• Darrell Henderson
  • RB
  • , Los Angeles Rams
  • 22
  • 208 lbs
  • 5' 8"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
HC Sean McVay reportedly thought that Henderson was the most dangerous offensive player in the draft. When I studied “Trade Up” running backs this offseason, I found that since 2008, when teams traded up for a back in the third round, they produced 54.1% more fantasy points than their “No Trade Up” counterparts. So history is certainly working in Henderson’s favor. GM Les Snead said that Henderson brings that “[Alvin] Kamara element” to the team, so it seems clear that he’s going to be involved as a rookie. If Todd Gurley misses time, Henderson will probably split work with Malcolm Brown. Like Kamara, Henderson should hold more value in full-PPR formats.

Scouting report

by Andrew Fleischer

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Darrell Henderson was taken in the third round, after the Rams traded picks 94 and 99 with the Buccanneers to move up to pick 70. Henderson is an elusive back with explosive-play ability who ran for 1,909 yards in his senior season at Memphis and also finished with 295 receiving yards. He'll run behind one the NFL's best offensive lines, with an offensive system that schemes touches to their running backs on the ground and through the air. If Gurley's knee keeps him off the field, he has top-12 overall running back in his range of outcomes.

Fantasy Downside
Henderson's spot in the depth chart is expected to be behind one of the highest-scoring running backs in the NFL in Todd Gurley. If Henderson's usage is limited to the 8-to-10 carries per game range to lighten the rushing load on Gurley, he'll have a tough time returning on an ADP that's regularly creeping up from the 6th into the 5th round.

2019 Bottom Line
Drafting Henderson is all about your risk tolerance, as his upside in Los Angeles is enormous, but his path to volume isn't as clear as many of the running backs in his ADP range. If you've got four or five great starters to open your draft, there are definitely worse ceiling players to target at running back. Even if Henderson is on the lower side of a split with Gurley, he could easily provide high-scoring spike games with his big-play ability, making him a worthy target in bestball drafts.

2019 Strength of Schedule - LAR
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
7
@CAR
3
NO
21
@CLE
27
TB
22
@SEA
11
SF
25
@ATL
29
CIN
BYE5
@PIT
1
CHI
2
BAL
28
@ARI
22
SEA
10
@DAL
11
@SF
28
ARI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats