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Rams S Taylor Rapp (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. He opened the week with 2 limited practices but then sat out Friday. We'll check his status Sunday.

Rams QB Matt Stafford couldn't overcome the 49ers defense in Week 4, throwing for 254 scoreless yards and 1 INT. He attempted 48 passes but couldn’t solve a strong pass rush that finished with 7 sacks. The veteran passer has now tossed 0 or 1 TD pass in 3 of 4 outings. Making matters worse: Van Jefferson's return from a knee injury isn't imminent. And the upcoming schedule (Cowboys, Panthers, 49ers, Bucs) looks tough.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee lit up the box score in Week 4 with 10 catches for 73 yards. Believe it or not, the catches don't mark a career-high for Higbee, who hit 12 against the Cowboys in 2019. As for Monday night — Higbee's outing made him the PPR TE4 league-wide. Of course, he benefited from 48 Matt Stafford passes, but a target share of 20.8% is still solid. He’s certainly benefiting from the slow start by Allen Robinson, too. Higbee’s now hit 10 PPR points in 3 straight and remains a no-doubt TE1. He’ll look for his first TD of the season Sunday against Dallas.

Rams WR Allen Robinson mustered only 2 catches for 7 yards in a Week 4 loss to San Francisco. Robinson drew an end zone target, but he was well defended on the incomplete pass. On the night, he saw 6 targets — way behind Cooper Kupp (19) and Tyler Higbee (14). Zooming out, it looks as if Robinson — despite a summer filled with buzz — isn’t consistently getting open in HC Sean McVay's offense. A tough Dallas defense will arrive for Week 5.

Rams RB Cam Akers pulled nearly even with RB Darrell Henderson in playing time for Sunday's win over the Cardinals. He trailed Henderson by just 2 snaps while easily beating Henderson in carries, 12-4. Akers turned those into 61 yards, including a nice 14-yard TD run. Henderson collected a mere 17 yards on his 4 rushes, adding just 1 catch-less target despite running 10 more routes than Akers. After 2 straight games of Akers taking the carry and touch lead, it's time to play him 1st in this backfield.

Rams S Jordan Fuller (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Cardinals.

The Rams on Saturday placed WR Van Jefferson on IR. That's a little surprising given that he avoided IR to open the season while working back from summer knee surgery. This means he'll miss at least 3 more games beyond Sunday's clash with the Cardinals. Jefferson's continued absence means more playing time for WR Ben Skowronek and helps the target availability for WR Allen Robinson and TE Tyler Higbee. The Rams also elevated WR Jacob Harris from the practice squad Saturday.

Rams WR Van Jefferson (knee) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Cardinals. He remained sidelined in practice all week and has no timetable for return.

Rams S Jordan Fuller (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He sustained the injury Thursday and then missed Friday's practice. Fuller actually worked behind S Nick Scott (who started alongside S Taylor Rapp) in Week 2, so this shouldn't impact IDP decisions. The team has also ruled CB David Long out for Sunday's game.

Rams QB Matthew Stafford threw for 272 yards and 3 TDs in Sunday's win over the Falcons. He also tossed a pair of INTs. Stafford's scores went to, of course, Cooper Kupp (twice) and Allen Robinson. He targeted Kupp (14) or Tyler Higbee (9) on 63.9% of his pass attempts.

Rams WR Allen Robinson enjoyed a much better Week 2 than opener, posting a 4-53-1 receiving line on 5 targets in the win over the Falcons. He checked in 3rd among Rams in targets but drew just 13.9% of QB Matthew Stafford's total attempts. WR Cooper Kupp again dominated the work, garnering 38.9% target share. He racked up 11-108-2 on 14 targets. TE Tyler Higbee ranked 2nd with 9 targets, catching 7 balls for 71 yards. Higbee has claimed a strong 26% target share through 2 weeks. No other Rams drew more than 3 looks vs. Atlanta.

Rams RB Cam Akers re-emerged as a backfield contributor in Sunday's win over the Falcons. Darrell Henderson still beat him in playing time, 35 snaps to 27. But that marked a big change from the 55-12 split of Week 1. Akers carried 15 times to Henderson's 10 and drew the only targets between them. It was still Henderson leading in routes, though: 19-8, according to Pro Football Focus. Akers wasn't especially efficient, averaging 2.9 yards on the ground. He did catch 2 of 3 targets for 18 yards, though. Henderson posted a 10-47-1 rushing line (4.7 per rush). We'd bet on the split looking more like Week 2 than Week 1 going forward but will continue to watch it develop.

Rams EDGE Leonard Floyd (knee) is active for today's game against the Falcons. The injury -- suffered in Wednesday's practice -- might affect his output, but it's a nice matchup if you planned to use Floyd.

Rams EDGE Leonard Floyd hurt a knee in Wednesday's practice and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. HC Sean McVay said Floyd's knee checked out structurally, but he missed practice each of the past 2 days. Floyd doesn't look like a good bet to play. Even if he does, he'll be risky. Don't play to use him in IDP lineups.

Rams WR Van Jefferson (knee) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Falcons. He still hasn't returned to practice after early-August knee surgery, so don't bank on a Week 3 return. Ben Skowronek replaced Jefferson as Los Angeles' #3 WR in the opener, turning 6 targets into 4 catches for 25 scoreless yards.

Rams HC Sean McVay talked about RB Cam Akers on Friday, a day after Akers carried just 3 times in the opener. "There were some instances where there were some positive things and some things that he can do better, but we want to see just an increased level of urgency and accountability snap in and snap out from him," McVay said. “I know what Cam is capable of. We've all seen how talented and what a special player this guy's capable of being. And I want to see him reach his highest potential." It sure sounds like Akers has just been beaten out by RB Darrell Henderson for the starting job. That's probably not set in stone for the entire season, but Akers obviously belongs on fantasy benches for the time being.

Rams RB Kyren Williams suffered a high-ankle sprain in Thursday night's opener vs. the Bills, ESPN's Field Yates reports. Williams is expected to miss "up to 6 weeks," which is a standard timetable for this injury. Williams isn't worth stashing in redraft leagues.

Update: HC Sean McVay said Williams will have surgery on his high-ankle sprain and be sidelined 6-8 weeks.

Mixed results for Rams TE Tyler Higbee in Thursday night's opener vs. the Bills. He didn't deliver much for fantasy owners, catching 5 balls for just 39 yards with a couple of drops. But the usage was strong. Higbee ran a route on 92% of pass plays and saw 11 targets (26.8% share). If he continues to get anywhere close to that kind of playing time and volume, he'll be a strong bet to finish the season as a top-12 fantasy TE.

WR Allen Robinson caught just 1 of 2 targets for 12 yards in his Rams debut vs. the Bills on Thursday night. The 2 targets were just 4.9% of the team total -- and notably 4 fewer than WR Ben Skowronek. (WR Van Jefferson didn't play after August knee surgery.) The good news is that Robinson played 97% of the Rams' offensive snaps and ran a route on 96% of pass plays. But this was a very worrisome performance after Robinson's ugly 2021 season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Rams QB Matthew Stafford had a "procedure" on his right elbow in the offseason "to deal with the pain he experienced last season and to help prepare for this season." Schefter's sources say Stafford's throwing elbow now feels better than it did a year ago. That corroborates last week's words from the QB and HC Sean McVay that Stafford's heading into the season with no limitations. At this point, all we can do is trust the Rams' words on their QB. We haven't lowered Stafford or his pass-catchers in our projections.

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