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Todd Gurley can return to form
Todd Gurley - RB, LAR

Rams General Manager Les Snead believes Todd Gurley can return to his "showcased" levels from 2017 and 2018.

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It will be difficult given his current decreased workload. Gurley saw his lightest rushing load of his career in 2019, rushing only 223 times, this in contrast to 278, 279 and 256 in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. His ypc. average dropped to 3.8 from 4.7 in 2017 and 4.9 in 2018. In the passing game, Gurley only saw 31 receptions on 49 targets, only seeing less in both stats during his rookie year. He did score a combined 14 touchdowns to 19 in 2017 and 21 in 2018. In the PPR format, he finished as the RB13. Snead attributes the decrease in productivity to changes and injury across the offensive line in addition to opposing defenses scheming to stop the rushing attack, all points which were obvious as 2019 played out. The linked article makes no mention of Gurley's knee health, specifically the "arthritic component" which had many fantasy players selling the news during the off-season between 2018 and 2019.

While we may never know the true current state of Gurley's knees, what is known is that increased fantasy output won't come from decreased workload. While head coach Sean McVay is an offensive mastermind, he's also been frustratingly difficult to trust in fantasy. There has been some mention that Gurley may not factor into the Rams' plans for 2020 though that does not appear to be anything more than conjecture as opposed to official stance. We'll know more following the 2020 NFL Draft. Todd Gurley is DLF's RB13.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Rams
Jan 3: 10:07 AM EST
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