The most interesting thing about the Rams this season is that everyone will have to get reaccustomed to referring to them as the LA Rams because, as with the 49ers, there's only one Ram worth drafting in your 2016 fantasy football league: Todd Gurley.
I guess if you only have one relevant player, Gurley is a good one to have. He could very well finish as the number one fantasy football running back. That's not a prediction, but it is a fair observation.
If you're drafting in a dynasty league, Jared Goff probably should be drafted, but not terribly high. As long as Jeff Fisher is the Rams' Coach, Gurley's the guy - the only guy. In our NFC West fantasy football team projections podcast, I did mention that Pharoh Cooper is also an interesting dynasty possibility. He and Goff have the opportunity to develop together, and if Goff pops, someone is going to benefit from it. Other than that, there's really not much else to discuss.
Grab Gurley and forget the rest. Here are TJ's 2016 fantasy football projections for the St. Lou...excuse me, Los Angeles Rams.
Jared Goff - 3500 Yards, 20 TDs, 15 INTs.
If Goff starts all 16 games, I think that interception total is low. It could be 25. Don't get me wrong, I think Goff is good, but he won't throw enough to develop into an elite passing quarterback anytime soon. If Goff is the starter week one, I'm also concerned that Gurley's numbers will be diminished because defenses will load up to stop Gurley. The Rams are rarely exciting, and this year will be no exception.
Todd Gurley (RB) - 1400 Yards, 12 TDs, 35 Catches, 400 Yards, 2 TDs.
Gurley is as good as it gets. I just wish he were on another team. If the Rams can get their offense half-clicking, Gurley is going to be awesome. He is one of the few running backs with the potential to be the number one fantasy back. The problem is he's all the Rams have got, and that's no secret to opposing defenses. And the NFC West has, at least, two dominant defenses in the Seahawks and Cardinals. The Rams could also have a decent defense, so it's a good thing Gurley doesn't also have to worry about them. With a little help, Gurley is potentially a 2000 total-yards back.
Tavon Austin (WR) - 60 Catches, 600 Yards, 5 TDs, 300 Rushing Yards, 1 TD.
If only the Rams could figure out a way to use Austin effectively. He's a dynamic, dual-threat receiver languishing on a boring team. However, if anyone can open up the offense for Gurley, it's Austin. He and Gurley would make a nice 1-2 punch. I hate to even think it, but they are the perfect combo for a Chip Kelly offense, except that Kelly will be coaching against them. Austin is a great DFS play, if you can figure out which weeks to start him. I think he will be much improved, but the usage is still is a huge question mark.
Pharoh Cooper (WR) - 60 Catches, 800 Yards, 5 TDs.
...because who else are you going to include? The Rams don't realize you can use a tight end.
For Cooper and Austin to each catch 60 balls as TJ projects, it would mean Goff (or insert Rams QB here) would have to throw 120 balls. That might not happen. Gurley's going to carry the ball 593 times, and since it's up to Jeff Fisher, you know it's true. Take a good look at Cooper in a dynasty league; otherwise, he'll be there on waivers if and when he does something.
Pharoh Cooper does get bonus points for the best name in the 2016 draft, though.
Now, if he were talking about American Pharoah, we might have something to talk about. But who else is there? Cooper certainly has the tools to be a breakout, but I doubt he gets enough balls. He is a beast of a target, and the Rams should be chasing points against the aforementioned Seahawks and Cardinals, so here's hoping for a few red zone targets.
Rams Veteran Wide Receivers
Yeah, they're all going to be busts, and everybody knows it.
The Rams aren't sexy. In fact, they are the exact opposite of sexy. Other than the uniforms, Gurley is the only gold on the Rams. There are a lot of differing opinions on where Gurley should go, however, so he could fall a bit. If he's available late in the first or early in the second, grab him. You'll be golden.