• Robert Woods

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  • , Houston Texans
  • 31
  • 195 lbs
  • 6' 0"
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Scouting report

by Jeff Hicks

LAR WR Robert Woods - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Seahawks

Robert Woods had his best fantasy day of the season but topped double-digit fantasy points in half-PPR formats for just the second time this season. Teammate Cooper Kupp is hogging targets and it has affected Woods’ production. The positive is Seattle’s defense is 24th in aFPA to the wide receiver position and has allowed a 100-yard receiver that lines up outside in three straight games (with three touchdowns). At this point, the fantasy floor is low for Woods but a top 10 matchup puts him safely in the WR2/3 conversation.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR WR Robert Woods - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs Cardinals

We love to see 19 targets through three games but we hate to see all the spoils go to Cooper Kupp. I do not know if Woods is not a breakfast person but he has fallen behind Kupp in terms of productivity. His matchup against the Arizona Cardinals is still a winnable one and as long as the veteran sees a comparable number of targets as Kupp, he is bound to break out of his yardage slump. Woods is in the WR2 conversation as long as the Rams continue to power the ball downfield through the air.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR WR Robert Woods - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs Buccaneers

Despite an increase in targets and catches in Week 2, Robert Woods was the clear second fiddle to Cooper Kupp. Woods will also have the more difficult matchup than Kupp by going against Carlton Davis/Jamel Dean on the perimeter. If The Rams want to make sure Woods is fed and keeps the pressure off Kupp after his hot start, quick routes are the way to beat Tampa outside. Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley have had success that way, each scoring a touchdown on at least seven catches. It will be interesting to see how the passing game plays out if the Rams and Bucs play a tight game, something the Bucs have not had for long stretches over their first two contests. Woods is a WR2 at home.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR WR Robert Woods - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs Colts

Despite a quiet week in terms of yards, Robert Woods managed three receptions, one rushing attempt, and a touchdown. Blown coverages by the Bears defense opened up big plays for other receivers but does not preclude Woods from getting his this week against the Colts. Indy allowed 160 receiving yards and three touchdowns to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, and the difference between those two and Woods/Cooper Kupp is not that different. Expect Woods to see more targets in their first road game of 2021.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR WR Robert Woods - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs Bears

The arrival of Matthew Stafford boosts Robert Woods’ fantasy floor including Week 1 against Chicago. The Bears enter 2021 as the 6th-best defense in schedule-adjusted positional defensive rankings but have serious question marks at cornerback. Woods should see Jaylon Johnson but not necessarily as a shadow. Opposite Johnson is second-year CB Kindle Vildor. Exactly. As long as the Rams offensive line holds, Woods is on track to be a WR2 with WR1 upside.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR WR Robert Woods - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

The rising tide lifts all boats, and the arrival of Matthew Stafford benefits Robert Woods. Woods has finished as WR13 and WR17 the past two seasons and is set to finish as a fantasy WR2 in 2021. Woods’ role does not lend to massive games (two 100-plus receiving yard games in 2020) but his role as a runner sets him apart from the rest of the Rams receiver corps. He has double-digit touches and at least one rushing touchdown in each of the past three seasons. The potential of increased passing and rushing volume with the loss of Cam Akers and the opportunity for a deeper Average Depth of Target (aDOT) makes Woods an excellent addition to fantasy rosters.

Fantasy Downside

Woods is 29-years old and is officially out of his prime window. There is no guarantee he starts to decline in 2021, but it is very much in the realm of possibilities. He also did not separate himself from the rest of the receiving corps in terms of targets and air yards. Cooper Kupp had the same aDOT and market share of targets and air yards as Woods, and potential breakout candidate Van Jefferson led the team with an 11.3 aDOT in 2020. If Jefferson were to step into the recently departed Josh Reynolds’s deep-threat role, he could also match or come close to the same air yard share as Woods and Kupp. The arrival of Stafford could help Woods’ role as more than a catch-and-run receiver, but there is no guarantee.

Two of the Rams’ most difficult games are Weeks 12 and 17 with road games at Green Bay and Baltimore, respectively. Both defenses enter 2021 as top 10 defenses against wide receivers using 4for4’s Schedule-Adjusted Positional Defensive Rankings.

2021 Bottom Line

Woods is a WR2 with an opportunity to enter the WR1 conversation with an increased aDOT role now that Stafford is the Rams QB. His rushing floor also helps mitigate the lack of spike weeks and keeps him on the field.

by Richard Mejia

LAR WR Robert Woods - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs Arizona

Woods struggled last week against the Seattle Seahawks as he caught 4-of-9 targets for 48 yards and had two carries for one yard. The entire Rams offense struggled in this one and to make matters worse, Jared Goff will miss some time with a thumb injury. Even with Cooper Kupp expected to miss this week as he was placed on the COVID/reserved list, Woods won’t see the same amount of work with John Wolford starting in place of Goff. Woods will be a WR3 in this one.

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