We're still about a month out from most fantasy football drafts, but the worst part of the game has already reared its ugly head — injuries.
News broke on Tuesday that Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers has suffered a torn Achilles, and that will almost assuredly sideline him for the entire 2021 season.
Akers was going as the 11th running back off the board in fantasy football drafts, according to FantasyPros' average draft position (ADP) data.
With Akers out of the picture, Darrell Henderson is now positioned well for a monster season.
Darrell Henderson Fantasy Football
Darrell Henderson had an ADP of just RB49 before the Akers injury, but we can expect that to skyrocket now. And for good reason.
For as much as talent matters at the running back position, simply getting the ball a lot in a good offense can be enough to make or break an RB for fantasy football purposes.
Well, Henderson should certainly be doing that. When Akers got healthy toward the end of his 2021 rookie season, he finished the regular season with 15+ carries in each of his final four games, averaging 22.0 carries and 2.3 targets per game across his last six if we include the postseason.
Henderson may not be a one-to-one replacement, but Akers vacates a ton of volume, and Henderson will have the opportunity to earn a similar workhorse role. And with Matthew Stafford at the helm, this is a much-improved offense on a team that FanDuel Sportsbook's odds give the fifth-best chance of winning Super Bowl LVI.
Henderson in no slouch on the talent front, either.
He was second on the team in carries last year, and he actually beat out Akers in yards per attempt (4.5 to 4.3), as well as yards per touch (5.1 to 4.8).
There's not a whole lot of competition behind Henderson on the depth chart now, and you can feel good about taking a shot on him and his massive upside in the second or third round of fantasy football drafts.
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