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Cam Akers Possibly Working Toward A Return

Free-agent running back Cam Akers appears to be looking to return to the National Football League, with the 24-year-old posting a video on X of himself working out. Akers was once considered one of the NFL's most promising young players. His best season was in 2022, where he finished with 786 yards and seven touchdowns off 188 carries. Unfortunately, after struggling to remain healthy during his career, the Rams, the team he played on for four seasons, cut ties by trading him to Minnesota. Yet, he barely made a blip on the fantasy radar before the Vikings eventually declined to offer him a new contract. With that said, Akers could find himself on a new team for the 2024-25 campaign. However, while his talent has never been much of an issue, he won't do anything for fantasy managers if he can't stay on the field, no matter where he potentially signs.

May 18, 2024 9:02 PM EST

Cam Akers Becomes A Free Agent

The Minnesota Vikings declined to offer a restricted free-agent tender to running back Cam Akers (Achilles), meaning he is a free agent and can negotiate freely with any team. The former second-round pick was an exciting prospect out of Florida State in 2020 but after two Achilles tears in four years in the NFL, his career has struggled to get off the ground. Akers was traded to the Vikings from the Los Angeles Rams early in the 2023 campaign and rushed 38 times for 138 yards and one touchdown before suffering a major Achilles injury. The 24-year-old might get a chance to play elsewhere, but it'll likely be on a cheap, one-year deal. For now, he remains far from the fantasy radar. The majority of skill players do not recover well from an Achilles tear, never mind two.

Mar 13, 2024 4:55 PM EST

MRI Confirms Torn Achilles For Cam Akers

Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers (Achilles) underwent an MRI to determine the extent of his Achilles injury that he suffered in the Week 9 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately, Akers is confirmed to have suffered a torn Achilles for the second time in his short NFL career. The 24-year-old tore his right Achilles in 2021 as a member of the Los Angeles Rams, and he tore his left Achilles on Sunday. Obviously, the former second-round pick will miss the remainder of the 2023 season, and his career could be at risk of being cut short. With him out of the picture, Alexander Mattison will remain the Vikings' starter. Ty Chandler is likely to assume the RB2 role once again.

Nov 6, 2023 2:12 PM EST

Cam Akers Feared To Have Torn Achilles

Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers (Achilles) is feared to have torn his Achilles during Week 9 versus the Atlanta Falcons, according to head coach Kevin O'Connell. He exited during the second half and was quickly ruled out, finishing the game with 25 rushing and 13 receiving yards. This is a tough break for the former Rams running back, who has now torn his Achilles twice through four seasons in the NFL. It's also bad news for the Vikings, who have struggled to stay healthy on offense. For the time being, Alexander Mattison will continue to lead the Minnesota backfield, while Ty Chandler backs him up.

Nov 5, 2023 4:51 PM EST

Cam Akers Injures Ankle Sunday, Quickly Ruled Out

Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers (ankle) exited during the second half of Week 9 versus the Atlanta Falcons. He was quickly ruled out, finishing the game with 25 rushing and 13 receiving yards. The injury appeared to be quite serious, and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero speculated that the former Rams running back might have suffered the second torn Achilles of his career. Look for head coach Kevin Stefanski to provide an update on Akers' status postgame. For the time being, Alexander Mattison will continue to lead the Minnesota backfield while Ty Chandler backs him up.

Nov 5, 2023 3:55 PM EST

Cam Akers Hard To Trust Versus Falcons

Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers will be a risky option for fantasy managers in Week 9, as he reverted back to his role of RB2 in the Minnesota backfield in Week 8. After out-touching Alexander Mattison in the team's upset win over the 49ers in Week 7, Akers was out-touched 17 to 10 in the win over the Packers in Week 8. The former Los Angeles Ram faces a Falcons run defense allowing just 3.8 yards per carry this season, which makes him a risky FLEX-option at best for fantasy managers. Akers could see an increased workload if the Vikings want to take a run-heavy approach with an inexperienced quarterback under center, but it may be best to take a wait-and-see approach with the new-look Minnesota offense.

