While he made the most of his opportunities (two rushes for nine yards and two receptions for 14 yards), the volume isn't there for Cunningham to be a viable fantasy asset. Todd Gurley caught all four of his targets for 39 yards, as he continues to be utilized more in the passing attack to Cunningham's detriment. At this point, it appears almost certain that it will take a Gurley injury for Cunningham to become fantasy relevant.
The running game was supposed to carry Los Angeles this season, with Cunningham serving a supplementary role behind last year's phenom, Todd Gurley. Instead, the Rams rank 31st in the league in yards per carry and 28th in yards per game. With less production from that side of the offense, there's less for Cunningham to do. He, in turn, is on pace for career lows in the rushing and receiving columns.
Cunningham is expected to play Sunday against the Lions, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Cunningham was inactive in Week 5 because of a thigh injury, but he isn't on the injury report this week. His return should bump Malcolm Brown out of the picture, and it could cut into a few of Todd Gurley's passing-down snaps. However, while efficient with his opportunities thus far (8.0 yards per rushing attempt and per reception), Cunningham will likely need to break a big play to tip the fantasy scales most weeks. Gurley is also seeing more work in the passing game with five targets in each of the past two games, so Cunningham's opportunities are likely to be minimal.
The backup running back will take a seat after being limited on Thursday and Friday with the thigh injury he suffered against the Cardinals in Week 4. His absence should open up a handful of reps for rookie Malcolm Brown, who had an impressive preseason, but should also result in an uptick in workload for Todd Gurley.
Cunningham (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, Jack Wang of the LA Daily News reports.
Cunningham was forced out of last week's win over Arizona, and while he wasn't listed on the Wednesday injury report, he showed up as a limited participant both Thursday and Friday. It's unclear if he suffered an aggravation, or if it was just a slight oversight by the Rams earlier in the week. Cunningham doesn't have much stand-alone value, but a potential absence could lead to a few more targets for Todd Gurley.
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/13/16||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|15||12/15/16||@ SEA||8:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|