Drafting the best LA Rams Fantasy Football roster value for 2022

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Wide Receiver

1. player. 51. . . . Cooper Kupp

If you do a quick search on the internet for Cooper Kupp’s 2021 fantasy football analysis, you’ll find many that pointed to the possibility of Kupp having a “bounce back” season but I don’t think many expected what we got from him.

I say bounce back but in reality, his 2020 season was not terrible.  He still recorded 92 receptions but the yardage totaled just under 1,000. The reason was that he was on target to just clear the thousand-yard mark when starting quarterback Jared Goff shattered the thumb in his throwing hand.

The biggest, and more alarming, difference was the fact that he caught only three touchdowns in 2020 versus the ten he caught in 2019.  Then 2021 happened and Cooper Kupp quickly entered not only the upper echelon of receivers last season but the upper echelon of some of the greatest receivers the game has ever seen in its history.

Is it likely that Kupp repeats his 2021 performance?  Yes but not guaranteed.  Kupp’s 2021 season was historically significant, but that does not mean he can’t still be the top wide receiver in the league as far as fantasy football goes.  There were many reasons why Kupp was the main receiver in 2021. Unfortunately for Kupp, some of those contributing factors may not apply in 2022.

Draft Kupp in Round 1

Per ESPN standard scoring, Kupp scored more than 100 points than the number two wide receiver, Devante Adams.  So, even if there is a drop-off in 2022, Kupp stands a very good chance of repeating as the number one receiver.

We’ve seen multiple receivers over the years repeat the feat from one year to the next, like  Houston Texans’ WR Andre Johnson, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson, Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, and even Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown who led the way for three consecutive years.

As mentioned previously, veteran wide receiver Allen Robinson III joined the Rams this season.  Conceivably, it’s possible that he takes away some of those targets that went Kupp’s way last season. There is also the possibility that RB Cam Akers will get his share of targets in the passing game as well. I fully expect Kupp to repeat as the number one receiver in fantasy football this season but you likely won’t be able to draft him in the third or fourth round, as last year.  So, if you want him for 2022, you will need to draft in him round two, maybe even round one.