WR Robert Woods - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 201||Born: 4-10-1992||College: Southern California||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2013|
Week 20: at New Orleans Saints
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Not much was asked of Jared Goff and the passing game in the Rams' Divisional Round win. Goff attempted just 28 passes, down from his seasonal average of 35, amassing just 186 yards - his second-lowest total on the year. That was probably a matchup-based call, as the Rams thoroughly dominated the undermanned Cowboys on the ground. But it also served as a reminder of Goff's clear drop-off down the 2018 stretch. Through the first 11 weeks, Goff completed 68% of his passes, averaging 322 yards and throwing 26 touchdowns. But over the past 6 games, those numbers have dwindled to 58% and 221, with just 6 scores. He's posted just a single multi-touchdown game over that span, and only one game above 207 yards. This offense is packed to the gills with receiving talent, but Goff clearly misses his most dependable all-around receiver, Cooper Kupp. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks both posted huge seasons, and both are versatile big-play threats on any given snap. But Kupp's reliability, both in the slot and down the field, are an important security blanket for Goff. Without him, Goff's mid-level accuracy looks a lot weaker. This Sunday, Woods and Cooks will tangle with an aggressive Saints secondary that plays tight in coverage and always looks for big plays on the ball. That could be a blessing in disguise, allowing the Rams' explosive weapons to win downfield when the Saints guess wrong. When these teams met in Week 9, Goff racked up 391 yards and 3 scores, with Woods, Cooks, and Kupp combining for 274 and a pair of touchdowns. Still, it's worth noting Goff's clear second-half decline. He looked fairly erratic in last week's win, and he'll certainly need to produce more big plays to win in the Superdome. Head coach Sean McVay and pass-game coordinator Shane Waldron will likely dial up plenty of tricky, versatile routes for the wideouts and Todd Gurley out of the backfield. It will be up to Goff to take advantage with crisp, well-timed throws to get them into space - as well as sharp downfield strikes when his receivers win deep. The New Orleans pass defense opened 2018 with a big step down from their 2017 turnaround. Since midseason, however, things have again reversed course, and this unit now stands as a pesky one to face in fantasy matchups. Dating back to Week 10, they've allowed just 241 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game. The biggest change has been swapping burnable cornerback Ken Crawley out of the lineup in favor of trade acquisition Eli Apple. Apple hasn't been flawless, but he's been much more stable on the boundary than Crawley, who routinely guessed wrong in coverage and was beaten often. The star here, however, is second-year phenom Marcus Lattimore, who has regrouped nicely from a terrible start to the year. Lattimore is a gambler himself, but his tremendous instinct and athleticism often keep him in position to hold coverage even when he jumps a route. His late interception of Alshon Jeffery's hands last week will go down in Saints lore, but his strong whole-game play was a major reason the team advanced at all. This week, he and Apple be tasked with shadowing Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks, both 1,200-yard receivers in the Rams' dynamic offense. The glaring weak spot is still slot man P.J. Williams, who's been bullied all season and could struggle to contain Woods when he moves inside. As a whole, this unit is far from perfect, but is generally aggressive enough to at least complicate matters for opposing quarterbacks. The Rams receivers may give this secondary fits, but Jared Goff will have to be consistently on-target to beat them down the field.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Robert Woods's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 19 vs DAL (8 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Woods was overall the most productive receiver for the Rams. However, the passing game featured such a conservative overall gameplan that none of the receivers did much on the stat sheet. Woods did his damage doing what he does every week - in cuts off of vertical stems into the middle of the field.
2018 Week 17 vs SF (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Woods had a very quiet day overall, touching the ball just three times. Cooks and Reynolds were the bigger recipients in the pass game this week, especially with the Rams jumping out to such a huge lead early and not needing to gas up their pass game.
2018 Week 16 vs ARI (7 / 6 / 89 / 1 rec, 2 / 15 / 1 rush)
Woods got a trio of targets in a row on the Rams' second drive. The first was almost a deep touchdown reception that was just slightly underthrown. The route was fairly well covered, the ball just would have been needed to be placed in an absolutely perfect spot over Woods' outside shoulder. He did beat his man and got deep in the 4th quarter on a Deep Corner route. He completely dusted the corner in man coverage at the top of his route and got wide open, beating the single high safety who was in pursuit to the endzone.
