RB Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 222||Born: 8-3-1994||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 9): Gurley showed a decent initial burst reminiscent of previous years, but he was pulled inside the 10 and shared the backfield with Malcolm Brown, getting the less valuable fantasy role. He's still an RB2/flex but not showing much hope of being the RB1 he was drafted to be by most fantasy teams.
General News (Fri Sep 13): was excused from Friday's practice but is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Mon Sep 9): was on the field for 54 of the team's 76 offensive snaps in Week 1 against Carolina Panthers. Malcolm Brown, however, got the looks inside the 10-year-line.
Week 2: vs New Orleans Saints
FBG says: Good matchup. After barely playing down the stretch in 2018, Todd Gurley opened the 2019 season by playing 71 percent of offensive snaps for the Los Angeles Rams. Throughout week one against the Carolina Panthers, Gurley carried the ball 14 times for 97 yards. Gurley's involvement in the offense increased from the levels he stooped to late in 2018, but still, do not quite match his early-2018 numbers. Gurley's backup, Malcolm Brown, also carried the ball 11 times in the season opener, including 2 carries inside the 5-yard line, which he converted into touchdowns. The Rams' offensive line has undoubtedly regressed since last season following critical departures on the interior of the unit in Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan. The tackles remain two of the best in the NFL in Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein who will be relied upon to anchor the offensive line to continue to drive this rushing attack forward. In week one, the New Orleans Saints allowed the Houston Texans to run for 7.8 yards-per-carry, the 2nd-worst mark in the entire NFL. To add insult to injury, the running back that primarily did the damage was Carlos Hyde, a man most had thought was washed up after fizzling out in Cleveland, Jacksonville, and Kansas City over the last 12 months. Hyde carried the ball 10 times for 83 yards on the night himself, while Duke Johnson contributed with 57 yards on just 9 carries. Coming off a season in which the New Orleans run defense ranked second in the NFL in yards-per-carry allowed, this type of performance was stunning. All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan turned in the only notably-strong performance of the week in run-support. Behind him, however, there was little cause for optimism. Starting linebacker Demario Davis turned in his worst run-stopping performance since joining the New Orleans Saints. Also, Von Bell finished the 2018 season as one of the league's best safeties in run support. This performance was undeniably critical to New Orleans' success defending the run, and he, too, played one of his worst games in run support in recent memory. Following such a strong season, overreacting to one single game of weak run defense would be a critical error in evaluating this matchup. Expect New Orleans' run defense to correct itself shortly and return to form as one of the league's best units.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Todd Gurley's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 1 vs CAR (14 / 97 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Gurley was a full-go by reports for Week 1, however, he logged a mere 15 touches and Malcolm Brown was heavily involved with 11 carries, including high-leverage red zone work. Gurley was sluggish on his scant opportunities in the first half but surged to life in the second half with two runs of more than 15 yards and two other strong runs through contact, vintage Gurley plays. Gurley posted more than 100 total yards but did not see any touchdown opportunities as Malcolm Brown was the preferred short-yardage option near the goal line. The Rams draw the Saints in Week 2, a potential shootout in Los Angeles.
Latest NewsRams | Todd Gurley does not practice (Fri Sep 13, 06:14 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 13, but is not on the injury report for Week 2. link to story Rams | Todd Gurley logs 50-plus snaps in opener (Mon Sep 9, 03:44 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) was on the field for 54 of the team's 76 offensive snaps in Week 1 against Carolina Panthers. Our View: Gurley played a lot of snaps but he was splitting time with Malcolm Brown against the Panthers. While Gurley had 15 touches, Brown had 11 on Sunday. This looks like an approximation of the split going forward and Fantasy GMs need to adjust their projections and expectations accordingly.
link to story Rams | No limits on Todd Gurley in opener (Thu Sep 5, 04:21 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) will not be on a 'pitch count' in Week 1 versus the Carolina Panthers, according to head coach Sean McVay. Our View: McVay has never told us the truth about Gurley, so don't be shocked if he has less than typical volume for a #1 back. He's still worth starting as he's as healthy as he'll be all year.
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