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Running Back, Los Angeles Rams

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Draft: 2020 Round 2 (20)
College: Florida State
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 217 DOB: 1999-06-22 Age: 21

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2020 LAR 6 50 201 4.0 0 3 3 27 9.0 1 28.8 4.8
2020 (Projected) LAR   184 735 4.0 5   35 235 6.7 1 133.0  

2020 Outlook
Depth Chart
With Todd Gurley now off in Atlanta, the Rams were expected to make a move to bring in some sort of competition for the lackluster backs they had on their roster. They did that by selecting Florida State running back Cam Akers in the second round, which was actually their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Akers broke out as a freshman, rushing for over 1,000 yards on above 5 yards per carry behind one of college football's worst offensive lines. While he never really had the truly monster rushing production that most top two-round running backs provide, he was one of the more productive pass catchers out of the backfield in this year's draft class. The Rams had leaned heavily on Gurley in the passing game in previous seasons, but practically completely abandoned that in 2019 as it became apparent that Gurley's body was no longer capable of producing the flashy plays we had seen from him earlier in his career as a receiver.

Akers is not a one-for-one replacement for Gurley by any means and there's plenty of reason to believe that he'll have to fight for playing time against both Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson, but he is a player that the team invested significant draft capital in, so it should be assumed that he's going to be the team's top producer at the position even this season. That may not happen quite as quickly as some would hope, however, as the NFL training camp situation could lead all rookies to be less prepared than we're used to. Of course, running back is probably the easiest fantasy-relevant position for a rookie to pick up, but that still doesn't mean that Akers is just going to start the season getting 20 touches per game.

The other thing that fantasy owners need to keep an eye on regarding Akers and the entire Rams backfield is that, on paper, the Rams face an extraordinarily difficult schedule of opposing run defenses. Those numbers can certainly fluctuate some from season to season, but it's never a good thing when you look and see that your fantasy running back is facing a top 10 run defense seemingly every week.

Akers does have some potential value if he ends up being the team's primary back, but we just don't know if that will be the case, so there's risk in drafting him where he's currently being selected as he may end up simply being the best player in a multi-back committee on a pass-heavy offense. That's not a great recipe for consistent fantasy production.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Darrell Henderson
RB2RB2 Malcolm Brown
RB3RB3 Cam Akers
RB4RB4 Raymond Calais
RBRB Xavier Jones
Rams Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Cam Akers closing in on Darrell Henderson?
RB coach hints at young RBs splitting carries
By: Doug Orth | Thu Nov 19, 10:00 pm

With Cam Akers now healthy and catching up on reps during the week, it’s likely we’ll see more of him during the latter stretch of the season, and it would not be surprising to see his carries start to draw closer to those of Darrell Henderson. (The Athletic - Jourdan Rodrigue)

FFToday's Take: Many fantasy owners lost patience with Akers shortly after he missed two games with a rib injury, but he wasn't even close to being ready for at least another two weeks after that. Now that he's had a few weeks of full practice reps, he is apparently ready to fulfill the promise the Rams had for him when they drafted him in the second round. The lead runner in this backfield will have low-end RB1 potential most weeks, but there may be no rhyme or reason to figuring out which back it will be. For that reason, Anderson, Akers and Malcolm Brown should be considered high-end flex plays most weeks.

Injury Cam Akers not trending well for Week 3
Rib injury "isn't coming along" as he anticipated
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 24, 7:15 pm

Sean McVay says RB Cam Akers (Ribs) isn’t coming along as quickly as he anticipated in regard to recovering from his injury. (ESPN - Lindsey Thiry)

FFToday's Take: Rib injuries are no fun for anyone, but they are even more difficult for running backs to play through given how often they absorb contact. Consider Akers doubtful for this weekend. It could be the Darrell Henderson show in Week 3 against Buffalo if the Rams choose to ease up on Malcolm Brown, who suffered a fractured left pinky in Week 2. Given the current landscape in fantasy at running back, Henderson could be viable low-end RB2 this week.

Injury Malcolm Brown, Akers miss practice Wednesday for Rams
More work for Henderson
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 23, 5:30 pm

Head coach Sean McVay said left guard Joe Noteboom (calf), cornerback Darious Williams (Achilles) and running backs Malcolm Brown (finger) and Cam Akers (ribs) are expected to miss practice on Wednesday due to injuries. Brown suffered a dislocated pinkie finger on his left hand during last week’s road win over the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the finger has been fixed and Brown is expected to play in a splint this week against the Buffalo Bills. (

FFToday's Take: Akers is the running back most likely to miss this week's game which should lead to more work for Darrell Henderson. Henderson posted a 12-81-1; 2-40 line last week against the Eagles. He should split time with Brown this week against the Bills.

2020 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 DAL W 20-17 14 39 2.8 0 1 1 4 4.0 0 4.3
2 at PHI W 37-19 3 13 4.3 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.3
5 at WAS W 30-10 9 61 6.8 0 0 0 0 - 0 6.1
8 at MIA L 17-28 9 35 3.9 0 1 1 19 19.0 0 5.4
10 SEA W 23-16 10 38 3.8 0 0 0 0 - 0 3.8
11 at TB W 27-24 5 15 3.0 0 1 1 4 4.0 1 7.9

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