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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL CRISIS POINT: TODD GURLEY LOS ANGELES RAMS

When you are a consensus top five pick in 2016 fantasy football drafts, you are going to be held to a higher standard.  That just comes with the lofty draft territory which brings us to the subject of today's Crisis Point, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley.  In the conversation with David Johnson as the number 1 back to draft for 2016 fantasy football, the explosive Gurley carried a bunch of excitement attached to his name given his very impressive 2015 rookie debut when he rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 TD.  Gurley went crazy at the beginning especially as he went for over 100 rushing yards in four of his first five games before slowing up his pace in the second half of the year as the carries piled up.  He had made his way back from a torn ACL suffered in 2014 while with Georgia and he finished last season in a walking boot with a foot injury which lent credence to Gurley carrying a bit of an injury prone label.  However when it came to pure speed and bust, Gurley was in a special class which is why he got drafted so high.

For those who remember though, it was I who had Gurley in the BUST section of our 2016 fantasy football draft guide.  In summary this is what I wrote in those pages "While we are not doubting Gurley’s electrifying game-breaking ability in the least, we instead are focusing on the durability question marks that are well earned.  From the torn ACL in college to the turf toe issue that landed him in a walking boot to finish out 2015, Gurley has not proven yet that he can physically handle a consistent NFL pounding.  The injury question mark is legitimate and Gurley could very well become the latest first round running back to ruin his owners’ seasons due to ill health. In addition, the lack of playmakers on offense means Gurley will face a slew of 8-men in the box from opposing defenders and this could make it a challenge for him to find room to run."

I don't think anything else needs to be said after seeing Gurley pick up just 47 yards on 17 carries as he faced 8 49ers in the box all night in the Rams' beyond humiliating loss to San Francisco.  With the QB play downright putrid, there will be no letup in terms of defenses not continually stacking the box against Gurley and his immediate fantasy football outlook is troubling.  Now we are not saying to bench Gurley by any means as you are pot committed considering the draft price you paid but expectations maybe should be lowered until the Rams start to make plays in the passing game.  If they are even capable of doing so.  Until then, we could be seeing more games like this from Gurley and tha my friends is a recipe for utter disaster.  


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