Gameday update: The Rams’ trio of WRs face an interesting matchup this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A couple of weeks ago, we saw Tampa Bay’s secondary get sliced and diced by the New Orleans Saints. But the Bucs looked much better against the Panthers last week as they held both Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel in check. This season, the Bucs’ defense is allowing 20 fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. ESPN projects Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Josh Reynolds to score 9.8, 8.8, and 7.4 fantasy points.
The Rams utilize all three of their wide receivers enough to keep them firmly on the fantasy radar each week. Cooper Kupp leads the way in targets while Robert Woods has been the fantasy leader with six total touchdowns to Kupp’s two. Two of Woods’ touchdowns have come on the ground, as he has 17 rushing attempts for 111 yards and those two scores.
Unfortunately for Woods, Josh Reynolds has seen an uptick in work of late at Woods’ detriment. And last week against Seattle Reynolds led the team in targets, receptions and yards. That big usage was in part due to a reduced role for Kupp, who saw his fewest snaps of the season. Coach Sean McVay says it wasn’t due to injury, but there’s no doubt Kupp was dealing with a wrist issue.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs WRs Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds
This week the trio will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have been solid against the pass and run this season. They rank second in pass defense DVOA and 10th in stopping wide receivers from securing PPR points. They’ve given up just three 100 yard receiving games through 10 games.
There is some concern that Kupp won’t get his normal snaps again, but I think we have to go into this one believing he’s still the No. 1 target while Woods’ usage as a runner and receiver, especially around the end zone keeps him as a must play. Josh Reynolds remains a wild card. His big game last week did come in a much better matchup against Seattle, so he’s going to need to prove that his target numbers are for real, because I don’t believe they are just yet.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Sit Josh Reynolds except in 14-team leagues.