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Cam Akers Week 17 Fantasy Outlook Boosted by Darrell Henderson Injury Update

Larry Rupp
Cam Akers Week 17 fantasy outlook boosted by Darrell Henderson injury update.
Cam Akers Week 17 fantasy outlook boosted by Darrell Henderson injury update. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams' backfield continues to be banged up, recently placing running back Darrell Henderson Jr. on the injured reserve list due to an ankle injury. However, it seems that rookie Cam Akers has a shot to play this week against the Arizona Cardinals, which should boost his fantasy outlook in Week 17.

Cam Akers Fantasy Outlook

If Akers is able to suit up, he'll take over the starting role and see a bulk of the carries in this game. In his last three full games played, Akers has proven he has what it takes to be a workhorse running back by averaging 21.7 carries and 102.0 rushing yards per game.

Akers draws a great matchup in Week 17 as the Cardinals' defense is giving up 126.5 rushing yards per game this season (10th most in the NFL). With starting quarterback Jared Goff ruled out, the Rams may rely on their rushing attack even more in this must-win game.

Malcolm Brown Fantasy Outlook

It would be smart to pick up Malcolm Brown this week if Akers is unable to play through his injury. Brown has been a reliable option this season, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He rushed for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns the last time he saw more than 11 carries in a game, which could foreshadow his success in Week 17 if he's featured as the Rams' lead back.

Brown could be in for a big day facing a Cardinals defense that is giving up 4.7 yards per carry so far this season (tied for fifth most in the NFL). If you are in need of some running back depth, Brown is the perfect player to stash on your bench and possibly even start this week.

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