Darrell Henderson COVID Update Skyrockets Sony Michel Fantasy Outlook in Week 14

Isaiah De Los Santos
Darrell Henderson COVID update skyrockets Sony Michel fantasy outlook in Week 14.
Darrell Henderson COVID update skyrockets Sony Michel fantasy outlook in Week 14. / Mike Stobe/GettyImages

Darrell Henderson Jr. missed his team's Week 13 game with a thigh injury, allowing Sony Michel to operate as the true workhorse. Henderson had a chance to return on Sunday, but he's now been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Darrell Henderson Injury Update

This update on Henderson sends Michel's fantasy outlook soaring in Week 14.

Sony Michel Fantasy Outlook

Michel boomed in place of Henderson last week. He ran for 121 yards and 1 touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars, adding 3 catches for 8 yards as well.

Handling a whopping 27 touches, Michel racked up 21.9 PPR fantasy points and finished as RB7 in Week 13.

Michel's potential as the RB1 without Henderson in the lineup is clear. Mekhi Sargeant was second on the team in rushing attempts with 2 carries in Week 13, so the Los Angeles Rams are clearly happy to give Michel the vast majority of work.

Michel draws a matchup against an Arizona Cardinals defense that ranks in the middle of the pack with 23.07 PPR points allowed per game to RBs this season.

The good news is that Henderson was able to exploit Arizona in Week 4, rushing for 89 yards on just 14 attempts while adding 5 receptions for 27 yards. He finished with 16.6 PPR points despite going scoreless, and Michel could easily end up in that same territory as the Rams' RB1.

As long as Michel isn't deemed a close contact, he's a plug-and-play starter for managers in this pivotal week of the fantasy season.

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