Jared Goff had a breakout season in 2017, and he will look to build on that performance. And he got a new toy to play with in receiver Brandin Cooks, who will replace the departed Sammy Watkins. Goff now has what could be an elite receiving corps with Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, as well as Todd Gurley out of the backfield. The talent around Goff was instrumental last season in helping him finish as the No. 10 quarterback in standard leagues, and he could easily finish in that range again this year. He had seven games with at least 20 Fantasy points in 2017 of the 15 games he played (he sat out Week 17 to rest for the playoffs), and he should be considered a low-end starting option in the majority of leagues. Goff is worth drafting with a late-round pick in all one-quarterback leagues, and he's a mid-round selection in two-quarterback formats.
Rams coach Sean McVay is confident Goff will continue to develop in 2018, despite losing former offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to the Titans and former quarterbacks coach Greg Olson to the Raiders, Myles Simmons of the team's official website reports. Perhaps more important than the aforementioned coaching changes, the Chiefs outbid the Rams for Sammy Watkins, who accounted for eight of Goff's 28 passing touchdowns last year. It shouldn't be a crippling blow, considering Watkins had only 39 receptions for 593 yards on 70 targets, finishing far behind Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods in all three categories. The Rams may turn to 2017 fourth-round pick Josh Reynolds for the third spot in three-wide sets, though there's still plenty of time to secure a better option via free agency or the draft. Goff figures to benefit from continuity despite the ancillary changes, as he'll still be playing behind a strong O-line in a McVay-directed offense with Todd Gurley in the backfield.
Goff completed just 24 of 45 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round. Because of two special-teams turnovers in the first quarter, the Los Angeles offense was quickly behind the eight ball and unable to lean on its running game Saturday. As a result, Goff was in a negative game script early, and the sophomore quarterback struggled to overcome the uphill battle he faced. Still, he connected on a number of impressive throws and kept the Rams in the game until late in the fourth quarter. Goff's strides under center this season are encouraging for his long-term outlook, and his resiliency in a tough spot Saturday shouldn't go unrecognized. Looking ahead to the 2018 season, Goff should take another step forward with head coach Sean McVay further fine-tuning the Los Angeles offensive attack in his second year calling plays.
Goff will replace Sean Mannion as the Rams' starting quarterback for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Falcons, Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register reports. Since the Rams were locked in as either the No. 3 or 4 seed entering Week 17, head coach Sean McVay elected to rest Goff and several other key starters for the regular-season finale against the 49ers. Mannion ultimately garnered his first career start in the loss to San Francisco, completing 20 of 34 passes for 169 yards and losing a fumble. Goff will take back the reins of the Rams offense for his first career postseason appearance and aim to build on a breakthrough regular season in which he accrued a 28:7 TD:INT ratio and 8.0 yards per attempt in 15 outings.
Goff, who is active for Sunday's contest at Philadelphia, isn't expected to see the field, Kristen Lago of the Rams' official site reports. Teams are limited to placing a maximum of seven players on inactive lists, so the Rams deactivated absolute certainties like Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald and Andrew Whitworth. Nonetheless, head coach Sean McVay will hand backup QB Sean Mannion the keys to the offense Week 17, meaning Goff will be toting a clipboard for the entirety of this contest.
Rams head coach Sean McVay suggested Tuesday that Goff and several other key starters could be rested for the regular-season finale Sunday against the 49ers, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports. The 11-4 Rams, who clinched the NFC South with last week's win over the Titans, won't be able to claim a first-round bye in the playoffs with the Eagles and Vikings locked into the top two spots in the conference. That leaves Los Angeles with little to play for in Week 17 beyond competing for the third seed and avoiding a fall to fourth, but since the Rams earn a first-round home game in either scenario, McVay is prioritizing the health of the team's core contributors above all else. Goff, who has taken a major leap forward in his second NFL season, is certainly part of that nucleus. Even if Goff is allowed to suit up Sunday, he likely wouldn't play more than a series or two, leaving backup Sean Mannion in line to see his most extensive NFL action to date.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Chargers||3||14.50|
|7||10/22||@San Francisco 49ers||27||21.00|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||31||22.06|
|9||11/04||@New Orleans Saints||18||19.06|
|11||11/20||Kansas City Chiefs||25||20.41|
|17||12/30||San Francisco 49ers||27||21.00|
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|3 Year Avg||59.8||2446||16||7||34||1||191|