2018 Week 15 vs PHI (9 / 7 / 74 / 0 rec, 1 / 19 / 0 rush)
He's clearly the best receiver on the Rams, but he isn't capable of carrying a passing game and struggling quarterback by himself. He killed a potential scoring drive in the second quarter by getting called for offensive pass interference while blocking for a Brandin Cooks screen pass. The penalty was a killer - moving the Rams from 1st and 10 at the 14 to 1st and 20 at the 24 yard line. The drive stalled and ended with a field goal.
2018 Week 14 vs CHI (13 / 7 / 61 / 0 rec)
Woods' 13 targets nearly doubled any other Rams player in the offensive dud performance against the Bears. Woods had two of the highlight passing games for the Rams in a game where few moments could be found. Woods ripped off a huge gain after-the-catch into scoring range after a crossing route and earlier in the game made a nice low grab on a deep comeback route. Woods was also stuffed on a screen pass and added a drop. Despite the season-high 13 targets, Woods' 61 yards was his lowest total since Week 1. Woods surpassed 1,000 yards on the season, by far a career high, and faces an ideal bounce-back opponent in the Eagles next week.
2018 Week 13 vs DET (9 / 5 / 67 / 1 rec, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
His first target came on a Shallow Cross on 3rd and 3. The defensive back took him down with the ball in the air, drawing the flag and converting the first down off of penalty. On his next target he ran a deep Comeback along the right sideline. The corner actually played well in man coverage and contested the catch. Hew was the recipient of a nasty hit in the second quarter, as Goff was pressured and threw him a hospital ball on the run - a Deep Over that was high and behind Woods. He got his hands on it and was immediately smacked by the defender while in the air. The team leaned on Gurley to take them down the field for the drive, and Woods capped it off with a touchdown on a Shallow Cross from inside the 10 yard line where he easily just ran away from the defender on him in man coverage.
2018 Week 11 vs KC (11 / 4 / 72 / 1 rec)
The defender drew a (bogus) unnecessary roughness penalty on Woods' catch attempt in the redzone. The Rams went back to him on the very next play for a touchdown pass on a slower developing Shallow Cross, where he easily gained separation from the DB over the middle of the field. Had a huge Deep Over route that he might have scored on, but Goff threw it slightly behind him and he had to jump and spin backwards to bring it in. He was wide open on the play. He was wide open for a potential touchdown catch on a vertical route in the third quarter. He simply dusted and ran right by his man, but Goff overthrew the ball.
2018 Week 10 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 89 / 0 rec, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
He got involved in a couple of very well-designed runs on the second drive. The first, a true end around pitch (not the usual Jet Sweep they run to Woods) where he gained 9 yards. A few plays later, the Rams motioned fullback and actually ran a fullback trap with him that gained 14 yards. It was the best play of the NFL season so far. Had the most important reception of the day for the Rams - a huge 3rd and 15 conversion on - you guessed it - a deep in-cut over the middle of the field. He hit it again on the first play of the first drive of the 4th quarter. The Seahawks had tried on an onside kick right before, so this Woods reception set the Rams up at the Seahawks 24 yard line.
2018 Week 9 vs NO (9 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Woods was not a primary target on the day, but did his usual great work over the middle of the field on in-breaking routes. Goff's interception attempt did come on an inside-breaking Woods target. The two have been money on them all season, but with the Rams finally down, Goff got too aggressive and didn't see the linebacker float in front of Woods in zone.
2018 Week 8 vs GB (7 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Woods had a catch and run backside slant off an under center Packaged Play/RPO where Gurley ran inside zone to the strongside. He opened up the next drive with an intermediate Dig route off play action, making the catch in a very tight window in the middle of the field. He had a huge 3rd down conversion on the Rams' third scoring drive of the game, a quick hit route from the slot where he got wide open vs a Green Bay blitz. A few plays later, he picked up 19 on a Deep Over route that was actually pretty well covered, but Goff made a great throw and led Woods open into grass.
2018 Week 7 vs SF (7 / 5 / 78 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Woods and Cooks made their mark running Deep Crosses over and over for big gains against San Francisco. He had a big time conversion on 3rd and 12 on the second drive, where he ran an In Cut and settled to be wide open in the middle of the defense for a gain of 21. He has been money on this route/concept all season long. He caught another Deep Cross off play action early in the 2nd quarter - wide open for a 32 yard gain.
