Sunday update: Darrell Henderson sat out two practices with a thigh injury, but got in a full practice on Saturday and was removed from the final injury report. ESPN projects Henderson at 12.2 points, Malcolm Brown at 7.8 points, and Cam Akers at 3.3 points in PPR leagues.
Rotating three running backs each week may be advantageous for some NFL teams, but it sure is nauseating for fantasy owners. The Rams’ triad of Darrell Henderson Jr., Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers has made investing in this backfield a risky proposition from week to week, but might there be some clarity breaking through this morass entering Monday’s game versus the Chicago Bears?
Fantasy Football analysis: Darrell Henderson Jr., Cam Akers, Malcolm Brown
Henderson has looked like the team’s best running back on film, and the Rams have rewarded him with the majority of the carries over the past two weeks. Through Weeks 5 and 6, he took 29 totes for 126 yards and a score. He was also the Rams’ best running back versus the 49ers last Sunday night, gaining 88 yards on 14 carries. Meanwhile, Brown has seen his snap and touch counts fall in each of the past two weeks, and he took only two carries in Week 6. Akers returned from a two-week absence in Week 5 and put up 61 yards on nine carries and 13 snaps. But then he inexplicably vanished again last week, seeing the field for only one play. The Bears have been a top-10 defense versus running backs of late, but they have shown some cracks, like when Ronald Jones eclipsed 100 rushing yards on 17 carries against Chicago in Week 5. It’s a tough matchup for the Rams’ backfield, but not an impossible one.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
This situation remains malleable, but Henderson seems to have pulled ahead in this committee. His usage still leaves plenty to be desired, as he’s playing barely more than half of the snaps, but he’s the guy to go after in a season-long league if you have to pick from this group. He costs $5,500 on DraftKings while Brown and Akers are both punt-play options at $4,000.