On Monday, Rams head coach Sean McVay cited that recent success in response to a question about whether the Rams would consider dealing Cam Akers this offseason.
“Oh, no,” McVay said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “I think right now, with what he’s done continuing to build on that momentum, I think it’d be silly based on what a great job he’s done to think of it anything differently than him being a big part of what you want to be able to do moving forward.
The story summed it up nicely: there was a point this season when it looked like running back Akers had played his final snap for the Rams, but attempts to trade him didn’t go anywhere and Akers eventually returned to the lineup. Akers has run 64 times for 285 yards and six touchdowns over the last four games, including a 118-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Broncos in Week 16. As of now, Akers looks like he has a future with the Rams, especially since the team doesn't have a lot of draft assets. If the Rams can get back to their Super Bowl potential, Akers could have some fantasy value in 2023.
LAR RB Cam Akers - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. Los Angeles Chargers
After finding his footing over the past few weeks, Cam Akers finally exploded with a monster 23-118-3 performance. This was Akers’ best performance since 2020 rushing for over 100 yards for just the third time in his career. Akers has done everything he can to earn this starting job for 2023, and with another effort like this over the final two weeks, he could be in line for a great season next year.
This week Akers gets another strong matchup vs. a weak Chargers run defense. This season the Chargers have allowed the second-most rushing yards and the seventh-most rushing touchdowns on the year. This includes 100-yard games from Derrick Henry (21-104-1), Josh Jacobs (26-144-1), James Conner (25-120), Kenneth Walker (23-168-2), Nick Chubb (17-134-2), Dameon Pierce (14-131-1), and James Robinson (17-100). Now with the Rams finding their groove and Akers turning into a workhorse, he’s a solid RB2 in a plus matchup in Week 17.