By Chris Rayborn, 4for4
When the dust settled on this blockbuster of a Friday, Sammy Watkins landed in Los Angeles with the Rams while Jordan Matthews finds himself headed to Buffalo to suit up for the Bills. What does it mean for the fantasy value of Watkins, Matthews and all the other players affected?
Let’s start with Watkins and the Rams. As it stands, Watkins is getting a QB downgrade going from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff. Watkins has averaged 8.9 yards per target and scored a TD on 6.2% of his targets; Goff has averaged only 5.3 yards per attempt and thrown a TD on 2.4% of his attempts. On the plus-side, however, Watkins and Goff will be operating under new Rams coach Sean McVay, whose offensive wizardry as the Washington offensive coordinator transformed QB Kirk Cousins. It’s not out of the question that Goff makes a Year 2 leap.
Watkins’ arrival should help Rams RB Todd Gurley by distracting defenses near the line of scrimmage. But a new No. 1 WR in town hurts sleepers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, who were previously vying for the Rams’ top receiving role.
As for Watkins himself, his outlook doesn’t