|ADP:||Round: 9, Pick: 6|
|Team:||Los Angeles Rams|
|Ht / Wt:||5'8" / 208 lb.|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 3 (70)|
Henderson (ankle) received competition for playing time entering the 2020 season after the team selected Cam Akers in the second round of this year's draft, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports.
Analysis: After a forgettable rookie campaign last year, Henderson was positioned to have a significant role out of the backfield with Todd Gurley released in March. While the addition of Akers to the depth chart does add competition for the sophomore and 26-year-old veteran Malcolm Brown, Henderson's draft pedigree and big-play upside should enable him to carve out a meaningful role in the offense. Henderson underwent ankle surgery in December, and he was a major fantasy disappointment last year after being a hyped rookie entering the season, so he could be slightly undervalued with Akers joining the running back corps. Just remember, Henderson is still unproven at the NFL level and his role is uncertain.
Rams GM Les Snead envisions Henderson (ankle) operating as part of a multi-player backfield, Greg Beacham of The Associated Press reports. "What we want to be is a team that utilizes more than just one workhorse running the ball," Snead said. "We have this big-picture vision, Darrell (Henderson) being a part of it, but we do expect other pieces to be a big part of it as well."
Analysis: The Rams leaned on Todd Gurley as a three-down workhorse for the better part of the past three seasons, including in 2019 when his production drastically declined. With Gurley released last month and now signed by Atlanta, the Rams are preparing for a new reality in the backfield, where Henderson and Malcolm Brown currently stand as the top options. Brown has more experience in Sean McVay's system and was a bit more efficient with his opportunities last season, but he doesn't offer much in terms of speed or pass-catching skill -- areas where Henderson theoretically could thrive. In any case, the 2019 third-round pick is working his way back from December ankle surgery, waiting on the upcoming NFL Draft to see if the Rams add tougher competition for carries.
Henderson (ankle) has a big opportunity ahead with Todd Gurley no longer part of the Rams backfield, Rich Hammond of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The Rams have time to add players before Week 1, but they don't have a ton of cap space or a top-50 draft pick, and they still have a few other positions that appear just as weak as their backfield. Gurley's release Thursday opens up a nice opportunity for both Henderson and Malcom Brown, with the former heading into the second season of his rookie contract and the latter entering Year 2 of a two-year, $3.25 million deal. Henderson struggled as a rookie and eventually needed ankle surgery in December, but he should have a shot to battle for the lead role once he's healthy.
Henderson (ankle) will be placed on injured reserve, Sarina Morales of the Rams' official site reports.
Analysis: Henderson suffered a high ankle sprain and will have surgery after Christmas. He finishes his rookie season with 147 rushing yards on 39 carries and 37 receiving yards on four catches in 13 games.
Henderson suffered an ankle injury during Saturday's loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Henderson had two carries for seven yards early in the contest before exiting with the ankle issue. The 22-year-old's status should be updated once the Rams return to practice next week, at the latest.
Henderson rushed four times for 17 yards during Sunday's 34-7 win over Arizona. He played just seven of 79 offensive snaps.
Analysis: Henderson didn't see the field until the middle of the fourth quarter, so while rushing for 4.9 yards per tote is encouraging, he might not of even played if the game wasn't already clinched. The rookie has flashed game-breaking talent and tremendous fantasy upside, but he's not receiving the playing time to make a difference in the fake game. It's hard to rely on him at this stage of the season.
Henderson played three offensive snaps and didn't receive a touch in Sunday's 17-7 win over the Bears.
Analysis: Todd Gurley looked healthy with a whopping 25 carries and three receptions while Malcolm Brown recorded five rushes. With his lowest snap count since Week 5, Henderson was clearly absent from the Rams' offensive plans besides for injury insurance. The rookie third-rounder won't be a dependable fantasy asset as long as Gurley's healthy.
Henderson is poised to step in as the Rams' No. 2 running back with Malcolm Brown (ankle) listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Stu Jackson of the team's official website reports.
