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Robert Woods: Fantasy Football Outlook 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Robert Woods celebrates a ninety four yard pass play touchdown during the second half of game (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Nov 21st: Shortly after this post, it was announced that Robert Woods will miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury. He will likely be useful during the fantasy playoffs, but it’s unlikely he will have the trade value discussed later in this post.

Nov 20th: Robert Woods has been a pleasant surprise for his fantasy football owners of late. Since the Rams’ bye in Week 8, the fifth-year wide receiver has been phenomenal; he’s caught 20 passes in three games for a total of 322 yards, including four touchdowns. He’s clearly Jared Goff‘s number one target, and should provide great volume moving forward.

Thanks in part to his recent surge, Robert Woods has a place on the fantasy leaderboards. He’s established himself as the 15th-highest scoring wideout in PPR leagues; not bad for someone who was widely available on waivers just two weeks ago. But the big question is, can Robert Woods continue to put up WR2 numbers moving forward?

Not Out Of The Woods Yet

Robert Woods’ schedule moving forward isn’t incredibly daunting, but it’s not bright and sunny, either. He’ll face the Saints next week, against whom he should have a big day. But the Rams wideout will face some tough opponents after that. His Week 13 opponent is the Arizona Cardinals, the seventh-toughest opponent against wide receivers in 2017. Weeks 14-16 are playoff matchups in most leagues, during which time Woods will face the Eagles, Seahawks and Titans. All of those teams rank in the top 50% in limiting fantasy points to wide receivers.

While that’s no reason to sell Robert Woods on the cheap, it’s a good reality check. If next week is a must-win game for you, you’ll be glad to have him on your roster. But if you’ve already pretty much clinched a spot in your fantasy football playoffs, think long and hard. Do you have an opponent who will buy Robert Woods as a true breakout and pay WR1 value? If you do, make that trade as fast as you can. He’s unlikely to continue his average output from Weeks 9-11. I’d consider Robert Woods a low-end WR2 throughout the rest of the season. He definitely deserves a spot in your lineup, but he probably won’t continue to play at his recent “elite” level.

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