Los Angeles Rams: Todd Gurley robbed of No. 1 spot in early fantasy football rankings

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In what some may call way too early fantasy football rankings for 2018, some Los Angeles Rams feel Todd Gurley was robbed of the No. 1 spot over Alvin Kamara.

Fantasy football owners that decided to give Todd Gurley another chance after a disappointing campaign in 2016 most likely went on to win their league’s championship when looking at the impact made by the Los Angeles Rams running back in his third season. One year after failing to record a single 100-yard rushing game, Gurley exploded back into the fantasy football season by recording 2,093 yards from the line of scrimmage to go along with 19 total touchdowns.

Even better, Gurley played a key role in helping the Rams overtake the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC West title while finishing as a runner up to Tom Brady for MVP honors. So assuming that everything goes according to plan for Gurley and Los Angeles in 2018, there’s every reason to believe the star running back will be a top fantasy football stud once again.

Once summer rolls around, there’s no question that Gurley will be considered one of the top picks in drafts for fantasy football, and any league that has him still available after the top five would be a huge shock. And even though the argument can be made that Gurley deserves to be the No. 1 prospect in all leagues, it looks like the Rams star will have some competition with other young studs, such as Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints.

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Similar to Gurley, the fantasy football owners with the former Tennessee star on their roster ended up with a huge steal when looking at the numbers Kamara put together as a rookie to set the bar high once again in 2018. Just like Gurley, Kamara is just as dangerous as a receiver for the Saints on offense, but whether he’s more deserving of being the top fantasy football player at the moment in the early NFL.com fantasy football rankings is a different story.

While Gurley has plenty of reasons to be thrilled over being No. 2 at the moment when compared to this time last year, Kamara faces the additional pressure of following up with a strong sophomore campaign in 2018. The fact that Kamara was able to finish his rookie season in 2017 with 1,554 yards from the line of scrimmage to go along with 13 total touchdowns was quite impressive when considering he split carries with Mark Ingram as well, but that doesn’t necessarily make him better than Gurley.

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If anything, Gurley may end up being the more valuable option when looking at the high expectations in Los Angeles when it comes to Sean McVay‘s offense heading into his second year as head coach. Based off the success by the Rams on offense during year one under McVay, one can only imagine the kind of numbers this unit is going to put up in 2018, especially if Gurley picks up right where he left off as one of the top running backs in the league to make fantasy owners quite happy once again.