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Daily Fantasy Football Stock Report: Todd Gurley to have reduced role in Rams offense?

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“The Rams, under a new offensive-minded head coach in Sean McVay, are determined to help Gurley recapture his big-play ability. But they might not count on him to be as much of a factor in the passing game… The Rams want Dunbar to establish himself in a role similar to that of Chris Thompson, who totaled 84 receptions for McVay’s offenses in Washington the past two seasons…That should mean less catches for Gurley, who saw his targets rise from 26 in 2015 to 58 in 2016.” Alden Gonzalez – ESPN

As if you didn’ t need any more reasons to avoid Rams RB Todd Gurley in your drafts this year, it appears the third year back is going to take a hit with his PPR value. The Rams have brought in former Dallas Cowboy Lance Dunbar who can be a big player in the passing game similar to what Chris Thompson did in Washington. Gurley’s receptions and PPR was what kept him from being a complete disaster in 2016. But if his receiving stats are expected to take a hit and we aren’t seeing a drastic improvement on the ground, then Gurley is on his way to another lackluster season in Los Angeles.

“Gates actually played more offensive snaps than Henry last season (554 for Gates, 546 for Henry). But expect that to change in 2017 as Henry moves into the role as the Chargers’ main tight end, with Gates being saved for third downs and in the red zone.” – Eric D. Williams – ESPN

A changing of the guard is in place right now for the Chargers lead TE spot. Antonio Gates is 37 years old right now so his time is just about coming to an end. He’s being saved for third down and red zone roles, after struggling with drops in 2016. Second year pro Hunter Henry will be taking on a bigger role this season as he displayed great play making ability in stretches last year. The Chargers should have a well run offense littered with weapons so the thought of Henry being unleashed in the offense should move him up slightly in the TE ranks. Once Gates either hits the shelf or just becomes completely useless, Henry’s value skyrockets.

That’s not saying much for the New York Jets QB competition, but people forget that Josh McCown was a serviceable QB in Cleveland. The offense could actually move the ball and WR Terrelle Pryor was having a lot of success with McCown under center. Assuming that McCown lands the starting job, that would help both Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa moving forward. The departure of Brandon Marshall leaves a big hole in the passing game to fill which makes both of these receivers a little better looking.

“The coaches love Prosise but have questioned his durability. Prosise is different than Lacy and Rawls in that he is easily their best receiving back. It’s a small sample size, but last year, the numbers when targeting Prosise in the passing game were impressive: 17-for-18 for 208 yards (12.24 yards per reception). If he stays healthy for all 16 games, it’s not a stretch to suggest Prosise could catch 60 passes. Seahawks running backs caught 75 balls last year, and he’s going to be on the field in all obvious passing situations.” Sheil Kapadia – ESPN

Our disdain for the fat tub of lard Eddie Lacy has been well documented, so it sucks to see that he’s figuratively and probably literally in the way of CJ Prosise from being a fantasy RB stud. Seattle loved Prosise for his skills catching balls out of the backfield, but he showed a lot more promise when thrust into the starting RB role and taking advantage of his opportunities. He’s struggled with injuries in his past though, so he’ll find himself working third downs and passing situations right away. Prosise has the potential to be a decent flex play and will immediately throw himself into a starting gig if Lacy goes down with injury.

Quick Slants:

  • Bills RB LeSean McCoy is excited about a potential increase in his receiving game under new OC Rick Dennison.
  • Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins says he wants new WR Terrelle Pryor to “get as many touches as possible”. Clean up aisle Wolf’s pants
  • Patriots RB Dion Lewis is expected to see a decreased role in the offense with the signings of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead, and the emergence of James White
  • Steelers rookie WR Juju Smith-Schuster has been getting slot reps with the Pittsburgh offense
  • New 49ers QB Brian Hoyer says that his familiarity with Kyle Shanahan has made his transition to a new team easier

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