RB Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 222||Born: 8-3-1994||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Gurley wasn't efficient but he is getting as much as he can handle, and the touchdowns are coming now, with room for more if Malcolm Brown doesn't vulture him against the Cowboys this week.
Week 15: at Dallas Cowboys
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Los Angeles Rams' rushing volume has spiked in recent weeks following head coach Sean McVay's acknowledgment that Todd Gurley's rushing volume was alarmingly-low earlier in the season. The Rams' rushing volume still ranks just 18th in the league, while the yardage and efficiency totals are no better, but Gurley's playing time and usage rate has spiked in recent weeks, inspiring hope for him to perhaps register at least 1 100-yard rushing day down the stretch. Gurley has carried the ball at least 19 times in 3 out of his last 4 games, coming within 5 yards of the century mark twice during that stretch. Running behind Los Angeles' horrific offensive line, Todd Gurley has had his work cut out for himself on the ground this season, but a handful of impressive performances have his stock and, in turn, the stock of the entire Rams' rushing attack trending upwards as they battle for a potential Wild Card spot in the playoffs. Against the run, the Cowboys have faced medial volume this season, while posting middle-of-the-road run-stopping metrics across the board. They rank 19th in the league in rushing yardage allowed, 22nd in rushing touchdowns allowed, but 13th in yards per carry allowed on the season. Thanks to a strong defensive front seven, Dallas has only allowed 2 100-yard rushers this season. Headlined by defensive linemen Demarcus Lawrence and Christian Covington in the trenches and Jaylon Smith at linebacker, the Cowboys field ample run-stopping talent to stifle most rushing attacks. In the secondary, Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Jourdan Lewis contribute more in run support than practically any other group of cornerbacks in the league. This run-stopping strength in the secondary is paramount to the team's ability to limit big plays on the ground, and subsequently, big rushing performances. Expect the Rams to have their hands full in the trenches this weekend, as Todd Gurley is unlikely to post his first 100-yard rushing day of the season against Dallas' capable run defense.
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 14 vs SEA (23 / 79 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Gurley logged the second-most touches in a game this season for the lead back against Seattle with 27 and a promising four receptions. Gurley had more than half his rushing yardage on two runs, including showing explosion to the edge on one instance. Gurley also showed a strong stiff arm to the edge on a red zone touchdown run. Gurley nearly scored on another red zone carry, tackled at the goal line after a solid gain. While Malcolm Brown sparsely played, Gurley's backup did siphon a goal line touchdown from Gurley's potential for an even bigger game than his 113 total yards and a touchdown.
2019 Week 13 vs ARI (19 / 95 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Gurley dominated the backfield for the Rams until clear garbage time in the blowout win over the Cardinals. Gurley saw at least 20 touches for the second time all season, both coming over the past three games. Gurley showed good burst and the Rams offensive line consistently paved the way for Gurley to get to the second level. Gurley's best string of plays came on a quality red zone run, followed by a strong goal line score. Gurley added another touchdown, but it was called back by penalty. Gurley had only one reception, easy yardage on a swing pass with another reception negated by penalty. Gurley has still not been used much in the passing game this season even in his better games, including this one.
2019 Week 12 vs BAL (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / -3 / 0 rec)
Gurley was a non-factor in the blowout loss to Baltimore largely due to the game script turning negative early and the Rams struggling even when shifting almost exclusively to the pass. Gurley saw a mere six rushes, one for 15 yards showing good burst through the hole, to account for most of his production. Gurley also had a 10-yard rush called back by penalty. Arizona offers an exploitable matchup for Gurley to get back on track in Week 13.
2019 Week 11 vs CHI (25 / 97 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Gurley returned to workhorse usage in Week 11 in the low-scoring and ball-control home win. The Rams were without Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods notably out of the lineup. Gurley saw 28 touches, by far a season high as he churned out more than 130 total yards. Gurley lost a fumble on the opening carry of the game, but otherwise was the sustaining force for the Rams offense. Gurley's burst through the line of scrimmage and sharp cuts were trademark elements to his successful runs, plus he added a reception in the flat for more than 20 yards. The Rams' offensive line had one of the better efforts of the season as a run-blocking unit.
2019 Week 10 vs PIT (12 / 73 / 0 rush, 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gurley was one of the few bright spots for the Rams in the road loss to Pittsburgh. Gurley only saw 12 touches, however, and did not log a reception despite 42 team passes. Gurley had four chunk runs in the game, showing nice burst up the middle but did not find any touchdown opportunities or quality angles to exploit downfield for more pronounced gains. Gurley was wide open on third down but Jared Goff misfired the running back and Gurley also added a drop amidst his lost receiving effort. Gurley has only one game of more than 15 yards receiving on the season with the highlight of his profile being seven total touchdowns despite the Rams struggling on offense compared to expectations.
