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Jared Goff could start in Week 1 but has little fantasy value as a rookie

The Rams appear to be leaning towards starting their No. 1 overall pick in Week 1. We break down the fantasy implications.

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Despite trading a king’s ransom to draft quarterback Jared Goff No. 1 overall, the Los Angeles Rams have been bringing him along slowly. Goff spent much of the offseason and training camp behind Case Keenum, working with the second team.

However, the Rams may be leaning towards starting Goff after all, at least according to’s Sam Wyche. Head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that Goff will get more work with the first team in the second preseason game. He has a chance to improve his case after an underwhelming preseason debut last week.

Fantasy impact: Despite Fisher’s coyness about the quarterback position, it would be a surprise if Goff isn’t under center in Week 1. Keenum isn’t the answer and the Rams know it.

That said, Goff has a low chance of being a fantasy factor in his rookie year. He doesn’t have the pro-ready polish of previous rookie-year successes like Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, making him a low-end QB2 option. Goff is a great roster stash in dynasty leagues, but re-draft owners should only consider him if injuries or bye weeks have wrecked their rosters.