Cam Akers Suffers Torn Achilles, Out for Season

Hero RB is a good strategy in fantasy football. Unfortunately you need the hero to stay healthy. 

On Tuesday morning it was reported that Los Angeles Rams second-year RB Cam Akers had suffered a torn achilles while training and would miss the 2021 NFL season. 

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero first reported the news:

Akers was dominant over his last eight games for the Rams last season, including the playoffs. In 13 regular season games, Akers had 625 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Akers, 22, was the No. 52 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

First off we want to wish Akers the best as he recovers from this injury. Yes, this is a huge loss for the fantasy community and for those that have drafted Akers thus far, myself included (more on that later). But I don’t want it to get lost that Akers is a human being first and this is a big setback for his career. Hopefully he’s able to get through the injury and come back at 110%. 

On a personal note, this is a devastating injury. I have shares of Akers in just about every league that I’ve drafted in thus far, including Scott Fish Bowl 11 and the FSGA Champions League. I’m not the only one who has approached the offseason trying to buy as many Akers shares as possible. It hurts for all of us in the industry. Akers was bound for a big season and it’s truly awful that we won’t get to see it.

Ok, now for the fantasy side of this news……

First reaction: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

Second reaction: *all of the expletives*

Third reaction: *throws phone*

Fourth reaction: How do I get Darrell Henderson?

The Rams backfield behind Akers is pretty light, but Henderson is clearly the go-to guy now. After re-running our JUICE projections, I have Henderson at RB21, squeezed right between David Montgomery and Chase Edmonds. 

Henderson, 23, is in his third year out of Memphis and has been pretty productive for the Rams over the course of the past two seasons. Last year he ran for 624 yards and 5 TDs, while watched 16 passes for 159 yards and a TD. Those are very good numbers. If he captures 50% of the snaps for the Rams, he could very easily be a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2. 

In terms of where to draft Henderson in re-draft leagues, I would say taking him at the beginning of Round 3 is fair. I would not take him in Round 2. The reason why I would stay away at that point is because the Rams are surely going to bring in more competition. Los Angeles is not going to go into the 2021 season with Henderson, Raymond Calais and rookie Jake Funk. 

Some of the available free agents that could cut into Henderson’s workload are Todd Gurley (wouldn’t this be fun!), Le’Veon Bell, Adrian Peterson, Duke Johnson, Dion Lewis, LeSean McCoy and potentially others. The Rams have been known to be aggressive, so perhaps they would target someone via trade (Denver’s Royce Freeman?), but regardless of whom they bring in you can bet that they will bring someone in. 

TL;DR

  • Cam Akers is out for the season
  • Buy Darrell Henderson stock
  • Who will the Rams bring in to compete with Henderson? Make sure to follow the news.
  • Hero RB stinks when your hero is hurt