Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 7/17/18 12:13pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks signed a five-year contract extension Tuesday, July 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Cooks, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods comprise an underrated wide receiver corps for the Rams. Unfortunately for Cooks, there may be too many mouths to feed for him to be viewed as more than a low-end WR2 to high-end WR3. He's more the latter in a PPR setup.
Greg Zuerlein - PKPosted 7/10/18 1:37am ET
Los Angeles Rams PK Greg Zuerlein (back) 'could probably go' if he had to suit up for an upcoming game, according to special teams coordinator John Fassel, who added, 'A week after his surgery he was in the training room and he's lived in there ever since that day. So he's had a great offseason with his rehab and his training, so when training camp starts, I would imagine we'll be full speed.'
Huddle Up: As long as he's ready for the start of the season, Zuerlein should be one of the most popular kickers taken in fantasy drafts -- not just for his efficiency and kicking power but also because the Rams figure to have one of the more explosive offenses in football again. Thus, Zuerlein should have plenty of opportunities at racking up points on a weekly basis.
Todd Gurley - RBPosted 7/7/18 7:24pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley's 343 touches were the third most in the NFL last season, and Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com expects Gurley to remain the 'backbone' of the offense and handle a similar workload in 2018.
Huddle Up: Gurley blossomed as an every-down back in Sean McVay's offense, topping 2,000 total yards and scoring 19 times. He is firmly in the conversation to be the No. 1 overall pick in drafts.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 6/29/18 6:30pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp 'gets open and catches everything, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, and Brandt believes Kupp could reach 90 receptions in 2018.
Huddle Up: With Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Todd Gurley also garnering touches, 90 catches would probably be Kupp's ceiling. Still, he had 62 catches and almost 900 yards as a rookie and deserves to be in the WR3 conversation.
Robert Woods - WRPosted 6/29/18 6:47pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods said the offense is 'more advanced' this year, and there has been a 'big improvement' with the timing between himself and QB Jared Goff.
Huddle Up: Woods set a career high with 781 receiving yards in just 12 games last year, catching five touchdowns in the final five games he played. He isn't the only mouth for Goff to feed, but he's a legitimate WR3.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 6/29/18 6:40pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks has been 'able to get to that deep ball' consistently over the last few years, according to head coach Sean McVay.
Huddle Up: His ability to deliver big plays is undeniable, but much like last season when he was in New England, Cooks could find himself being too dependent on big plays because of all the weapons around him. He's worth grabbing as a WR3, but don't overpay for a few big weeks.
Greg Zuerlein - PKPosted 6/13/18 8:21pm ET
Los Angeles Rams PK Greg Zuerlein (back) should be ready for the start of the regular season, according special teams coordinator John Fassel.
Huddle Up: Zuerlein is recovering from back surgery and probably will return at some point during training camp. He is one of the best kickers in the NFL and will be a weekly starting option if he is healthy.
Todd Gurley - RBPosted 5/29/18 8:46pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley amassed a NFL-high 39 carries of at least 10 yards in 2017, four more than second-place Kareem Hunt and five more than third-place Melvin Gordon.
Huddle Up: Gurley ran wild in his first season under the direction of Sean McVay, rushing for 420 more yards in 2017 despite recording only one more carry than he did the previous season. The Rams are set to return the same five offensive linemen who paved the way for him, making Gurley an easy back to love in fantasy. While he is most likely going to take a hit in the touchdown department after scoring 19 last season, he is well worth taking No. 1 overall in drafts.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 5/25/18 7:43pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks and QB Jared Goff connecting in the passing game has 'become the norm' during OTAs, according to Myles Simmons of TheRams.com.
Huddle Up: The Rams have plenty of firepower on offense, which could limit Cooks' ceiling a bit. He should still be a strong WR3 and is always capable of producing big plays.
Tavon Austin - WRPosted 5/24/18 9:12am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin will be implemented into the offense in a variety of ways, according to QB Dak Prescott. Austin can line up in the backfield, play X and Z wide receiver or line up in the slot.
