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Darrell Henderson Jr.

Darrell Henderson 'next man up' for Rams

by Robert Lorge | Rams Correspondent | Tue, Jul 20th 1:02pm EDT

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Rams believe in Darrell Henderson and do not intend on pursuing a free-agent running back at this time. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact:

With the crushing news of Cam Akers' likely season-ending injury, Henderson is now slated to be the No. 1 running back for the Rams this season. The depth chart behind the third-year pro is significantly lacking and fantasy managers should expect the Rams to add another veteran to help carry the load at some point before the season. Still, Henderson figures to get the first shot to lead this backfield and will presumably receive the most touches. The Rams' offense is shaping up to be an explosive one, especially with the addition of Matthew Stafford at quarterback. Henderson was the RB24 in Weeks 1-11, before Akers ascended to the top of the depth chart. During that time, the former Tiger was sharing work with Malcolm Brown, who is now in Miami, which only increases the possibility of a significant workload. Henderson showed improvement in year two last season, increasing his yards per carry average from 3.8 in 2019 to 4.5 in 2020. He also showed promise catching the ball, averaging a healthy 9.9 yards per reception. Fantasy managers will need to continue to monitor developments and news out of Los Angeles, but right now Henderson should be treated as a back-end RB2 with upside playing for what is likely to be a high-scoring Rams' offense.

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