Robert Woods is coming off the best year of his career, and he will look to build on that performance in 2018. Woods, who played at USC, returned to California in 2017 with the Rams and finished as the No. 33 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues. But his final stats would have been better if not for missing three games with a shoulder injury and resting in Week 17 for the playoffs. Over 16 games, Woods would have had 75 catches for 1,041 yards and seven touchdowns. He scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in four games, and he added nine catches for 142 yards on 14 targets in the wild-card playoff loss against Atlanta. The Rams added Brandin Cooks this offseason, and he should be an upgrade over the departed Sammy Watkins, which could hurt Woods' production. Along with Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley, this is a talented receiving corps, and Jared Goff will spread the ball around. However, Woods showed enough in 2017 that Fantasy owners should consider him the best receiver in this offense, and he projects as a low-end No. 2 receiver in the majority of leagues. Plan on drafting Woods as early as Round 5 in all formats.
Woods said the Rams passing game has made big improvements from last year, ESPN.com's Lindsey Thiry reports. The Rams went worst-to-first in scoring from 2016 to 2017, and Woods believes the offense can be even better after another full offseason working with QB Jared Goff. The 26-year-old unexpectedly emerged as Goff's top option last year, catching 47 of 70 targets for 703 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games before a shoulder injury limited his late-season impact. Woods bounced back with nine catches for 142 yards in a playoff loss to the Falcons, and he's subsequently been healthy throughout the offseason. Brandin Cooks figures to get more looks than Sammy Watkins did, but it won't come as a total surprise if Woods challenges for the team lead in targets. Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley are also viable candidates for triple-digit targets, considering tight ends accounted for only 17 percent of the team total last year.
Woods caught nine of 14 targets for 142 yards during Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round. The California native and three-year standout at USC had his best professional season in 2017 with the Rams, and he also impressed in Saturday's unfortunate playoff loss. Woods became quarterback Jared Goff's primary target this season, as the fifth-year receiver recorded 56 receptions, 781 yards and five touchdowns through just 12 games. With Sammy Watkins headed for unrestricted free agency, there's potential for even more targets to be available for Woods next season. He owns the potential to be a PPR star with head coach Sean McVay having another year to fine-tune his offensive attack.
Head coach Sean McVay said Thursday that the Rams offense won't "see much" of Woods against the 49ers on Sunday, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The Rams experienced life without Woods from Weeks 12 through 14 due to a shoulder injury, a span in which Jared Goff had two of his five lowest passing outputs of the season. Since returning to the lineup Week 15, he's logged 83 percent of the offensive snaps (114 of 137), putting up nine catches (on 15 targets) for 78 yards and one touchdown across two games. With the Rams locked into the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC playoffs, they won't test their luck with a number of key skill-position players, namely Todd Gurley, Goff, Woods, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp (knee).
Woods was targeted eight times, but came up with just three catches for 33 yards in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Titans. Woods was the odd man out in Los Angeles' passing game, as Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins and Todd Gurley (twice) all came up with receiving scores. His workload may be lightened next week with Los Angeles having already clinched the NFC West crown, but Woods' 44 catches for 595 yards and five touchdowns in his last eight games played suggest he's more than capable of making an impact at home against the 49ers.
Woods caught six of seven targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-7 win over the Seahawks. Woods was targeted early and often in his return after missing the last three weeks with a shoulder injury. He saw three of Jared Goff's first four passes on the day but would only see one more after the one-yard touchdown catch that put the Rams up 27-0 in the second quarter. The 25-year-old has another favorable matchup Week 16 at Tennessee.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|7||10/22||@San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|9||11/04||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|11||11/20||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|17||12/30||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||80||51||649||3||32||12.73||80|