Rams WR Cooper Kupp suffered an ankle sprain in Saturday's scrimmage. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that it's a low-ankle issue, "described as minor," and isn't expected to affect his availability for Week 1. Kupp "likely won't practice much this week, if at all." But it doesn't sound like you need to adjust your fantasy outlook for the wideout.
Rams S Taylor Rapp has been missing from camp workouts while dealing with what HC Sean McVay has called a "minor" knee injury. It's not yet clear when Rapp will return to the field, but McVay said this week that he expects Rapp to play in the regular-season opener against Dallas. Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports that Rapp had a "dynamic" day of work with trainers Thursday, which seems like a good sign. Rapp presents significant IDP upside if he's ready for the season. Rookies Terrell Burgess and Jordan Fuller have split reps in Rapp's absence. McVay refused to say which would start in Week 1 if Rapp can't go.
Rams HC Sean McVay expects RB Darrell Henderson (hamstring) to be ready for the season opener. Still, it's tough to imagine him playing a big role in that one considering he's expected to miss a bunch of practice time between now and then. Henderson is just a bench stash for fantasy squads.
Rams RB Darrell Henderson suffered a low-grade hamstring strain in Saturday night's scrimmage, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. "Not serious and shouldn't miss much time," Pelissero adds. "Optimism he'll be ready for Week 1." It's relatively good news, although Henderson will miss valuable practice time as he battles Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown for snaps. Consider Akers to favorite to open the season as Los Angeles' lead back.
Lions QB Matt Stafford has been removed from the COVID list. The team said in a statement that Stafford received a false-positive test and did not have the virus. Consider this is a non-issue for now.
Lions QB Matt Stafford has been placed on the COVID list. He joins teammates WR Kenny Golladay and TE T.J. Hockenson. We'll see when these key pieces of Detroit's passing attack are cleared for action.
ESPN's Lindsey Thiry calls it "a toss-up" whether Darrell Henderson or Cam Akers will lead the Rams backfield in touches this season. "Expect Henderson to earn more touches early in the season, given Akers could take extra time to acclimate because of the virtual offseason program," Thiry adds. That scenario certainly seems possible, but it's also just a guess at this point. The Rams' heavy draft investment in Akers this spring just a year after they selected Henderson (a round later) leaves us expecting Akers to lead the backfield. The uncertainty of the situation is worth keeping in mind as you consider both players in best-ball drafts this summer.
Rams RB Darrell Henderson told reporters on Wednesday that he had surgery on the ankle injury that sidelined him for last year's finale. We don't have any other details on the injury or procedure -- but Henderson said he's fully recovered and will be ready for the start of camp. He'll be battling rookie Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown for snaps in the Rams' Todd Gurley-less backfield.
The Rams added Purdue TE Brycen Hopkins in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Hopkins is coming off an 830-yard, 7-TD redshirt senior season, ranking 5th in yards per route run among 18 of this year’s top WR prospects. The 6’3, 257-pounder ran a 4.73-second 40-yard dash at the Combine and averaged a big 15.0 yards per catch in college. Hopkins is a bad blocker and dropped 14.5% of his catchable targets over the past 4 years. But he has enough playmaking ability to become a fantasy factor down the road. Hopkins joins Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett in Los Angeles and is an extreme long shot for 2020 fantasy value. Higbee is signed through 2023, but Everett is set to hit free agency next offseason.
The Rams selected Florida WR Van Jefferson in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Scouts consider Jefferson 1 of the top route runners in this class. “He’s got size, really good quickness and route savvy,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He can separate. He’s going to be a really good pro.” Jefferson’s college career got off to a strong start when he ranked top 3 on Ole Miss in catches (49), yards (543) and TDs (3) as a redshirt freshman — notably finishing ahead of A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf. He flattened out from there, though. Jefferson posted a 42-456-1 line in 2017 before transferring to Florida, where he totaled 84 catches, 1,160 yard and 12 TDs over the past 2 seasons. He posted weak market shares in 2019 and ranked 24th in yards per route run among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects. Jefferson is also already 23 years old and is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair a Jones Fracture in his right foot. He joins Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds in Los Angeles. Kupp and Reynolds are both set to be free agents after this season, while Woods is only signed through 2021.
