Josh Reynolds could benefit Fantasy managers as the Rams' third receiver, but he's been pretty iffy when injuries paved a way for him to contribute before. True, Reynolds has delivered at least 10 PPR points in four of five games with at least seven targets, but he's seen that many targets in just four of 11 career starts. Besides, there's no guarantee he'll start or even see a ton of playing time now since the Rams have a pair of tight ends they can mix and match with legit starters Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Rookie Van Jefferson could be a problem, too. Maybe he'll nimbly top the 402 yards and five scores he had in 2018, but a breakout season is tough to believe in. Expect to find Reynolds in the final three rounds on Draft Day.
Reynolds will compete for playing time this season with 2020 second-round selection Van Jefferson (foot), Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports. Interestingly, after receiving a vote of confidence from head coach Sean McVay in early April, the organization selected Jefferson in the second round Friday. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are locked in as the top two receivers on the depth chart, and there's no guarantee Reynolds maintains his position as the No. 3 receiver throughout the season. The 2017 third-round pick has received chances to prove himself over the first three years of his career but has failed to fully capitalize on his opportunities. It will be important to monitor Jefferson's health entering the season after he underwent foot surgery in February. If the rookie is healthy, Reynolds' fantasy value will probably take a hit.
Coach Sean McVay said Reynolds is a starting-caliber receiver, Joe Curley of the Ventura County Star reports. McVay also mentioned that the recent trade sending Brandin Cooks to Houston could be interpreted as a "big vote of confidence" in Reynolds, who has started 11 of 48 games in three pro seasons. He's averaging 3.3 catches for 46 yards and 0.55 TDs on 5.8 targets as a starter, logging more than 80 percent of offensive snaps in 10 of the 11 games. It's possible the No. 3 WR role comes with less playing time in 2020, as the decision to trade Cooks could also lead to increased use of multi-TE formations, a strategy that McVay mostly shied away from the past few seasons. In any case, Reynolds has a nice opportunity ahead of him as he prepares for the fourth and final season of his rookie contract.
Reynolds is a candidate for more work in 2020 following last week's trade of Brandin Cooks from the Rams to the Texans, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. The Rams still boast a formidable wide receiver duo of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods atop the depth chart, but their consistent use of 11 personnel (i.e. three-wideout sets) under Sean McVay implies a bigger role for Reynolds may be on the horizon. Even after pacing the NFL by trotting out the formation 89 percent of the time in 2018, L.A.'s offense ranked 30th last season at 73 percent. Additionally, the combined loss of Cooks and Todd Gurley opens up 121 targets from what was the fourth-ranked passing attack in 2019. Reynolds isn't close to the deep threat that is Cooks, but the former has been productive when on the field the past two campaigns, averaging 7.6 yards per target and scoring six touchdowns on 96 targets.
Reynolds failed to catch his only target during Sunday's 31-24 win over Arizona. The third-year receiver had another underwhelming season with just 21 receptions for 326 yards and a single touchdown. Reynolds spent the majority of the year as the No. 4 wideout for the Rams, and while he averaged 42 offensive snaps per contest over the final nine games of the campaign, his only meaningful fantasy showing came in Week 8 when he caught three of eight targets for 73 yards and his lone score. With Los Angeles returning all four of its top receivers in 2020, Reynolds is unlikely to show significant statistical improvement without a roster shakeup or an injury to one of the pass catchers ahead of him on the depth chart.
Reynolds caught two of three targets for 32 yards during Saturday's 34-31 loss to San Francisco. Reynolds played 29 of 70 offensive snaps, which was the fewest of Los Angeles' top four receivers for the second consecutive week. He did show off in space again Saturday by rattling off 23 yards after the catch on his 24-yard reception in the first quarter -- his eighth of over 20 yards this season. The third-year wideout could receive more playing time next week against the Cardinals with nothing on the line for the Rams.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/04||New York Giants||29||26.00|
|5||10/11||@Washington Football Team||24||23.00|
|6||10/19||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|11||11/24||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|12||11/29||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|14||12/11||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|15||12/20||New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3 Year Avg||40||20||277||2||15||13.85||40|