When Todd Gurley left the Rams within the offseason, fantasy soccer homeowners started to anticipate what that meant for the Los Angeles backfield. In a high-powered offense, whoever wins the L.A. RB battle may have big fantasy worth, however whoever it’s suits extra of the preseason sleeper mould. None of Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson or Malcolm Brown are very confirmed on the NFL degree.
The consensus is that Akers would be the predominant man as a rookie out of Florida State, however Henderson was a serious sleeper final preseason and Brown has really contributed at instances in professional soccer. Whereas L.A. seemingly stays a pass-heavy workforce, its beginning operating again will matter in fantasy.
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Cam Akers fantasy outlook
Akers’ finest faculty season got here as a freshman with the Seminoles. After being a serious disappointment as a sophomore, he bounced again for an 1,000-yard season on 5.zero yards per carry as a junior. That led to his choice because the 52nd participant off the board within the 2020 NFL Draft.
A yr in the past, Gurley was ineffective, speeding for simply three.eight yards per carry. However on 223 carries that also added as much as 857 yards and 12 touchdowns. If Akers can get near that workload and be extra environment friendly along with his touches, he could possibly be a stable RB2.
Gurley really reached out to Akers and provided this recommendation: “Work arduous and cross shield.”
With out an enormous impediment forward of him, Akers’ ADP really may deserve a little bit of a bump up from the RB27 off the board. Even with Sean McVay repeatedly saying the backfield will likely be a committee scenario, Akers nonetheless figures to prepared the ground and be a stable RB2 play for many of his rookie season.
2020 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Operating again | Large receiver | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker | Superflex | High 200
Darrell Henderson: Legit sleeper or handcuff?
Bear in mind final yr when Henderson was a preferred sleeper as a rookie out of Memphis? Properly, he solely ended up with 39 carries and wasn’t nice with them. That leaves him on the skin wanting in for the RB job on the Rams.
However there have been causes that Henderson was a sleeper decide final yr. In each 2017 and ’18, he averaged an insane eight.9 yards per carry at Memphis. He is 5-9 however 200 kilos, each quick and powerful.
In the event you’re drafting Akers, it is value drafting at the least one of many different L.A. operating backs within the late rounds in case this backfield does not play out like we anticipate. With Henderson, there’s untapped upside as a handcuff choice.
2020 PPR RANKINGS:
Operating again | Large receiver | Tight finish | Superflex | High 200
Malcolm Brown fantasy outlook
Brown was extra trusted a yr in the past when Gurley battled by way of accidents, so there’s an opportunity he opens the season nonetheless forward of Henderson on the depth chart. However after averaging a pedestrian three.7 yards per carry, Brown will not have an extended leash even when he will get early-season work.
In some way, although, an underwhelming backup like Brown with a profession common of three.9 yards per carry is likely to be the most secure participant on this backfield — not within the sense of secure to pick in fantasy, however secure as a result of what you are getting. That would make him the handcuff to have in L.A., however even when the beginning job turns into his on account of poor play or harm, Brown will not swiftly be a fantasy stud.