Darrell Henderson Fantasy Value Remains High With Big Volume in Preseason Week 3

Jason Schandl
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Los Angeles Rams fans are probably hoping that no news is good news, as there haven't been any concrete updates on Todd Gurley's knee during the preseason.

With Gurley's status being so unclear, the Rams' backfield situation is a cloudy one. They're one of the best offenses in the league though, so no matter what happens it's going to matter in fantasy football.

Rookie Darrell Henderson is the player that stands to benefit the most if Gurley misses time, and he's already being projected for a solid workload even with 2018's top fantasy back active.

The Rams haven't been playing their starters at all in the preseason, so it's not necessarily encouraging to see Henderson handle a big workload, but there are reasons for optimism. He started each of the last two preseason games, indicating that he might've solidified himself as the team's No. 2 RB.

His efficiency in the preseason has been underwhelming, but playing with the second-team offense behind a backup offensive line isn't exactly a favorable spot, so that lack of efficiency isn't too concerning. More relevant has been his impressive volume, seeing 12 touches in each of those two games as a lead back.

Henderson posted absurd efficiency numbers in college, and he now finds himself with an opportunity to work in one of the NFL's best offenses. He could end up competing with Malcolm Brown for snaps at some point, but the Rams invested a third-round pick in Henderson, and he looks like the backup to own.

Calling Henderson a handcuff might be underselling him at this point, given the possibility of averaging double-digit touches behind a healthy Gurley. And if Gurley is forced to miss any time, Henderson looks poised to shoulder a huge workload as his replacement. That kind of upside could make him a steal even with a climbing average draft position (ADP) of RB35.

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