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by Robert LaMarco

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 at New Orleans Saints

The Rams backfield continues to be a conundrum as each week there seems to be a change in usage. Last week Darrell Henderson was able to save his fantasy day with a touchdown, but he still shared the backfield evenly with Cam Akers both getting seven opportunities. Further complicating matters is the introduction of rookie running back Kyren Williams. Williams in his first game action led the running backs in targets with three. Based on this usage last week it looks like Henderson will be the lead back, but it seems that he will not only share the carries with Akers, but the passing game work with Williams as well. Another issue for the Rams is the continued revolving door on the offensive line. Last week the Rams lost another starter upfront and could be down four players this week vs. the Saints. Until we get a clearer picture of how this backfield will shake out, it is best to avoid the Rams’ running backs in Week 11.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Darrell Henderson quietly took a stranglehold of the Rams backfield in Week 9. Henderson’s 50% of the team’s rush share was his highest number since Week 1. Henderson looked strong on his attempts rushing for 12-56. This completely outshined fellow running back Cam Akers five attempts for three yards on the day. Unfortunately for Henderson, the pass game usage hasn’t been there as he only ran 11 routes and saw one target on 31 Matthew Stafford drop-backs in Week 9.

Heading into Week 10, there is a glimmer of hope for Henderson as the Rams get a rematch vs. the Cardinals. The Rams’ rushing attack showed some signs of life vs. the Cardinals back in Week 3 as Cam Akers rushed for 61 yards and a score. Now with Henderson taking over the lead back role, he is a good bet to lead the backfield in touches in this plus matchup. In three of the last four games, the Cardinals have allowed at least 97 yards to the lead back including Kenneth Walker (21-91-1), Dalvin Cook (20-111), and Kenneth Walker (26-109-2). This matchup along with his increased usage makes Henderson a flex option in Week 10.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Rams backfield has been all over the place this season. Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers have traded off being the starter for most of the year, but as of late Akers was removed from the offense as they looked to trade their former lead back. The issue now for fantasy managers is Akers was not traded at the deadline and has returned to practice with the team. This makes the backfield a bit murkier heading into Week 9 as fellow running back Ronnie Rivers led the backfield in touches last week. Finally, rookie running back Kyren Williams could be activated off IR as soon as this week which could add another player into the mix for touches.

This brings us back to Henderson who was struggling with flu-like symptoms which explains why he took a backseat to Rivers. This would lead us to believe Henderson would be the lead back heading into Week 9. The only problem with that mindset is we have seen many teams like the Broncos sit a player like Melvin Gordon only to make him lead back the very next week. This could very well happen with Akers, but if we had to start a Rams running back in Week 9 it would be Henderson. Overall, it’s best to take a wait-and-see approach on the Rams’ backfield this week.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 vs. San Francisco 49ers

The news that Cam Akers will not play in Week 8 does provide some clarity to the backfield. Based on this news Darrell Henderson will be the lead back most likely this week. A player to keep an eye on is rookie running back Kyren Williams who will most likely take over as the RB2 in this offense. Either way, the Rams’ offense has been broken all year, and the ground game is no different. The Rams currently rank dead last in rushing yards per game and are only one of two teams to be under 60 yards rushing per game on the season. It’s not going much better in the receiving game either as the Rams running backs only average 20 receiving yards per game. This lack of production has the Rams running backs ranked dead last in fantasy points per game as a team.

This week the Rams get a very tough matchup vs. a banged-up 49ers defense. The 49ers this season haven’t allowed a running back to rush over 60 yards rushing in any game so far in 2022. This has led to only two RBs finishing inside the top 24 on the year vs. San Francisco. Henderson does still hold some value this week as he could find the end zone. However, due to the issues on the offensive line, and the touch matchup, Henderson should be viewed as a flex option at best this week.

by Brandon Niles

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs. Carolina Panthers

Darrell Henderson out-snapped Cam Akers last week, but he received zero carries. He did seem to have a role in the passing game, catching four of his five targets for 30 yards. Henderson may get some work this week if the Rams get up early on the Panthers, as Cam Akers hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire – 2.5 yards per carry last week – but it’s too risky to bank on him at this time. Fantasy manages should view him as a desperate bye-week replacement at best.

Update: With Cam Akers out for the week Henderson becomes a viable RB2, fringe RB1 option in all fantasy leagues. Make sure you get him in your lineups and take advantage of the absence of Akers.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. Dallas Cowboys

After seeing elite usage in Week 1, the Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers timeshare has leveled off into a more even split. In Weeks 2-4, Henderson has only seen 33% of the carries, and four of the team’s 14 red zone carries. Where Henderson has continued to see the bulk of the work is in the passing game. On the season, Henderson has run a route on 59% of Matthew Stafford’s drop-backs while Akers is just under 20%. This usage hasn’t yielded any production in the passing game as Henderson has only seen a 5% target share.

This week the Rams take on a Dallas Cowboys defense that has been more susceptible to the run. This matchup would tend to favor Akers as he should see the bulk of the carries in Week 5. Therefore, Henderson should be left on benches and might be best viewed as an elite handcuff for Akers owners rest of the season.

by Brandon Niles

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 at San Francisco 49ers

Darrell Henderson’s snaps are trending in a negative direction after 82% in Week 1. He was down to a 50/50 split with Cam Akers last week, and ended up with just four carries for 17 yards. Henderson isn’t going away, but this is going to be an irritating decision for fantasy manages for as long as both he and Akers are healthy. Sit Henderson this week in a tough matchup with a questionable workload.

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