Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua continued his inconsistent play in the team's Week 12 win against the Arizona Cardinals. Nacua caught four of his eight targets for just 27 yards. Despite the team having their most dominant offensive performance of the season, Nacua was unable to produce. The 5th-round rookie has shown inconsistencies since the return of Cooper Kupp and should no longer be treated as a WR1. He should be played as a low-end WR2 in a tough Week 13 matchup with the Cleveland Browns.
Nov 26, 2023 8:57 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua (shoulder) was removed from the injury report and is good to go for the team's Week 12 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. The rookie benefited from Cooper Kupp's (ankle) Week 11 exit, as he racked up 70 yards and a touchdown in their win. He is the overall fantasy WR10 through the first 10 games of his career and his connection with Matthew Stafford only continues to grow. Despite the inconsistencies he has shown as of late, Nacua is a high-end WR2 with WR1 upside against the Cardinals.
Nov 26, 2023 3:29 AM EST
Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua (shoulder) will be limited in Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury that he suffered in the Week 11 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Sean McVay declined to give more detail on Nacua's status heading into a Week 12 meeting with the Arizona Cardinals. It's something worth watching with the impressive young receiver, but the fact that he's practicing at all on a Wednesday should mean that he will be fine to play this Sunday. The 23-year-old will also have a much higher fantasy ceiling in a solid matchup in Week 12 if Cooper Kupp (ankle) is unable to play after suffering a right low-ankle sprain last Sunday. With both Kupp and Nacua dealing with injuries this week, Tutu Atwell isn't a bad speculative pickup if you're hurting for depth at the receiver position.
Nov 22, 2023 5:32 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua (shoulder) injured his shoulder in the Week 11 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and head coach Sean McVay said it's unclear how serious the injury is. Nacua had been dealing with a minor knee injury for several weeks, but now he has a shoulder ailment as well. The 23-year-old led the Rams with five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in a game in which Cooper Kupp (ankle) didn't play at all in the second half due to injury. The Rams' receiving corps is suddenly very banged up heading into a Week 12 tilt against the Arizona Cardinals. If Kupp and Nacua were both unable to play this Sunday, Tutu Atwell, Austin Trammell and Demarcus Robinson could be the team's top three wideouts. We'll keep a close eye on Nacua and Kupp's practice statuses this week.
Nov 20, 2023 6:57 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua caught five of his seven targets for 70 yards and a trip to the end zone in the team's 17-16 win against the Seattle Seahawks. The 5th-round-rookie was a beneficiary of Cooper Kupp's (ankle) exit in Week 11, as the All-Pro did not return for the remainder of the game. Nacua showed his dominance while Kupp was on IR to start the season and similar production should be expected if Kupp misses any time with his injury. It is time to start again treating Nacua as a mid-range WR1 in the team's Week 12 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.
Nov 19, 2023 10:30 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua (knee) was removed from the injury report ahead of the team's Week 11 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Nacua is the overall WR10 through the first 10 weeks of the season and has proven to be one of the biggest fantasy steals of the year. The 5th-round-rookie receiver is coming off his worst two-game stretch of the season, with a combined six catches for 75 yards. However, he will get quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) back from injury. Treat Nacua as a mid-range WR2 against Seattle.
Nov 19, 2023 12:34 AM EST
Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua (knee) put in a full practice on Thursday after having his repetitions limited in Wednesday's session. The Rams have been playing it safe with Nacua early in the week after he developed some minor swelling in his knee a few games ago. He hasn't missed any time, though, and is coming off the bye week, so he should be good to go this Sunday in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. The 22-year-old was taking the league by storm early in the year before Cooper Kupp returned from Injured Reserve. He already has three 100-yard games and five games with double-digit targets. However, he has just six catches for 75 yards in his last two games. The good news is he's getting quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) back this week, which should make him more reliable from a fantasy perspective.
