NFL teams such as the Los Angeles Rams are nearly a month away from meaningful NFL games. That means we are inching closer to fantasy football drafts around the globe.
People are beginning to do mock drafts and lay the groundwork for their plans to attack their drafts. There are some tough decisions to make this year with one coming from the Los Angeles Rams’ wide receiver corps.
The question that is constantly brought up: Which Rams receiver should you select in your fantasy football draft? It’s easy to say all of them, but let’s dive a little deeper into whom you should target the most.
First, Brandin Cooks is the biggest name in the Rams’ incredible receiving trio. Cooks is entering his second season with the Rams this year and is poised to continue putting up huge numbers.
In his first season with Los Angeles, Cooks had 80 receptions for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns. With those numbers, Cooks was able to total 163.2 fantasy points. That ranked 13th among wide receivers in fantasy football in 2018.
After getting 1,000 yards in 2018, Cooks now has four straight seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards. Additionally, Cooks became the first player to ever surpass 1,000 yards in three straight seasons with three different teams. Before the Rams, Cooks was with the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots.
Among the three Rams receivers, Cooks is undoubtedly the most explosive of the group. Over the last three seasons, Cooks has averaged 15.5 yards per reception, showing his playmaking ability. That should continue in his second season with Jared Goff.
After Cooks, we have Robert Woods, who may be the most important receiver of the group. In 2017, the Rams signed Woods to a five-year, $39 million deal in free agency.
At the time, some people were saying the Rams overpaid for the former Buffalo Bills receiver. Now, everyone shares the same sentiment that Woods is one of the best bargains in the NFL.
When watching Woods, he may not be flashy or freakishly athletic, but he is insanely efficient. From his route running to his run blocking, Woods is a perfectionist.
With everything that Woods does, he may be the most underrated wide receiver in the NFL. In 2018, Woods had his best season in his six-year career. The Rams wideout had 86 catches for 1,219 yards and six touchdowns.
As a result of those numbers, Woods cracked the top 10 receivers in fantasy football. Woods managed to muster 179.6 fantasy points in 2018 (10th most in NFL). When speaking about the Rams’ receivers, Woods may be the most important one.
Lastly, we have the man, the myth, the legend, Cooper Kupp. When Jared Goff needs a crucial completion on third down, he’s looking in the direction of Kupp.
Last season, the Rams were on course to have three receivers surpass 1,000 receiving yards. They would’ve become the sixth receiving trio in NFL history to achieve that feat (first since 2008).
Unfortunately, Kupp suffered a torn ACL in Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks. Before the injury, Kupp had 40 receptions for 566 yards and six scores. Kupp was on pace to have 80 receptions for 1,132 yards and 12 touchdowns.
This season, Kupp is expected to be back for Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. Kupp should return to being a reliable weapon in the Rams’ offense. In 2018, as the season went on, it showed that the Rams missed Kupp’s presence.
After taking a look at each receiver on the Rams, whom should you decide to take in fantasy drafts? If you have any choice of the three, Cooks is probably the safest pick since he has been the most consistent receiver of the three. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with drafting any of the Rams’ three wide receivers.