Todd Gurley, Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp's Updated Fantasy Outlook After Week 3

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2017

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams rushes for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 21, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Rams' 41-39 win over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Thursday was a surprisingly action-packed affair, and offensive contributions came from an array of contributors as head coach Sean McVay's side improved to 2-1. 

Todd Gurley and Sammy Watkins were left to do the heavy lifting, while slot receiver Cooper Kupp was quiet following a strong start to his rookie campaign. 

Here's a look at each player's updated fantasy outlook. 

                  

Todd Gurley

Gurley's return to the RB1 summit is complete. 

That much became clear in the first quarter, when he logged a three-yard rushing touchdown 12 seconds into the proceedings following a Nickell Robey-Coleman interception. 

As if that score wasn't enough, Gurley added a seven-yard receiving touchdown later in the frame before he tacked on a two-yard scamper inside the left pylon shortly before halftime. 

All told, Gurley recorded 28 carries for 113 yards to accompany five receptions for 36 yards. 

The third-year rusher has now tallied six touchdowns on the season—the same amount he produced all of last year. 

Beyond the fact that Gurley appears to be running harder, the way he's been used in McVay's offense has to have fantasy players giddy. That's because he looks like a viable threat as a pass-catcher out of the backfield after former head coach Jeff Fisher failed to entertain the thought of deploying him in that role. 

Now the proud owner of two receiving scores on the season after failing to muster one over his first two campaigns, Gurley, who tied the team-high with seven targets, looks like the kind of three-down workhorse who can carry fantasy teams to the promised land. 

                

Sammy Watkins

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Watkins didn't post numbers commensurate with his draft slot in Weeks 1 and 2, and that trend held true through the first half Thursday. 

But then the second half started, and he flashed strength over the middle and blazing speed down the sideline: 

Watkins finished with six receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns, one of which came on a quick run-pass option at the goal line: 

Another poor performance could have sent Watkins tumbling into the low-end WR3 conversation, but Goff's trust in him near the end zone and as a deep threat suggests he can be safely locked in as a WR2. 

          

Cooper Kupp

It was a quiet evening for Kupp, who caught both of his targets for 17 yards as Watkins and Robert Woods (six receptions, 108 yards) stole the show. 

Kupp's at his best when he can work the middle of the field in the red zone, which is encouraging, but the fact that he doesn't seem to have a clear-cut role outside of scoring territory suggests he's more of a touchdown-dependent WR4. 

Consider him a bench stash until further notice.