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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has proven he's capable of carrying the load for both the Rams and his fantasy owners alike. Unfortunately, the former may have significant fantasy implications later in the season.

Gurley has been an absolute monster to start the year and a driving factor of why the Rams are off to their dominant 4-0 start. However, his heavy usage on offense could make your championship fantasy team come up just short.

After Thursday night's dismantling of the Minnesota Vikings, the All-Pro running back leads the league with 94 touches this season, putting him on pace to finish the year with a ridiculous total of 376. To put that in perspective, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner is in a distant second with 69 total touches.

That kind of workload is clearly unsustainable across a full 16-game slate, and as soon as the Rams have nothing left to play for – which will probably be sooner rather than later judging by the way they're playing through Week 4 – Gurley will probably spend the remainder of the year resting on the sidelines. 

The Rams are bound to go through a rough patch eventually, but even if they do, it's still unlikely they'll have much to play for when the fantasy finals roll around in Week 16 and 17. Gurley owners who have a 16-week season will probably be okay, but those who play a full 17-week season may want to pick up Malcolm Brown down the road just to be safe.

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