Despite boasting a 3-1 record overall, the Los Angeles Rams will be the first to tell you that their wins have been ugly. While fans won’t be complaining, a byproduct of ugly wins is usually subpar fantasy performances. This is absolutely true of the Rams team across the board, despite boasting a couple of options that were popular amongst fantasy drafts throughout the season.
But with running back Todd Gurley struggling, and the Rams’ defense giving up plenty of yards all season, it’s hard to really say who should be in or out. Most fantasy players will have better options than most of the skill position players that Los Angeles boasts, and they have an interesting match-up coming up against a Buffalo defense that seems to be coming into its own. Buffalo has only given up
Who to start
Los Angeles D/ST
Now, this is not to say that the Los Angeles defense should be the first option for the fantasy players this week. The Rams still struggle with giving up yardage, averaging 379.2 yards/game defensively. They definitely aren’t the best option in the world, but with teams headed into bye weeks, Los Angeles’ defense is certainly a tantalizing option. They also face a phenomenal running back in LeSean McCoy, and his ability to catch out of the backfield as well as be runner between the tackles could give the Rams defense fits.
But this is the same Rams defense that held the Arizona Cardinals to only 13 points, and kept the Seattle Seahawks out of the end zone entirely. They’ve had problems in their other two games against Tampa Bay and San Francisco, but this defense definitely seems to be rounding in to shape. In deeper leagues, the Rams are definitely worth a start, especially with other teams hitting the bye.
Who to sit
Pretty much everyone else
This isn’t a joke. The Rams are facing a Buffalo Bills defense that has given up 18 points in the last two weeks, including a shut-out of the New England Patriots. While the Patriots were starting quarterback Jacoby Brisset in that game, that doesn’t take away from the fact that this defense is dangerous. On the other hand, the Los Angeles offense is doing just enough to win football games, which isn’t really saying a lot. In four games this season, the Rams have scored 0, 9, 37, and 17 points. The game against Tampa Bay seems to be more of an outlier looking at the rest of the team.
Running back Todd Gurley regularly faces eight- and nine-man fronts, while leading receiver Kenny Britt has missed practice with injury this week. Gurley figures to be a bigger part of the passing game at some point, but we’ll need to see more consistency in that aspect of his game before he can be re-inserted into a starting lineup. Quarterback Case Keenum probably isn’t the best option available in your league, and he is too inconsistent to really be able to predict what he’ll do this week. There is one player that could figure into the flex spot, but we’ll get to him in our sleeper pick for this week.
Wide receiver Brian Quick
Of Case Keenum’s four touchdown passes, Brian Quick has caught three of them. While he may not be a world-beating receiver, and certainly isn’t worth a WR1 or WR2 spot, his nose for the end zone could warrant putting him in at the flex. If he continues to link up with Keenum in the end zone, he could get snapped up pretty quickly in deeper leagues. Keep an eye on him if you lack comfortable wide receiver depth.
Defensive linemen Robert Quinn, William Hayes, and Michael Brockers all sat out practice this week. They’re listed as questionable, but they should see game action.
Running back Benny Cunningham was limited all week and is listed as questionable.
Wide receiver Kenny Britt was a full-go on Friday at practice, and should play on Sunday.
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