Rams Fantasy News

Rams WR Brandin Cooks has 'great rapport' with QB Jared Goff

Thursday, July 5, 2018, 5:36pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Rams head coach Sean McVay had nothing but positive things to say about new receiver addition, Brandin Cooks.

“I think you’ve just liked what you’ve seen overall,” head coach Sean McVay said. “He’s got a great rapport already with Jared, and he feels really good with the receiver group. I think he’s done a nice job kinda fitting into that room and really endearing himself to his teammates. We sure like him as coaches, too.”

Fantasy Impact:

This could just be coach speak, but it certainly seems to be the complete opposite of what the Rams had last year with Sammy Watkins, who had just 70 targets in 15 games. Cooks figures to lead the Rams in targets in 2018. He is currently the No. 23 wide receiver off the board in fantasy drafts.

Rams trade WR Tavon Austin to Cowboys

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 2:42pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Adam Schefter sent out a tweet that the Los Angeles Rams traded WR Tavon Austin to the Dallas Cowboys for a sixth-round pick (192 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact:

Austin was phased out of the Rams' offense last year, catching only 13 passes (on 22 targets) for 56 yards and zero touchdowns. The offseason acquisition of Brandin Cooks added to an already crowded Rams WRs corps, making Austin expendable. He now goes to a Cowboys team in need of pass-catchers, but he will likely be nothing more than the third or fourth option in the passing game.

Rams trade for WR Brandin Cooks

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 6:08pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Patriots are trading WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to LA Rams for the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and a sixth-round pick, league sources told ESPN.

Fantasy Impact:

Cooks' value takes a hit in Los Angeles, where he'll compete for targets with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Jared Goff is no Tom Brady, and Sammy Watkins only saw 70 targets in 15 games (4.7 per game) in the role that Cooks is expected to fill. Woods and Kupp see slight downgrades as well. As for New England, this moves shows a lot of confidence in Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman, who will now vie for targets alongside Rob Gronkowski.

WR Sammy Watkins to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:19am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

It appears WR Sammy Watkins will be on the move again -- this time of his own volition -- as Adam Schefter reported that Watkins will sign with the Kansas City Chiefs upon the start of free agency.

Fantasy Impact:

Watkins finished his one and only season with the Rams as the No. 40 fantasy receiver in PPR leagues—despite catching only 39 passes. It was his eight touchdowns that really made a dent. Now he'll join an offense with playmakers such as Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt, while catching passes from first-time starter Patrick Mahomes.

Titans hire Matt LaFleur to run the offense

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 11:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Titans have hired Matt LaFleur as offensive coordinator, selecting him to run their offense and lead quarterback Marcus Mariota to the next level.

LaFleur, who spent the 2017 season as the Rams' offensive coordinator with quarterback Jared Goff, left for Tennessee to take a playcalling position, which amounted to a promotion.

Fantasy Impact:

LaFleur was also the quarterbacks coach for Kyle Shanahan in 2015 and 2016.

Ravens noncommittal about RB Alex Collins

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 11:10am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back Alex Collins proved to be the biggest surprise of the Baltimore Ravens this season, going from the practice squad in Week 1 to the NFL's 11th-leading rusher.

But Ravens coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal when asked whether Collins earned the right to be the starter for next season or if Baltimore will look to upgrade.

"I'm looking to upgrade everything. You know that's how I'm going to answer the question," Harbaugh said. "Alex Collins has proven the fact that he can be a very good back in this league."

Collins isn't seen as a workhorse back by Baltimore. The Ravens never gave him the ball more than 20 times in a game (compared to Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette, who combined to do so 12 times) because they didn't want to wear down a smaller frame back like Collins. There are also other issues with ball security (four fumbles) and catching the ball (three drops).

The Ravens could just be keeping their options open at running back, especially in the draft. Baltimore hasn't selected a running back in the first three rounds since Bernard Pierce in 2012, and the team could be kicking itself after passing on Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt last year.

Fantasy Impact:

Collins averaged 4.59 YPC, which was No. 4 in the league among running backs with at least 200 carries. If the Ravens don't make a big move at running back, Collins will likely hold draft value in the fourth or fifth round.

Friday, January 5, 2018, 4:55pm

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Freeman should be out there against the Rams. His rushing numbers have dipped over the past two weeks—22 carries for 59 yards against the Saints and Panthers—but he has 16 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown in his last three games.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) not on final injury report

Thursday, January 4, 2018, 1:21pm

Vaughn McClure - [Full Article]

The Falcons said no player will be listed as questionable heading into their Wild Card matchup versus the Los Angeles Rams this weekend, including Freeman.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears Freeman will be good to go this weekend in a good matchup according to our aFPA metric, as the Rams are ranked 21st vs. RBs. We have Freeman ranked as a top-seven RB across the board this weekend. Tevin Coleman is our No. 10 ranked RB.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, WR Julio Jones miss practice

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 7:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman both were held out of practice Tuesday as the team prepared for Saturday's NFC Wild Card matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.

Jones, who had been dealing with ankle and thumb injuries, now is listed with ankle and rib injuries. He took a hard hit over the middle from safety Mike Adams in last week's win over Carolina but returned to the game.

Julio Jones still has sore ribs from the hit he took Sunday that left him on the turf. Meanwhile, Freeman showed up on the injury report with a knee injury. Freeman said he was banged up after last week's game but played through the pain.

Rams will sit RB Todd Gurley in Week 17

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3:31pm

Rams Inactives
Mark Barron LB
Aaron Donald DE
Todd Gurley RB
Lamarcus Joyner FS
Alec Ogletree LB
John Sullivan C
Andrew Whitworth OT

Related players: Cooper Kupp, Jared Goff, Roberts Woods, Sammy Watkins, Josh Reynolds

Fantasy Impact:

Kupp, Woods, Watkins and Goff are all active but Goff may very well be used in an emergency-only role today. Meanwhile Kupp, Woods and Watkins could all see limited snaps. Reynolds was a Ram receiver we said to consider this week but this situation isn't as clear as perhaps expected.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Kupp is expected to sit despite the return to practice on Friday.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

49ers TE George Kittle (ankle) took full practice reps all week. Kittle’s snaps are on the rise again so he’s a Sneaky Start against the Rams.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp will miss Week 17

Friday, December 29, 2017, 3:38pm

Lindsey Thiry - [Full Article]

Kupp will join starters Todd Gurley and Jared Goff on the bench this week, as the Rams rest key starters heading into the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact:

It's hard to judge which Rams WRs will lead the team in targets, but if you must start one wideout from the team, we have Josh Reynolds ranked the highest. He's our No. 32 ranked WR.

Rams could rest starters in Week 17

Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 9:31pm

Joe Curley on Twitter - [Full Article]

McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams are locked into a No. 3 or a No. 4 seed, which means they won't have a first-round bye.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Rams K Greg Zuerlein (back) was removed from the injury report Friday. The Rams have signed Sam Ficken to replace Zuerlein, who was placed on injured reserve.

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