Weeks 4 and 5 saw Todd Gurley play his two highest snap totals (67 and 74) of the 2019 season, blowing away his next-highest mark of 54 from Week 1. That seems to have caught up with him, and after missing Wednesday's practice with a quad injury, reports are that his status is "up in the air" for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
That could mean big things for both Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson in fantasy football.
One of the biggest fantasy storylines of the summer was Gurley's health. He was limited through the 2018 playoffs, and news came out that he was dealing with arthritis in his knee, which was likely going to lead to a reduced workload in 2019.
That had been the case early on, not playing more than 75 percent of the Rams' offensive snaps in any of his first three games before playing 75.5 percent (74 snaps) in Week 4 and a huge 93.1 percent in Week 5. He touched the ball 30 times (20 carries and 10 receptions) in those two games.
Behind Gurley on the depth chart, Brown made a splash with two touchdowns in Week 1, but has since failed to see more than seven touches in any game, and he's played only 23.5 percent of the Rams' snaps on the year. He's the only Rams back to play more than even two snaps behind Gurley though, and he could be set for a workhorse role if Gurley is sidelined.
Henderson is more of a deep sleeper. He was the target of plenty of offseason hype, but has opened his rookie season with one carry through five games.
Brown is owned in only 33 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, while Henderson is owned in only 19 percent. If you have the roster space for a speculative add, Brown would vault into the conversation as a possible must-start fantasy option for Week 6 if Gurley does end up sitting out for the first time in 2019.
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