With Cooper Kupp ruled out for week seven and likely to miss multiple weeks Rizzla takes a brief look at the fantasy context and what this news means for the Rams other skill players.
Los Angeles Rams star wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been ruled out for week seven with an MCL injury and is expected to miss multiple weeks as per Myles Simmons.
As we all know the rams are already loaded on offense with exciting pieces like running back extraordinaire Todd Gurley and wideouts Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. However the Rams will still be looking for someone to step up in the absence of the sophomore receiver.
While the Rams do indeed have an embarrassment of other explosive options in this offense, Kupp is still a critical player for Jared Goff and co. as he leads the team with five touchdowns and is tied for second in targets with 40. While Kupp sees only a 21.6 percent target share as per playerprofiler he sees an increase to a 27.5 percent target share in the red zone, good for eleventh among all wide receivers. Kupp’s heavy involvement in the red zone has led to him to rank ninth among wide receivers with 2.53 fantasy points per target and eighth with 0.65 fantasy points per route, further accentuating Kupp’s importance to this offense.
Both Brandon Cooks and Robert Woods figure to see a larger role in this offense with target monster Cooper Kupp sidelined for at least the next two weeks. Both receivers will be strong WR2’s and could even slide in to WR1 territory if Kupp misses next week’s contest against the Green Bay Packers as expected. While Kupp will indeed be missed it is noteworthy that Woods and Cook lead the Rams in receptions, receiving yards and air yards.
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Josh Reynolds figures to step up during the absence of Cooper Kupp and be deployed and three wide sets that the Rams frequently run. Reynolds is a bit of a post hype sleeper type but he does have talent and could make some fantasy noise with Kupp on the sidelines. Reynolds is a 6’3 downfield 50/50 ball type receiver who could surprise a lot of people with increased snaps. Reynolds was compared favorably to Marvin Jones coming out of college and while he got lost in the Rams packed depth chart last season, it looks like he will finally have a chance to prove he is game ready. Reynolds is a solid bye week filler for redraft leagues and could be a sneaky DFS play given that the Rams next two opponents are the 49ers who have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and the Green Bay Packers who are dealing with injuries to Bashaud Breeland and Jaire Alexander heading into their bye week.
Jared Goff loses a little bit of his upside with this news as the inclusion of Cooper Kupp made the Rams offense look unstoppable at times. He still has one of the best wide receiver duos in football and the best running back in the league so he will remain a QB1 for at least the next two weeks. The Rams have other weapons waiting to step up such as the aforementioned Josh Reynolds, as well as little used tight ends Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee. Continue to roll with Goff in redraft and DFS where needed.
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