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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 11 145 625 4.3 2 14 11 123 11.2 1 92.8 8.4
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
RB1RB3 Cam Akers
RB2RB2 Malcolm Brown
RB3RB4 Raymond Calais
RB4RB5 Xavier Jones
RB5RB1 Darrell Henderson
Rams Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Cam Akers a gametime decision
High-Ankle sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Jan 3, 7:15 am

#Rams RB Cam Akers (ankle) is a game-time decision and listed as questionable vs. the #AZCardinals. His status will be determined by a pregame workout. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Adam Schefter has noted that Akers will try and play. Malcolm Brown is a popular cheap DFS option this week so Akers' availability will be key to the slate. It would be tough for fantasy owners to trust Akers if he suits up given he'll be gutting out a high-ankle sprain.


Injury Cooper Kupp out for Week 17
COVID-19 list
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Dec 30, 11:40 am

#Rams WR Cooper Kupp was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list because of a positive test and he’s out for Sunday, source said. So, no Jared Goff and no Cooper Kupp vs. the #AZCardinals. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Rams still need a win to clinch a playoff birth but will now be down Jared Goff, Darrell Henderson and Cooper Kupp. John Wolford will be starting at QB and will have Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds as his main weapons outside. Malcolm Brown should see the bulk of the work at running back unless Cam Akers is able to make a return from his sprained ankle.


Injury High ankle sprain for Darrell Henderson
Likely out for Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 28, 11:47 am

#Rams RB Darrell Henderson is believed to have suffered a high-ankle sprain in yesterday’s loss, making it unlikely he plays Sunday, source said. He’s having tests today to determine the severity. But LAR will be short-handed heading into a huge game vs. the #AZCardinals. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This is back to back weeks with Rams' running backs suffering high ankle sprains. With Cam Akers and now Henderson out, we could see a whole lot of Malcolm Brown in Week 16 against the Cardinals.


Injury Cam Akers likely done for rest of regular season
High-ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Mon Dec 21, 11:55 pm

Rams RB Cam Akers has a high ankle sprain, Sean McVay says, which will cause him to miss this next game (Week 16), at least. (ESPN - Lindsey Thiry)

FFToday's Take: The injury happened in the first half of Week 15, which helps to explain why he saw so little time in the second half. It also helps to explain why he was mostly ineffective versus the Jets. Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown figure to return to their unpredictable committee in his absence next week against the Seahawks. Much as was the case before Akers' emergence, both backs will be high-upside RB3s with low floors.


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.



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
12 SF L 20-23 9 84 9.3 1 0 0 0 - 0 14.4
13 at ARI W 38-28 21 72 3.4 1 1 1 22 22.0 0 15.4
14 NE W 24-3 29 171 5.9 0 3 2 23 11.5 0 19.4
15 NYJ L 20-23 15 63 4.2 0 3 1 -1 -1.0 0 6.2
17 ARI W 18-7 21 34 1.6 0 4 4 52 13.0 0 8.6
WC at SEA W 30-20 28 131 4.7 1 2 2 45 22.5 0 23.6
DP at GB L 18-32 18 90 5.0 1 1 1 6 6.0 0 15.6
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff

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