• Cam Akers

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Scouting report

by Richard Mejia

LAR RB Cam Akers - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs New York Jets

Cam. Akers. League. Winner.

What else is there to say about the rookie after his performance last week against the New England Patriots where he had 29 carries for 171 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 23 yards. Akers looked downright Gurley-esque in his performance as he ripped off huge chunks of yardage running hard through huge lanes. Now fully entrenched as this team’s workhorse back, it appears Akers will be given every opportunity to touch the football moving forward.

The New York Jets rank 11th in aFPA to RBs this season, however, they are fresh off of surrendering 142 rushing yards to the duo of Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde. As one of the top rushing teams in the league, expect the Rams to run the ball a lot more down the stretch to make their playbook full of play-action more effective. Akers is a low-end RB1 this week.

by Richard Mejia

LAR RB Cam Akers - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs New England

The Cam Akers breakout is real!
Akers had by far his best game of the season last week against the Cardinals as he ran the ball 21 times for 72 yards and one touchdown. Akers also had a 22-yard reception, but the most important detail of this game was that Akers handled 70% of the RB touches.

Akers should have another solid game this week against the Patriots as New England ranks 21st in aFPA to RBs this season. This seems to have the makings of a perfect storm for patient Akers’ managers given the Rams are ranked 8th in total carries and both Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown have had their workloads reduced. Akers will be a low-end RB2 in this Thursday night game.

by Richard Mejia

LAR RB Cam Akers - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Arizona

Akers had a solid game last week against San Francisco, as he carried the ball nine times for 84 yards and one touchdown. That now gives Akers consecutive games with touchdowns and his trajectory is heading in the right direction. He still isn’t leading the backfield in touches, but his ability and production have made the possibility of owning the backfield an almost certain reality. For now, keep Akers as an RB2/3 with the expectation for him to take over this backfield outright heading into the fantasy playoffs.

by Richard Mejia

LAR RB Cam Akers - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 at San Francisco

Akers returned to action this past week after missing the previous two games due to a rib injury. Looking as explosive as he did in college, Akers ran the ball nine times for 61 yards, the most efficient running performance of any of the backs on this Rams offense. Playing Akers this week against San Francisco is extremely risky considering the structure of not just the backfield, but the entire offense. It would be best to leave Akers on your bench this week while this RBBC situation gets sorted out.

by Richard Mejia

LAR RB Cam Akers - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Philadelphia

Even though Akers got the start this past Sunday night, it was Malcolm Brown who far and away was the most productive back in this RBBC. Akers still saw decent work, he got 14 carries but only turned those into 39 yards. It’s clear the Rams want to get Akers involved early, however, patience will be key to see how his role progresses in this offense. Against a stout Philadelphia defense in Week 2, Akers should be viewed as a middling FLEX option.

by Richard Mejia

LAR RB Cam Akers - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Dallas

For all the glowing reviews of second-round pick Cam Akers during camp, it seems the RBBC approach is the route Los Angeles will go early on this season. With the Rams expected to yet again have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, this backfield might come down to who can most out of a tough situation, which should benefit Akers as he produced solid numbers behind atrocious offensive line play at Florida State. Akers should get enough touches to be a middling RB2 in this game, but his role should grow as the season progresses.

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.

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