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Rams LB Mark Barron (knee) is active for today's game against the Jaguars. He missed the 1st 2 days of practice but returned for a limited workout Friday. Barron didn't miss any snaps last week, though, and is fine to keep in IDP lineups. DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) is inactive for the 3rd straight game, though, despite returning to limited practices every day this week.

Rams LB Mark Barron is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars because of a knee issue. He sat out Wednesday's and Thursday's practices before putting in a limited Friday workout. HC Sean McVay said mid-week that he expected Barron to play, and the veteran didn't miss a snap of last week's game. We'd bet on him playing but will check his status Sunday. DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) is also questionable for the game after putting in limited workouts each day.

The Rams have ruled out DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) for Sunday's game in Dallas. Joyner has yet to get back on the field since leaving the Week 3 Thursday night game in the 1st half with that injury. We'll see about his status for Week 5.

Rams WR Sammy Watkins (concussion) put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and isn’t listed on the final Week 4 injury report. Watkins is a WR3 with upside vs. Dallas’ 16th-ranked WR defense. WR Tavon Austin (concussion) has also been cleared for Sunday’s game.

Rams WR Sammy Watkins (concussion) progressed to a full practice on Thursday. He's now on track to play against the Cowboys this weekend, barring a setback. Watkins is worth getting into fantasy lineups vs. the league's 16th-ranked WR defense.

Rams WR Sammy Watkins (concussion) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He's made some progress through the protocol, but his status for Sunday's game against the Cowboys remains in limbo. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Friday that S Lamarcus Joyner will be day-to-day next week after he suffered a hamstring strain in Thursday night's win over the Niners. Joyner left in the 2nd quarter and did not return. He had gotten off to a nice start for IDP owners but will be droppable for a replacement in most leagues if he's set to miss Week 4 (or more).

Rams WR Tavon Austin sustained a concussion in the 4th quarter of Thursday night's win over the 49ers. It's the 1st concussion of his career. Austin has become a non-factor in Los Angeles' revamped offense, totaling just 9 touches through 3 games.

Rams WR Sammy Watkins left in the 4th quarter of Thursday night's game against the 49ers and was diagnosed with a concussion, HC Sean McVay said after the win. It's the 1st concussion of his NFL career, and he'll have 10 days to get cleared ahead of next weekend's game against the Cowboys. We'll track his progress through the protocol. Watkins went off for 106 yards and 2 TDs before exiting.

Pro Football Talk reports that Rams DE Aaron Donald has returned to the team and passed his physical. He will not play Sunday, according to Adam Schefter, but Donald should be ready for IDP lineups in Week 2

The Rams have ruled DE Aaron Donald out for Week 1. It's no surprise, given that he has yet to report. But it officially pushes his holdout into the regular season. Missing Donald obviously hurts the Rams' D. But matching up with the Andrew Luck-less Colts keeps them a strong Week 1 fantasy option

Rams WR Cooper Kupp (groin) is not listed on the final Week 1 injury report. He missed the final 2 games of the preseason but practiced in full all week. He’ll handle slot duties for Los Angeles and is an intriguing flier in PPR leagues.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp will miss Saturday’s game vs. the Chargers with a groin injury. Don't expect an extended absence, though, as HC Sean McVay called the injury "minor." The rookie remains in play as a late-round flier in PPR drafts.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp hauled in 6 balls for 70 yards and a score in the team's 2nd preseason game. All that work came with QB Jared Goff and the 1st-team offense. Kupp has had an impressive start to the preseason and appears to have locked up the slot job. The rookie is worth a look near the end of your fantasy drafts.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that a league source told him Rams DE Aaron Donald's contract holdout could last into the regular season. Donald is in the final year of his rookie contract but seeking new money after making the Pro Bowl in each of his 1st 3 campaigns. We'll see where this goes. The closer we get to the regular season without Donald getting back on the field, the further we have to drop him on IDP draft boards, though. Donald's absence from real games would chip away significantly at the upside of the Rams' team D as well.

Rams insider Joe Curley expects TE Tyler Higbee to be 2nd in line for targets this season, behind only the newly acquired Sammy Watkins. Higbee caught just 11 balls as a rookie last year but was an intriguing prospect coming out of Western Kentucky. The converted WR goes 6'6, 249 pounds and averaged 15.5 yards per catch in 4 college seasons. Higbee has been buzzing early in training camp and has some upside in new Rams HC Sean McVay's TE-friendly offense. Curley, by the way, has rookie WR Cooper Kupp 3rd on the target totem pole and WR Robert Woods 4th.

The Rams finally have themselves a true #1 WR. They traded CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 2nd-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for WR Sammy Watkins. It's an aggressive move by a team that has poured resources into its offense this offseason. Watkins joins a WR group that includes free-agent signee (and former teammate) Robert Woods, rookies Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds and holdover Tavon Austin. A heathy Watkins is clearly the top dog here, though. Of course, he'll also be dealing with a QB downgrade from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff. Watkins' fantasy stock takes a bit of a hit with this move.

Rams WR Tavon Austin has missed the past 5 training-camp practices with a hamstring injury, according to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez. Austin also missed spring workouts after undergoing wrist surgery. HC Sean McVay labeled him "day-to-day," but the missed time is not ideal for a guy trying to learn a brand new offense with a young QB. WR Pharoh Cooper has been getting 1st-team reps in Austin's absence -- alongside Robert Woods and rookie Cooper Kupp.

Rams HC Sean McVay raved about RB Todd Gurley after a strong performance in a joint practice against the Chargers on Saturday. "He did a great job of getting it out into the open field," McVay said. "And there was a couple where he's reading it one gap at a time on some of the schemes we have, and you can feel his speed once he gets to the corner. He's a guy that has been motivated and has been a standout throughout the offseason program, and it's been the same throughout camp. We're expecting big things from Todd." Gurley was 1 of the bigger disappointments in fantasy football last year. That's sunk his draft range into the late 2nd or early 3rd round this summer. There's certainly bounce-back potential here for a former 1st-round pick who's still only 23 years old.

The Rams opened their 1st full week of training camp Monday without DE Aaron Donald. The 4th-year player is holding out in search of a new contract. DT Michael Brockers told the Los Angeles Daily News that teammates are behind him and that Donald promised that he's continuing to workout and will be in shape whenever he reports. IDP owners are already waiting to see how a slight position change might affect Donald's production/value. The potential for a prolonged holdout is more concerning, though. If Donald gets contract resolution soon, he'll return to play under longtime (but new to the Rams) DC Wade Phillips in a scheme that promises continued 1-on-1 matchups. The only ding to Donald's fantasy football value will likely be in leagues that split DEs and DTs. Of course, missing its best player will also be a knock against a Rams D that should present some fantasy upside in 2017.

 
 
 

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