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Todd Gurley, RB LA
This one stings, but it is apparent that the immense talents of RB Todd Gurley are being wasted on this current Rams roster. Blame for this has been placed on the QB play of Case Keenum or the many questionable coaching choices of HC Jeff Fisher. Regardless of exactly what the issue is, it may not matter, because none of these factors look to be changing anytime soon. The Rams are reportedly still in talks with Fisher about a contract extension and the coaching staff has been hesitant to move away from the veteran Keenum. Even if they do replace him with top overall pick Jared Goff, it is not easy to be confident in his ability to change the offense soon enough to save Gurley’s season.
As for Gurley’s performances, they’ve been abysmal. He’s yet to crack 100 rushing yards in any game this season. In fact, the closest he came was an 85-yard game back in Week Three against Tampa Bay. He’s scored a trio of touchdowns on the season and if you play in PPR leagues, he’s actually been somewhat reliable, thanks to his involvement in the passing game. Over the past five games, Gurley is averaging over four receptions for 37 yards per game, adding over seven fantasy points to his total.
As you might have guessed, Gurley was a hot commodity over the off-season months after his promising rookie season. He usually cost dynasty owners their first round pick in startup drafts and even after his struggles this year, he’s still among the top 12 overall players, based on November ADP data. This tells me the price for Gurley will not be low enough to create many trades. The dynasty owners who already have him are not willing to “sell low” and their competitors can’t stomach paying the high price for a player barely hanging in the top 20 fantasy scorers at his position.