Nov 4, 2023 4:46 PM EST

Cam Akers A Risky Option In Week 8

Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers will look to build on his best performance with his new team in Week 8 as the Vikings visit the Packers. Akers handled 10 carries for 31 yards and caught two passes for 30 yards in the team's upset victory over the 49ers in Week 7. It is yet to be seen if the plan is for Akers and Alexander Mattison to continue evenly splitting touches in the Minnesota backfield, but Akers out-touching Mattison in a positive game script seems like something worth monitoring for fantasy managers. The former Los Angeles Ram could be on the FLEX radar if his workload from last week becomes a trend, but the presence of Mattison will most likely cap his upside.

Oct 27, 2023 5:23 PM EST

Cam Akers Not A Reliable Option In Week 6

Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers is coming off a Week 5 performance where he totaled just 18 scrimmage yards on seven touches, so the former Los Angeles Ram will be looking to make more of an impact for his new team when they face the Bears in Week 6. With 14 touches in two games, Akers has been the clear second option in the backfield behind starter Alexander Mattison, so it is safe to leave the Florida State product on the bench until he can prove to have earned a more prominent role in the Minnesota backfield.

Oct 13, 2023 5:56 PM EST

Cam Akers Could See Decent Role In Vikings Debut

Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers is making his debut for the team in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers, and the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero says that we could see a lot of him on Sunday. Alexander Mattison is still the starter, but the Vikings are going to ride the hot hand in the backfield against the Panthers this weekend, especially if Akers shows something and is able to hold onto the football. Akers was acquired from the Los Angeles Rams before Week 3, but he didn't make his debut last weekend in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Mattison has had a rough start in 2023, carrying the ball 39 times for 155 yards (4.0 yards per carry). Akers wasn't good at all in the season opener with the Rams, but a change of scenery could do him well and raise his fantasy value if Mattison continues to be mediocre.

Oct 1, 2023 1:09 PM EST

Cam Akers Unlikely To Make Vikings Debut In Week 3

Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said it's too soon for running back Cam Akers to make his team debut in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday after the team just acquired him in a trade from the Los Angeles Rams earlier this week. Akers will likely be inactive with an eye toward playing in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers. Akers' fantasy value could be salvaged this year as a complement to Alexander Mattison after wearing out his welcome with the Rams, but fantasy managers must remember that the 24-year-old now has to learn a completely new offense in short order. Mattison will continue to operate as Minnesota's clear lead back this Sunday, with Ty Chandler serving as a change-of-pace option in the backfield.

Sep 22, 2023 2:40 PM EST

Vikings Acquiring Cam Akers From The Rams

The Minnesota Vikings are acquiring running back Cam Akers from the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday, according to sources. It's unclear what the Vikings are sending the Rams in return. Akers, who wore out his welcome in Los Angeles, will now reunite with his former offensive coordinator, Kevin O'Connell, in Minnesota. The Rams made Akers a healthy scratch in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers after he had just 29 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the season opener. He'll form a one-two punch for the Vikings backfield now with Alexander Mattison, who hasn't impressed at all in his first two games as the team's lead back. Akers' fantasy stock had hit rock bottom, but this move gives him a chance to be relevant again, albeit in a pass-happy offense.

Sep 20, 2023 6:36 PM EST

Several Teams Checking In On Cam Akers

Several NFL teams have checked in with the Los Angeles Rams about a potential trade for running back Cam Akers, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns, among others, according to sources. It's still possible the Rams outright release Akers for salary reasons, but the team is actively shopping him and he's more than likely played his last game in LA. Akers had three straight 100-yard rushing games with three touchdowns to close out the 2022 season. The Browns just lost star RB Nick Chubb (knee) for the rest of the year, and the Ravens lost J.K. Dobbins (Achilles) in Week 1, so they are both obvious landing spots for Akers. Depending on where the 24-year-old ends up, he could be back on the fantasy radar again in short order in 2023.

