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QB Jared Goff - Los Angeles Rams

6-4, 215Born: 10-14-1994College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 13): Goff took a while to warm up, but once he was going, the Texans could not slow him down. He has a tough matchup at Minnesota this week, but Goff has earned mid-low QB1 status going forward.

Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Rams passing offense has been one of the biggest surprises of the season as Jared Goff has this team playing very well now that they finally have some decent offensive line play to enable a run game that allows him some support. Goff is coming off his two best games of the season, amassing 666 passing yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions in the last two weeks--good for the top scoring fantasy quarterback over that span despite his non-existent contribution in the rushing department. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp have been his primary targets on the outside, while Todd Gurley continues to be a huge weapon in the passing game as he now has seven games with at least 36 receiving yards, averaging just under four receptions per game. Robert Woods has emerged as this team's top wide receiver as Sammy Watkins continue to be minimally involved in the offensive gameplan. Has exceeded 50 receiving yards in each of his last five games and is coming off a 171-yard explosion against Houston last week. Woods had not scored a touchdown all season until Week 9, and he has now scored twice in back to back games. While that pace likely won't continue this week against a tougher test in Minnesota, Woods should still look to be heavily involved. The Vikings pass defense got caught up in a shootout with the Redskins last week as they allowed Kirk Cousins to pass for 327 yards and a touchdown. This was the first time an opposing quarterback had passed for more than 210 yards against them since Week 3, which goes to show how much of an anomaly this game was for a stout Vikings defensive unit. The Vikings still did a great job in limiting overall scoring as they held Cousins to just one passing touchdown, keeping that streak alive of no multi-touchdown games since Week 3. Most of the production went to Jameson Crowder out of the slot as he was matched up against Terrance Newman, but Newman only allowed Crowder to haul in four of his 11 targets, which is an excellent catch percentage from the cornerback's perspective. Xavier Rhodes has been great this season, and he showed it last week by shadowing Josh Doctson and limiting him to just four receptions for 30 yards. Rhodes should be stuck to Robert Woods like glue this week, so expect a big regression from Woods. Sammy Watkins actually draws the best matchup of the group as he squares off against Trae Waynes, who has allowed a 63% catch rate and a well-above-average yards per route covered due to so many targets getting funneled his way by the lockdown coverage of Rhodes.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
7 vs ARI 76 22 37 235 1 1 2 13 1 0 22.05
9 at NYG 51 14 22 311 4 0 0 0 0 0 31.55
10 vs HOU 66 25 37 355 3 0 4 3 0 0 30.05
11 at MIN PROJ-Dodds * 21 34 * * * 2 * * * *
11 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 20 32 * * * 2 * * * *
11 at MIN PROJ-Bloom * 24 33 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs HOU (25 / 37 / 355 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)

Jared Goff continues to show his development as he had a tremendous game this week looking through his check downs to find open receivers. Goff was accurate and one of his best throws was a perfectly placed ball to Robert Woods for a 94-yard touchdown hitting him in stride about 50-yards down the field showing off his arm strength. One of Goff's best attributes in this game was the utilization of the play-action pass as he was able to sell the fakes perfectly often getting the defense to over-commit to the run which setup a significant part of the passing offense this week.

2017 Week 9 vs NYG (14 / 22 / 311 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Jared Goff was extremely efficient as he completed just 14 passes in this game but averaged 22.2 yards per completion. A lot of this was due to the struggles of the Giants secondary and some busted coverage that left receivers wide open. Goff made two beautiful deep throws one to Gerald Everett on a fly route in which Goff placed the ball perfectly 40 yards down the field. Goffs other throw was to Sammy Watkins on a post route. Goff used his mobility to extend plays on the ground which bought him more time for his receivers to get open which is a great sign of pocket awareness for the developing quarterback.

2017 Week 7 vs ARI (22 / 37 / 235 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 13 / 1 rush)

Goff was a little erratic on a drive to drive basis as when he started a drive off great, he was able to throw a very high completion percentage, but when struggled early in the drive it often led to difficulty incompletions or a shortened drive. Overall, Goff had a significant amount of time to throw the ball as his offensive line pass blocked tremendously against this Arizona team that struggles at getting a pass rush as they are 27th in NFL sacks. Goff showed some mobility in his repertoire in this game as the team ran a read-option inside the ten-yard line in which Goff pulled the ball down and kept it rushing for a touchdown.

