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This Week Outlook
FS Lamarcus Joyner collected five solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one tackle for loss, and one sack in the Los Angeles Rams' Week 6 win against the Denver Broncos.
Joyner started the season slowly, but has been heating up as of late. Keep an eye on him if you're desperate for safety help, or as a potential bye week fill-in at the position.
FS Lamarcus Joyner recorded one solo tackle and four assisted tackles in the Los Angeles Rams' Week 5 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
Joyner has recorded between four and six total tackles in every game this year except a goose egg in Week 2 against the offensively-inept Arizona Cardinals. Expect similar production moving forward.
Rams' S Lamarcus Joyner recorded five solo tackles and one assisted tackle in their Week 1 matchup against the Raiders.
Joyner didn't flash, but he didn't make any big mistakes either. The Rams defense has plenty of superstars, and teams are likely to throw his way to avoid them. Joyner has the opportunity to produce on the stat sheet if he stays healthy and can make teams pay for targeting him.
Lamarcus Joyner and the Rams were unable to reach agreement on a contract extension before the deadline applicable to franchise tag recipients. Joyner will play the 2018 season on a one-year franchise tag contract paying him $11.287 million.
Lamarcus Joyner wasn't a particularly useful fantasy asset in 2017, finishing as the S60. Joyner has a big opportunity to step up in 2018, however, after the Rams added CB Marcus Peters and CB Aqib Talib via trade, DT Ndamukong Suh via free agency, and traded away LB Alec Ogletree. Opposing offenses will likely avoid passing outside and running inside when possible, providing Joyner increased chances in both the pass and run games. If Joyner can use his uncertain contract status as motivation, he could jump up the safety ranks this year.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Rams are using their franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner.
Things just got a lot more exciting for fantasy football players, as this means Sammy Watkins will become a free agent. The Rams likely came to this decision once the franchise tag price per position came out, as the price for wide receivers is nearly $4 million more than that of a safety. For teams in the safety market, Joyner was the clear-cut No. 1 option, so this makes things a bit tougher for them. This is a smart move for the Rams, who failed to use Watkins extensively in their offense last year.