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The L.A. Rams spent a 5th-round pick on Virginia LB Micah Kiser on Saturday, before picking up 2 more LBs. Seventh-round pick Travin Howard averaged 115 total tackles over 3 seasons at TCU, including 20.5 tackles for loss. He also defensed 7 passes in his final campaign. Undrafted free agent Tegray Scales tallied 214 total tackles, including 36.5 for loss and 13 sacks over his final 2 seasons at Indiana. The 230-pounder also contributed 8 career INTs. Kiser, though, is the best bet to take over the spot vacated when the Rams traded ILB Alec Ogletree to the Giants. Kizer racked up 393 tackles over 3 full starting seasons at Virginia. That included 33.5 tackles for loss and 19 sacks. Kizer added 12 passes defensed at 8 forced fumbles over that span. He then tested fairly well, including a 62nd-percentile speed score at 6'0, 238 pounds. Keep Kiser in mind as you prepare for the rookie draft in your IDP dynasty league.

The Rams selected RB John Kelly in the 6th round of the NFL Draft. It's obviously a poor landing spot for his fantasy outlook in both the short and long term. Todd Gurley is locked in as the L.A. workhorse and signed at least through 2019. We'll see what the Rams do beyond that. For now, Kelly -- an intriguing runner who should have put up bigger college numbers but got buried on the depth chart -- will make the most sense for Gurley owners in dynasty rookie drafts. He'll be an OK stash for others in the 4th round or later.

Rams S Lamarcus Joyner will sign his franchise tender Monday and begin offseason training with his teammates, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. In his 1st season as a full-time starter, Joyner finished 2017 as Pro Football Focus' #3 graded safety, despite losing 3 early games to a hamstring injury. He snagged 3 INTs and defensed 9 passes. Joyner spent much of his 1st 3 seasons at CB, including extensive work in the slot. IDP owners should keep an eye on him in DB2 range come draft time this summer.

The Patriots will trade WR Brandin Cooks to the Rams, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. New England will send Cooks and a 4th-round pick to the Rams for L.A.'s 1st-rounder (23rd overall) and a 6th-round pick. The move pits Cooks vs. Robert Woods for the #1 outside spot in the Rams offense, while WR Cooper Kupp should compete for the team receptions lead. All 3 figure to be fantasy factors, so we'll have to see where their ADPs settle to decipher the best value in fantasy football drafts. New England, meanwhile, returns Julian Edelman from an ACL tear to join Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Kenny Britt -- plus a few others -- in the competition for WR catches. Edelman has been a decent value thus far in best-ball drafts. Mitchell, Britt and even Cordarrelle Patterson look worth end-of-draft consideration. And we'll have lots to sort out before our 2018 projections go live.

DT Ndamukong Suh has agreed to a 1-year, $14 million deal with the Rams, according to Pro Football Talk. That adds Suh to a D-line already sporting arguably the league’s best lineman in Aaron Donald and talented DL Michael Brockers — all under well-traveled and accomplished DC Wade Phillips. The Rams defense — which also added CBs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib this offseason — could be devastating, in real life and fantasy. Suh isn’t likely to deliver big IDP numbers but is certainly capable of DL2-level production, with upside beyond in the best situation of his career

8:03pm EDT 3/14/18

As expected, the Dolphins released DT Ndamukong Suh and his big ol' contract Wednesday. Miami made the move despite incurring a $22.2 million cap hit, designating Suh a June 1 cut to spread the dead money over this year and next. Suh instantly becomes the top free-agent on the market. We'll be interested to see where the 31-year-old lands for both his IDP outlook and his potential effect on the team defense.

Rams HC Sean McVay expects LB Mark Barron to start Saturday's playoff game against the Falcons, according to the Los Angeles Times. Barron was among many starters to sit out Week 17 but also missed the game before while dealing with a knee issue. “I feel great,” Barron said. “I mean I’m not 100 percent, but this actually probably is the best I’ve felt in a couple of months, so I’m feeling pretty good.” Expect him to be available if you're playing a playoff IDP format. Barron's return is also noteworthy for Atlanta TE Austin Hooper, as Barron is the Rams' primary TE coverage guy.

