Todd Gurley Fantasy Outlook Could Improve Following Sean McVay Quote About Workload

Jason Schandl
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Todd Gurley has been one of the hardest players to evaluate for fantasy football this summer.

The league's top RB in fantasy points per game in each of the last two seasons, Gurley's value took a sudden downturn when it was revealed that his limited workload in the 2018 postseason was related to issues with lingering arthritis in his knees. All summer there has been speculation about a decreased workload, but there's been little in the way of concrete updates on his health.

Ahead of Week 1's matchup against the Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay gave us some promising news.

There are two big things to note before getting too excited about this quote. First is that we do need to take these comments with a grain of salt. This is the same coach that said Gurley wasn't going to be limited in the Super Bowl, when he saw only 10 carries.

The second thing is that "will not be on a play count" doesn't mean that he's going to play every snap. If the Rams' plan for the season includes lightening Gurley's workload in certain situations then we could see a reduction in volume even without a limit on his snaps.

With those caveats out of the way, Gurley would immediately be back in the conversation for top RB in fantasy football if his workload looks like what we saw in 2017 and 2018.

He eclipsed 250 carries and 80 targets in both seasons, and in the 2018 regular season he ranked third among RBs by playing 88 percent of offensive snaps when active.

The Rams still have one of the best offenses in the NFL, and a proven workhorse in that environment would offer one of the league's highest ceilings for fantasy production.

Gurley drafters likely won't be willing to part with him for anything short of a king's ransom following this news, but if his snaps climb into the mid-80 percent range in Week 1, it could be worth floating some trade offers.

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