Nov 16, 2023 8:52 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday as a preventative measure, according to head coach Sean McVay. Nacua has dealt with some minor swelling in his knee since the Week 8 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. However, he played in Week 9 and had last week's bye to take even more time off, so there shouldn't be any question as to whether the 23-year-old will suit up to play in Week 11 against the division-rival Seattle Seahawks. Nacua has cooled off considerably since his insane start to his rookie season, but his fantasy stock should be back on the rise with quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) trending in the right direction to play this weekend after a one-game absence.
Nov 15, 2023 7:46 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua struggled with the absence of Matthew Stafford (thumb) in the team's 20-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The 22-year-old rookie caught three of his seven targets for 32 yards through the air. After an extremely impressive start to his NFL career, Nacua now has back-to-back games with just three receptions and under 50 receiving yards. His fantasy value is highly dependable on Stafford's status going forward, as he offers a significantly lower ceiling and floor with Brett Rypien. Treat Nacua as a low-end WR2 and with caution in his Week 10 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.
Nov 5, 2023 6:54 PM EST
As expected, Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua (knee) is active for the Week 9 game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Nacua dealt with some swelling in his knee after the Week 8 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and was limited in practices this week, but he will ultimately suit up in Green Bay. Nacua has been excellent in his first eight NFL games in 2023 and enters Week 9 as the WR4 in overall half-PPR fantasy points with 61 catches on 89 targets for 795 yards and two touchdowns. While he hasn't posted otherworldly numbers since Cooper Kupp returned, Nacua has still been fantasy relevant. However, his stock could take a pretty big hit this weekend with backup quarterback Brett Rypien making the start under center for the injured Matthew Stafford (thumb). Fantasy managers might want to temper expectations for Nacua against Green Bay.
Nov 5, 2023 11:53 AM EST
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua (knee) is expected to play versus the Green Bay Packers on Sunday despite being listed as questionable, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Nacua has been the biggest surprise this season, catching 61 passes for 795 yards and two touchdowns en route to being the fantasy WR4 overall through eight weeks. However, he had one of his quietest games last week, catching just three passes, and could be due for another iffy game if he can't form an instant rapport with backup quarterback Brett Rypien, who is making his first start of the year in place of the injured Matthew Stafford (thumb). Nacua is talented, but there's no denying that he could suffer from the quarterback downgrade. Fantasy managers should view him as a low-end WR2 this week, albeit one with upside.
Nov 5, 2023 8:07 AM EST
Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua (knee) is being listed as questionable to play in Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers, according to head coach Sean McVay. Nacua came out of the Week 8 loss to the Dallas Cowboys with some swelling in his knee and has been limited in practice this week. The good news is that fantasy managers will know right away on Sunday morning whether the impressive 23-year-old rookie will be suiting up. On top of his injury, Nacua could be taking passes from backup quarterback Brett Rypien on Sunday if Matthew Stafford (thumb) is not cleared to play. It all adds up to Nacua being as risky as he's been in fantasy lineups all year. If he's unable to play, Tutu Atwell will have some added deep-league flex appeal as the No. 2 behind Cooper Kupp.
Nov 3, 2023 2:46 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Head coach Sean McVay said earlier this week that Nacua came out of the Week 8 loss to the Dallas Cowboys with a little bit of knee swelling, but he seems to be on track to play this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Fantasy managers would surely like to see the 23-year-old rookie sensation return to a full practice on Friday, though. Nacua hasn't looked like a rookie at all in 2023, catching a whopping 61 passes for 795 yards and two touchdowns on 89 targets in eight games. It helped that Cooper Kupp missed the first four games of the year due to a hamstring injury, but Nacua has remained productive with Kupp in the lineup, too. However, both Nacua and Kupp could have even lower ceilings and floors this weekend if quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) is unable to play.
