Each week, the staff of cover32/Rams is tasked with selecting a standout star. A standout star is a player who is in a position to have a big game to help the Rams get a win in the upcoming week.

Brian Joanou – Robert Woods

Highlighted by last week’s 52 yard TD on 3rd and 33, the connection between Woods and Goff has been solid all season long.  Houston is allowing 243 pass yards per game, good for 21st in the league. If Cooper Kupp is Goff’s security blanket, Woods is his meat and potatoes, and the Rams leading receiver should get plenty of gravy this Sunday.

Andrew Kelly – LaMarcus Joyner

Put simply: Tom Savage is the QB equivalent of a dumpster fire. His 19-44 performance against the lowly Colts doesn’t bode well for success in LA this weekend.  You could reasonably plug in any player in the talented Rams secondary this week and expect them to have a shot at taming the Savage beast – Andrew’s pick is emerging big play safety LaMarcus Joyner.

Isaiah Trevino – Jared Goff

Can’t wait to see what the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week can do for an encore?  Neither can we.  Sean McVay opened up the playbook a little bit last week against a depleted Giants secondary and the results were magical. What’s more, the second year pro called audibles on both of his long touchdown passes, demonstrating newfound command and confidence.  If the Rams can contain JaDeveon Clowney, Goff could go off.

Andrew Ortenberg – Cooper Kupp

One of these weeks, Cooper Kupp is going to have a 14 catch 175 yard 2 TD performance. You won’t start him on your fantasy team when he does, but on paper it sure looks like this week is as good as any. Though he has had the yips a bit with some iffy drops, the rookie wide receiver is a pivotal piece of the Rams high-powered attack.  Against the Texans, he’ll have a chance to shine.

Mike Cahill – Todd Gurley

New Cover32 staffer Mike Cahill is predicting big things for TGIII this week, nominating him as his Standout Star and the focus of his bold prediction with 250 all-purpose yards. Houston’s just 24th against the run, allowing nearly 100 yards per contest. We know Gurley’s going to get his, and we’ll see if our new scribe is correct in claiming he’ll get it ALL on Sunday.

Christian Gotzman – Sammy Watkins

Goff to Watkins for 67 yards – 62 of it through the air – was a thing of beauty last Sunday. We’d all been waiting for it, and though it was Sammy’s only grab of the game, it was the dagger.  Hopefully, this is the week that we see Sammy run the whole tree and get enough targets to break out in a big way. We know he has the skills, and the Texans secondary won’t be able to cover him.  If McVay chooses to feed him this weekend, Sammy will eat.

Scott Wagner – Aaron Donald

You could put 99 here every week, and you’d be justified in doing so.  Donald’s dominance is almost routine at this point.  In addition to his strip sack last week, a second strip sack was called back by a penalty. Donald can absolutely ruin a gameplan, and with a shaky quarterback, the Texans’ only hope is to rely on their rushing attack to keep the LA offense off the field.  Pretty sure our All-World defensive tackle will have something to say about that.

W. Scott Wagner is a staff writer for cover32.com/Rams and covers the Los Angeles Rams. Like and follow on

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