The Browns could be without their entire starting secondary for Sunday night's game against the Rams. They've already ruled out FS Damarious Randall for the 2nd straight game with a concussion. SS Morgan Burnett is questionable with the quad injury that knocked him out of last Monday's game. He missed practice all week. Starting CBs Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams each got added to the injury report Thursday with hamstring issues that kept them out of Friday's practice. IDP owners should plan on using none of these players for Week 3. The whole situation, meanwhile, can only improve the fantasy outlook for Rams QB Jared Goff and his receivers. Eric Murray and Jermaine Whitehead would be the starting safeties here, while Terrance Mitchell, T.J. Carrie and Tavierre Thomas look like the top 3 corners if Ward and Williams sit.
The Rams and QB Jared Goff have agreed to a 4-year, $134 million extension. That $33.5 million average annual salary is the 3rd highest in the league, behind only Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger. Goff is receiving an NFL-record $110 million in guarantees. It's a huge investment in a guy with just 2 quality seasons under his belt. But HC Sean McVay and the Rams clearly view Goff as their guy. The extension stabilizes Goff as a top 10 dynasty QB.
QB Blake Bortles has inked a 1-year deal with the Rams. After an up-but-mostly-down 5 seasons in Jacksonville, he'll spend at least 1 year backing up Jared Goff in Los Angeles. Perhaps spending some time under offensive whiz kid Sean McVay will be good for Bortles. He'll obviously hold no 2019 fantasy value barring a Goff injury.
Monday night's Chiefs-Rams game has been moved to Los Angeles. The game was originally scheduled for Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, but there were concerns about the field conditions there. Consider the move back to U.S. soil good news for both offenses -- especially the Rams playing at home.
The forecast for today's Rams-Broncos game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and temperatures in the 20s. It sounds like much of the snow will come before kickoff, though, and winds will be just 5-10 mph. We're not altering our projections for this game.
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.
Adam Schefter reports that former Bills WR Robert Woods has reached a deal with the Rams. That will take the former USC wideout back to Los Angeles, but it lands him in 1 of the league's worst offenses. Woods has shown flashes at times and will turn just 25 in April. But we'll need to see a lot more from QB Jared Goff before finding any interest in Woods' fantasy stock with the Rams. Woods basically replaces Kenny Britt, who has reached a deal with the Browns. That's a lateral move at best for the L.A. offense -- and probably a downgrade in talent.
The Rams have hired Sean McVay as their HC. The 30-year-old becomes the youngest HC in NFL history. He already has 8 seasons of experience in the league, though, including the past 3 as Washington's OC. The 2016 Redskins finished 3rd in total yards and 12th in points, led by the #2 ranked passing attack. McVay's 1st order of business in Los Angeles will be Jared Goff, who is coming off a disappointing rookie campaign.
Rams QB Jared Goff (concussion) put in a full week of practice and will start Saturday’s game against the 49ers. Even in that plus matchup, the rookie is a bottom-barrel QB2.
Rams QB Jared Goff (concussion) put in a full practice on Tuesday. He hasn't yet received full clearance, but he's on track to do so. "We anticipate having him" for Saturday's game against the 49ers, HC John Fassel said. Goff won't be a fantasy option, even in that plus matchup.
Rams QB Jared Goff sustained a concussion after taking a big hit at the end of a scramble in Thursday night's loss to the Seahawks. The rookie completed just 13 of 25 passes for 135 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs before exiting in the 4th quarter. He remains well off any fantasy radar. QB Case Keenum will draw back in if Goff can't get cleared in time for next weekend's game against the 49ers.
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