Darrell Henderson
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  • 208 lbs
  • 5' 8"
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Scouting report

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.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Arizona Cardinals

After Week 1 it looked like Darrell Henderson was on his way to an early season workhorse role out-touching Cam Akers 18-3. However, the tables quickly turned as Akers came out ahead in the touch department out-touching Henderson 17-10 in Week 2. Henderson did still see more usage in the passing game running 20 routes to just eight for Akers. The issue is Henderson didn’t record a single target while Akers saw two. The good news for fantasy managers is that Henderson did find the end zone saving his fantasy day. The issue is he split those red-zone carries three to three with Akers which means even the TDs could be hard to predict week to week.

Taking a long-term view on this situation it seems like the Rams want Akers to win the job, and by mid-season, he should be the lead guy. This will push Henderson into a more complimentary role as we saw in Week 2. If you have Henderson this could be a good time to sell high to grab a player who will see more work like Dameon Pierce and/or Josh Jacobs, for the rest of the season.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Atlanta Falcons

One of the biggest surprises of Week 1 was the split in the Rams’ backfield. In most leagues, Cam Akers was drafted well ahead of Darrell Henderson, but it looks like Henderson is the guy for now. Henderson was not only the lead back, but he was used like a workhorse in Week 1. On the ground, Henderson saw 76% of the team’s carries. That rate was fifth-best in the NFL last week. In the passing game, Henderson ran a route on 76% of drop-backs. That mark lead all running backs in Week 1. This passing game usage resulted in a solid five reception performance.

This week Henderson gets a plus matchup vs. the Atlanta Falcons. In Week 1 vs. the Saints, the Falcons allowed the 10th most rushing yards on the week with 150. This production came on 19 carries. That eight yards per carry was the highest rate in the NFL in Week 1. Last week’s usage is extremely encouraging for Henderson, and with this plus matchup vs. the Falcons, we should expect a big game. This makes Henderson a solid RB2 in Week 2.

by Brandon Niles

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Buffalo Bills

With question marks in the Los Angeles backfield, Darrell Henderson’s workload remains an unknown. Additionally, he was dealing with a soft tissue injury in camp. I do expect Henderson to get on the field a decent amount, however, the best bet is to avoid for this week if possible. Wait and see how the backfield shapes up before plugging him into your starting lineup.

by Mike Randle

LAR RB Darrell Henderson - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Darrell Henderson produced the overall RB19 season in PPR league last year. Projected as the backup to Cam Akers, Henderson became the starter after Akers suffered a season-ending Achilles tear in the preseason. Using his 4.49 speed, Henderson started the season with five consecutive RB2 or better stat lines, with five total touchdowns. His nine breakaway runs ranked Top 12 at the position and his eight total touchdowns ended the season in the Top 20. If Cam Akers stumbles to start the season, Henderson has certainly proved capable of solid RB2 or Flex production in all fantasy formats.

2022 Fantasy Downside
Henderson was good, but not great, despite serving as the lead back in one of the NFL’s best offenses. He featured straight line speed but ranked only 49th in Juke Rate, struggling to make defenders miss (PlayerProfiler). Henderson is a limited factor in the passing attack, averaging just 2.4 receptions per game. His fantasy relevance is limited with Akers again the team’s leading RB.

2022 Bottom Line
Henderson is again an injury away from fantasy relevance, and lacks the standalone value of other RB2s such as Tony Pollard (Dallas) and Michael Carter (Jets). He is an explosive player in the perfect setting, but is nothing more than a bench-stash insurance policy as long as Akers is on the field.

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