College: Georgia | 5 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 224 lbs
Birth Date: 8/3/1994
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2019 Bye Week: 9
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
Gurley had another huge fantasy season, finishing third overall in running back scoring. And he did this with missing two games because of a knee injury. He wasn't quite the same player late in the year because of the injury, especially in the playoffs. But even with that said, Gurley had 21 total touchdowns and averaged a career-high 4.9 yards per carry. He had 1,831 total yards, averaging 131 total yards per game. He has 1,000-yard seasons three of four in the NFL. Gurley is a huge part of the Rams explosive offense. He is 25 years old and in the prime of his career but his knee issues are a big concern going forward. Can he bounce back or is this going to be an issue going forward? Gurley is a big back but also possesses very good speed. He does a great job of breaking tackles and making plays after contact. Gurley is great at making the big play and a much improved receiver, catching 55-plus passes each of the last two seasons. Gurley is one of the most complete backs in the game.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Gurley has some risk this year because of his finish to last season. His knee issues could be an issue. For now, we still consider him a No. 1 back but he has a few more question marks than your usual top picks. If he is healthy and near the level of past seasons, though, Gurley can get around 2,000 total yards with 18 touchdowns and 60 receptions.
Up until December 2018, Todd Gurley was the consensus #1 overall pick for 2019. In December and January, the train went completely off the rails. Now we enter 2019 unsure of what to do. A healthy Gurley is one of, if not the best running back in fantasy football. However, everything out of Los Angeles suggests Gurley is not healthy. We know Gurley has an arthritic knee. We know that in terms of real football, running backs have very little impact on the outcome of games. We saw C.J. Anderson put up better numbers than Gurley over the latter part of the season and the playoffs. We saw the Rams place a second round tender on Malcolm Brown and match the Lions' offer to keep him. We also saw the Rams trade up to spend a day two pick on Darrell Henderson. We've heard the reports that the Rams want to scale back Gurley's workload. Even with reduced usage, Gurley is a mid to low RB1, at worst. I would not take Gurley over safer players with equally high ceilings, but there comes a point where one of the best RBs in fantasy becomes worth it. As the season nears, hopefully we will learn more about Gurley's knee and have a better idea of how to handle him. For now, consider Gurley no sooner than late first round and if you want to pass on him and let someone else deal with it, I won't fault you.
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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was more effective as a runner last week than he had been since Week 1 with 6.1 yards per rush. The team just didn't use him enough. That may ultimately be their kryptonite as they fall in love with the pass frequently, and it has them in third place in the division. This game against the Chicago Bears is a must-win game. The Bears are a midrange matchup for running backs allowing 87.8 rushing yards and a touchdown per game on the ground to opposing backs. Gurley hasn't produced at all in the receiving column this year, but maybe that has to change as well. This could be the week Gurley stands out, but he's a midrange RB2 in Week 11.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 15, but is not on the injury report for Week 11.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley is coming off one of his better games of the season last week with 73 yards but is still not receiving a full workload. He can still be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley carried 12 times for 73 yards but was unable to haul in any of his four targets in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fantasy Spin: Head coach Sean McVay made it clear during the summer the Rams had a plan for Gurley - one in which his early-season workload would be monitored in order to keep him fresh for the stretch run. Apparently, the "stretch run" hasn't hit yet, even as Los Angeles faces the possibility of falling out of the playoff race. Gurley ran well this week when he had the opportunity, but Jared Goff couldn't hold up his end of the deal. Gurley will be an unpredictable RB2 in Week 11 versus the Chicago Bears.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed 12 times for 73 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and failed to make a reception on four targets Sunday. The lack of a touchdown kept his stat line suppressed as he has relied on TDs heavily to remain afloat in limited action. He will have a good matchup against the Chicago Bears next week, who have been susceptible to running backs the last five weeks. Gurley will be a midrate RB2.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley continues to find ways to contribute most weeks, and his six total touchdowns over the last four games have been the remedy. The problem is that his receiving numbers are way down, and he's only averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Those TDs are keeping him afloat, and it's hard to put so much stock in a TD-dependent running back. The next problem - the Pittsburgh Steelers are the best defense against the position the last five weeks. They have allowed just 3.22 yards per rush and a single touchdown to running backs over the stretch. Gurley has his work cut out for him, and he's a low-end RB2.
Los Angeles Rams LB Bryce Hager (shoulder) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 10 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Nov. 8, but has also been ruled out. WR JoJo Natson (illness) was held out of practice for a second straight day Friday and is listed as questionable. RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not practice Friday but does not appear on the injury report. DT Tanzel Smart (illness), RB Malcolm Brown (ankle), LB Clay Matthews (jaw) and OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley rushed 10 times for 44 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals in London. He also was targeted once but didn't have a grab.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley split the backfield touches with Darrell Henderson in this one, and the rookie outgained the veteran ever so slightly, although Gurley had the score. Gurley is still a solid RB2 or flex fantasy option in most leagues heading into Week 10 after the bye.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had a quiet day in Week 8 with 10 rushes for 44 yards, but he salvaged the day with a touchdown. He was targeted once through the air, but he didn't record a reception. The Rams were in control throughout the game, and Gurley was used lightly. He'll be on a bye next week before facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has a healthy outlook for Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are among the worst at defending the position the last five weeks and have allowed backs to rush for 117 yards per game. Gurley has scored five touchdowns in his last three games, and this could be the game that boosts his 311 yards rushing on the season. He had the most carries of the year last week, and he figures to see another solid workload. He's a high-end RB2.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed 18 times for 41 yards in Week 7, but he caught a 13-yard touchdown pass to salvage the ineffective day on the ground. The good news is that was the most rushing attempts that he has had all season after missing last week with a quadriceps injury. Gurley will have a great matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals next week, but his spotty production limits him to a high-end RB2.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley rushed 18 times for 41 yards in Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons and he added a 13-yard touchdown reception on his only target.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley was back after missing a game due to a quadriceps injury. He wasn't great, but the touchdown was nice. Gurley remains more of a RB2 in most fantasy leagues right now, with obvious RB1 if he can get back to 100 percent health. The winless Bengals are up next in Week 8 over in London.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (thigh) is officially active for Week 7 against the Falcons after sitting out last week. He's back in the RB2 mix in a good matchup against the Falcons, especially since backup Malcolm Brown (ankle) is inactive. Gurley should have a decent workload in this one, but rookie Darrell Henderson will spell him. As a result, Henderson has some flex appeal in deeper leagues against a Falcons run defense that continues to get beat by running backs.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley will receive a majority of the work at running back with Malcolm Brown listed as doubtful. He has rushed for four touchdowns in his last two games and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Los Angeles Rams LB Clay Matthews (jaw) was unable to practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 7 versus the Atlanta Falcons. RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) also did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful. S Eric Weddle (non-injury) did not practice Friday, Oct. 18, but was removed from the injury report. CB Jalen Ramsey (non-injury) and RB Todd Gurley (quad) practiced in full Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (thigh) is expected to play in Week 7 versus the Atlanta Falcons, according to head coach Sean McVay.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley's injury ended up only costing him one game. The Falcons are less than a week removed from giving up 102 total yards and two scores to less-than-100-percent David Johnson on only 18 touches. Darrell Henderson might see some more work as well if Malcolm Brown (ankle) is forced to sit, but he would be a desperation flex play at best in fantasy.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay expects running back Todd Gurley (thigh) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (back) to play in Week 7 against the Falcons. Gurley missed last week's game but should be back on the field in an excellent matchup with the free-falling Falcons Defense. Gurley will be more of a low-end RB2 for this game and will be at risk of losing valuable snaps to both Malcolm Brown and rookie Darrell Henderson. But the good news is that fantasy owners should have Gurley back. Ramsey is set to make his debut with the Rams after coming over in a trade from Jacksonville. He's tentatively expected to match up with Falcons top wideout Julio Jones on the outside. It's a downgrade for Jones in fantasy, but he should still be a must-start in all leagues. Avoid the Rams Defense as a streaming option in fantasy this week.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (quadriceps) remained a limited participant in practice with a left quadriceps contusion Thursday, Oct. 17.
Fantasy Spin: His status for Week 7 remains up in the air, but if Gurley is able to return to action, he needs to be in starting lineups against a struggling Atlanta defense.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that running back Todd Gurley (thigh) is "on a good pace to hopefully be able to play on Sunday" in Week 7 against the Falcons after he was inactive last week. McVay also said Gurley is "feeling good" and is "going to participate in a limited fashion" in practice again on Thursday. Gurley is trending towards returning this weekend, but there's a good chance he'll be limited. Malcolm Brown is also dealing with an injury, but if both are active they should split the backfield duties between the two of them with rookie Darrell Henderson mixing in. That would make Gurley more of a low-end RB2 with more volatility, albeit in a great matchup against the Falcons.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (quadriceps) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley was not able to play last week but appears to have a chance to be active for Week 7. He should be a starting option if he plays, but fantasy players should have other options available in case Gurley misses another game.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (quadriceps) hopefully will be available to play in the Week 7 game, according to head coach Sean McVay.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation during the week to see if Gurley will be able to practice this week. He likely would have a favorable matchup if he is able to play and would be a starting option in leagues.