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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Draft Rankings
Cooper Kupp Note
Cooper Kupp photo 38. Cooper Kupp WR - (vs . ARI)
Remember last year when Kupp was the No. 2 wide receiver through eight weeks? While he scored touchdowns in five straight games to close out the season, he was the No. 44 wide receiver from Weeks 9-16. It does help that Brandin Cooks is gone, but the emergence of Tyler Higbee is what cooled Kupp off. The Rams seem to change things quite often, so you'd draft Kupp as a WR2 hoping they target him like they did at the start of 2019.
2 days ago
Robert Woods Note
Robert Woods photo 39. Robert Woods WR - (vs . ARI)
Despite scoring just two touchdowns last year, Woods was able to finish as the No. 17 wide receiver. Why do we continually doubt that his production will continue? Under Sean McVay, he's been a WR2 or better in 21-of-43 games, which is the same as Tyreek Hill. He may not have the upside that Hill does, but as a WR2 on your team, he's gold.
2 days ago
Cam Akers Note
Cam Akers photo 76. Cam Akers RB - (vs . ARI)
The Rams were going to draft a running back - we knew that after they interviewed a ton of them in the draft process. What we didn't know was that they'd take one with their first pick in the draft. While Darrell Henderson is a threat to Akers' overall workload, they clearly know what they have in Henderson, and drafted Akers early. It seems like Henderson is going to be the lesser part of the timeshare, while Akers is the early-down back and likely to receive goal-line work. There's a chance Henderson has a bigger role than anticipated, which prevents us from trusting Akers as anything more than a high-end RB3.
2 days ago
Tyler Higbee Note
Tyler Higbee photo 81. Tyler Higbee TE - (vs . ARI)
Higbee had one of the most unexpected and dominant short-term breakouts in recent memory last season. Over the final five games, he averaged 8.6 receptions and 104 yard per contest after being essentially a fantasy afterthought for his entire career prior. There are questions about heading into the season, including whether the Rams will continue running more of the 12 personnel they ran late in the year and the impact of a healthy Gerald Everett. But, there just aren't many tight ends who are even capable of doing what Higbee did at the end of last year, meaning he needs to be viewed as a mid-tier TE1, albeit with a bit of a skeptical eye.
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Jared Goff Note
Jared Goff photo 119. Jared Goff QB - (vs . ARI)
With the state of the Rams' team, we may see more volume than ever from Goff as they play from behind. He might have lost Brandin Cooks but still has enough weapons that there is upside for him to finish within the top 10 fantasy QBs. Even so, he has been dreadful throughout his career when he doesn't get pass protection and the offensive line should be horrendous.
1 day ago
Darrell Henderson Note
Darrell Henderson photo 128. Darrell Henderson RB - (vs . ARI)
It didn't happen for Henderson last season but he is still talented, especially in the passing game and his creative head coach, Sean McVay has gone on record to say that this will be a four-man committee in the backfield so Henderson should have some value.
1 day ago
Los Angeles Rams Note
Los Angeles Rams photo 197. Los Angeles Rams DST - (vs . ARI)
Malcolm Brown Note
Malcolm Brown photo 200. Malcolm Brown RB - (vs . ARI)
We've heard Sean McVay say that the Rams backfield will be more of a timeshare in 2020, but will it include Brown? It's highly unlikely considering they already tried that, and they've now spent a second- and third- round pick on running backs over the last two years. Brown may get some goal-line work, but he's not going to be anything you can rely on for fantasy.
2 days ago
Josh Reynolds Note
Josh Reynolds photo 228. Josh Reynolds WR - (vs . ARI)
Did the draft pick of Van Jefferson affect Josh Reynolds' role as the No. 3 receiver in the offense? Jefferson fits more of the Brandin Cooks mold than Reynolds, which is where there's some hesitance to draft Reynolds in 2020. However, we do have a history that shows when he is in the starting lineup, he produces. In the 14 games he's seen four-plus targets, he's totaled 46 receptions for 613 yards and seven touchdowns. There's a chance he's being underdrafted, but there's also a chance that he remains the No. 4 receiver on the team.
2 days ago
Gerald Everett Note
Gerald Everett photo 239. Gerald Everett TE - (vs . ARI)
Everett wasn't a startable tight end for most of the season anyway, but he dealt with injuries over the last several weeks of the year and was completely irrelevant. Unfortunately for Everett, Tyler Higbee emerged as a force down the stretch, furthering deepening the divide between Everett and fantasy-relevancy. He's beyond even TE2 consideration at this point.
8 weeks ago
Van Jefferson Note
Van Jefferson photo 307. Van Jefferson WR - (vs . ARI)
Sam Sloman Note
Sam Sloman photo 402. Sam Sloman K - (vs . ARI)
Brycen Hopkins Note
Brycen Hopkins photo 428. Brycen Hopkins TE - (vs . ARI)
John Kelly Note
John Kelly photo 471. John Kelly RB - (vs . ARI)