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In an era defined by high-octane offenses and elite quarterback play, Super Bowl LIII was surprisingly the lowest scoring Super Bowl in NFL history. The New England Patriots nearly pitched a shut out against the Los Angeles Rams, holding them to just three points. And one of the main reasons was Jared Goff's sub-par quarterback play.
His drop off in production during the Rams' playoff run should potentially make fantasy owners nervous about drafting him next year.
But perhaps we should have seen this performance coming, as Goff was not a good fantasy option over his last eight games including playoffs, throwing seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. Furthermore, Goff averaged 303.1 yards per game over his first eight games of the season, but averaged only 270.4 yards per game over his last 11 games (including the postseason). In other words, Goff played like a low-end QB2 down the stretch.
Jared Goff couldn't get the ball to Brandin Cooks in time here.— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) February 4, 2019
I repeat: No TD here. pic.twitter.com/0BkmdXBtTE
However, it should be noted that Goff was playing with a much weaker supporting cast during the second half of the season. The Rams lost Cooper Kupp to a torn ACL in Week 10, and Todd Gurley was banged up with an array of mysterious injuries. If Goff's weapons return to form next season, perhaps he will as well.
Regardless, Goff's poor play down the stretch should essentially eliminate him from the QB1 conversation in fantasy next season. While it's certainly possible that he rebounds, Goff is simply too unreliable to draft early, and should be viewed as a high-end QB2 with QB1 upside.
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