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|One of the most over-drafted players in all of fantasy in 2019, Darrell Henderson shot up draft boards throughout last offseason when many believed him to be the Todd Gurley replacement. Reports indicated that Gurley was dealing with a recurring knee injury and that he could be phased out of the offense as early as that season. That appeared to be even more clear when the Rams selected Henderson in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Henderson, however, was fantasy football's biggest busts as he saw just 43 total touches as a rookie while failing to exceed even 150 rushing yards on the entire season as the Rams continued to utilize Gurley as their primary back in practically all situations. There's still belief in some circles that Henderson could be an every-down NFL back, but the Rams obviously don't view him as that as they invested a second round pick this offseason on Cam Akers. A committee backfield seems practically inevitable in Los Angeles and that's just not very exciting given that the Rams offensive line situation is still quite ugly.
Another concern with the Rams backfield is that Henderson and veteran Malcolm Brown weren't even productive in 2019 despite Gurley's workload being significantly reduced in comparison to previous seasons. Henderson finished with 3.8 yards per carry, caught just four passes on the season and didn't flash much in the way of big play upside as a rookie. It was on a small sample size so there's still reason to have hope for the future, but Henderson seems destined to be - at best - the second option in a committee backfield for the Rams this season.
| Darrell Henderson misses practice Thursday|
By: Doug Orth | Thu Oct 22, 9:20 pm
|Darrell Henderson (thigh) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 22. (LA Daily News - Kevin Modesti)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams play the Bears on Monday night to conclude Week 7, so this may just be the team's way of giving Henderson another day of rest. The second-year back is doing the best he can bust HC Sean McVay's desire of a three-back committee, but it would not be wise for fantasy owners to treat him as anything more than a flex until we see more of a commitment to him. This week's matchup against Chicago is another reason to keep expectations modest.
| 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.
| 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. (SI.com)|
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.