Team Preview: Los Angeles Rams
Moving down the Pacific coast as we preview all 32 teams, we head south to L.A. and 2020's 2nd-place team from the NFC West, the Los Angeles Rams.
L.A. scored the 22nd most points in 2020 while throwing for the 13th most passing yards. They were 10th in rushing yards on their way to a 10-6 record. Vegas had their Win Total at 10.5 games.
Matt Stafford: You know the offensive-minded Sean McVay was not ok with his team ranking 22nd in points scored, and that he just knew he wasn't going to improve with Jared Goff manning the controls of his offense. Now he has a QB that can take this team to the next level in Stafford. Just two years ago Stafford was on his way to a Top 5 fantasy season averaging 21 points per game, before injuries shortened it to 8 games. Now pair him with a mastermind play-caller and Top 10 supporting cast, and good things should be expected. I have him as a back-end QB1 in '21.
Cam Akers: It took a while to get going, but by the end of the season and in the playoffs, we saw what Akers can be in the NFL. In two playoff games, he racked up 221 yards on a whopping 46 attempts and scored 2 TDs. With Malcolm Brown now out of the picture, we should expect to see Akers get close to 20 touches per game, which is all the markings you want for a Top 10 RB.
Woods / Kupp / Jackson: This WR corp is going to be fun to watch. Woods is my bet to lead this team in receptions, but I don't think Kupp will be far behind. I like Woods as a high-end WR2. Kupp went from being the WR4 in 2019 to the WR26 in 2020 and he only caught two fewer passes. Crazy right? Well, that's what happens when you only score 3 TDs. Expect that number to go up in 2021. I have him as a back-end WR2. DeSean Jackson has only played in 8 games the past two seasons due to injury. At 34 years old, he should be viewed as a better real football option than a fantasy option. He can be left on the waiver wire.
Tyler Higbee: Higbee has all of 12 games of 10+ ppr points over the course of a 5-year career. He is still riding the wave of a 5-game stretch in 2019 that helped him finish as the TE8. Don't fall for it again in 2021. He's an avoid for me.