99
With Sammy Watkins signing a free-agent deal with the Chiefs, the Rams traded for Cooks as he looks for his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season. Of course, it's a downgrade to play with Jared Goff (2018+) after beginning his career with future HOFers Drew Brees (2014-16) and Tom Brady (2017). That said, Sean McVay and Goff ran the league's highest-scoring offense last season.
Robert Woods63.7872.
Missing four games in his debut season with the Rams, Woods averaged a career-best 65.1 yards per game and went off for nine catches and 142 yards in their playoff loss to the Falcons. His per-game regular-season production was equivalent to a 16-game pace of 74.7/1,041.3/6.7.
Cooper Kupp63.5857.35.40000.2117.73
No rookie receiver had more receptions than Kupp (62) in 2017 and only JuJu Smith-Schuster had more yards and touchdowns than Kupp (869/5). While it's possible Kupp repeats his rookie-year production, the presence of Woods and Cooks limits his upside some.
Josh Reynolds14.3145.91.30000.122.19
Pharoh Cooper8.569.70.30000.610.57
Mike Thomas2.9450.10000.14.9

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Tight Ends


Gerald Everett28.6394.73.10000.457.27
The team's second-round pick in 2017, Everett had a relatively quiet debut season (16/244/2). It's certainly possible that he (or Tyler Higbee) is more productive in 2018 with the only problem being the number of mouths to feed on offense.
Tyler Higbee24.7301.32.20000.143.13
Henry Krieger-Coble5.5660.400009

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