Week 3 Preview: Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams (Implied Team Total: 21)
Key Injuries: Malcolm Brown-RB (hamstring), Gerald Everett-TE (thigh), Kayvon Webster-CB (shoulder)
The fantasy community, as a whole, is at a crossroads with Todd Gurley. Can he keep up his quality production in PPR leagues (24.6 points per game) or is he going fall off the cliff with his upcoming schedule (Seahawks, Jaguars, Giants, Texans in four of his next six games)? Gurley is also among the league leaders in broken tackle percentage (28.6% with a minimum of 10 attempts).
If Rueben Foster and the hard-hitting Eric Reid are out for this game, there should be a little extra room to run for Gurley. At quarterback, Jared Goff will take his 103.2 passing rating to face his next challenge in the San Francisco 49ers. The generous 49ers defense is top-10 in yards allowed at 299.5. If you are looking for wide receiver help on your Waiver Wire you may still be able to find Cooper Kupp out there. Kupp has quickly become Goff’s most trusted wide receiver (leads the Rams with 12 targets) while Sammy Watkins is drawing the top corner back and still learning the playbook. The Rams DST should be a MUST stream against the 49ers who have already struggled in turnover differential (-1).
San Francisco 49ers (Implied Team Total: 19)
Key Injuries: Reuben Foster-LB (ankle), George Kittle-TE (unknown), Eric Reid-S (knee)
The LA Rams have allowed the fourth fewest passing yards in the NFL but have been gashed in the running game. This means wheels up for Carlos Hyde. Hyde has already tallied the longest run of his career and is on pace to outperform his career highs in the receiving game (27-163-3). Also, don’t forget the Rams were just burned by Chris Thompson on a 61-yard touchdown run. Hyde is a must-start in all formats.
Pierre Garcon draws a very tough defender in Trumaine Johnson (rated CB7 according to PFF). Even with a tough match-up, Garcon should be at least a flex play in PPR leagues. He has seen 15 targets through two games and is on pace for around 120 targets in 2017. I would not be placing too much stock in Brian Hoyer. Through his first two games, Hoyer has yet to throw a touchdown pass and has the second-fewest passing yards of any team that has played two games (Tampa Bay and Miami had a Bye in Week 1). Finally, keep a close eye on the big athletic Iowa product George Kittle. The Shanahan offense is known for making TE1s over the years and Kittle could be the next product of the system. With the 49ers offense not getting close, Robbie Gould should be a good play.
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