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Todd Gurley's Fantasy Value Plummets Amidst Knee Injury Concerns

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02:  Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates the Rams  30-16 victory over the Lions  at Ford Field on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Heading into the 2018 season, Todd Gurley was the surefire No. 1 overall pick in fantasy and easily the best running back available. He went early in basically every single fantasy draft and did not disappoint, picking up 1,831 yards from scrimmage and scoring 21 total touchdowns.

However, the season wasn't perfect as he got hurt late in the year and missed two games. He also put up poor performances during the fantasy playoffs. Then, to make matters worse, he was close to non-existent in the actual NFL playoffs. This was due to an ongoing knee injury that has a good chance of affecting him again in 2019.

Gurley reportedly has arthritis in his surgically-repaired knee, which is a condition that will only get worse as time passes. The Rams medical team should be able to keep it in check for a few years, but if this is true, Gurley will never be fully healthy again.

This prognosis has tanked his fantasy prospects as you want most early first-round picks to be safe and have high work loads, two things that Gurley most likely wont have in 2019.

He's been surpassed by younger, healthier running backs and we've even reached the point where Gurley's backup, Darrell Henderson, is getting a lot of buzz as a potential sleeper. In most mocks Gurley is going at the end of the first round, which is a far cry from No. 1 overall, with Saquon Barkley the new top fantasy player. Gurley has also been passed up by Ezekiel Elliott, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara and Melvin Gordon, among others.

Gurley might still be productive in 2019, but he'll most likely never reach the heights of the past two years. His knee issues are serious and it will be tough to expect too much of him this season.

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