It wasn’t a surprise that the Los Angeles Rams selected quarterback Jared Goff with the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
After all, Nick Foles and Case Keenum combined for just 11 touchdown passes last season.
Basically, the Rams have nothing to lose by making Goff the field general in his first year in the NFL. But does that mean he’s worth starting in 2016 Fantasy Football leagues?
Let’s take a look at Goff’s college stats, and why the Rams felt like he was the quarterback who could put the team in the right direction.
Jared Goff: 2015 College Stats
Goff made a big statement in his final year with Cal. He completed 64.5% of his passes, threw for 4,719 yards, and recorded 43 touchdown passes.
And you can see that he made a lot of progress during his three years.
At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Goff has a strong build that should serve him well in the NFL. One of the knocks on Goff was his 9-inch hands, as NFL teams want a quarterback with big mitts. It’s believed that not only do larger hands help a quarterback hold onto the ball in bad weather, but quarterbacks with bigger hands also have better accuracy.
Hand size doesn’t mean Goff can’t have a successful career, though, as Tony Romo’s hands reportedly measure in at 8.86 inches.
So Goff may have the size and arm strength to potentially be a successful NFL quarterback, but what about the weapons around him?
Jared Goff’s 2016 Fantasy Football Targets
In terms of receivers, Goff isn’t loaded with players right now who will make his job any easier.
Tavon Austin is versatile as a receiver and as a running back, but he’s not going to be Goff’s go-to-target in the end zone. He’s certainly an interesting weapon, but the Rams haven’t fully figured out how to utilize him.
I’m a huge fan of Austin in MFL 10 leagues, though, and think he’s worth scooping up. He’s hard to start in regular formats because you never know when he’ll go off, but he had a few big performances last season.
Kenny Britt and Brian Quick will be interesting plays because of Goff’s big arm, but there will also be plenty of inconsistency from the rookie quarterback that make them hard to start.
Over the long term, Goff and Todd Gurley could become great compliments to one another. He will probably connect more with running back Benny Cunningham for pass plays, but a strong arm will help take pressure off of Gurley from carrying the entire offense.
Jared Goff 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Like with any rookie quarterback, don’t expect a miracle out Goff’s first year.
Obviously you’re going to place different value on him if you are in a dynasty league, but for standard leagues there isn’t much of a reason to target Goff.
He’s in a system where he will be learning on the job, and Goff doesn’t have the strongest supporting cast around him. If you’re looking for a late-round flier as a backup, I would rather take a chance on Jameis Winston.
There will be more news on Goff as the season approaches, but he’s not going to be a relevant option in 2016 Fantasy Football leagues.