Robert Woods' past three seasons provide enough evidence that he'll have a shot at very good stats now that Matthew Stafford will plug into the Rams offense. Routinely settling in as a middle-of-the pack No. 2 receiver in PPR, Woods has averaged at least 8.1 targets per game since 2018 and been the Rams' leader or near-leader in air yards each year. Getting Stafford is a definite upgrade -- Jared Goff became a liability thanks in part to an average completion depth in 2020 of just 4.9 yards. Stafford, meanwhile, has helped push at least one teammate into the top 12 in air yards in each of the past three years. He's a far more aggressive downfield thrower, something the Rams figure to lean on. That's good news for Woods. At worst, pencil him in as a No. 2 receiver who should average close to 15 PPR points per game (just as he's done for the past three seasons), but keep in mind that the quarterback change could kick his stats up a notch. A great schedule beginning in October helps. Round 4 isn't too early to take Woods in PPR, whereas he shouldn't get touched until early Round 5 in non-PPR.
Woods has finished 10th, 14th and 13th among WRs in PPR points the last 3 years; 10th, 21st and 13th in non-PPR. He returns to the same offense in 2021, projects for similar volume and gets a likely QB upgrade in Matt Stafford.
Woods should be good for borderline WR1 production again this season -- and again figures to be undervalued in fantasy drafts.
Woods remains one of the most underappreciated players in fantasy. The 2013 second-round pick debuted with the Rams in 2017 and was WR15 in fantasy during 12 healthy games. He's appeared in 15-plus games each of the past three seasons and finished all three as a top-14 fantasy WR. Woods' usage has been incredibly consistent (target shares of 24%, 25%, 23% and 24% during the four Rams seasons), and he has finished no lower than third in snaps, 11th in routes, 13th in targets and 11th in receptions at the position during any of the past three campaigns. Woods was over his head in the TD department in 2020 (8 TDs, 4.9 OTD) but also adds value as a rusher (60 carries over the past three seasons). The 29-year-old is a low-ceiling but solid WR2.
Robert Woods has been one of the more underrated NFL wide receivers in recent seasons, especially the past three years with the Rams. Woods has missed only one game over the span and has 86, 90, and 90 receptions respectively. Woods has led the Rams in targets in each of those seasons. The biggest limitation for Woods hitting a higher stratosphere of production has been his touchdown rate. Woods has surpassed the NFL average for wide receivers in only one of his seasons. With Matthew Stafford's addition and turnover on the depth chart beyond Woods and Cooper Kupp, 2021 is poised to challenge Woods' career-high numbers across the board.