Nov 2, 2023 7:57 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua (knee) was listed as limited on the team's first practice report on Wednesday. Head coach Sean McVay said on Monday that Nacua came out of the Week 8 loss to the Dallas Cowboys with some swelling in his knee. The Rams could limit the 23-year-old the rest of the week in practice, and his status for the Week 9 affair against the Green Bay Packers on the road could be in question. The Rams will already most likely be without quarterback Matthew Stafford, who sprained the UCL in his right thumb on Sunday. Nacua was lighting the fantasy world on fire early in the year, but he's come back down to Earth a bit, which was spurred by the return of Cooper Kupp. Nacua's fantasy ceiling has already dropped, and it could drop even further for however long Stafford is out. The Rams are on bye in Week 10.
Nov 1, 2023 7:16 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said on Monday that wide receiver Puka Nacua (knee) is dealing with some knee swelling and might take it easy in practice this week, per Greg Beacham of the Associated Press. Nacua may have logged his lowest catch total of the year (three) in Week 8's 43-20 blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but he played the lion's share of the Rams' offensive snaps and didn't exit early. The 2023 fifth-round revelation has taken the league by storm, presenting a 16-game pace of 122 catches (178 targets), 1,590 yards, and four touchdowns through eight games at the season's halfway mark. It sounds like Nacua is prone to some missed practice time ahead of Week 9's trip to Green Bay against the Packers, but he doesn't appear to be in much danger of missing the contest. Fantasy managers should be more concerned about backup Brett Rypien perhaps being at the helm for that one.
Oct 31, 2023 12:13 AM EST
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua came back down to earth in the team's 43-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8. Nacua caught three of his seven targets for 43 yards. Despite trailing for the entirety of the game, the team had just 32 pass attempts as Matthew Stafford (right thumb) left the game in the third quarter and did not return. This is something to watch as Brett Rypien is next up if Stafford misses any future time. While watching Stafford's injury, treat Nacua as a high-end WR2 in his Week 9 matchup against the Green Bay Packers.
Oct 29, 2023 6:24 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua has not slowed down despite the return of Cooper Kupp over the last three games. Nacua is averaging 10 targets a game since Kupp's return and continues to be a favorite of Matthew Stafford. The 22-year-old rookie has the second-most receptions and third-most receiving yards in the league through the first seven weeks. However, despite having a down Week 7, Kupp will continue to be the team's WR1 and demand double-digit targets weekly. Treat Nacua as a low-end WR1 in his Week 8 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
Oct 29, 2023 2:23 AM EST
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua led the team in all receiving stats during their Week 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 5th-round rookie caught eight of his 12 targets for 154 yards on the day. This came after a disappointing Week 6 performance where he totaled just 26 yards. Nacua has already solidified himself as an every-week start and proved why that's the case on Sunday. The fact that he has put up over 20 PPR points in two of the three games Cooper Kupp has played goes to show how valuable he is. Play Nacua confidently as a low-end WR1 in a tough Week 8 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.
Oct 22, 2023 8:42 PM EST
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua is still the overall WR8 despite his poor Week 6 performance where he had four catches for just 26 yards. Regardless, one game should not diminish his fantasy value and he should still be considered an every-week start. The 22-year-old rookie sensation is the clear number two target for Matthew Stafford with Cooper Kupp back and offers one of the safest floors weekly among receivers. While the high-end WR1 ceiling may not be there consistently, Nacua is a safe WR2 and should be locked into lineups in the team's Week 7 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Oct 21, 2023 3:48 AM EST
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua came back down to earth in the team's 26-9 win against the Arizona Cardinals. The 5th-round rookie caught four of his seven targets for just 26 receiving yards. The main explanation for this was that the team attempted the fewest passes they have all season, with just 24 attempts. Cooper Kupp still dominated and was the lone pass-catcher who produced for them in Week 6. This shouldn't scare people rostering Nacua, as the game script did not help him. You should still fire the rookie up as a WR2 in the team's Week 7 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Oct 15, 2023 9:22 PM EST