Yahoo Fantasy's Liz Loza and Matt Harmon discuss Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's uncertainty about the running back's health status and what fantasy owners should expect in 2020. Subscribe to the Yahoo Fantasy Football Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
LIZ LOZA: The Falcons offensive coordinator said in reference to Todd Gurley, who they just added, right? Like there's always a little bit of a honeymoon period, but in COVID, that [BLEEP] gets shut down. He said, "the main question that no one seems to know is, what is his health status?"
Well, I don't know, Dirk. If you don't know, how the rest of us supposed to know? I don't have an answer to this, right? This is a hypothetical, what are we doing with a player like this. He is currently the Yahoo consensus ranked RB15. You have to look at workload. You have him at RB19, friend, by the way.
MATT HARMON: Yeah, I remember when we first talked about this. We both said, it's going to be around RB19 for both of us.
LIZ LOZA: Yeah, I think I have him at 16, so I'm a little bit higher on him. But there's a question of health and an argument is volume, right? Like even the least efficient running backs, Leonard Fournette, can produce from a fantasy perspective, if they're given the ball enough times, right?
MATT HARMON: Right.
LIZ LOZA: So Todd Gurley is interesting, though, because I think something that hasn't been discussed wholly and is very much just a narrative based discussion is the whole coming home to Georgia. Like there's definitely a home coming. He was such a big part of the Bulldogs offense, so how much of this is a business move for Atlanta? And how much of it is strategic in terms of X's and O's?
MATT HARMON: Yeah, I think maybe it's a little bit of both.
LIZ LOZA: I think it's probably both, yeah.
MATT HARMON: Yeah, I think this is an interesting comment. Because I mean, Dirk-- I saw a couple of Falcons fans that I follow on the internet being like, #freesarc. Yeah, I mean, I don't know that-- I guess in some ways, it's kind of a voice of frustration. Because normally, they would know, you know? At this point, they would know, because they have put him through a physical and all that.
They see him every day, but it's this very strange thing for the offensive coordinator to say-- I still think it's a pretty good-- I still think it was a great landing spot for Gurley. You know, it's a real coup for him, but I just-- it's such an unknown. It's just one of those signings for the Falcons, and then a player to draft in fantasy, who it can go either way. He could be a big hit, or he could just be a total flop, I think.