The addition of Todd Gurley transformed Tre Mason from a potential Fantasy starter into a strict handcuff option in 2015, and that should continue again this year. Mason might not even be guaranteed the No. 2 job for the Rams with Benny Cunningham in the mix, and he's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues. Mason played well as a rookie in 2014 with 179 carries for 765 yards and four touchdowns and 16 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers fell off in 2015 thanks to Gurley with 75 carries for 207 yards and one touchdown and 18 catches for 88 yards. His role isn't expected to change much unless Gurley gets hurt and misses extended action, and Mason has minimal Fantasy value heading into 2016.
Mason (personal) is still not with the Rams and his status for training camp is unclear, the Orange County Register reports. Mason has been excused from the team for personal reasons since early March, when he was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. According to a recent TMZ report, Mason has subsequently been at the center of a number of other incidents involving police the past few months, with family members expressing concern about his mental health. While the details surrounding his situation aren't known, it does seem clear that Mason won't be with the Rams for the early part of training camp.
Mason is unlikely to participate in any OTA sessions, as he has been excused for "personal reasons" in dealing with the aftermath of numerous legal issues in the offseason, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports. Mason has a long way to go to get back on the field after being arrested for reckless driving, resisting arrest, and marijuana possession in March. He was already slipping down the depth charts, and this may push him to fourth or fifth if he doesn't get suspended first.
Mason was arrested Saturday in Hollywood, Fla., on suspicion of reckless driving, marijuana possession, resisting an officer, and lack of vehicle registration, the Los Angeles Times reports. On Sunday, the Rams released the following statement: "We are very disappointed to learn of an incident involving Tre Mason in the Miami, Fla. area Saturday afternoon. We are in the process of obtaining more information about the facts surrounding this incident and will have no further comment at this time." Although he was relegated to reserve duty with the addition of Todd Gurley in 2015, Mason was a key part of the running-back rotation in St. Louis, tallying 75 carries for 207 yards (2.7 YPC) and 18 receptions (on 21 targets) for 88 yards. Expected to play a similar role following the move to Los Angeles, Mason could be putting himself on shaky ground at the outset of this coming season, with a suspension from the NFL potentially forthcoming. If the preceding comes to pass, Benny Cunningham or another offseason addition could serve as Gurley's top backup in Week 1 and beyond.
Mason had 18 carries for 44 yards, but scored a short touchdown in Sunday's 19-16 overtime loss at San Francisco. With rookie sensation Todd Gurley (foot) inactive, Mason got a ton of work, but was unable to fully capitalize. His four-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his first score of the season, and nearly didn't happen, as the play was designed for him to throw the ball into the end zone on a trick play. After a promising rookie season in 2014, Mason was on the bench for most of this year, as Gurley established himself as a potential star. Thus, look for Mason to head back to a reserve role in 2016, barring some sort of injury to Gurley.
With Todd Gurley doubtful for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Mason is expected to start at running back for the Rams in Week 17, per Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. With Gurley likely to be held out of the Rams' finale with the long haul in mind, Mason figures to draw the start at running back for the team Sunday, with Benny Cunningham a candidate to see some third-down work. As a result, Mason makes for a decent Week 17 fantasy plug-in for those scrambling for an option at RB, notably those who have been rolling with Gurley of late.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|3||09/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||26||20.38|
|10||11/13||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|12||11/27||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|13||12/04||@New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|16||12/24||San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|3 Year Avg||127||486||2||17||118||0||71|