For the Rams is 3 receivers a crowd?

For the Rams is 3 receivers a crowd?
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Can the Rams realistically have 3 wide receivers finish in the top 20?


If you follow me on twitter you would have noticed I did my top 25 rankings for wide receivers last month. What stuck out to me is I included all 3 Rams wide receivers. My rankings have changed since then (I am lower on Woods and have him ranked just below Diggs at 16 now). However, the fact remains I still envision all 3 Rams wide receivers finishing in the top 20.

Robert Woods

After 4 years of pedestrian numbers and poor quarterback play at the Bills, Woods is looking like a star with the Rams. Despite an injury-riddled first season at the Rams he still managed career best yardage of 781 yards in a mere 12 games. Woods followed this up by having a career year in his second season with the Rams in 2017/18. Posting career highs in receptions (86), yards (1,219) and Touchdowns (6). Woods finished with 179.6 points in standard scoring leagues. This ranked him as the 10th highest scoring Wide receiver (WR). Woods played in all 16 games and averaged 11.2 points per game.

After Kupp went down injured, Woods took over the team primary slot receiver role. Woods has proven to be one of Goff’s guys. Goff said at the beginning of last season that Woods has “some of the best hands I’ve ever played with.”

“He’s just become a guy that I can really trust with any route, any sort of cut, anything. He’s a guy that I really have a lot of faith in,” Goff said. This is encouraging for not only Woods, but his fantasy owners alike.

Woods current ADP is 44th overall, the 17th wide receiver off the board.

Woods recently turned 27 and is still in his prime years. Despite a rather disappointing finish to the season for the Rams Offense, the former USC star and Southern California native Woods looks very much like a safe WR2 in your fantasy drafts.

Did you know Woods has lead the team in targets two years running?

Brandin Cooks

Cooks posted better numbers in his first season with the Rams than his lone season with the Patriots. The former Oregon State standout finished with 80 receptions, 1,204 yards and 5 touchdowns. Cooks last season provided the Rams multifaceted offense with a deep threat presence after letting Sammy Watkins walk in free agency. Cooks managed to play in all 16 games, totaling 163.2 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. This was good enough to finish as the 13th ranked WR. On a per game average, not factoring in the game against the Seahawks in week 5 where he got concussed early on, Cooks averaged 10.88 points per game.

McVay is clearly high on Cooks, having traded a first and a 6th round selection to acquire Cooks and a fourth from the Patriots. McVay also rewarded Cooks with a 5 year, $81 million-dollar deal (Before he even took a snap as a Ram I might add). Cooks is into the 2nd year of this rich deal. He is still just 25 years of age and has a current ADP of 40th overall in redraft leagues, the 16th ranked wide receiver. The speedster is an upside WR2 for me heading into 2019 fantasy season.

Cooper Kupp

Cooper Kupp went down with a devastating ACL injury in weeks 10’s victory against the Seahawks at the L.A. Coliseum.

Prior to this, Kupp was in sensational form and had the highest passer rating when targeted of any wide receiver in the NFL. Upon going down, McVay was rocked “It’s a huge loss for our football team. He’s such an important part of what we do. Great Football player, great person, and it’s tough.” McVay had a point, Kupp still managed to finish tied for the team lead with six touchdown receptions. Despite totaling 8 games. Overall, Kupp finished with 40 catches and 566 yards. Including catching 8 passes on 11 targets in the red zone. Additionally, Kupp was eight from ten on thirds downs resulting in first downs.

Despite only playing in 8 games he was still able to finish in the top 50 wide receivers. Kupp scored 95.1 fantasy points. This isn’t impressive, however, when you factor in his average on a per game basis, Kupp averaged 11.88 points per game. If Kupp continued scoring at this rate he would have finished as WR 9. Not only would this rank him above his two team mates in points scored but also above players such as JuJu Smith Schuster, Stefon Diggs and Keenan Allen.

Kupp is “fully expected to be ready to go for training camp” according to McVay. Which supports the narrative that Kupp is making great progress and is ‘way ahead of what normally would be the process from an ACL.’

Final thoughts

Kupp was on track to join Woods and Cooks in having 1,000 yard season until injury struck. The three star wide receivers provide Goff with an array of options and ability to win at all levels. Whilst some say Cooks and Woods numbers may have been slightly inflated due to Kupp’s absence. One look at the pair’s numbers prior to Kupp’s injury prove otherwise. This is without mentioning Goff and the Rams love of spreading the ball around.

Combined with the creativity McVay’s system provides you can see why I am high on all 3 wide receivers. It is for these reasons and last year’s numbers I believe all 3 will not only finish as WR2’s in 12 man leagues but also all crack the top 20 ranked wide receivers in fantasy scoring.

 

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