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Blake Corum Fantasy Impact 2024

Blake Corum

Blake Corum Fantasy Impact

The Los Angeles Rams selected Blake Corum in the third round of this year’s 2024 NFL Draft.

The Rams’ run game from the previous season depended entirely too much on Kyren Williams. The addition of Corum provides a tangible change of pace that should maximize production from the team’s perspective. Here’s a fun fact: Blake Corum has the most rushing touchdowns in Michigan history. Michigan Stadium saw Corum punch in 15 of his 27 touchdowns last season in an expressive single-season performance.

Corum, who amassed at least 247 carries in back-to-back seasons with the Wolverines, is an interesting new weapon for the Rams offense. He has enough speed to break off large gains but also runs hard and bounces off opponents. He’s not a proven receiver, and his pass protection is mediocre, so there will likely be an attempt to make him a little more patient as a runner. He’s not a good fit for a third-down role, either, which is why it’s likely that Corum will play a supporting role behind Williams in his first season as a backup RB.

Measurements

  • Height: 5-foot-7 3/4
  • Weight: 205
  • Hand: 9
  • Arm: 28 7/8
  • Wing: 70 1/8
  • 40: 4.53 seconds

Fantasy Impact

Kyren Williams’ fantasy points per game last season placed him second in the NFL, and a lot of fantasy managers will likely draft him high this season for that reason. However, Blake Corum adds an interesting twist. The workload Williams saw last season will be nearly impossible to repeat. Williams’s snap percentage was 75.9%, which ranked third in the NFL behind Rachaad White and Christian McCaffrey. However, his snaps per game lead all running backs, a number that seems concerning. As much as I like Kyren Williams, the writing seems to be on the wall. The Rams – a team that never has picks cause they costly trade them away – invested a third-round pick on one of college’s biggest touchdown machines.

Rams head coach Sean McVay’s remarks that Corum and Williams play similarly have inspired some excitement, but they don’t indicate that Corum will replace Williams as the starting running back, at least not now. It simply implies that Corum is allowed to contribute. The Rams now have a potent one-two punch that will be great for the team but could become frustrating for fantasy managers.

Williams has suffered injuries in his two NFL seasons, and if Corum is ever pushed into the lead job, he has the potential to be very effective. Even without a lead role, Corum may still be valuable as a physical change-of-pace back with a few goal-line carries thrown in. As for Corum’s handcuff, I would strive to get him on my team if I were the Williams owner or in a deep-rostered fantasy league.

In a redraft, Corum is a sleeper in the hopes that he gets his shot rather than Williams, who I believe is now a little overvalued and instead goes for a safer, greater upside alternative.

Boston Scott and Ronnie Rivers are also on the roster and could steal carries, but I believe Scott will be more of a return specialist and come in on 3rd down. Ronnie Rivers has an uphill battle to see carries.

Rookie of the Year Odds

Blake Corum is a long shot to win Rookie of the Year with odds at +5000. However, crazier things have happened. If Williams is hurt and Corrum is thrown into the starting role, his chance would certainly increase. Currently, Caleb Williams is the heavy favorite at +225, with Marvin Harrison Jr. behind him at +600

 

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