Huddle Up: Austin is a shifty Swiss army knife, but he has disappointed his entire career since being a top-10 pick in 2013. Admittedly, the Cowboys are shallow at the receiver position and Dallas provides a fresh start for the perennial letdown. Nevertheless, he is, at best, a late-round flier.
Tavon Austin - WRPosted 5/10/18 7:15pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin could touch the ball 'a dozen to two dozen' times per game this season, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.
Huddle Up: It would be shocking if Austin came anywhere close to that type of usage this year, but it does sound like he will have a chance to carve out a role. Austin could be a late-round lottery ticket.
Tavon Austin - WRPosted 4/28/18 11:45am ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin was acquired by the Dallas Cowboys Saturday, April 28, in exchange for the 192nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Dallas has been looking for receiver help this offseason, so Austin has a chance to have a decent role in the passing game. He has not been very productive over the last few seasons and probably should only be a late-round option in deeper leagues.
John Kelly - RBPosted 4/28/18 12:25pm ET
The Los Angeles Rams picked Tennessee RB John Kelly with the 176th overall selection (Round 6) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Kelly ran the ball well with the Vols, but he also showed tremendous hands out of the backfield with 37 receptions for 299 yards. He joins fellow SEC alum Todd Gurley in the L.A. backfield, giving the team great speed from the position, but also very nice versatility being able to catch the ball, too. He won't see much fantasy appeal unless disaster strikes and Gurley goes down to injury. However, Kelly has some upside for the future.
Greg Zuerlein - PKPosted 4/19/18 3:14pm ET
Los Angeles Rams PK Greg Zuerlein (back) is making good progress in his recovery from back surgery, according to head coach Sean McVay.
Huddle Up: Zuerlein probably will not do much during offseason workouts but should be ready for the start of training camp. He is one of the better kickers in the league and will be a weekly starting fantasy option.
Jared Goff - QBPosted 4/4/18 5:02am ET
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff has already been throwing with newly acquired WR Brandin Cooks to grow a rapport with him.
Huddle Up: The difference in Goff from his rookie season to last year was night and day, and he still has room to grow. He'll be a midrange or a lower-middle QB1 with upside.
Jared Goff - QBPosted 4/1/18 8:18pm ET
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff has already been working with his receivers this offseason, according to head coach Sean McVay.
Huddle Up: Goff took a huge step forward from his rookie year, finishing the 2017 season tied for fifth in the NFL with 28 touchdown passes. With another year of experience in McVay's offense, he's a low-end QB1 candidate.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 3/12/18 2:33pm ET
Free-agent WR Sammy Watkins (Rams) has drawn interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Jaguars will be in desperate need of a wide receiver if they can't bring back Allen Robinson and/or Marqise Lee. Watkins being a Jaguar wouldn't move the needle much on his fantasy value. He remains in the low-end WR2 to high-end WR3 conversation.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 3/12/18 8:49pm ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins is reportedly the Chicago Bears' top target in free agency, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: The Bears will obviously have competition, as the Rams want to keep him and the Green Bay Packers reached out to him Monday. He would be the clear top passing-game option in Chicago should the Bears seal the deal with him, but that scenario would easily be the worst of the three for his fantasy value, likely leaving him as a WR3.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 3/9/18 7:19pm ET
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon sent a tweet to Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins, asking Watkins to join him in Cincinnati.
Huddle Up: Watkins has battled health issues throughout his career, but he has elite physical tools. Playing across from A.J. Green, he'd be a high-upside WR3.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 3/6/18 6:39am ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins won't receive the franchise tag Tuesday, March 6.
Huddle Up: The team would still like to keep him, and he could flourish in the offense. Injuries have been his biggest issue. He has WR2 talent in fantasy, but he might slip to a late WR3.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 3/6/18 10:55am ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins will not receive the team's franchise tag, allowing him to become an unrestricted free-agent and hit the open market.
