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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
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#30 6 7.11

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 (Projected) LAR   161 644 4.0 5   35 235 6.7 1 123.9  

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
RB1RB2 Cam Akers
RB2RB1 Malcolm Brown
RB3RB3 Darrell Henderson
RB4RB4 John Kelly
Rams Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Sean McVay hints at RB by committee approach
"We’ll go with the hot hand or whoever really expresses himself"
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jul 21, 9:00 am

The Rams are making the transition from having a true workhorse back to likely utilizing more of a committee approach in the backfield this year. “I think it’ll just naturally work itself out. I think if you look at that success San Fran had last year with that running back-by-committee approach,” McVay said on The Helliepod. “What I thought Kyle (Shanahan) and their players did a great job of is, ‘Hey, we’re going to have an open-mind approach, we’re going to be committed to trying to have some balance and then we’ll go with the hot hand or whoever really expresses himself as deserving of the carries.” (Rams Wire)

FFToday's Take: With no pre-season games and a minimal training camp, its going to be difficult for fantasy owners to get a firm handle on the RB to own in this group. Cam Akers is currently the most valued, going as the RB28 in PPR leagues. Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown and John Kelly are in also in the mix.

Rams unclear on how RB touches will be split
McVay: "We feel we've got three really good backs"
By: Mike Krueger | Thu May 21, 10:00 am

With Gurley gone, how will Gurley's massive workload be redistributed and who will take over? All options are on the table, according to coach Sean McVay, who seems to be keeping an open mind. "We feel we've got three really good backs," said McVay. "What does that mean in terms of the distribution of carries? I think that's to be determined based on how things play themselves out and when we get a chance to actually compete in practice and in those live opportunities." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Rookie Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown are in the mix for touches this season. Draft capital would suggest Akers and Henderson may get preferential treatment but Brown saw a good amount of work when Gurley was sidelined last season. It's anybody's guess how this RBBC will play out but it could become a nightmare for fantasy owners.

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