Fantasy Football Team Preview Rankings: No 10. Los Angeles Rams

Will the Rams' offense be even better in year two of Sean McVay?

Fantasy Football Team Previews

#10 – Los Angeles Rams

The Rams underwent the greatest offensive turnaround in NFL history going from the lowest scoring offense in 2016 to the highest in 2017. New Head Coach Sean McVay really put himself and the Rams on the map thanks to his dynamic play calling, really emphasizing just how bad Jeff Fisher was.

QBs: Jared Goff (QB14)

In Goff’s rookie year, he was under the tutelage of Jeff Fisher and surrounded by a weak supporting cast. Enter McVay and some talented receivers in Year Two and boy did that make a difference. Ending the year with 3,804 yards and 28 touchdowns, Goff was a reliable fantasy QB and now has added more weapons to his arsenal. He is still being drafted as a backup fantasy option, and I’d feel great having him there. He’s one of the last guys that makes my list of “acceptable starters”.

RBs: Todd Gurley (RB1)

We’ve never seen a fantasy playoff performance quite like what Gurley did in 2017. It’s very likely that if you were a Gurley owner last year, he carried you into the playoffs and then smashed your opponents skull with his massive dong to win a league title. He was opened up with McVay at the helm who created the perfect system for the talented Georgia running back. If you have the #1 pick this year, he’s the choice. His massive workload and reception totals make him a true work horse and gives you a massive advantage over other owners. You don’t get any better than Gurley.

WRs: Brandin Cooks (WR29), Robert Woods (WR41), Cooper Kupp (WR42)

The Rams have made a point to surround their franchise QB with more weapons. The team traded for speedy receiver Brandin Cooks from New England to give them a vertical threat with speed to burn. If McVay really opens up the offense, you’ll see Goff chucking the ball deep more often. Cooks easily has the most talent of the receiving group. Former Bills receiver Robert Woods was more of a boom/bust guy. He missed some games to injury, but exploded for massive stat lines over the course of a game or two. I’d expect him to lineup on the opposite side of Cooks as the WR2. Which leaves Cooper Kupp left to decipher in the offense. Kupp was the target hog of the team with 94 targets and operated as the slot guy for Goff. The two displayed serious chemistry as Kupp should be one of the Rams more heavily targeted receivers once again.

TEs: Tyler Higbee (NR)

Higbee was really a non-factor fantasy wise despite the offense being so talented. Not gonna waste anymore time here, Higbee won’t be drafted.

O-Line:

The Rams offensive line checks in at #10 overall per ProFootball focus after a huge turnaround. The big additions of Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan vaulted the Rams up the rankings in 2017. It helped Gurley to such a monster season and allowed Goff the time to make plays for the offense. As long as Whitworth’s play doesn’t drop too drastically like it did in the playoffs, the Rams should be more than fine this year.

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