3. Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams don’t run 11 personnel exclusively, but at 71 percent, (768 out of 1,049 plays) there’s no question what they are running. In 2018, they used 11 personnel a whopping 89 percent and in 2017, 79 percent. Sean McVay LOVES to have a single back, three receivers and one tight end.
Their second favorite personnel group, is 12 (21 percent), meaning that single back doesn’t come off the field. Los Angeles also never ran a single play with two backs, so there’s no sharing the backfield with anyone. Rookie Cam Akers is going to get a lot of work. Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown are backing up but we’ve seen what they can do already and it’s nothing to write home about.
So what impressed the Rams to send Todd Gurley packing? Akers was one of the few bright spots on a Florida State team indecent years. In three seasons he rushed the ball 586 times for 2,875 yards for a 4.9 YPC average and scored 27 rushing touchdowns. He caught 69 passes for 486 yards and seven additional scores. If there’s one negative, it’s his 10 fumbles.
The Seminoles had a poor offensive line (making his stats even better considering what he was working with), which means Akers should know how to block for Jared Goff and stay on the field. Even though he wasn’t a major factor in FSU’s passing game, his skills and hands translate well for McVay’s offense. Volume will be the name of the game early and that has all signs pointing up for Akers.
Gurley’s injuries shortened what was expected to be a long marriage with the Rams, but if Akers pans out, he could be the key to McVay’s offense and for dynasty owners, the future. In daily leagues, Akers could be a bargain to begin the season.
Recommendation: Target as an RB3 or RB4 in dynasty, redraft, PPR, STD, and daily leagues in Rounds 6-8.