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What to do with Jared Goff in Week 1 fantasy football

The Rams struggled in 2019 with quarterback Jared Goff taking a step back from his breakout 2018. Is he fantasy viable in 2020? We have Week 1 start/sit advice.

Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams rolls out on a play during a team scrimmage at SoFi Stadium on August 29, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys close out Week 1 Sunday with a Sunday Night Football contest at the brand new SoFi Stadium in Southern California. The Rams are looking to bounce back from a down 2019 season, and they’ll be counting on quarterback Jared Goff taking a step forward this season.

Goff took a step forward in 2017 and then a bigger step forward in a breakout 2018 campaign. He completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 4,688 yards with 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He finished the year as the seventh-ranked fantasy quarterback. In 2019, he completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 4,638 yards with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He finished the year as the 13th ranked quarterback.

Fantasy Football analysis: Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff

Goff lost Brandin Cooks in the offseason, but added rookie Van Jefferson. He returns with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as his top two receivers, and the Rams drafted running back Cam Akers to replace Todd Gurley.

2019 wasn’t awful for Goff, but it was clear something was a little off. We know we’ll get volume from Goff, but is he closer to the more efficient 2018 or the less efficient 2019? That’s what you’re betting on in fantasy football this season. If it’s the former he’s a QB1, if it’s the latter he’s more a weekly matchup-based option.

I think he’s got QB1 upside, but I’m also not locked into him as my starter in any league. The Cowboys defense ranked 17th against the pass last year. It’s not a bad unit, but it’s not overly impressive. I think we see the Rams get off to a solid start in 2020, and Goff is an intriguing play in 14-team plus leagues.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start in bigger leagues, Sit in 12 teams or less.