2018 Week 6 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 109 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Woods is so consistent and dependable. Other than one deep catch by Cooks in the first quarter, Woods carried the pass offense almost by himself. Whether it's precision routes - like 15 yard gain on an out-and-in route on the second offensive play - or using his YAC skills (like on a 38 yard catch and run on a Shallow Cross), or being a tenacious run blocker, he does so many things to help the Rams offense. His volume figures to remain extremely steady, especially with Kupp figuring to miss a few weeks after his knee injury.
2018 Week 5 vs SEA (7 / 5 / 92 / 0 rec, 2 / 53 / 0 rush)
Woods was having a quiet day overall in the first half. He did have a target for a 30 yard catch-and-run slant on 3rd and 6. He broke safety's tackle attempt in the open field and got big yards after the catch. He got big YAC again on a short pass over the middle in the 2 minute drill - a 16 yard catch and run. He carried the offense in the second half after Cooks and Kupp went down. He had the biggest play of the game - a 56 yard run on a Jet Sweep in the second quarter. Later in the drive, he drew a Pass Interference penalty on a critical 4th and 2 deep in Seattle territory. Gurley ended the drive with a short touchdown run. On the next offensive possession, with the Rams down 31-30 in the fourth quarter, Woods had short catches that he turned into 20 and 17 yard gains on consecutive plays. The Rams drive did eventually stall out but they were able to kick the game-winning field goal.
2018 Week 4 vs MIN (5 / 5 / 101 / 1 rec)
Woods only had 5 catches on the day, but all of them were for seemingly huge chunk plays. He had two big receptions running rounded Dig over the middle off of play-action. The run fake sucked everyone up over the middle of the field. Woods turned Trae Waynes completely around on the in cut on the first one. His touchdown catch was beautifully schemed. The Rams did something rare and got outside of their 11 personnel and lined up in 13 personnel. Before the snap, they shifted to an Empty formation ñ the three tight ends formed Trips to the Field with Gurley at X and Woods at Slot to the boundary. This personnel grouping and shift got Woods matched up down the seam against linebacker Anthony Barr. Goff looked right to the trips to get the safety to flow that way and came back to hit Woods streaking down the seam for a touchdown.
2018 Week 3 vs LAC (11 / 10 / 104 / 2 rec, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Robert Woods has been flying under the radar for the Rams offense, despite being a few near misses away from being their most productive receiver on the season. Goff opened the game up looking for Woods early with two targets on the first drive, the first being a beautifully thrown intermediate Dig route. He consistently gets positive yardage on Jet Sweeps. He won't likely break many for big plays but did pick up 15 yards on one that was called back for a holding penalty. He continued being targeted heavily in the first quarter, scoring a TD on a quick hitch with about a minute left in the 1st qtr. He did have some negative plays - during the two minute drill he was called for OPI (blocking downfield) on a target to Gerald Everett and he was called for a ticky-tack hold that brought back a big Todd Gurley screen pass. Both of his touchdowns came on quick passes inside the five yard line.
2018 Week 2 vs ARI (9 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)
Woods continues to be extremely reliable for the Rams offense and for the second week in a row, just missed out on some huge plays that would have really exploded his statline. The Rams made a more concerted effort to get him more involved in the game early this week. He had the most beautiful catch of any Rams WR so far this season on a back-shoulder slot fade against the safety, where he climbed the ladder, high-pointed the ball, maintained possession through contact with the DB and the ground. He was the recipient of an almost-TD that was just a hair overthrown on a wide open 9 route in the 4th quarter (coverage bust).
2018 Week 1 vs OAK (9 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Overall, it was a very quiet day for Woods, especially in the first half. The team looked to get Cooks more involved as the primary receiver early. In the late third/early fourth quarters, the Rams finally started going to Woods on shot plays. He beat the defense over the top on a Post that was slightly overthrown by Goff. Woods might have been slowed up a step because the Post broke in the dirt infield at Oakland's stadium. Goff just missed him again on (another) very open Play Action Deep Over that was thrown slightly behind and above his head. The pass was not accurate, but was potentially catchable. Two plays later, Goff overthrew him again on a Deep Post off Play Action. These were all potentially huge plays that were all open that were all just missed.
Latest NewsRams | Six grabs for Robert Woods (Sat Jan 12, 11:45 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods caught six of his eight targets for 69 yards and rushed once for nine yards in a 30-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round Saturday, Jan. 12. Our View: Woods was dependable on intermediate targets and remained a central part of the pass offense.
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