Sep 19, 2023 3:10 PM EST

Rams Engaged In Trade Talks For Cam Akers

The Los Angeles Rams have had trade talks centered around running back Cam Akers, who was the team's starter in Week 1, according to sources. However, he was a healthy scratch in the Week 2 loss to the division-rival San Francisco 49ers on Sunday after being ineffective in the season opener and after a difficult week of practice. Kyren Williams is now the starter in LA's backfield, and Akers' spot is up in the air. The 24-year-old former second-round pick by the Rams in 2020 out of Florida State had just 29 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the season-opening win over the Seattle Seahawks. Akers demanded a trade last year and was in the doghouse before finishing strong with three straight 100-yard performances. It remains to be seen how the situation plays out in 2023, but for now his fantasy stock is obviously very low.

Sep 18, 2023 11:07 AM EST

Cam Akers Won't Be Active In Week 2

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers will not be active for the Week 2 game against the division-rival San Francisco 49ers, according to a source. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer also reported that coaches believe Akers is on the trade block and could be traded. Akers started for the Rams in their surprising Week 1 win over the Seattle Seahawks but had a measly 29 yards on 22 carries. There were similar issues between the 24-year-old and the Rams in 2022, but they hung onto him and he finished strong with three straight 100-yard rushing performance. If Kyren Williams is somehow still available in your league, he's a priority pickup, as he will now take over lead-back duties in LA. Ronnie Rivers and rookie Zach Evans should also step into bigger roles moving forward.

Sep 17, 2023 1:22 PM EST

Cam Akers - Week 2 Outlook for Fantasy Football

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers struggled in his first game of the season, as he put up just 29 rushing yards on 22 carries. While the fourth-year back out of Florida St. did get into the end zone, it was evident that the team leaned into using second-year RB Kyren Williams more. This is similar to what happened in 2022, where Akers started the season very slowly, but he did end on a high note and as the clear starter. However, Akers played just 35% of the offensive snaps in Week 1, while Williams played the other 65%, which should scare fantasy managers. Akers has a tough matchup against a San Fransisco 49ers defense that contained the Steelers offense to 41 rushing yards in Week 2. Considering his low snap count and problematic matchup against San Francisco, Akers is mainly a flex play in Week 2.

Sep 16, 2023 6:22 AM EST

Cam Akers Splits Backfield Workload In Week 1

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers ran the ball 22 times for 29 yards and one touchdown in the team's Week 1 upset victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Backup Kyren Williams was far more efficient running the football on Sunday with 15 carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns. The backfield seems like more of an even split than originally forecasted and could become a headache for fantasy managers. Akers typically offers very little in the passing game (zero catches in Week 1). If Williams continues to take carries near the goal line, Akers' fantasy value will plummet. Neither back should be trusted against the San Francisco 49ers' defense in Week 2.

Sep 11, 2023 9:55 AM EST

Cam Akers Will Look to Pick Up Where He Left Off In 2022

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers is set to start in the team's regular-season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The third-year back out of Florida St. had a plodding start to his 2022 season and was even inactive for two games. However, Akers bounced back and ended the year dominating, as he ran for over 100 yards in each of the last three games. Akers had the fifth-most fantasy points among all RBs during the last seven weeks of the season and will try to continue this level of play. Considering this and the lack of competition behind him, Akers should be in your lineup and is a considerably safe RB2/flex play against a weak Seattle rush defense.

Sep 9, 2023 8:05 AM EST

Having a strong offseason

Akers, per coach Sean McVay, is "going to be a central figure in this offense," Cameron DaSilva of TheRamsWire reports.

Jun 16, 2023 1:50 PM EST

Ends on three-game 100-yard streak

Akers rushed 21 times for 104 yards and caught all three of his targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 19-16 overtime loss to Seattle.

Jan 8, 2023 6:08 PM EST

Eclipses century mark in loss

Akers rushed 19 times for 123 yards and brought in one of two targets for 10 yards in the Rams' 31-10 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

Jan 1, 2023 5:22 PM EST