Josh Reynolds is expected to be the No. 4 receiver for the Rams, but he's only worth a look in deeper leagues this season. Reynolds will play behind Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, but Kupp is coming off last year's torn ACL. Reynolds played six games in the regular season without Kupp in 2018, and he scored at least 12 PPR points in three of them. Kupp is expected to be fine in training camp, but if he suffers a setback, Reynolds' Fantasy value will increase. That likely will happen if Cooks or Woods gets hurt as well. We don't recommend drafting Reynolds in most formats, but he could be a standout waiver-wire addition if Cooks, Woods or Kupp get hurt during the year.
Reynolds made his mark in red-zone drills with the starting offense during June minicamp, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official website reports. With Cooper Kupp (knee) still limited, Reynolds joined Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods as part of the starting alignment for an offense that's heavily dependent on three-receiver sets. The 2017 fourth-round pick failed to take advantage of a similar opportunity late last season, averaging 3.3 catches for 47.2 yards in nine games (including playoffs) after Kupp suffered a season-ending ACL tear. The Rams are optimistic about having Kupp ready for Week 1, but even if that comes to fruition, Reynolds will be just one injury away from heavy snap counts in an explosive offense.
Reynolds caught three of seven targets for 28 yards during a 13-3 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The second-year pro had a couple big moments in the NFC Championship Game, yet he finished the playoffs with just eight catches for 121 yards in three contests, despite ranking third on the Rams with 18 targets. Reynolds found the end zone on five of his 29 catches during the regular season, but he was a far cry from Cooper Kupp (knee) in terms of consistency, posting a 54.7 percent catch rate and 7.6 yards per target. It won't come as any surprise if the Rams try to upgrade their No. 4 receiver spot in the offseason, considering Jared Goff became inconsistent after Reynolds replaced Kupp in an every-down role. Given the timing of his ACL tear in mid-November, there's no assurance Kupp will be ready for Week 1 in 2019.
Reynolds brought in four of seven targets for 74 yards and rushed once for 16 yards during the Rams' 26-23 overtime win over the Saints in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. The evolution of Reynolds as a legitimate third receiver continued in significant fashion Sunday, as the second-year wideout made several key plays in the second half. Reynolds logged a 33-yard catch that got the Rams down to the Saints' seven-yard line in the fourth quarter on a drive that culminated in a game-tying Greg Zuerlein field goal. He followed up with a 19-yard grab on the subsequent possession, one which also ended on a successful Zuerlein kick that sent the game into overtime. The 2017 third-round pick has undoubtedly earned Jared Goff's trust since he took over the third receiver job after Cooper Kupp's season-ending knee injury, and he'll look to play an important role in two weeks during the Super Bowl.
Reynolds caught four of seven targets for 55 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns during Sunday's 48-32 win over San Francisco. The two scores came on Los Angeles' first two drives of the third quarter, and while the Rams were in the driver's seat throughout Sunday's game, they pulled away to a 45-17 lead after Reynolds' second touchdown. It's been a promising late-season run for the sophomore. He's stepped up with Cooper Kupp (knee) out of action, and Reynolds has accumulated 22 receptions for 304 yards and three touchdowns over the past six games while also receiving nine red-zone looks. The Texas A&M product could also prove to be a sneaky fantasy option in postseason settings. It's definitely worth noting that Los Angeles has Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Kupp and Reynolds all signed long term, so Reynolds' value in keeper/dynasty settings is capped as long as the Rams' receiving corps is healthy.
Reynolds caught five passes (12 targets) for 70 yards in Sunday's 30-23 loss to Philadelphia. Reynolds surprisingly led the Rams in targets, hitting double-digits in the category for the first time this season. The 23-year-old failed to corral 50 percent of his targets for the third consecutive week, hence the solid, but unspectacular, stat line given the amount of balls thrown his way. Reynolds could see elevated targets next week as well with Patrick Peterson likely staying on a combination of Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks on Sunday, but he still shouldn't be considered anything more than a deep-league option for Week 16.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|4||09/29||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|6||10/13||San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|16||12/22||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||38||20||253||3||15||12.65||43|