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|Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Henderson feels like someone with one foot out of the door. The former third-round pick has run effectively for the most part, averaging 4.5 YPC for his career, and is a decent receiver as well. He just can't seem to stay healthy. Given every chance to be the primary back following Akers' injury, Henderson essentially broke down after a half-season of moderate usage where he averaged just a shade over 15 carries a game. He managed 28 rushing attempts combined after Nov. 7 and finished well behind Michel in carries and yards.
He'll enter 2022 as the backup to Akers, a role he saw very little action in at the end of 2020. While he'd be a viable handcuff selection for anyone investing an early-round pick on Akers, Henderson's value as a standalone player is as an RB5.
|Darrell Henderson let go|
RB limited to two touches in Week 11
By: Doug Orth | Tue Nov 22, 11:30 pm
|The Rams have (waived) RB Darrell Henderson. (The Athletic - Jourdan Rodrigue)|
FFToday's Take: Anderson had his struggles staying healthy with the Rams, but this is a surprising move for a team that obviously thought enough of him to give him seven starts in 2022. It appears the Rams will move forward with Cam Akers on early downs and Kyren Williams on most passing downs. Unfortunately, Henderson's departure does little to help the fantasy value of Akers or Williams on what has become a bad offense.
|Cam Akers out for Week 6, personal issue|
Rams down starting running back
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 14, 2:44 pm
|Sean McVay says Cam Akers won't be here today (was out yesterday listed as "personal"), and out Sunday. McVay says team is working through the situation, and he also declined to say whether he believes Akers will be a part of the team in the future. "Working through some things."
McVay characterizes this as an internal issue with Akers, who he says is physically ok. "We're dealing with things internally. ... he is gonna be OK." (Jourdan Rodrigue on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Akers absence means the Rams will likely start Darrell Henderson at running back. The Rams rushing offense ranks 31st in the league with Akers and Henderson having two touchdowns between them. On the plus side, the Rams are currently favored by 10 points which is a nice projected game script for Henderson in the fourth quarter. He's definitely worth RB2/Flex consideration.