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Cam Akers Fantasy Outlook Makes Him a Risky Pick in 2020 Drafts

Jason Schandl
Cam Akers fantasy outlook makes the Los Angeles Rams RB a rookie to avoid in 2020 fantasy football drafts.
Cam Akers fantasy outlook makes the Los Angeles Rams RB a rookie to avoid in 2020 fantasy football drafts. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Every year we see a handful of rookies burst onto the scene as fantasy football stars, while others fall off the map completely, failing to come anywhere close to living up to their preseason hype.

The Los Angeles Rams' Cam Akers looks more likely to fall into the latter category in 2020 as he heads into the season as a member of a potential four-back committee.

With Todd Gurley gone, there's a huge hole in the Rams' offense. Even while playing in a limited capacity in 2019, Gurley racked up 223 carries and 49 targets across 15 games. That would usually make this a backfield to target, but offseason comments from Sean McVay suggest otherwise.

McVay thinks the team has four capable backs that he would like to get involved — likely Akers, Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson and John Kelly.

Even a three-back committee tends to be a bit of a nightmare from a fantasy perspective. The possibility that a fourth back is in the mix (or steps in if one of the top three gets hurt) all but ensures that this is going to be an absolute mess for fantasy purposes.

Plus, with a shortened offseason and no preseason to get comfortable in the offense, Akers will be fighting even more of an uphill battle to seeing a significant workload this season.

He may prove to be a valuable waiver wire pickup late in the year if the Rams suffer some injuries, but on draft night you're better off letting someone else take the risk.

Akers checks in at just RB41 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings.

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