In some unexpected RB Fantasy News, the announced that Rams RB Todd Gurley will begin training camp on the active roster. During the offseason, St. Louis insisted that the team would take things slowly with Gurley because of his ACL injury. This move means that Gurley can’t be placed on the non-football injury list, which would have caused him to miss the first games of the season.
Taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 draft, the St. Louis Rams knew exactly what they were getting with Gurley. The Georgia product missed a few games due to an ankle injury in 2013 and had his 2014 campaign cut short because of a torn ACL. However, there is a strong belief in many football circles that Gurley could be the best back to enter the NFL from college since Adrian Peterson.
Peterson (6’1”, 218lbs) runs a 4.40 40-yard dash. Gurley (6’1, 222lbs) also runs an estimated 4.40 40-yard dash. Peterson possesses the rare blend of power and speed, as does Gurley. Finally, Peterson is the only back in the league that can legitimately build a team around and still win games. That’s also exactly what head coach, Jeff Fisher, plans to do with this potentially explosive fantasy RB.
Fisher is a traditional ground-pound coach. While other offenses are transitioning towards airing out the football, Fisher will attempt to make Gurley the focal point of the offense. The Rams already have a solid offensive line and demolishing defense, all that is missing is a serviceable running back.
Gurley is currently being drafted in the fifth/sixth round while Tre Mason is being taken off the board four rounds later. Of course Gurley’s draft position will surge immediately now that he is expected back during the early weeks of the season.
Gurley is a textbook example of a high risk, high reward player. His health is a question mark, but risk tolerant fantasy owners may not be able to look away when his name comes up. If you’re a more conservative fantasy player, feel free to take a pass on a rookie who is only 8 months removed from ACL surgery.