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New Orleans Saints fans will tell you that the Los Angeles Rams didn't deserve to be in Super Bowl LIII. And after the massive dud the Rams' offensive unit laid against the Patriots, they left fans wondering, "What went wrong?" 

Part of that collapse hinged on the lack of use of their All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, who had a combined 14 carries for 45 rushing yards and a touchdown in the Rams' final two postseason games, to go along with two catches for five receiving yards. Hardly the man we've come to know and love in fantasy football circles over the last four NFL seasons. 

Now, Rams backup running back C.J. Anderson is admitting that Gurley was more injured than he let on during the Super Bowl.

Rather than opening up as 1-point favorites, it's more than likely that the Patriots, not the Rams, would have been favored from the start.

Anderson filled in admirably, but he is not and will never be the player Gurley is. During the Rams' final two regular season games, C.J. rushed for a combined 299 yards on 43 carries with two touchdowns – albeit that came against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. 

Anderson even went crazy, along with Gurley, in the team's NFC Divisional Round game against the Dallas Cowboys for 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He did, however, run into two hungry defenses in the Saints and Patriots that held him to a combined 66 yards on 23 carries in the last two games of the playoffs.

All will likely be forgiven if and when Gurley continues to deliver big-time performances that bettors, and fantasy owners alike, can capitalize on in the coming seasons. 

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