RB Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 222||Born: 8-3-1994||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 10|
Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Bad matchup. After a stretch of 100+ yard rushing outings in four of five games before the Rams' bye week, Todd Gurley has had a couple of subpar rushing games (per his standards) of less than 70 yards per week. From a fantasy perspective though, Gurley has still found ways to score points as he had a couple rushing touchdowns in Week nine and six receptions for 68 yards last week. Gurley saw a season-low 11 carries last week due to the Rams passing attack jumping out to a hot start, but took four of those carries for 10 or more yards to help him average more than six yards per attempt. Gurley remains the clear focal point of this backfield and has a healthy, much improved offensive line to run behind. The Vikings run defense continued their dominance last week against the Redskins, limiting them to just 81 yards on 27 attempts. The Vikings have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season, due largely to the fact that running backs only have two rushing touchdowns against them. Only two running backs have eclipsed 80 rushing yards in a game with not a single back reaching triple-digit rushing yards this season. Needless to say, this is an elite run-defending unit that will present a very tough test even for the high-performing Rams rushing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 10 vs HOU (11 / 68 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley as a running back reverted back to some of the tendencies we saw early this season and all of last season where he danced in the backfield trying to have a huge play. Of Gurley's 68 yards on the ground, 60 of them came on three carries including a 34-yard carry in which he took a run off-tackle in the fourth quarter and was caught by the shoelaces from behind in what otherwise would have been a 70-yard touchdown. Gurley was heavily utilized in the passing game this week as he saw seven targets, catching six of those passes including a 43-yard screen pass in which Gurley was able to use his open field
2017 Week 9 vs NYG (16 / 59 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley continues to show the burst of big plays this season as he had a 36-yard run in which he should have been stopped in the backfield for a loss, but he found a crease in the defense and slipped through a small hole. Outside of this run, Gurley struggled out of the backfield, as he averaged just 1.8 yards per carry on the rest of his carries in this game. Gurley did find the end zone twice in this game both on runs inside the five-yard line. Gurley was able to show his burst as a receiver as he took a screen pass 44 yards down to the one-yard line as he broke three tackles as he was running along the sideline.
2017 Week 7 vs ARI (22 / 106 / 1 rush, 8 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Gurley continues his tremendous season as this is another week where he continued to show his improvement in his vision and cohesion with the offensive line. The biggest improvement for Gurley continues to be the elimination of the negative runs that we saw last season and early this season. Gurley is using more cutbacks and hesitation in his running attack which plays a big part of his success. This was most evident on his 18-yard run in which he very easily could have been tackled for a loss of three yards but instead juked the oncoming defender and cut the ball outside utilizing his speed to get to the pylon. Gurley continues to be a big part of the passing game as he was able to turn a check-down pass into a 38-yard gain after outrunning linebacker Karlos Dansby.
2017 Week 6 vs JAX (23 / 116 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Gurley was the key piece in this offense as he was relied on to move the ball and to kill the clock as the Rams got out to the early lead. Gurley was successful doing both as he was very efficient running the ball averaging 5.0 yards per carry while his longest run was just 14 yards. Gurley who had problems both last season and early this season with negative or no yard carries as he would get hit in the backfield due to poor vision was able to avoid these carries as his offensive line did a great job creating holes for him in this game. One disappointing area is that Gurley was not used in the receiving game which is the second week in a row that he has not been utilized as a receiver and a large part of it is the emphasis that the opposing teams are putting on the running back with how successful he has been so far this season as a receiver in open space.
2017 Week 5 vs SEA (14 / 43 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
The first drive looked like the picture-perfect start for Gurley and company. The offense marching right down the field and Gurley appeared to score from 12-yards out. Gurley took the ball up the middle, broke to the sideline, and tiptoed into the end zone. The call on the field was initially a touchdown but upon further review, Gurley fumbled the ball as he tried to reach across the goal line and the ball hit the pylon. By rule, this is a touchback and Seattle ball. Gurley never really got going again as his longest going on the day was the 11-yards before the fumble at the goal line. Goff targeted Gurley four times in the passing game including a deep wheel route on the final drive, but he was not able to break one free. Jacksonville has one of the top-rated pass defenses in the league and the game plan should call for a lot of Gurley on the ground from the get-go.
2017 Week 4 vs DAL (23 / 121 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 94 / 1 rec)
After a relatively slow start to the year, Todd Gurley is looking more like 2015 Todd Gurley than 2016 Todd Gurley, as the team is utilizing his athleticism by trying to get him into open space. Gurley in open space has proven that he is incredibly difficult to tackle. Gurley has been tremendous as a receiver this year as he had the longest catch of his career on a wheel route setup by a tremendous block by Robert Woods.
2017 Week 3 vs SF (28 / 113 / 2 rush, 7 / 5 / 36 / 1 rec)
Gurley had a breakout game in this game as he found the end zone three times in this game. While all three of his touchdowns were within 7 yards of the end zone, his highlight reel carry was when his third touchdown in which he was given the ball and showed off his speed as he cut the ball to the outside to beat Dontae Johnson to the corner pylon. While Gurley continues to struggle to put up the yards per carry that we would like to see from all of his talent, he has been more effective catching passes out of the backfield as when Goff gets him into open space he is dangerous. Fumbling continues to be a problem for Gurley as he now has four fumbles in his first three games and while he has only lost one of those fumbles it is definitely a concern for the coaching staff for a player who fumbled just twice in 2016
2017 Week 2 vs WAS (16 / 88 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 48 / 1 rec)
This was the best that Todd Gurley has looked since 2015, as the running back continues to be a threat out of the back field as he was able to catch three passes including a 28 yard reception where he hurdled the defender on route to his first career receiving touchdown. Gurley continues to shine when out in space and his offensive line created more holes in this game than we have seen over the last year or so. Gurley was able to find the end-zone twice in this game once on a one-yard run and another on a swing pass in which he hurdled a defender and dove into the end-zone for a touchdown. The one criticism of Gurley is that he continues to have issues fumbling the football as he fumbled twice in this game which he now has three fumbles on the season.
2017 Week 1 vs IND (19 / 40 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley looked the same as he did in 2016 which is disappointing as we had hoped that we would see some improvement since his disappointing year last year after not seeing much from him in the preseason. The issue continues to be that he has too many runs where he does not get any yardage as 9 of his 22 carries went for one yard or less. Gurley was able to find the end zone on a goal line shotgun carry where he was stopped at the one but a second effort found the end zone. The bright spot for Gurley is that he was productive in the passing game which made up for the lack of productivity in the rushing game. Gurley highlight was a play-action dump off pass that he was able to find open space to turn it into a 23 yard gain.
Latest NewsRams | Todd Gurley totals 56 yards, TD (Sun Nov 19, 06:37 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley was limited to 37 rushing yards on 15 attempts in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings, but he did score the team's only touchdown. Our View: Gurley was held in check by the Vikings stiff run defense. The Saints were gashed by Samaje Perine today, so Gurley could bounce back at home next week. He's still in the conversation of the most valuable fantasy running back this year.
link to story Rams | Todd Gurley piles up 136 total yards (Sun Nov 12, 10:56 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley ran 11 times for 68 yards and caught six passes for 68 yards in a 33-7 win over the Houston Texans in Week 10. link to story
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