Rams Fantasy News

Rams hire Wade Phillips to run the defense

Friday, January 13, 2017, 2:01pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Wade Phillips has agreed to terms to become Rams defensive coordinator, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

It's not often that a coordinator of Phillips' caliber is available, so this is a good hire for the Rams. Phillips ran one of the best defenses in the league the last two years in Denver. Before that, his Texans D was in the top seven in yards allowed for three straight years. Before that, his Cowboys D finished in the top nine in yards allowed in three of his four seasons in Dallas.

Rams hire Sean McVay as head coach

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 5:33pm

PFT - [Full Article]

One day after giving Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay a second interview, the Rams will be making him the youngest head coach in NFL history. The Rams have announced that the 30-year-old McVay will be the next coach of the team.

Related players: Todd Gurley

Fantasy Impact:

McVay has been Washington's offensive coordinator for the last three seasons. In 2016 the unit posted the 3rd-most yards and the 12th-most points after scoring the 10th-most points in 2015. His rushing games have never finished higher than 19th in yards or 14th in attempts, so the hire doesn't necessarily mean that Todd Gurley is out of the woods.

No surgery needed for Cards RB David Johnson

Monday, January 2, 2017, 3:05pm

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

David Johnson is OK.

The Pro Bowl running back will not need surgery after suffering a scary-looking left knee injury during Sunday’s finale against the Rams in Los Angeles.

Johnson sprained his MCL, an injury similar to the one suffered by safety Tony Jefferson the week before in Seattle. He will not play in the Pro Bowl while rehabbing the injury. But he will be fine long-term after about six to eight weeks.

“Great news,” Johnson said.

Fantasy Impact:

He did watch the replay, and admitted there was a “tremendous amount of relief” once he knew for sure he didn’t have significant damage. The injury cost Johnson a chance at a couple of records he sought: Gaining 100 yards from scrimmage in all 16 games in a season, and reaching 1,000 yards receiving. Johnson had 44 total yards before his first quarter injury, including 38 receiving. He had needed 159 yards receiving to reach 1,000.

Report: Saints would be open to trading HC Sean Payton

Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:49am

ESPN - [Full Article]

This time, the possibility of Saints HC Sean Payton leaving seems even more serious, with NOLA.com reporting Sunday night that the Los Angeles Rams are expected to seek permission to speak with Payton and that Saints general manager Mickey Loomis would be open to a trade.

A source told ESPN that Payton and Loomis met on the subject following Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons and will continue meeting into the week. For any deal to be struck, it would have to be considered a win-win-win for the Saints, Rams and Payton, as Loomis and Saints owner Tom Benson really have ultimate control.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints signed Payton to a five-year contract extension worth more than $9 million per year this past offseason, and multiple sources have told ESPN that they are happy with the direction the team has been headed this year. But, they won't force Payton to stay if he wants to leave.

Rams WR Kenny Britt inactive vs. Cardinals

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 3:28pm

Rams Inactives
David Arkin OG
Kenny Britt WR
Rob Havenstein OT
Lamarcus Joyner CB
Case Keenum QB
Matt Longacre DE
Cody Wichmann OG

Fantasy Impact:

This was expected as he was downgraded to doublful leading up to the game because of a shoulder injury.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Palmer will be fine to face the Rams.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Rams WR Kenny Britt (shoulder, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. Britt won’t play, which is more of a downgrade for Jared Goff than an upgrade for anyone else. Tavon Austin and Brian Quick should lead the receivers in fantasy points.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Fitzgerald should be out there against the Rams.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Rams WR Mike Thomas (hip, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17.

Seahawks work out RBs; expect Thomas Rawls to play

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 9:17pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

While Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday he expects Thomas Rawls will be able to play Sunday against the 49ers, the team appears to be looking at other tailback options just in case — either for this week or the playoffs.

The NFL’s official transaction wire confirmed that the Seahawks on Tuesday worked out five running backs, four of whom have some significant NFL experience — Stevan Ridley, Jonas Gray, LaMichael James, Dominique Williams and Daniel Herron.

There was also a report (which has yet to be confirmed by the transaction wire or the team) that the Seahawks have re-signed running back Kelvin Taylor to the practice squad. Taylor, a sixth-round pick of the 49ers this year, was on Seattle’s active roster for the win over the Rams, then released the following week. He is the son of former NFL star Fred Taylor, and like his father played at Florida.

Related players: Alex Collins

Fantasy Impact:

Rawls suffered a bruised shoulder in the first half of Saturday’s 34-31 win over Arizona and did not play in the second half. HC Pete Carroll expects Rawls to be OK.

Rams WR Kenny Britt reinjures shoulder

Sunday, December 25, 2016, 1:03pm

ABC News - [Full Article]

Rams WR Kenny Britt was on the injury report this week due to his shoulder, and he reaggravated the injury on Saturday against the 49ers.

Fantasy Impact:

The team ruled him out for the game in the third quarter. Britt was shaping up to be a nice fantasy play against the 49ers but is now a question mark for Week 17.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee) 'praying' injury not serious

Sunday, December 25, 2016, 12:19pm

San Francisco Chronicle - [Full Article]

Carlos Hyde is just 12 rushing yards from the first 1,000-yard season of his career.
And he might not get there.

The 49ers’ running back left in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 22-21 win over the Rams on Saturday when cornerback E.J. Gaines slammed into his left knee after he caught a short pass. Hyde lost a fumble on the play and it initially appeared he might have suffered a horrific injury.

Related players: DuJuan Harris, Shaun Draughn, Mike Davis

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, Hyde was able to walk to the locker room, with just a slight limp, and he was hopeful that the MRI exam he’ll have Sunday will provide good news. He didn’t rule out playing in the season finale against the Seahawks next Sunday. Obviously we can't take a players optimism too seriously. With a week to go and the season lost, there isn't much reason to play Hyde if he's not 100-percent. Harris played well with Hyde out earlier this season, but Draughn and Davis could also figure in should Hyde miss time.

Saturday, December 24, 2016, 3:09pm

Rams Inactives
Maurice Alexander FS
Lamarcus Joyner CB
Case Keenum QB
Matt Longacre DE
Greg Robinson T
Mike Thomas WR
Cody Wichmann OG

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Rams QB Jared Goff (concussion) took full practice reps all week. Goff will start Week 16. He has a fantastic matchup with the 49ers.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Rams WR Kenny Britt (shoulder) took full practice reps again Friday. Britt should be fine to play on Saturday. He was relatively quiet last week (4-50), but it was a tough situation (in Seattle) and he still saw eight targets. He’s averaging 7.6 targets per game on the year (8.4 T/G since Week 9). The matchup is golden – the 49ers are #30 in WR aFPA.

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