2017 Week 6 vs JAX (11 / 21 / 124 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)

Jared Goff was asked to do very little in this game especially in the second half as the team completed just three passes in the second half. Goff was facing one of the best secondaries in the NFL and it showed as he was sacked three times, and completed just 52% of his passes only throwing the ball 21 total times. This was a week to forget for Goff, but he still did enough for his team to get a win even if it was just moving the ball enough to seal the game as he drove the team down to get a field goal completing a key 22-yard reception to Cooper Kupp with 5 minutes left in the game to seal the victory.

2017 Week 5 vs SEA (22 / 47 / 288 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)

It has been a tale of Jekyll and Hyde with Goff all season. The young quarterback has looked like the top draft selection he was at times and has also looked like a guy who is still trying to figure out the NFL. Despite all of that Goff still had the opportunity to win the game on the final drive just to see the ball fall out of the hands of Cooper Kupp in the end zone. It was amazing that Goff even had the opportunity to make this final drive after giving up two interceptions and a strip sack recovered by Seattle on consecutive drives. However, he was able to hit Tyler Higbee up the seam for 35-yards and Robert Woods for 20-yards to give the Rams a few final shots at the end zone. Goff's interceptions came on a tipped ball at the line while setting up a screen and then a horribly thrown wobbling ball across the middle. The offense was inconsistent all day and it started with Goff. The Rams face a tough secondary in Jacksonville next week that intercepted Ben Roethlisberger five times. Another interesting note is Goff was unable to connect with his top passing option in Sammy Watkins despite four targets.

2017 Week 4 vs DAL (21 / 36 / 255 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Jared Goff was successful in the short yardage passing as he relied on the yards after the catch with Gurley and Kupp in this game. This was evident in both the game film and the statistics as 149 yards of Goff's 255 yards came after the catch which means his average depth of completed pass was only 5.0 yards in this game.

2017 Week 3 vs SF (22 / 28 / 292 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

After a down week two, Jared Goff rebounded in a big way this past week as he looked calm and collected against this 49ers team throwing for three touchdowns. Goff made some absolutely incredible throws in this game as he was able to leverage his pin-point accuracy and place the ball in only places that his receivers were able to catch it. This was shown on two key pass plays one to Sammy Watkins in which Goff hit him in full stride for a basket catch, and the other was a throw on the run in which Robert Woods was being face-guarded yet Goff was able to throw it over the defensive players arms. Goff utilized his legs a few times in this game to escape the on-coming blitz which otherwise would have gotten to take down Goff as he was not sacked in this game.

2017 Week 2 vs WAS (15 / 25 / 224 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)

Goff took a step back in this game as he completed just 60% of his passes while throwing an interception and fumbling a ball that was recovered by his own team. Goff's numbers were partially inflated by connecting with Gerald Everett on a 68 yard reception in which Goff was able to buy himself time by scrambling outside of the pocket to hit a wide open Everett about 20 yards down field.

2017 Week 1 vs IND (21 / 29 / 306 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Jared Goff continues the development that we saw in the preseason. The matchup was a good one heading into this week against a Colts defense that is without Vontae Davis, but Goff was able to throw for his first 300 yard game of his career. The offensive line gave Goff all the time in the world to throw which allowed him to progress through his receivers very nicely. His best throw of the day was in the second quarter in which he hit rookie tight end Gerald Everett on a corner route in which Goff was able to place the ball perfectly to where only Everett could catch it.

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Latest News

Rams | Jared Goff exhibiting historic improvement (Wed Nov 15, 09:05 PM) - Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff has the second largest increase in passer rating from a quarterback's first year to his second, thus far owning a 101.5 QB Rating this season, which is 37.9 better than his 63.6 mark of a year ago. That difference has him only behind Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles, who oversaw a difference of 40.1 in his QB Rating from 2012-2013.

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Rams | Career high for Jared Goff (Sun Nov 12, 11:01 PM) - Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff threw for a career-high 355 yards in a 33-7 win over the Houston Texans in Week 10, completing 25 of his 37 passes and tossing three touchdowns.

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Rams | Jared Goff throws for four TDs (Sun Nov 5, 03:57 PM) - Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff went 14-for-22 for 311 yards and four touchdowns against the New York Giants in Week 9.

Our View: Goff had about as good a day as you can with only 22 attempts. The Giants pass defense was woeful without Janoris Jenkins, who should be back next week against San Francisco. Goff and the Rams could light it up again next week facing the vulnerable Texans pass defense.
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