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Fantasy implications of Josh Reynolds climbing Rams depth chart

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Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are locks to start for the Rams, and Josh Reynolds is a strong bet for the third spot. He will compete with Van Jefferson for that opportunity.

Josh Reynolds of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball after catching a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game at Levi’s Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans this offseason, and part of the reason for the move is their faith in Josh Reynolds as a replacement. Head coach Sean McVay said of the move, per the Los Angeles Times, “We would not have made the move on Brandin Cooks had it not been for the confidence we have in Josh Reynolds.”

The Cooks trade netted the Rams a second round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and they used that pick to select Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson. That’s a sizable investment, but Times reporter Gary Klein described Reynolds as the “immediate heir apparent to Cooks.”

Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods will be starting, and that leaves Cooks’ spot open for competition. Reynolds could very well be slotted into that, but he’ll likely face quality competition from Jefferson. At the same time, as FantasyPros noted, there were times last year when Reynolds was starting ahead of Kupp were in their 12 personnel. Reynolds was slow out of the gate last season, but his snap count increased in Week 8 and he was able to put together the bulk of his productivity between Week 8 and Week 16.

Kupp and Woods are the top two options, and both remain high end fantasy football options. Together they averaged 92 receptions and 1,147 yards for the season. Kupp had ten touchdowns to Woods’ two, and while touchdown totals will change, Kupp is likely to remain the better option fo the two.

Reynolds is going to be a regular on sleeper lists heading into August fantasy drafts. He’s worth keeping on your radar, but let someone else overdraft him for the time being. His value is in the back end of drafts, but if your draft is later in training camp, we should have a better handle on what kind of competition Jefferson is offering Reynolds.