Los Angeles Rams 2021 Fantasy Preview
Los Angeles Rams
2020 Record: 10-6
2021 Over/Under: o/u 10.5
2021 Divison Odds : +200
2021 Super Bowl Odds: +1400
As you prepare for the fantasy season, whether it be your home league, a big money squad or with us at Champions Round, we want you to be as prepared as possible heading into the season. And most of all we want to see you win!
The Rams come into the 2021 season with Super Bowl dreams. The addition of Matthew Stafford may not seem earth shattering to some, but within the Rams building they believe they have an MVP caliber QB at the helm now. If Stafford lives up to those lofty expectations, the Rams could have their most dynamic offense under Sean McVay, which is saying something. Even the loss of Cam Akers hasn’t diminished the view of those in the organization that believe this is a Top 5 offense.
The defense, led by Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, should be an elite group once again this season, though perhaps not as dominant as it was in 2020. Last year’s defense, led by now Chargers coach Brandon Staley, was the best unit in the league by the end of the season. They’ll still be a top 7 unit, but they lost some key pieces, especially in the back four.
The Rams can legitimately be Super Bowl contenders, but the offense is going to have to make up for the drop off on defense. It’s all on Stafford and McVay.
Champions Round “JUICE” Projections
2021 Expected Record: 10-7
2021 Expected Points Per Game: 25.3
2021 Expected Points Allowed Per Game: 21.3
Matthew Stafford - Rank: QB17
JUICE Projections: 411-651 Passing, 65% Completion, 4515 Passing Yds., 30 TD, 11 INT; 86 Rushing Yds, 2 Rush TD
Stafford should have one of his best seasons as a pro in 2021. He has an elite play caller and two incredible receivers. If the offensive line holds up, watch out. I have Stafford at QB17, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Stafford as a true MVP candidate by midseason. He’s an Elite QB2 in SuperFlex leagues.
Darrell Henderson - Rank: RB20
JUICE Projections: 232 carries, 1025 Rushing Yds, 7 Rush TD; 27 receptions, 241 Receiving Yds, 2 Rec. TD
Henderson takes over for the injured Akers as the Rams lead running back. For fantasy purposes this makes him a RB2 at worst. With volume, Henderson has the chance to be a low end RB1. A lot depends on how effective Henderson can be in the passing game. Given Stafford’s ability to find his backs, the former Memphis RB could see a big jump in his receiving statistics. He is firmly a fourth round pick in all drafts and you could see him being taken earlier in your home leagues.
Xavier Jones - Rank: RB65
JUICE Projections: 109 carries, 463 Rushing Yds, 3 Rush TD; 16 receptions, 103 Receiving Yds
Jones takes over the role Henderson was supposed to play this season. My hunch is Henderson’s volume won’t quite the amount that Akers was scheduled for. The McVay-Shanahan system has always utilized multiple backs, which makes Jones worthy of a late round pick in all leagues.
Robert Woods - Rank: WR15
JUICE Projections: 92 receptions, 982 Receiving Yds, 8 Rec. TD
Cooper Kupp - Rank: WR22
JUICE Projections: 88 receptions, 955 Receiving Yds, 6 Rec. TD
Woods and Kupp should be able to capitalize on the addition of Stafford, who is a big improvement over Goff. There’s a good chance either Woods or Kupp has a career year this season. My bet would be on Woods, who could be a true WR1 this season.
Van Jefferson - Rank: WR69
JUICE Projections: 34 receptions, 410 Receiving Yds, 3 Rec. TD
DeSean Jackson - Rank: WR72
JUICE Projections: 31 receptions, 483 Receiving Yds, 3 Rec. TD
Tutu Atwell - Rank: WR99
JUICE Projections: 27 receptions, 394 Receiving Yds, 2 Rec. TD
If DeSean Jackson is healthy, you’re looking at someone who is going to thrive with Stafford. I love his upside in best ball drafts, but his injury history makes him tough to count on in all other formats. Atwell is baby-DeSean, but this is probably a learning year for him. Meanwhile, Jefferson was a high pick last year and could have a nice role in 3 WR sets for the Rams.
Tyler Higbee - Rank: TE16
JUICE Projections: 60 receptions, 624 Receiving Yds, 4 Rec. TD
Higbee has a chance to have a big season. He has an improved QB situation and Gerald Everett is in Seattle. That being said, health is a concern. Moreover, I believe this offense’s volume will be dominated by Woods and Kupp. A TE1 finish is possible, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
TL;DR 2021 Los Angeles Rams
- Matthew Stafford’s upside is a low end QB1
- If Darrell Henderson gets the full volume that Cam Akers was in store for, RB1 upside is possible
- Buy in on Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp
- You can do better than Tyler Higbee at TE
Thanks for reading and good luck in your drafts! Next Up: the Los Angeles Chargers!