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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.

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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.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Rams WR Robert Woods is not expected to play today against the Eagles. He has missed the past 2 games with a shoulder injury but enters the day questionable after returning to a limited practice Friday. Without Woods, the Rams would continue to lean on WRs Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins in a matchup that should favor passing over rushing. Rookie Josh Reynolds should get another start in Woods' place if Woods does turn up inactive.

Rams WR Robert Woods (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Eagles after returning to a limited practice on Friday. It gives him an outside chance to play, but HC Sean McVay has previously said that Week 15 is Woods’ most likely return date. We’ll look for an update on Woods on Sunday morning, but he shouldn’t be in your Week 14 fantasy plans right now.

Rams WR Robert Woods (shoulder) won't play against the Cardinals this Sunday and is likely also out for Week 14, according to HC Sean McVay. "A couple weeks from now is probably what's the most realistic approach," McVay said. "But you never know with Robert." Woods is worth hanging on to as a fantasy starter in Weeks 15 and 16.

Rams WR Robert Woods (shoulder) is out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He didn’t practice all week and is expected to miss multiple games. The majority of the 7 targets Woods has averaged per game should go to WRs Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp.

Rams WR Robert Woods is expected to miss "a couple of weeks" with his shoulder injury, HC Sean McVay said. That's all we know about the injury at this point. We can safely rule him out for Sunday's game against the Saints -- and probably for Week 13, too. WR Josh Reynolds could pick up some more snaps on the outside with Woods out but can't be trusted in fantasy lineups. WRs Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins will be the best bets for targets.

Update: McVay said the fill-in plan behind Woods was "something that we'll discuss" and added that it would be "kind of by committee." In addition to Reynolds, the coach mentioned Tavon Austin, Mike Thomas and Pharoh Cooper. Fantasy owners shouldn't bet on any of these guys become factors over the next couple of weeks.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Rams WR Robert Woods' shoulder injury is "not considered serious." There's not believed to be any structural damage, and it's an injury that Woods "could potentially play through," per Rapoport. We'll keep an eye on his status throughout the week. Woods and the Rams have another big game against the Saints on Sunday.


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