Fantasy fallout from damage to Rams operating again Cam Akers


Simply when it appeared Cam Akers was in line to construct on a robust end to his 2020 rookie season, his 2021 season is over earlier than it started.

The Rams operating again reportedly will miss the whole yr after tearing his ACL.

The heartless fantasy realm has no emotions, so although everybody definitely is rooting for a fast and easy restoration by Akers, draft boards instantly started updating as quickly because the information broke.

Akers was being drafted in most drafts across the flip of the primary and second spherical. There isn’t a possibility that may rival that sort of projected worth. However the fast and straightforward real-world and fantasy fill-in is Darrell Henderson Jr.

From a manufacturing standpoint, the third-year RB hasn’t carried out a lot in a different way than Akers. Henderson truly averaged barely extra per carry (4.5) than Akers (4.3) final season. And in Akers’ prolonged run because the function again to finish the common season, Akers common dropped to three.95 per carry. He did carry out higher in two playoff video games, upping that quantity to 4.8, and serving to gasoline pleasure over what this season might deliver with a full season within the major function.

Henderson is unlikely to get the identical sort of workload, however he will likely be invaluable. Determine his draft worth will shoot up instantly most likely into the Mike Davis vary, round Spherical 5, if not increased.

Darrell Henderson Jr. takes a handoff from Matthew Stafford as receiver Nsimba Webster (right) looks to make a block during a practice in June.
Darrell Henderson Jr. takes a handoff from Matthew Stafford as receiver Nsimba Webster (proper) appears to be like to make a block throughout a observe in June.

If this proves true, we a lot favor to taker Davis in that vary — as we expect this spot is about proper for Henderson however Davis is undervalued. We take this place as a result of we consider the Rams will add a further piece to their RB fleet who might lower into Henderson’s workload. That is Henderson’s third season with the crew, and at no level within the first two years was he assumed to be the lead horse. And on the Davis aspect, we count on he’ll get the Falcons extra enamel within the operating recreation than that they had with a statuesque Gurley final season, and with no Julio Jones, might lean on the run extra usually within the crimson zone.

In case you’ve already drafted, waiver-wire pickings will likely be slim. Within the unlikely occasion Trey Sermon is accessible, seize him. The rookie is behind two very fragile backs in San Francisco (Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr.), and each of them are already nursing accidents.

If in case you have Dalvin Cook dinner or Ezekiel Elliot at RB, you can do worse than grabbing their handcuffs — Alexander Mattison and Tony Pollard, respectively. You might take a shot on new Buccaneers RB Gio Bernard or Houston’s Phillip Lindsay — however completely in full-PPR leagues.

Past that, the very best you’re doubtless capable of do is nab a real-world backup in hopes that the starter goes down and that backup assumes the lead function — guys like Rashaad Penny (Seahawks), Chuba Hubbard (Panthers), Salvon Ahmen (Dolphins) or Tevin Coleman (Jets). Like I stated, not nice choices.

Better of luck to all fantasy house owners coping with this setback, and all of the luck on this planet to Akers in his restoration.