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Todd Gurley Fantasy Football News 2019

When asked at the beginning of the offseason program this week about his knee, Rams RB Todd Gurley managed only cautious optimism to the Los Angeles Times: "I'm feeling pretty good. All I can worry about is how I'm feeling right now. I don't know how I'm going to be feeling six months from now. Just trying to make sure I feel the best when the season comes." We've all seen/heard countless examples of athletes erring on the side of confidence with their recovering body parts. That makes this response from Gurley seem fairly worrisome. If he can't even muster an "I'm feeling great" in April, it's tough to know what we can expect come October. Gurley's upside certainly remains worth a 1st-round draft slot until something more substantial comes out. (The Rams have declined to specify his knee ailment.) But Gurley belongs in the middle of the round for early drafting, rather than near the top. Backup Malcolm Brown also carries big handcuff upside into 2019 fantasy football drafts. Count on this being the most closely tracked fantasy situation of the year.

Rams GM Les Snead said at the Combine that his team is considering scaling back RB Todd Gurley's workload due to concerns over his troublesome left knee. "There's an element of wear and tear and I think we have to determine in probably two stages: are we going to give him the amount of load that he's had in the past or are we going to lessen that load to let's say keep him fresher for the season and for the seasons beyond," Snead said. The Rams backfield, of course, devolved into a committee late last year with Gurley and C.J. Anderson. Anderson is now a free agent, so we'll see whether L.A. brings him back or adds another RB who can handle significant work. Gurley remains a clear-cut RB1 heading into 2019, but RBs Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott look like safer bets at the top of drafts right now.

A source tells NFL Network's Steve Wyche that Rams RB Todd Gurley's knee was a "wear-and-tear issue." The reports of what was ailing Gurley late in the year have been all over the place -- and we'll probably never know exactly what was wrong. The trouble was with the same knee in which Gurley tore the ACL in at Georgia back in 2014. And it's worth noting that he's racked up 1,281 touches over 4 NFL seasons -- an average of 320 per year. He turns just 25 in August, though, so we shouldn't need to worry about him breaking down yet. Still, Gurley will be 1 of the most interesting decision points in the 1st round of 2019 fantasy drafts. His ADP is sitting at 1.03 in February FFPC drafts.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is not listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. "He looks like Todd," HC Sean McVay said after Friday's workout. "He looks like the explosive, great back that we're used to seeing." Los Angeles wisely played it safe with Gurley, who hasn't played in almost a month. McVay suggested that Gurley might cede some work to C.J. Anderson against the Cowboys on Saturday, but we'd expect him to see something close to his normal workload.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) put in a limited practice on Tuesday. “We’re going to get him going and he’s going to practice. And we’re going to see how he feels,” HC Sean McVay said before the workout. “And I think a lot of it is just going to be him getting out there, trusting, getting some of that movement, just putting his foot in the ground, doing some of the things that he’s been accustomed to doing and seeing how that knee responds. So this week will serve as a good chance to get a gauge.” Gurley is expected to play against the Cowboys on Saturday, but we'll continue to keep an eye on his progress.

Rams RB Todd Gurley said his injured knee is "feeling better" on Thursday. "Just still doing stuff for my knee," he added. "I've been able to do a lot more this week. It's been reacting pretty good." Gurley also said that he'd like to get a couple of practices in next week prior to the Rams' playoff opener. We'll get the team's 1st practice report on Tuesday.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. He’ll get another week off in the Wild Card Round — assuming Los Angeles wins this weekend — and should be back for the playoff opener. C.J. Anderson will again serve as the lead back on Sunday, making him a borderline RB1.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's not looking particularly likely to play in this weekend's finale against the 49ers. That'd again leave C.J. Anderson as Los Angeles' lead back.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday. That makes 4 straight missed practices. The Rams need a win over the 49ers this weekend to lock up the NFC's #1 seed -- but they can probably get it with C.J. Anderson. Gurley seems no better than 50/50 to play in the finale.

The Rams will consider sitting RB Todd Gurley (knee) again in Sunday's finale against the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. L.A. still needs a win to lock up the NFC's #2 seed, but "nothing is more important than the playoffs," Rapoport adds. Of course, it'll also be easier to keep Gurley sidelined after C.J. Anderson ripped off 167 yards and a score on 20 carries yesterday. Anderson will be a strong fantasy play if Gurley ends up inactive again this weekend.

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Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is INACTIVE for today’s game against the Cardinals. His warmup evidently didn’t go well enough to get the green light. RB Justin Davis (shoulder) is active and joins C.J. Anderson and John Kelly in the backfield. It’s a situation to try to avoid, but if you need 1 of them, Anderson is the best fantasy bet.

The Rams are "planning" on RB Todd Gurley (knee) playing against the Cardinals today unless he has a setback in pregame warmups, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That's the clearest report we've gotten on Gurley all week. We still won't get his official status until 2:35 pm ET, but it now sounds like he's more likely to play than not. Gurley still comes with more risk than usual, though, with a chance that he's limited and/or suffers an in-game setback.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) remains a game-time decision but that the team will be "cautious" with him. "While some are hopeful that he goes, others point out the team won’t do anything to put him at further risk of injury," Rapoport tweeted. Gurley seems truly 50/50 at this point -- and it looks like we won't get his official status until inactives are announced around 3 pm ET. If you're hoping to use him in fantasy lineups, you need to have a late-game alternative rostered. C.J. Anderson will be the best bet in Los Angeles' backfield if Gurley sits.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) didn’t practice all week and will be a game-time decision on Sunday, HC Sean McVay said. McVay was optimistic about Gurley all week but seemed less so on Friday. The situation is complicated by the fact that Rams-Cardinals doesn’t kick off until 4:05 pm ET. We’ll look for an update on Gurley’s status on Sunday morning. The Rams’ official website suggested on Friday that newly signed RB C.J. Anderson would lead the way in carries if Gurley can’t play. Rookie RB John Kelly would also be in the mix. RB Justin Davis (shoulder) is questionable.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) didn't practice on Thursday and told reporters afterward that he doesn't plan on practicing Friday. But he still expects to play against the Cardinals this weekend. "I think I'll be fine," Gurley said. "Just taking it day by day, recovering, resting, trying to feel better." Gurley clearly comes with more risk than usual in Week 16 but remains a clear-cut RB1. Even at less than 100% over the last 3 weeks, he ranks 4th among RBs in PPR points and 2nd in PPR.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Wednesday that the "expectation" is that RB Todd Gurley (knee) will play against the Cardinals this weekend. McVay added that Gurley "came in today feeling better." We'll continue to keep a close eye on this situation, but fantasy owners can expect to have Gurley for Week 16.

 
 
 

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