After a massive upset over the division-rival Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round, the Los Angeles Rams travel to the cold, unforgiving conditions of Lambeau Field to face the top-seeded Green Bay Packers. While such a matchup presents challenges in any scenario, the Rams enter the weekend with health concerns at quarterback as well as with one of their top weapons in the passing game.
Fantasy Football analysis: Rams WRs Cooper Kupp ($DKSalary), Robert Woods ($DKSalary), Josh Reynolds ($DKSalary)
Understandably, the health of Jared Goff (right thumb), John Wolford (neck), and Aaron Donald (ribs) garnered most of the attention around Los Angeles this week. However, Cooper Kupp ability to play through knee swelling could also have a sizeable impact on Saturday’s outcome. On a per-game basis, Kupp led the Rams in targets (8.27) and receptions for first downs (three), both of which fell right in line with his performance in the wild-card round (nine targets, three first downs). Goff, who officially will start under center this weekend, looks for Kupp more than any other receiver when under pressure, and that doesn’t seem likely to change now. Expect a heavy workload again.
But while Kupp might serve as Goff’s preferred target, Robert Woods represents more of a 1B than a true No. 2 option. His usage numbers don’t fall far behind his teammate, and with Kupp dealing with a knee issue, Woods could move into the go-to role as the game progresses. In either case, Woods should have a chance to put up decent numbers against a vulnerable Packers defense.
As for Josh Reynolds, the outlook doesn’t seem quite as rosy. Reynolds didn’t see a single target during last weekend’s demolishing of the Seahawks and though a second consecutive goose egg seems unlikely, the Rams will probably funnel more of their snaps through the ground game than toward their No. 3 wide receiver.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Kupp and Woods.