Sunday Night Preview
Sunday Night Preview:
Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
Vegas Odds: LAR -3, O/U 52
This vital divisional game will be determined by these underwhelming, overpaid yet important signal callers. This week we have Jared Goff ranked as our #15 QB and Jimmy Garopollo #25. Both are very game flow dependent fantasy players that are hard to trust in regular sized leagues. For now we like Goff more due to his random games of high passing volume. As the season continues and Jimmy G and the 9ers weapons get healthier don’t be surprised if he ends up more consistent than Goff, but for now Goff is both safer and has a higher ceiling. The are very similar caliber QBs in real life and in fantasy when both are healthy.
These two teams have a lot in common on offense. Both teams love to run the ball a lot, incorporated a lot of play action, uses multiple backs in a committee and are run by brilliant young offensive head coaches that have reached but never won a Super Bowl. There is much to like here but a lot of questionable week in/week out usage. Our highest ranked RB for the week is Raheem Mostert at #17. He is coming off of a solid but unspectacular 90 rushing yards to go with 29 receiving and no TDs. This was after missing 2 games while injured. He should get back on track as a rock solid RB2 the rest of the season, but his overall ceiling will remain capped as his passing game usage is likely to remain low.
His backup and impressive fill in Jerick McKinnon is our RB #29 for the week. His touches took a massive hit last week, gaining just 5 total yards on 3 touches. I wouldn’t drop him but he is not much more than a bye week filler with Mostert now back to carrying the load. He will still have random useable games to come, especially in PPR. Note that he is tied for 2nd on the team in receptions, and last week was his first to not score a TD.
For the Rams there is a lot of talent and points up for grabs if they don’t do too much rotating. Darrell Henderson is our #24 back and coming off of a 2 TD performance. He is currently getting the most opportunity out of their backfield so start him with confidence this week, but we never know when that could change.
Malcolm Brown is a steady but uninspiring average player that has been used as the goal line back before. He has not rushed for more than 50 yards or scored since Week 1, and that’s with Cam Akers missing time with injury.
As for Akers he has yet to score in 3 career games, but I am expecting a second half breakout from him in 2020. He is very talented and just needs to get his feet wet before eventually overtaking Brown and possibly Henderson. None of their backs have caught many passes this year so it limits their opportunities as a group.
The Rams’ duo of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods have both mostly lived up to their draft day expectations so far this year. This week we have Kupp at #12 and Woods at #13. Both are strong WR2s for your team. Kupp slightly leads in catches and yards but Woods gets more rushing attempts than any other useful fantasy WR, so they even out pretty equally as far as touches. No other WRs on the team have caught TDs or done much of anything noteworthy.
For San Fran the return of Deebo Samuel (WR#37) is very welcomed but has yet to result in fantasy gold. He has a mere 5 catches and 2 rushes in his 2 games played while being eased back from surgery. Expect a nice spike in production soon, just not necessarily this week. Rams corner Jalen Ramsey is likely to but a stop to the hype train this week.
I don’t mind playing rookie Brandon Aiyuk as a flex if you’re in need. He’s yet to really break out as a receiver but his 2 rushing TDs and high snap rate (easily led the WR group in % on the field last week) will eventually lead to more numbers. Kendrick Bourne is not a recommend start despite leading all WRs on the team in catches and yards, but he did score his first TD of the year last week. He’s really only valuable if Samuel or Aiyuk missed more time in the future.
George Kittle dominates the headlines and the position here. He’s our #2 TE for the week and I expect huge things. He’s coming off of his worst game of the season and should come out of the gate swinging against this division rival. This feels like a 100 yard performance waiting to happen. On the other side things get tricky.
Tyler Higbee has gone from 2019 record setting finish to Week 2’s 3 TD performance to not catching more than 3 passes in a game since then. He’s our #9 TE because of his ceiling only. The floor is under the basement.
His counterpart Gerald Everett is coming off of a 4 catch, 90 yard game that had Higbee owners smashing nearby objects. He also ran for a score the week before. He’s our #21 TE and belongs there unless there is a full flip in playing time between the 2 soon. Higbee is still playing significantly more snaps per game. Hopefully this rotating headache can be cured soon so we can all move on in the near future to be able to start feeling better about fantasy’s wildest position.