Cooper Kupp COVID Update Boosts Robert Woods' Week 17 Fantasy Outlook

Cooper Kupp COVID update boosts Robert Woods' fantasy outlook in Week 17.
Cooper Kupp COVID update boosts Robert Woods' fantasy outlook in Week 17. / Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Updated (Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2:30 p.m. EST): Los Angeles Rams wideout Cooper Kupp has been ruled out for Week 17. Robert Woods should be in line for a heavy workload in the Rams' pivotal matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. While this doesn't officially rule him out of the team's Week 17 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, he's certainly not a surefire bet to play. This is a blow to a Los Angeles offense that could be without Jared Goff, who is dealing with a thumb injury.

If Kupp is out, however, Robert Woods could be looking at a serious uptick in fantasy value.

Robert Woods Fantasy

Woods has been great this season, checking in as the WR12 in PPR formats on the year. His 8.1 targets per game are second on the team, trailing only Kupp (8.3). With Kupp looking doubtful, though, expect Woods to command the lion's share of the volume in Week 17.

His efficiency could be another story. With Goff likely out, Woods will be catching passes from John Wolford, who has never taken a snap at the NFL level. That's obviously a tough break for the Rams' passing game.

Plus, this Cardinals' defense is a lot better than its been given credit for. Arizona is a top-10 pass defense by DVOA, surrendering 23.3 points per game (T-No. 14 in the NFL).

Even with a likely uptick in volume, Woods will be more of a low-end WR2 option with Wolford (or potentially an injured Goff) at the helm.

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