- August 22, 2019 at 10:08 am #112316Shawn ChildsParticipant
Los Angeles Rams
The first question a Fantasy owner has to answer as the backend of the RB1 pool is where they stand on Todd Gurley in 2019. I downgraded his touches this year to about 18.5, which is about 18 percent lower than his chances in 2017 (22.9) and 2018 (22.5). Gurley signed a big contract in 2018 ($45 million guaranteed), which gives LA plenty of reasons to ride him to the promised land. Even with tapered down touches, he’ll still catch plenty of balls with plus scoring ability. The so-called wise-guys will be drawn to rookie Darrell Henderson while the sharps snatch up Gurley in the second round.
The backup RB option in 2019 for the Rams looks to be a battle between Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown. Henderson comes with all the preseason hype after getting drafted in the third round in the 2019 NFL draft. Brown signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2015 after playing four seasons at Texas as a rotational running back. His best season in college came in 2013 when he gained 1,099 combined yards with 11 TDs and 17 catches on 231 touches. After struggling to make an impact in yards per carry earlier in his career, Brown played well in limited playing time in 2018 (43 rushes for 212 yards – 4.9 yards per rush and five catches for 52 yards and a TD). His lower overall upside pushes him to third on the depth chart in Los Angeles for me. Another note on his possible value this year is that he wasn’t drafted by the current Rams’ coaching staff.
Brandin Cook picked up a slight hamstring injury in early August, which will lead to him having limited reps over the middle of August. The Rams expect him to be ready for Week 1.
Cooper Kupp has progressed enough to be drafted in the fifth round in 12-team PPR leagues. If he doesn’t have any setbacks or no negative news over the next three weeks, I’ll push his projections (currently 69/978/8) to a much attractive range as a Fantasy WR2.
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