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.
Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after practicing all week. He'll return for Saturday night's game against the 49ers. Everett isn't a fantasy option but is a concern for TE Tyler Higbee, who was already in a tough spot vs. the league's 3rd-ranked TE defense. Consider Higbee a low-end TE1 for Week 16, despite his recent hot streak.
Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. That puts him on track to return for Saturday night's game against the 49ers. Tyler Higbee leads all TEs in targets, catches and yards over the last 3 weeks -- but note that Everett out-targeted Higbee 59 to 33 over the Rams' first 11 games. We'd bet on Higbee sticking as the lead TE in Week 16, but Everett's return certainly adds risk to his outlook.
Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Tyler Higbee leads all TEs in targets (19), catches (14) and yards (223) over the last 2 weeks and is a locked-in TE1 for Week 15.
Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday. HC Sean McVay labeled Everett "day-to-day," adding, "His knee is making progress, but not ready to get out there and practice with us yet." Don't bank on Everett playing against the Cowboys this weekend. That'll again make Tyler Higbee a TE1.
Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) is out for Sunday night’s game against the Seahawks. That again makes TE Tyler Higbee a spot-start option. He played 91% of Los Angeles’ offensive snaps and garnered an 18% target share with Everett out last week.
Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. If he misses Sunday night's game against the Seahawks, TE Tyler Higbee will remain on the spot-start radar after his massive Week 13.
Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. That turns TE Tyler Higbee into an upside fantasy play vs. the league’s worst TE defense.
Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Wednesday. He appears to be in real danger of missing this weekend's game against the Cardinals. Everett's absence would turn TE Tyler Higbee into a legitimate fantasy option in the plus matchup.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee (lung) practiced all week and is set to return for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. That knocks TE Gerald Everett out of the spot-start discussion. Higbee actually out-targeted Everett 8 to 5 over the season’s first 2 games.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Browns. He's played 43% of the offensive snaps so far vs. 55% for TE Gerald Everett. So Higbee's absence could turn Everett into something close to an every-down TE. He's on the deep-league spot-start radar for Week 3.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee suffered a lung injury in Sunday's win over the Saints that had him coughing up blood, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Higbee was briefly hospitalized but isn't expected to miss much time, per Rapoport. We'll keep an eye on him this week. Higbee's absence would make TE Gerald Everett a low-end spot-start option.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee suffered a chest injury in Sunday's game against the Saints and is done for the day. A prolonged absence for him would make TE Gerald Everett a more intriguing fantasy option. We'll look for more info on Higbee's status.
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Rams WR Cooper Kupp tore his left ACL in Sunday's win over the Seahawks. That ends his season and gives him about 10 months to get ready for the start of the 2019 campaign. Kupp's absence moves Josh Reynolds back into the #3 WR role and puts him on the WR4 radar in fantasy football. He posted 1-19 and 3-42-2 lines while seeing 6 total targets in the 2 games Kupp missed earlier this season. We could also see expanded roles for TEs Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee -- although neither guy is a reliable fantasy option yet.
Rams TE Gerald Everett is sidelined with a shoulder sprain, HC Sean McVay said. "You guys see him out here where he had a little splint. We’re going to be smart with him," McVay said. "So, he’ll probably be doing rehab and different things like that for at least the next week or so ... Fortunately, it’s not something right now that we felt like had to get fixed, but until you really go through that process you never know how it’s truly going to respond.” This doesn't sound like a serious issue, although McVay does make it seem like the team doesn't know exactly how long Everett will be out. We'll keep an eye on this one. The presence of Everett and TE Tyler Higbee make both guys tough to trust in fantasy lineups. But if either guy misses time this season, the other could become a spot-start option.
Second-year Rams TE Gerald Everett has reportedly showed well in early practices. "Gerald Everett's been one of the guys that's stood out really throughout the offseason program so far in terms of getting better," HC Sean McVay said, per Cameron DaSilva of Rams Wire. "You see the overall athleticism; he's getting better with the attention to detail." Everett also told the team website that he's more confident and comfy with the playbook. A 2nd-round pick last year, Everett has a chance to pass TE Tyler Higbee on the depth chart this summer and carve out a decent role. The wealth of options in an offense that ranked just 24th in pass attempts last year lowers Everett's fantasy ceiling, but he's worth a look as a 3rd TE in best-ball drafting.
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 added South Alabama TE Gerald Everett with the 44th overall pick of the draft. It’s a surprising selection after the coaching staff spent the early offseason talking up 2nd-year TE Tyler Higbee, although the Rams could certainly use offensive weapons however they can get them. Everett earned an 88th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine, registering a 4.62-second 40 time and 37.5-inch vertical at 6’3, 239 pounds. We don’t have much college film to go on, but Everett did rack up 90 catches, 1,292 yards and 12 TDs at South Alabama over the past 2 seasons. Scouts laud his quickness, catch radius and after-catch ability. Making a huge jump in competition at a tough position, though, Everett won’t be worth a redraft pick. He’s a late-round flier in dynasty rookie drafts.
There's been a consistent buzz on Rams TE Tyler Higbee over the past couple of weeks. "Expect big things from Tyler," GM Les Snead said from the Combine. HC Sean McVay is excited to work with the 2nd-year TE. "Nice catch radius," McVay said. "He can stretch the seam; he's got a good feel and savvy in the pass game." McVay arrives from Washington, where Redskins TEs ranked 5th in targets (289), 5th in receiving yards (2,397) and tied for 3rd in TDs (20) over the past 2 seasons. Higbee is no Jordan Reed, but he is a 6'6, 249-pounder with plus athleticism. And there's lots of target upside with TE Lance Kendricks gone and a WR corps led by Robert Woods and Tavon Austin.
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