• Cam Akers

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  • , Los Angeles Rams
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Akers projects to have a productive career, but his rookie year role is a bit fuzzy given the presence of Darrell Henderson, whom the Rams traded up to draft in the third round last year. Henderson actually played behind Malcolm Brown and HC Sean McVay said that he feels that the team has “three really good backs,” so this may be a committee, at least to start the season. Akers projects to be the best back on the roster, though Henderson still has his fans in the fantasy community.

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Scouting report

by Richard Mejia

LAR RB Cam Akers - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

The Los Angeles Rams used the 52nd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on Cam Akers to be the heir apparent to former All-Pro Todd Gurley. Already accustomed to a workhorse behind atrocious offensive line play, Akers finished his final season at Florida State rushing for 1,144 yards accumulating 18 total touchdowns. The Rams run a lot of their offense through the RB position with a series of play-action, sweeps and RB screens—and fortunately for Akers, there is not a clear cut RB1 on this roster. Akers’ size, speed and draft capital make him standout from teammates Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown—giving a serious opportunity to step right into Gurley’s workload.

Fantasy Downside

Akers’ role in this backfield is still unclear, not just what he’ll do in the backfield but what the coaching staff will ask of the RB position now that team has moved away from the three-WR set. Henderson seems to have potential on passing downs and Brown had been used as a goal-line back last season with Gurley as the entrenched starter, so the Rams may start the year with a full-blown committee. Most importantly, the Rams have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, so even if Akers is given the bulk of the carries, he might not be as productive as he was in college.

2020 Bottom Line

Akers is one of the many RBs drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft that has loads of talent and potential to make a serious impact in their rookie year. However, Akers might be the only one with a true workhorse workload in 2020, making him a very appealing option. We have Akers ranked 27th amongst running backs and his current ADP in 12-team leagues has him going at the end of the 6th round. Akers will be one of the last RBs left in fantasy drafts that have legitimate workhorse potential, making him a value in all leagues.

2020 Strength of Schedule - LAR

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
15
DAL
6
@PHI
17
@BUF
22
NYG
30
@WAS
2
@SF
14
CHI
26
@MIA
BYE16
SEA
1
@TB
2
SF
18
@ARI
4
NE
11
NYJ
16
@SEA
18
ARI

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

2019 Game Stats

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