The St. Louis Rams have been playing it safe with star rookie running back Todd Gurley, who has yet to hit the field after being drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. In week three that’s about to change.
Per Adam Schefter, it would be “an upset” for the new Rams rusher not to suit up in week three against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gurley has been upgraded to full participation in practices and after missing all of preseason due to rehabbing a torn ACL, it looks like the Rams could finally get a look at their prized rookie in a real game.
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Gurley is still expected to be held back in his pro debut, which should keep him at or under 10 total touches. Tre Mason is still expected to start in the Rams’ offensive backfield and backup Benny Cunningham could also have a role against the Steelers.
Week three is what we’ve been waiting for – kind of. It’s great news that Gurley is healthy and will finally be active, but he’s not anything close to the featured runner just yet. First off, there’s still a slim chance he doesn’t even play. Secondly, game flow and situational football could limit his touches, which starting out should already have a cap to them. Ultimately, using Todd Gurley in any kind of fantasy football leagues is a major risk this week. The Rams have talked about bringing him along slowly ever since they drafted him, and after sitting him out the first two games of the year, it’s unlikely they completely change course now. Tre Mason still has a shot at RB2 value this week and Gurley needs to be slow-played as a potentially interesting play in week four.