Rams WRs Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods are active but were not listed as starters for today's finale against the 49ers. Neither guy is likely to play. The team announced WR Josh Reynolds and Pharoh Cooper as the starters.

Rams LB Mark Barron was a surprise inactive in Week 16. It won't be surprising when he sits this week. The team has deemed him doubtful for Sunday's clash with the 49ers because of an Achilles' tendon injury. We were already betting on Barron getting rest in a game with little meaning for the Rams. The team has also said that DE Aaron Donald will sit out.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) is out for Sunday’s finale against the 49ers. His injury isn’t believed to be serious, but we’ll monitor his status throughout next week. Pharoh Cooper is a candidate to pick up Kupp’s slot snaps, but he’s just a flier with Sean Mannion under center.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We've seen nothing to suggest the knee issue is serious, but Kupp is unlikely to play in this weekend's finale against the 49ers.

Rams HC Sean McVay confirmed on Wednesday that QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley won't play against the 49ers this weekend. OLs Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan will join them as healthy scratches. And we're not expecting WRs Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp or Sammy Watkins to play much, if at all. It'll be Sean Mannion under center, throwing to guys like Josh Reynolds, Pharoh Cooper and Mike Thomas. Malcolm Brown will operate as the Rams' lead back.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Tuesday that he'll rest some starters in this weekend's finale against the 49ers. His team will either be the NFC's #3 or #4 seed, regardless what happens in Week 17. “It is one of those deals where I think you might see us rest some guys and use this week... knowing that you do have a home playoff game, regardless of how things play out, this might provide an opportunity to get some guys healthy.” McVay specifically mentioned QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley as guys "likely" to be rested, according to insider Joe Curley. That'd leave Sean Mannion under center and Malcolm Brown as the lead back. It also makes WRs Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp much less attractive -- assuming they play on Sunday.

Rams LB Mark Barron is a surprise inactive for today's game against the Titans. Barron has been dealing with a knee injury since the offseason but practiced in full this week and entered the weekend with no injury designation. We haven't seen any further info about what's keeping him out this week, but make sure to replace him in any IDP lineups.

Rams K Greg Zuerlein has been placed on IR with a back injury. It's a significant blow to a Super Bowl contender. Zuerlein has arguably been the best K in the league this year, connecting on 38 of 40 FG attempts, including 6 from 50+ yards. He'll be replaced by K Sam Ficken, who's never attempted a regular-season kick. He's gone 5 of 6 on FGs over the past 2 preseasons but connected on just 72% of his attempts at Penn State. We wouldn't mess with Ficken in Week 16 fantasy lineups.

Rams ILB Mark Barron left Sunday's win over the Seahawks after just 3 snaps because of a knee injury. HC Sean McVay said Monday, however, that Barron was just battling "a little knee soreness" that "bothered him a little bit more than it had" because of the colder weather in Seattle. McVay said they think Barron will be ready to play against the Titans, but we'll have to watch his participation this week. Barron could carry elevated risk with the current forecast calling for a high of 40 degrees in Nashville on Sunday.

Rams WR Robert Woods (shoulder) is not listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. It looks like Woods is ready to play his usual role against the Seahawks this weekend. He was sitting 14th among WRs in PPR points through Week 11.

Rams WR Robert Woods (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He's expected to play against the Seahawks this weekend, but it'd be nice to see him get in a full workout on Thursday or Friday. Woods has been sidelined since Week 11.

Rams HC Sean McVay confirmed on Monday that WR Robert Woods (shoulder) is "on track" to play against the Seahawks this weekend. Week 15 has been the target for Woods, and he returned to a limited practice this past Friday. There's always some risk with guys coming off multi-week absences, but Woods will be worth WR3 consideration vs. a banged-up Seattle secondary.

3:12pm EST 12/10/17

Rams WR Robert Woods (shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Eagles. He returned to practice on Friday, putting him on track to play next weekend. Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins and Josh Reynolds will serve as the Rams’ top 3 WRs again today.

 
 
 

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