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Todd Gurley misses third day of practice for Week 6, listed as doubtful [UPDATE]

Rams running back Todd Gurley is looking more and more like a question mark for Week 6. We break down the fantasy implications for him and Malcolm Brown as the Rams prepare for the 49ers.

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley rushes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Todd Gurley injury, Malcolm Brown value update 3:38 p.m.

The Rams released their final Week 6 injury report and running back Todd Gurley is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, per team reporter Lindsey Thiry. Based on NFL rules, this gives him a 25 percent or less chance of playing due to his quadricep injury. Players have played on a doubtful tag, but it is highly unlikely.

This makes Malcolm Brown a must own in traditional fantasy football leagues and an intriguing cheap option in DFS. The 49ers have a strong run defense, but if you can get a cheap volume play, there is something to be said for that. Darrell Henderson will likely get some work as well, but Brown should be the workhorse if Gurley sits out the game.


The Los Angeles Rams face a big question mark as they prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6. Running back Todd Gurley missed the open part of Friday’s practice, according to team reporter Lindsey Thiry. This would mark his third straight day of not practicing, and he is looking questionable at best for Sunday’s game. Head coach Sean McVay will meet with the media after practice to offer an update on Gurley’s status.

Gurley did not appear to leave the Rams Week 5 game with the quadricep injury that’s bothering him, but he showed up on Wednesday’s injury report with it. The Rams are a 4:05 p.m. ET start against the 49ers.

Fantasy football analysis, Rams RB Todd Gurley

You could be stuck with a tough decision when 1:00 p.m. kickoffs arrive if Gurley is a game-time decision. That being said, the 49ers run defense has been among the best in the NFL, so if you decided to sit him and he ended up active, it would not be the worst decision you could make.

If Gurley sits, Malcolm Brown would get the start. You’d get a volume play with him getting the bulk of the work, but again, the 49ers run defense is good enough that the value is rather limited. If you have other options, they might be better starts for you in Week 6.