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Cam Akers
Bye: 7
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 23.6
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 217
40 Time: 4.47
SPARQx (Rank): 114.30 (64%)
Burst Score (Rank): 121.40 (66%)

Cam Akers's Weekly Outlook

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Cam Akers's 2022 Projections & Outlook


#17 Running Back

176.4 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
Not Available 224.3 999.8 7.7 2.2 1.2 33 236.4 1.5

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Basic StatsCam Akers's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:
  • Akers tore his right Achilles while training last July.
  • That injury typically costs players 9-12 months, which would have had Akers out for the entire 2021 season. But he crushed that timeline and returned for the regular-season finale on January 9 – less than 6 months after the injury.
  • Akers played 13 snaps in his first game back, carrying 5 times for 3 yards and catching 3 of 3 targets for 10 yards.
  • His playing time ramped up during the Rams’ 4-game run to the Super Bowl.
    • Akers registered snap rates of 53%, 81%, 39% and 57%.
    • He totaled 67 carries (55.8% share)
    • He saw 10 targets (7.0% share)
  • Akers was inefficient over that 4-game stretch. He didn’t top 3.7 yards per carry in any game and finished the playoffs with 2.6 yards per carry.
  • Akers tallied a 41.1 Pro Football Focus rushing grade in the playoffs. That would have ranked dead last by a wide margin among 50 qualifying RBs during the regular season.
  • But …
    • He was just 6 months removed from a significant injury that often sidelines players a full year.
    • He faced a tough slate of run defenses. The Cardinals, Buccaneers, 49ers and Bengals all finished top 13 in Football Outsiders’ 2021 rush defense DVOA.
    • The Rams running game struggled in general during the playoffs, with RBs Sony Michel, Darrell Henderson and Jake Funk combining for 2.9 yards per carry.
  • Akers was the 52nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft after totaling 2,875 rushing yards, 486 receiving yards and 34 total TDs across 3 seasons at Florida State. The 5’10, 217-pounder earned an 88th percentile Relative Athletic Score at the Combine.
  • Akers dealt with rib and ankle injuries as a rookie while sharing the backfield with RBs Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown.
  • He finished the regular season with a 145-625-2 rushing line and 11-123-1 receiving.
  • Among 47 RBs with 100+ carries in 2020, Akers ranked 36th in PFF rushing grade and 32nd in Elusive Rating.
  • He took over as the Rams’ feature back late in his rookie season. Over his final 6 games (including playoffs), Akers averaged 22.0 carries and 2.3 targets per game.
    • His scoring averages in those games would have ranked 13th among RBs in PPR points and 8th in non-PPR during the regular season.
  • So, over his last 10 games (omitting his return in Week 18 last year), Akers has registered the following snap rates and total opportunities (carries + targets):

  • HC Sean McVay called Akers a "3-down back" and a "very special player" in February 2021.
  • McVay also talked up Akers’ ability in the passing game last offseason, before the Achilles tear:
    • “He’s obviously a great runner, but he’s got ability as a pass-catcher coming from the backfield, and we can displace him and put him in the slot or the outside receiver location. There’s not any limitations, but we’ll see how it comes to life.”
  • The Rams did not re-sign Sony Michel, who led the team last year with 208 carries. They return RB Darrell Henderson and spent a 5th-round pick on Notre Dame RB Kyren Williams.
  • The 2021 Rams ranked just 23rd in rushing attempts, 25th in rushing yards and 28th in rushing TDs. But they finished top 10 in rushing TDs in each of HC Sean McVay’s first 4 seasons; top 10 in rushing attempts and yards in 3 of those 4.
  • The 2021 Rams ranked 11th in Pro Football Focus’ run-blocking grades and 6th in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Line Yards.
  • The Rams lost LT Andrew Whitworth to retirement and RG Austin Corbett to Carolina in free agency.
    • Joe Noteboom, who has just 672 career snaps at LT, is expected to replace Whitworth.
    • 3rd-round rookie Logan Bruss is penciled in at RG.
    • This unit might take a significant step back after ranking 13th in PFF pass-blocking grades last year.
  • Rams HC Sean McVay talked up RBs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson over the weekend. “I look at it as we’ve got two starting backs,” McVay said. “Those guys are great complements (to) one another, but I see them as both starting-caliber players.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Kudos to Akers for making it back to the field last year just 6 months after tearing his right Achilles. That’s an injury that usually takes 9-12 months to return from.

So it’s not surprising or very concerning that he struggled during the Rams’ Super Bowl run. The big question now is whether Akers will be back at least close to pre-injury form for the 2022 campaign.

If he is, there’s clear RB1 upside. This should again be a strong offense. And it’s clear that the Rams want Akers to be their feature back.

Akers is worth the gamble if you can get him in the 3rd or 4th round of your fantasy draft.

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Rams RB Cam Akers ran for 123 yards on 19 carries in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. That marked his 2nd straight game of more than 100 yards rushing but just the 2nd time all season that a Rams RB has exceeded 65 rushing yards. Unfortunately, RB Malcolm Brown claimed the team's lone TD. Akers closes out the season with a Seattle defense that hit Week 17 as the 2nd-best scoring matchup for RBs by adjusted fantasy points allowed.

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Rams RB Cam Akers racked up 118 yards and 3 TDs on 23 carries in Sunday's beatdown of the Broncos. The numbers mark big jumps over his previous season highs. Akers has scored 6 rushing TDs over his past 4 games, though, and topped 5.0 yards per carry in 2 straight games. He now looks much more attractive as a Week 17 fantasy football option at the Chargers than we would have expected even heading into Week 16. RB Malcolm Brown added 19 yards on 2 carries. RB Kyren Williams rushed 6 times for 18 yards.

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Rams RB Cam Akers led the team in both rushing and receiving in Sunday's loss vs. the Packers. The third-year back posted 12 carries for 65 yards on the ground in addition to reeling in all 3 of his targets for 35 yards in the receiving game. The only other Ram of note from this game is TE Tyler Higbee, a player who found the end zone on top of his 4 catches on 5 targets for 27 yards. At this stage of the fantasy season, it is tough to trust any Rams player (RB, WR, TE, or otherwise) with playoff hopes on the line in Week 16. The Broncos' defense ranks in the bottom 12 in adjusted fantasy points allowed to both RBs and WRs this season. Akers might be a decent flex option at best, but that's about it as far as the Rams are concerned.

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Cam Akers, RB LAR
Dynasty MVP 127.4
Position Rank #26 RB
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Akers missed nearly all of 2021 with an Achilles tear. 2022 was a disappointment overall, but he at least made strides down the stretch. 2023 turns up a contract season.

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