Los Angeles Rams Late August Scouting Report
The NFL season is scheduled to start on time and Fantasy Drafts are in full swing. So even though Covid-19 wiped out the preseason, hopefully it won’t hinder the regular season. There has been no preseason action to scout so we have to go on training camp reports to gauge how players are doing. The Rams held their second and final scrimmage this past Saturday (August 29) as they get ready to take on the Cowboys in week one. There hasn’t been much news since my last report but I will try to give you my opinion how the players could pan out on where to select them for your Fantasy team.
QB Jared Goff: Jared has had a solid if unspectacular camp as he works with a new Offensive Coordinator. Goff is ranked outside the top 12 quarterbacks but has the potential to put up QB1 numbers. If your plan is to hold off on taking a quarterback until the later rounds, Jared offers high upside for someone taken after round 10.
RB Cam Akers: Other than a fumble during the first scrimmage, Cam has had a good camp and has displayed skills to be an every down back. Like Goff, Cam is not ranked that high since most feel the Rams will be a RBBC; however, Henderson is missing time with a hammy and Brown is not much more than a plodder. Cam offers the most upside and though he might start the season as a RB3, he should eventually be a solid RB2 with RB1 potential. In redraft leagues starting two running backs, Cam should be taken around round 4-6; depending on how you approach the first few rounds. He has more value in Keeper and Dynasty leagues.
RB Darrell Henderson: Darrell is nursing a hamstring injury and even though he is expected back for the opener, this injury further strengthens my opinion that he is not a feature back. Take Darrell as a RB4 or Cam’s handcuff in the later rounds.
RB Malcom Brown: Brown offers stability but no upside. You could take as Cam’s handcuff over Henderson but like Darrell not until the double digit rounds.
WR Robert Woods: Woods continues to be a model of consistency. He could be a sleeper drafted after more heralded receivers and out produce them when the dust settles. Robert should be considered a low end WR1 taken around rounds 5-6.
WR Cooper Kupp: Kupp was having a good camp but suffered a minor ankle injury. Cooper is ranked higher than Woods due to his touchdown productivity; however, he does have minor injury concerns. I would feel good having Kupp as my WR1 if I took running backs with my first two or three picks. Kupp in the 3-5 rounds is appropriate.
WR Josh Reynolds: Josh is running as the third receiver but is being pushed by the rookie Jefferson. Neither has much value right now but could be waiver pickups.
WR Van Jefferson: Van has been outstanding and is pushing Reynolds for playing time but as noted above, Jefferson and Reynolds are not worthy of a draft pick yet.
TE Tyler Higbee: Tyler is playing at a high level and has the potential to be a solid TE1 if he continues this pace. If your league requires a Tight End, I would take Higbee after the notable studs. If you can get him around round 9-11, he could be a steal.
TE Gerald Everett: Gerald is running behind Higbee and currently should not be drafted.
DT Aaron Donald: Aaron is the top rated D-lineman in my opinion. He is an every week IDP regardless of format and even more valuable in leagues requiring D-linemen.
LB Micah Kiser: Micah has been healthy and solid throughout camp and could be a nice IDP sleeper.
DB John Johnson: Johnson appears to be 100% and is a solid IDP defensive back.
DB Taylor Rapp: Taylor is slowly coming back from a knee issue and should be ok for the opener. Rapp has potential to be an every week IDP.
2020 has been a disappointing year from Kobe’s passing to this stupid pandemic. Now more than ever, Faith is so important. Fortunately the upcoming NFL season gives fans a little hope for normalcy or at least entertainment. Good luck to all of you and be safe. God is good all the time! Love and blessings to my family. Miss you Pops! Aloha!
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