Huddle Up: Lamarcus Joyner will get the designation instead, likely in part because his tag will cost the team less money. The Rams reportedly still very much want Watkins back, but he should have a very robust market for his services. Watkins hasn't really lived up to his pre-draft hype from 2014, but he hasn't exactly been placed in great situations over the first four years of his career either. Turning 25 in June, Watkins' future is still very much in front of him and his ceiling remains sky-high.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 3/6/18 12:13pm ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins is open to re-signing with the Rams this offseason but expects to have a strong free-agent market, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Watkins likely will hit the free-agent market since the team decided not to place the franchise tag on him. He posted 593 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season and could start for most teams in the league. He can be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver in 2018 depending on where he plays.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 3/6/18 2:21pm ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins will be aggressively sought after by the Rams once he enters free agency, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Los Angeles has said retaining Watkins is a priority despite being unable to sign him before the franchise tag deadline.
Huddle Up: Watkins will be one of the bigger names and one of the best wide receivers on the free-agent market. Several teams need help at the position, so the Rams will be hard pressed to bring him back. He has WR2 upside but is more sensible to be drafted as a WR3 depending on his whereabouts.
Todd Gurley - RBPosted 2/3/18 6:13pm ET
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley was named the 2017 Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year Saturday, Feb. 3.
Huddle Up: With Sean McVay at the helm, Gurley was unleashed as an every-down weapon in 2017, and he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage and touchdowns. He'll be in the mix for the top pick in 2018.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 1/25/18 9:13am ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins could be given a franchise tag or transition tag this offseason if he and the Rams can't agree on a long-term deal. General manager Les Snead said the Rams have contacted Watkins' agent to discuss contract negotiations.
Huddle Up: Los Angeles had the most improved offense last season. Watkins played his part in that effort after being acquired from the Buffalo Bills, but his numbers didn't jump off the page. If retained, Watkins has WR2 upside but is a more reasonable WR3 draftee.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 1/11/18 10:24am ET
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins may be given the franchise tag or a transition tag this offseason. The franchise tag would cost $16.063 million and a transition tag would cost $13.995 million. The NFL salary cap is expected to be $178.1 million in 2018.
Huddle Up: Watkins' first year with Los Angeles was mostly of the ho-hum variety, but his eight touchdowns saved his fantasy season. That many touchdowns on just 39 receptions is difficult to sustain, though, and Watkins is no more than a WR3 candidate.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 1/10/18 5:54pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins believes he would 'most definitely' have a greater role in the offense if given another year to work with QB Jared Goff. 'I just think he got on a roll with the guys that he had during OTAs, and once a guy is used to throwing it to someone else, he throws to his guys,' he said. 'It's just part of the game where you need more time, or maybe another year.' Watkins just completed his rookie deal and may be tagged this offseason to remain with the club.
Huddle Up: It remains to be seen if Watkins will stay with the Rams, though it seems like there's a good chance of that happening considering how much the club gave up to acquire him in the first place. While he did manage eight touchdowns, the former Bill also had just 593 receiving yards, but he does have a point that a full offseason with Goff could do some good for both. Watkins would be in the WR3 conversation for 2018 if he continues his career in Los Angeles.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 1/8/18 10:47pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, said that it 'would be a pleasure to come back.' He also mentioned that 'it's a business' and that he's 'looking forward to talking to the coach' and seeing where his future is at.
Huddle Up: Watkins was a late addition to the Rams prior to the regular season, with expectations of being the club's No. 1 wide-out, but instead, the former Buffalo Bill ended up finishing fourth on the team in receptions (39) and receiving yards (593). His ceiling is far higher than that, though, and with quarterback Jared Goff in line for a solid third campaign next year, Watkins will have WR3 potential if fully utilized.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 1/6/18 8:37pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins caught one pass on four targets for 23 yards in a 26-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, Jan. 6.
Huddle Up: Watkins was a touchdown-dependent option all season, so it was no surprise to see him fall flat. The big-play ability is still there, but he will have a hard time making a consistent fantasy impact as the No. 4 option in the passing attack.
Cooper Kupp - WRPosted 1/6/18 8:37pm ET
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp caught eight passes on 13 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in a 26-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, Jan. 6.
Huddle Up: Kupp had a solid rookie season by any measure, and he'll deserve consideration as a WR3 heading into 2018.
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