2019 Week 8 vs CIN (10 / 44 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gurley was the clear lead back early in the game against Cincinnati but barely saw the field later as the Rams salted away the easy home win and ceded time to Darrell Henderson. Gurley curiously saw only one target as a non-factor in the passing game. Gurley has received one target or fewer in more than half his games this season. Gurley's stat line was bolstered by a 20+ yard run in the closing minute of the first half on a relative give-up play on third-and-10. On his most impactful drive Gurley converted third-and-short in the red zone and capped the drive with a goal-line touchdown to the edge of the defense.
2019 Week 7 vs ATL (18 / 41 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)
Swapping their status from a week ago, Gurley was active with Malcolm Brown out with injury against the Falcons. Gurley saw a season-high 19 touches in the comfortable road win with Darrell Henderson serving as the clear backup. Gurley posted an early-game run for nearly 10 yards but was largely held in check on the ground other than churning through contact on a couple of occasions. Gurley made one of the highlight offensive plays of the game for the Rams with a diving touchdown reception on a wheel route, a small window for the throw and an even better catch by Gurley. Big plays as a runner were limited to less than 10 yards by the Falcons defense for Gurley, but he nearly scored on the ground with two successful red zone runs before being stopped at the goal line on one offensive sequence. Henderson did not challenge Gurley for the lead role and mostly played in the second half with a huge lead.
2019 Week 5 vs SEA (15 / 51 / 2 rush, 5 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
Gurley dominated the Rams backfield against Seattle in terms of snaps and touches. He ran with power inside versus contact and ripped off two runs of consequence. However, he was contained from reaching the open field by the Seattle defense as even five targets did not result in a quality receiving performance and, save for two red zone touchdowns, Gurley lacked overall impact on the ground. Gurley added a drop and a lost fumble for his up-and-down game. On the positive side, Gurley looked closer to his early-2018 and 2017 self this week and he has seen minimal rotation with Malcolm Brown.
2019 Week 4 vs TB (5 / 16 / 2 rush, 11 / 7 / 54 / 0 rec)
Gurley's run game volume took a massive hit in the shootout loss to the Buccaneers as the Rams passed an unreal 68 times. On the plus side, Gurley amassed 11 targets in the comeback mode game script, including early-game receptions which eluded Gurley in the first three games of the season (four receptions total). Gurley did log two drops as missed opportunities, but also drew a defensive pass interference penalty as he was wide open on a wheel route. Among Gurley's meager five carries were two impressive red zone touchdowns, both through contact. The Rams defense will need a quick turnaround to provide the Rams run game more volume in Seattle for Week 5.
2019 Week 3 vs CLE (14 / 43 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gurley once against saw a quality snap count but the Rams run game sputtered to the tune of 50 yards combined between Gurley and Malcolm Brown. Gurley's quizzical lack of involvement in the passing game continues in Week 3 as he saw a mere one target. Gurley also missed on a touchdown opportunity, being tackled at the one-yard-line on a notable red zone carry and did not see the point-blank carry to finish the drive. Outside of a back-to-back sequence where Gurley gained 15 yards, the Rams offensive line struggled to create holes for Gurley throughout the game.
2019 Week 2 vs NO (16 / 63 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)
Gurley was used more regularly in the red zone against the Saints, an uptick in his offensive involvement from the season opener. Gurley's passing game blackout continued, however, with a mere four yards through the air for the second week in a row despite the screen game being a Rams staple in previous seasons. Gurley added a drop but contributed a handful of strong rushing plays including a third-and-short conversion, goal-line touchdown, and a chunk run of more than 15 yards. Gurley's status as the lead back for the Rams has not been in question through two weeks, but his highlight plays have turned from regularity over the past two seasons to flashing moments.
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 handles another heavy workload (Mon Dec 9, 02:08 AM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley ran for 79 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and caught four passes for 34 yards in Week 14 versus the Seattle Seahawks. link to story Rams | Todd Gurley sits out practice (Fri Dec 6, 07:47 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 6, but is not on the injury report for Week 14. link to story Rams | Todd Gurley shows some life (Sun Dec 1, 10:32 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley rushed 19 times for 95 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for 20 yards in a 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13. link to story Rams | Todd Gurley misses practice (Fri Nov 29, 07:22 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 29, but is not on the injury report for Week 13. link to story Rams | LA Rams' Week 13 injury report (Fri Nov 29, 05:35 PM) - Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) and DB Darious Williams (ankle) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals. OT Rob Havenstein (knee) was limited for a second straight day Friday, Nov. 29, and has also been ruled out. RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not practice Friday but is not on the injury report. S Marqui Christian (knee) was upgraded to a full practice Friday and has also been removed from the injury report. Our View: Tyler Higbee becomes a solid sleeper play for streamers and DFS lineups on this news with the ideal matchup against the Cardinals this weekend.
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