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Los Angeles Rams June Scouting Report
Letâ€™s run it back! With the Draft and most of free agency completed, the Rams held their OTAs and mini-camp. The Super Bowl Champions also continued to take care of their stars as they gave big raises to DL Aaron Donald and WR Cooper Kupp after previously giving QB Matthew Stafford an extension. The Rams are locked and loaded to defend their title and if they stay healthy Los Angeles has an excellent chance to repeat as the Super Bowl Champions. This report will look at current Fantasy positions.
QUARTERBACK: QB Matthew Stafford had a minor procedure to this right arm and did not throw during OTAs and mini-camp. He will be good to go when training camp opens and should put up big numbers in his second season with the Rams. The return of a healthy Cam Akers and addition of Allen Robinson should give this offense a boost and I think Stafford produces top five numbers. Matthew is a solid QB1 for Fantasy.
RUNNING BACK: RB Cam Akers is healthy and is working hard to improve on his performance last season. Cam made an impressive return from a July Achilles injury but did not play as well as hoped for when he returned to action. If Cam can play like he did at the end of his rookie season, he could put this offense on another level. RB Darrell Henderson will provide support and he has dealt with minor injuries during his young career. Rookie RB Kyren Williams suffered a broken food during mini-camp so that will hinder his development going into training camp. For Fantasy teams, Cam should be considered a strong RB2 with potential to be a RB1.
WIDE RECEIVER: WR Cooper Kupp is coming off the statistically best receiving season ever and capped it off with the Super Bowl MVP. The Rams traded Robert Woods to the Titans and replaced him with WR Allen Robinson, who is just as talented as Woods but is younger and bigger than Bobby Trees. Robinson should pair nicely across Kupp. WR Van Jefferson should be the third receiver, which is the role he played last season. The third year receiver should be a valuable asset to this offense. WR Tutu Atwell is working to erase memories of a dreadful rookie season. Reports from camp are that he is much improved and could contribute to the offense in his second season. Kupp is a top four receiver in all Fantasy formats and Robinson should be a high end WR2 for Fantasy teams. Jefferson could be a nice player to stash on your roster, especially if you already have Kupp or Jefferson.
TIGHT END: TE Tyler Higbee suffered a knee injury in the playoffs that kept him out of the Super Bowl. He is healthy again and eager to participate in the next Super Bowl. Tyler is a capable target and provides another weapon for HC Sean McVay. Young veterans TE Kendall Blanton and TE Brycen Hopkins stepped up when called upon to help the Rams win the ring. Hopkins had more receptions in the Super Bowl (four) than he did the whole season (one). The wild card of this position is TE Jacob Harris who might not even be a tight end any more. Harris could be at the crossroads of his career in just his second season. When healthy, Higbee is a low end TE2 with potential to have a multiple touchdown game. I would draft him as a depth player and not starter.
KICKER: PK Matt Gay had a great 2021 season and has solidified himself as a top kicker in the league and for Fantasy. Gay could have an even better 2022 season with the revamped offense. Matt should be one of the first kickers chosen in Fantasy.
DEFENSE: All-World and future Hall of Famer DL Aaron Donald received a hefty raise and will lead this unit for the next few years. Although there were rumblings that he could retire, I knew there was no chance of that happening. With Donald, LB Bobby Wagner, and DB Jalen Ramsey, the Rams have All-Pro players at each level of defense. DC Raheem Morris also has LB Leonard Floyd and second year LB Ernest Jones, who should thrive next to Wagner. This unit could be dominant and should complement the offense very well. Donald, Wagner, and Floyd are the best IDP for Fantasy.
Los Angeles has done a very good job this off season, keeping as many players from their Championship team as possible, and replacing those lost with players capable of helping them win another title. The team will take a much deserved break and return for training camp in July. Thanks for checking in and hope you are safe and well. Love and blessings to my family. Miss you Pops and Scratch! Aloha!
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