Note: all points are calculated with PPR scoring
Team Reception Breakdown
Jared Goff: 259 total, 16.2 ppg (315/500 passing, 3900 yards, 28 TD, 7 INT; 50 yards rushing, 1 TD, 3 fumbles lost)
The personnel around Goff has not changed much since last year’s breakout, and therefore not much should change with Goff’s numbers. This offense is still centered around Todd Gurley, so Goff will continue to have less volume throwing than his contemporaries. He is also not a threat with his legs. He’ll produce consistent numbers, but not at a high enough level to be worth anything more than a bye week flyer.
Todd Gurley: 356.6 total, 22.3 ppg (300 carries, 1350 yards, 13 TD, 2 fumbles lost; 60 Rec, 636 yards, 4 TD)
Last year’s #1 player in all of fantasy football returns to pretty much the exact same situation as last year. He won’t be taking anyone by surprise this time around so I would expect some regression, but the Rams also put a little extra money into their O-line. Gurley may not quite match his success from last year, but he won’t be far off. He should be going in the top 3 picks regardless of point system.
Cooper Kupp: 206.6 total, 12.9 ppg (70 Rec, 966 yards, 7 TD, 1 fumble lost)
Robert Woods: 179.2 total, 11.0 ppg (60 Rec, 822 yards, 6 TD, 1 fumble lost)
Brandin Cooks: 157.5 total, 9.8 ppg (50 Rec, 775 yards, 5 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
Just because Cooks is the big name FA acquisition does not mean he’s the de facto WR1. After letting Sammy Watkins go the Rams needed a deep threat. Obviously Cooks can do more than just run fly patterns, but unless he usurps Woods’s role in the offense then that’s what Cooks is going to be doing a lot of. I’d consider it a good season if he wound up a boom-or-bust WR3. Woods and Kupp, meanwhile, should continue to do what they did last season. Woods should be treated as a reliable WR3 and Kupp a safe WR2/3.
Gerald Everett: 77.3 total, 4.8 ppg (25 Rec, 303 yards, 4 TD, 1 fumble lost)
Tyler Higbee: 58.3 total, 3.6 ppg (25 Rec, 273 yards, 1 TD, 0 fumbles lost)
Year 2 for Everett should see a more even timeshare with Higbee. Both tight ends have plenty of talent, but the Rams offense just doesn’t rely on the tight end position to make tons of plays. There could be some value here if one winds up injured for any length of time, but as it stands they’ll each be low volume with sporadic production. They are not worth drafting at this time.