43 catches for 327 yards helped salvage Rams RB Todd Gurley's 2016 season. Only 14 RBs caught more passes. But ESPN's Alden Gonzalez expects Gurley's pass-catching production to dip under new HC Sean McVay. Gonzalez believes McVay will use free-agent acquisition Lance Dunbar similarly to how he used Chris Thompson in Washington. Thompson caught 84 passes over the past 2 years, while Robert Kelley, Matt Jones and Alfred Morris combined for just 49. Gurley, of course, is a much better receiver than that trio. His 6.13 yards per target ranks 24th among 50 RBs who saw 50+ looks over the past 2 seasons. If Gurley's passing-game volume declines in 2017, we wouldn't expect it to decline by much. He remains the best offensive weapon on the Rams roster.
The Rams have signed RB Lance Dunbar to a 1-year deal. He'll slide in to the old Benny Cunningham pass-catching role. Cunningham totaled just 42 grabs in the 2 years since RB Todd Gurley arrived. Dunbar is probably a more explosive player -- he's averaging 9.5 yards per catch for his career -- but is unlikely to emerge as a reliable fantasy option. His arrival does figure to put a cap on RB Todd Gurley's pass-catching upside.
The Rams have hired Sean McVay as their HC. The 30-year-old becomes the youngest HC in NFL history. He already has 8 seasons of experience in the league, though, including the past 3 as Washington's OC. The 2016 Redskins finished 3rd in total yards and 12th in points, led by the #2 ranked passing attack. McVay's 1st order of business in Los Angeles will be Jared Goff, who is coming off a disappointing rookie campaign.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham (neck) is doubtful for tonight's game against the Seahawks. That's good news for RB Todd Gurley, who's averaged 4.7 targets and 3.7 catches with Cunningham sidelined this season. Gurley needs all the help he can get in a brutal matchup.
The Rams have fired HC Jeff Fisher. He finishes his 5-year stint with the team with a 31-45-1 record. None of his teams won more than 7 games or sniffed the playoffs. Most damning is that the Rams never showed any signs of progress under Fisher's watch. We'll see who Los Angeles tabs as its interim HC, but this will remain an offense best avoided in fantasy lineups the rest of the way. The Rams travel to Seattle to face a pissed-off Seahawks squad on Thursday night.
Update: Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel has been promoted to interim HC. Fassel has only been a HC for DII New Mexico Highlands University.
Rams RB Todd Gurley got his team on the board with a 3-yard TD in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Falcons. That made the score 42-7. Gurley was mostly bottled up while the game was still in question. He finished with 61 yards and the score on 16 attempts -- a 3.8 yards-per-carry average that'll actually boost his season-long mark. He added 3 catches on 4 targets for 22 yards, benefitting from RB Benny Cunningham's absence. Gurley has settled in as a floor play, providing at least 70 total yards in 11 of 13 games. But he's reached 100 yards just once and scored only 5 times all year. He'll barely be a RB2 in Seattle this coming week. If you survive that one, Gurley gets a plus draw against the 49ers in Week 16.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham (neck) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. That’s good news for RB Todd Gurley, who’s averaged 5 targets per game without Cunningham this season.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham (neck) is doubtful for this weekend’s game vs. the Falcons. That’s good news for RB Todd Gurley. He’s averaged 5 targets per game without Cunningham this season vs. 3.2 with him.
Rams RB Todd Gurley (thigh) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He was limited in Friday’s practice, but we never heard any concern about his status. Gurley is fine to get into fantasy lineups as a middling RB2.
Rams RB Todd Gurley (thigh) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Dolphins. He was added to the injury report on Friday and limited in practice after full workouts the 2 days prior. Gurley was also listed as questionable last week before playing, and we've heard nothing to suggest that he'll miss Sunday's game. We'll look for an update on Sunday morning. Dolphins-Rams doesn't kick off until 4:05 pm ET.
Rams RB Todd Gurley (thigh) is active for today’s game against the Jets. He missed the first 2 practices of the week but put in a full practice on Friday. We’ve heard nothing to suggest that he’ll be limited today. Gurley is fine to keep in fantasy lineups as a lower-end RB2.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Rams RB Todd Gurley (thigh) will play against the Jets today. He was held out of Wednesday and Thursday's practices but put in a full workout on Friday. Gurley is fine to get into fantasy lineups, but he's a lower-end RB2 in today's tough matchup.
Rams RB Todd Gurley (thigh) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jets. He was sidelined on Wednesday and Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. "I felt pretty good today," he said after Friday’s workout. "I'll leave it at that.” Gurley figures to play, and we’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. But he’s a lower-end RB2 vs. a stout Jets run defense.
Rams RB Todd Gurley (thigh) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. The team called his absence on Wednesday precautionary, but this looks like a legitimate injury now. We'll get another update on Gurley's status tomorrow. He was already looking like a weak fantasy play vs. the Jets' stingy run D.
Rams HC Jeff Fisher said Monday that his team needs to hand it to RB Todd Gurley more. “Our passing numbers were skewed," Fisher said, per ESPN.com, referring to the past 4 games. "His touches and his numbers need to increase significantly. That’s what we discussed, and what we’re working on right now offensively.” Gurley averaged 21 carries over the season's 1st 5 games, garnering no fewer than 17 in any contest. But he has since rushed 14, 15 and 12 times in 3 games. Volume, of course, is far from Gurley's only problem. He's averaging a lowly 3.1 yards per rush for the season. But more touches means more opportunities, and it doesn't sound like the team plans to cut the passing role that has netted Gurley 5.2 targets and 4.4 receptions per game over his past 5 outings. He's still an RB2 in fantasy until L.A. figures out how to create some room for Gurley to run.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham (thigh) put in a full week of practice and isn't on the team's final injury report. His return is bad news for RB Todd Gurley's receiving projection. Gurley has averaged 5 targets in 2 games without Cunningham this season vs. just 2 with Cunningham.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham (thigh) is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Lions, HC Jeff Fisher said Tuesday. That's bad news for RB Todd Gurley. He saw 5 targets with Cunningham sidelined for part or all of the past 2 weeks. Gurley hadn't topped 3 targets in any of his previous 10 games.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham (thigh) is inactive for today’s game against the Bills. That frees up passing-down snaps for RB Todd Gurley.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham (thigh) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills after a limited week of practice. Cunningham isn't a fantasy option, but his absence would mean more passing-game work for Todd Gurley.
Rams RB Benny Cunningham suffered a hamstring injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He's questionable to return. Cunningham's absence means few extra passing-down snaps for RB Todd Gurley.
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