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| Perhaps no player in the league was more disappointing as a fantasy performer than Todd Gurley was in 2016. Gurley was a top five overall pick in most drafts but saw his production fall off tremendously from what we saw in his rookie season. He rushed for just 885 yards on 278 carries for a disastrous 3.2 yards per carry. While he was more involved in the passing game, it wasn't enough to salvage what was a very frustrating fantasy season.
The positive to take from this past season is that the Rams - despite falling behind in most games and getting little production out of him - stuck with Gurley through what was a truly awful season. No other Rams back was useful in 2016 and that won't likely be changing in 2017. While the allure has certainly worn off, there's still plenty of upside here for Gurley. The Rams invested heavily in their offensive line this off-season and we likely saw Gurley's fantasy floor last year. His draft day cost won't be anywhere near what it was a season ago but the upside is still about the same as it was given his expected workload, so try not to hold too much of a grudge if Gurley burned you in 2016.
|Rams unlikely to play top WRs much in finale|
Woods, Watkins and Kupp all expected to be limited
By: Doug Orth | Thu Dec 28, 11:55 pm
|Probably not a good idea to start Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp this week. Rams coach Sean McVay said they probably won't play much. (ESPN - Alden Gonzalez)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams aren't planning on playing Todd Gurley or Jared Goff at all, meaning owners still playing in Week 17 need to get familiar with players such as Sean Mannion, Malcolm Brown, Tavon Austin, Josh Reynolds and Pharoh Cooper. It's hard to buy into any of them - outside of maybe Reynolds - as a realistic option in fantasy this weekend.
|Rams could rest some starters in Week 17|
McVay hints at Week 17 approach
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Dec 26, 8:00 pm
|McVay on the Rams approach this week: “It is one of those deals where I think you might see us rest some guys and use this week... knowing that you do have a home playoff game, regardless of how things play out, this might provide an opportunity to get some guys healthy.” (Joe Curley on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McVay hinted that if offensive lineman Whitworth and Sullivan were to miss that perhaps Jared Goff and Todd Gurley could be rested too. With the Rams locked into a home playoff game, it's likely Goff and Gurley won't play much if at all against the 49ers.