As the 2019 fantasy football season nears, it's time to examine players who could make or break your fantasy team. Here's a look at Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley and his fantasy outlook for the season ahead.
Sean McVay has sworn that the team isn’t worried about the knee that cost Gurley two games last year. But the Rams matched Detroit’s offer to retain backup RB Malcolm Brown and then moved up in Round 3 to draft Darrell Henderson. That pushes Gurley slightly down the rankings. But if his knee is truly OK, we’re still looking at the guy who averaged more than 22 touches per game each of the past two years in an offense that finished first and second in scoring.
Size: 6'1", 224
Age: 25 (at the start of the season)
Bye Week: 9
It’s scary to trust Gurley high in the first round but also scary to pass on him. Let’s hope the summer reveals more about what to expect.
Gurley sat out Weeks 16 and 17 with a knee injury and averaged only 10 carries per game in the postseason. For someone who was supposed to be the bell-cow back, it was clear that he was not 100 percent — no matter what the team said. Gurley did not require surgery in the offseason, but he may have arthritis in his troublesome left knee. The Rams have some quality depth at running back, which is a sign that they may be a bit nervous about Gurley’s durability. Fantasy owners should expect him to be healthy in 2019 but also expect fewer carries.
What are your expectations for Todd Gurley this season? Who is the No. 2 option?
It’s impossible to know exactly how the Rams plan to handle Gurley’s workload this season, considering no one seems to know exactly what kind of condition his (potentially arthritic) knee will be in come football season. The Rams have given every indication that he’ll continue to be their offensive focal point, and if he can stay healthy, even with fewer carries, he should still reward fantasy owners with RB1 numbers, no problem. But Gurley’s situation also comes with plenty of risk. It’s certainly possible that he could miss a large portion of the season, even if it’s just to rest his knee. The Rams made a point to use a third-round pick on Memphis running back Darrell Henderson for a reason, and as a change-of-pace option, he’ll inevitably eat into Gurley’s all-purpose production on third and obvious passing downs. And then there’s Malcolm Brown, whom the Rams liked enough to keep by matching an offer sheet from the Lions. He’ll open the season as Gurley’s direct backup — and beneficiary, if Gurley were to miss time.— Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Daily News
Season Projections for 2019
255 carries, 1,224 yards, 11 rushing TDs; 53 receptions, 530 yards, 3 receiving TDs