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Random Ramsdom: Kyren Williams is doing Todd Gurley like things

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 12/5/23

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Hey thanks for checking out some links today! Apparently Kyren Williams has been putting up Todd Gurley like numbers when healthy. It will be interesting to see what Williams can do for the Los Angeles Rams when they travel to take on the Baltimore Ravens this week, but so far Williams looks like a suberb running back in Sean McVay’s offense.

Can Williams keep this up? Do you think he can be the running back of LA for the future or is this a one year wonder type deal? Any thoughts on Williams let us know!

Please comment on whatever you’d like. I sampled the same article twice below so that was done by design. There’s plenty to say about the Rams these days! Would love to see it continue. Have a great Tuesday!

NFL fantasy football stats & trends for Week 13: A successor to Todd Gurley? (nfl.com)

“In Sean McVay’s first season as Rams head coach in 2017, Todd Gurley put the league on notice, averaging 23 touches and nearly 140 scrimmage yards per game with 19 touchdowns, resulting in 26 fantasy points per contest. Between the 2020 season (the Rams’ first without Gurley) and 2022, no one with the Rams (minimum of 200 carries) came close to that volume over a full season, with the most being 13.5 touches per game by Sony Michel in 2021. But as mentioned above, the second coming might finally be here. This season, Kyren Williams has averaged 19 touches per game. He is matching Gurley’s elite 2017 marks of both 1.3 touchdowns per game and 1.05 fantasy points per opportunity (targets plus carries). Gurley’s 2017 was particularly historic because of what he did in the fantasy playoffs, when he averaged an absurd 41.0 fantasy points per game, with eight touchdowns and nearly 600 yards in those three weeks. Will Williams recreate that level of dominance? That I can’t say. But I do know he is in line for elite volume and has been the team’s go-to guy near the end zone.”

NFL stats and records, Week 13: Dolphins players dominate; WR Puka Nacua makes Rams history (nfl.com)

“6) Puka Nacua cannot be stopped

Fifth-round rookie Nacua has 1,029 yards this season and passed Eddie Kennison (924 in 1996) for the most by a rookie in Rams history.

Nacua, who was selected 177th overall in 2023, joined Saints all-time receiving leader Marques Colston (drafted 252nd overall in 2006) as the only players in the common draft era who were not selected in the top 100 picks of the draft to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in their rookie season. Nacua needs 10 more yards to break Colston’s “record” in that regard.”

NFL fantasy football stats & trends for Week 13: A successor to Todd Gurley? (nfl.com)

“We were so busy asking what would happen to Puka Nacua when Cooper Kupp returned that we didn’t stop to ask what would happen to Kupp when Kupp returned. Here’s your answer: He’s been the WR42 since Week 5. Part of the problem has been some deceptive target-share metrics. Kupp is 15th in the NFL in target share — not bad at all, but nowhere near the No. 1 spot he held to start 2022. It’s made worse by the fact that he’s not even No. 1 on his own team. Even more concerning: He’s dipped from seven touchdowns in nine games last year to just one this season. Why? Largely because he’s now the secondary option at the goal line. Nacua has seen five of the 11 end-zone targets since Kupp’s return, and Kyren Williams appears to be the second coming of Todd Gurley (see below). It doesn’t get much better outside the red zone. Not only does Nacua have a higher first-read target share (that is, a share of plays designed to go to him), but there are zero signs of creative calls built around Kupp. In his short 2022 season, he saw nine carries and 20 screen passes. This year’s stint has brought only three screen calls, without a single rushing attempt. To top it all off, the team has shifted from being extremely pass-heavy (fourth in pass play rate with Kupp in 2022) to heavily run-focused (22nd in pass play rate with Kupp this season), which means his target share is coming out of a smaller pie. All in all, you’re just not getting the WR1 we had hoped for, even when healthy.”