The Rams selected Florida State RB Cam Akers in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Akers was tough to evaluate this past season because Florida State’s offensive line was so damn bad. Akers averaged a mediocre 5.0 yards per carry on his 231 attempts but ranked top 12 among draft-eligible RBs in both yards after contact and missed tackles forced, per Pro Football Focus. His 125.9 Elusive Rating was near the top of the class — notably ahead of guys like Jonathan Taylor, D’Andre Swift, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and J.K. Dobbins. Akers arrived at Florida State as a 5-star recruit after playing QB in high school. His 1,025 rushing yards in 2017 broke Dalvin Cook’s freshman school record. Akers also contributed in the passing game all 3 years in Tallahassee, posting 16-116-1, 23-145-2 and 30-225-4 receiving lines. He showed out at the Combine, running a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at 217 pounds and posting strong marks in the vertical and broad jumps. Akers joins Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown in the Rams’ Gurley-less backfield. This will likely be a committee, but consider Akers the early favorite to lead the group in touches.
Shortly after signing K Lirim Hajrullahu, the Rams added K Austin MacGinnis. MacGinnis connected on all 10 of his FG attempts for the XFL's Dallas Renegades earlier this year and has also kicked in the defunct AAF. He's never kicked in the NFL. Los Angeles is clearly planning a K competition this summer and might not be done adding to the position. It's a situation to avoid in early best-ball drafts.
Lions GM Bob Quinn said from the Combine on Tuesday that QB Matt Stafford (back) will be a "full-go" for the start of the team's offseason program. Stafford's 2019 campaign ended in November with tiny fractures in his upper spine. He avoided surgery, although ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in late November that the injury is "potentially chronic" and "could be an issue for him for years to come." Stafford will be worth watching closely this offseason -- but he looks like a fine value at QB14 ADP in early FFPC best-ball drafts. Lamar Jackson was the only QB to average more fantasy points per game last year.
Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ankle) is out for Sunday’s finale against the Cardinals. That’ll only matter if L.A. decides to rest RB Todd Gurley. In that case, Malcolm Brown would be left as the feature back.
The Rams have ruled CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Fellow outside starting CB Troy Hill (thumb) is doubtful after missing last week following surgery on a fractured thumb. That will leave L.A. without both starting outside corners, which obviously helps the matchup for Kyler Murray and his WRs. Unfortunately for Murray, the rookie QB is dealing with his own hamstring injury that has him questionable. The Arizona passing game still looks risky for fantasy.
The Lions have placed QB Matt Stafford (back) on IR. It never made any sense for them to bring him back in what's become a lost season. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in November that the tiny fractures in Stafford's back are "potentially chronic" and "could be an issue for him for years to come," so his recovery will be worth monitoring closely this offseason. QB David Blough will close out this year as Detroit's starter.
Rams WR Robert Woods is active for tonight’s game against the Ravens. He re-joined the team on Thursday and practiced all week, so expect him to play his usual every-down role tonight.
The Lions have discussed shutting down QB Matt Stafford with his back injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, although the QB is still hoping to return this season. Stafford is 3 weeks removed from an injury that generally requires a 6-week recovery period. It frankly doesn't make much sense for the 3-6-1 Lions to rush him back. Schefter adds that the tiny fractures in Stafford's back are "potentially chronic" and "could be an issue for him for years to come."
Rams WR Robert Woods rejoined the team Thursday and doesn't appear on the final injury report, but we don't know yet whether he'll play Monday against the Ravens. "It's looking good, but like we've said ... we're just taking it a day at a time," HC Sean McVay said Saturday, according to Pro Football Talk. "Things are looking good, but out of respect for him, with everything that is going on we just said, 'Let's just take it one day at a time, keep the main thing your family." McVay indicated it'll be up to Woods whether he can play Monday night without "inhibiting his ability" to tend to the family situation. We'll keep an eye out for early Sunday updates. For now, it seems like we'll have Woods back for fantasy use.
Lions QB Matt Stafford (back) is out for Sunday’s game against the Redskins. Jeff Driskel gets another start after registering QB11 and QB5 finishes over the past 2 weeks. He’s a nice play in 2-QB leagues and even a spot-start option in deeper 1-QB leagues.
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