The first two games of the 2017 season have gone well for the Los Angeles Rams, even though they currently sit with a 1-1 record. Week 3 presents the Rams with another opportunity to add a win to their record as they go up against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night, and some Rams players could give your fantasy team a boost as well. Here are a few Rams that you can target in Week 3.
Heading into the season it looked as though new additions Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods would be the main receivers, with Tavon Austin playing a larger role in the offense as head coach Sean McVay had suggested over the offseason. As it turns out Austin has only been on the field for 16 snaps over the first two games, and the duo of Watkins and Woods have combined for 11 receptions on 16 total targets. The top receiving option so far has been rookie Cooper Kupp who has 7 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, and he leads the team with his 12 targets. The 49ers defense does rank in the top ten in passing yards allowed per game (176.0), total yards allowed per game (299.5), and points per game (17.5), but as long as Kupp keeps getting his share of targets he could be a decent flex play this week.
The Rams’ defense flexed their muscles against the Colts in Week 1, as they racked up 4 sacks, 2 pick-sixes, and allowed just 9 points. Last week’s game against Washington did not go as well as they allowed 27 points, but this week gives them a more favorable matchup against the 49ers. Brian Hoyer has proven to be a lackluster option at quarterback, leaving running back Carlos Hyde as their main offensive weapon. The Rams’ front seven is built handle any rushing attack, and their secondary should be able to keep their few receiving options – Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, George Kittle – in check when they have to resort to the passing game.
Greg Zuerlein comes into Thursday’s game on a “hot streak,” having been successful on all of his kick attempts so far (5-5 FG, 7-7 XP). Thursday’s game will likely give “Greg the Leg” plenty of opportunities to show off his leg, and that is due in large part to where we can expect the Rams to be starting their offensive drives. According to Football Outsiders San Francisco ranks 24th in the NFL in their average starting line of scrimmage per drive (LOS/Dr), allowing teams to start around their own 29 yard line (28.91) on average. Zuerlein has made long field goals all throughout his career as he has nailed attempts from 60 and 61 yards, and once had the distance on a 66-yard attempt. We all know that Zuerlein has a big leg, and every bit of field position can make a difference between having to punt or go for a field goal on fourth down. As long as the Rams are within his extended range, expect “Legatron” to get the call.