Analysis: Brown and Henderson filled in for Todd Gurley last week, with the rookie taking six carries for 39 yards and adding nine yards on his lone reception. Gurley is set to return from a quadriceps injury, but Henderson should still have a role in the offense for Sunday's potential shootout.
Henderson rushed six times for 39 yards during Sunday's 20-7 loss to the 49ers. He also caught one of two targets for nine yards.
Analysis: Henderson split backfield work with Malcolm Brown in the absence of Todd Gurley (quadriceps). While neither running back was able to notably capitalize on their opportunity, it's worth noting that Henderson seemed to be the primary receiving option while Brown led the team in carries. Los Angeles is set for a much more beneficial matchup against Atlanta's defense in Week 7, so Henderson could have better success going forward if Gurley is forced to miss any more time.
With Todd Gurley out Sunday, Henderson should have a role backing up Malcolm Brown, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Analysis: It's unclear how much work Henderson will get, but it could be his first real chance to showcase his skills at the NFL level.
Coach Sean McVay said the Rams hope to get Henderson "more involved" on offense in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Through five games, the third-round rookie out of Memphis has dressed just three times and played a total of 12 snaps, with all but two of them coming on special teams. Henderson may have his best opportunity to date to make an impact in Week 6, as top running back Todd Gurley is day-to-day with a bruised left quadriceps tendon, an injury that puts the three-time Pro Bowler's status in question for Sunday. If Gurley ultimately sits out Sunday or is restricted due to the injury, Malcolm Brown would see the bulk of the backfield reps in his place, though Henderson should have some sort of role as a change-of-pace option.
Henderson played a single special-teams snap during Thursday's 30-29 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: It's becoming more and more difficult to justify clogging up a roster spot with Henderson by the game, and with more teams heading into their bye weeks, he's likely to appear on even more waiver wires. There's still long-term potential, but there's also clearly a reason he's not receiving regular playing time.
Henderson played nine snaps on special teams during Sunday's 55-40 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The rookie still hasn't received an offensive snap since Week 1, but at least he saw the field against the Buccaneers after watching the past two contests from the sidelines. However, his playing time can only increase, and it wouldn't be surprising if Henderson slowly became more involved in the offense moving forward. While he's still a wait-and-see project in most fantasy settings, there's upside even if Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown remain healthy.
Henderson did not see the field during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Browns.
Analysis: A preseason darling in a lot of fantasy circles, Henderson hasn't played a single snap in either of the past two games. Exacerbating the problem, the Rams are off to a 3-0 start, so there might not be a lot of urgency to involve the rookie in the offense. Henderson's long-term value remains intriguing, but it's hard to pile up fantasy points from the sidelines.
Henderson didn't play a single snap during Sunday's 27-9 win over New Orleans.
Analysis: The rookie has now received just a single carry and played only two offensive snaps through the first two games of the season. Making matters worse, Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown have combined for 250 rushing yards and three scores on the ground. Los Angeles did trade up to select Henderson in the third round, though, and it would be surprising if head coach Sean McVay didn't find ways to incorporate the back's game-breaking talent into the offense over the coming weeks. If the luxury exists to remain patient with Henderson, he could still develop into a serviceable asset over the course of the season.
Henderson took one carry for no gain in Sunday's 30-27 win over Carolina, playing two snaps on offense.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown both got double-digit carries, with the former rumbling for 97 yards and the latter punching in a pair of scores. Henderson did get his one carry from the Carolina 5-yard line, but he was stuffed at the line of scrimmage before Tyler Higbee caught a touchdown pass on the next play. Given the strong performances by the two players ahead of him, Henderson figures to remain a distant third in the Los Angeles backfield for Week 2 against the Saints.
Henderson rushed 11 times for 28 yards and brought in one of two targets for four yards in the Rams' 10-6 preseason win over the Broncos on Saturday.
Analysis: The rookie encountered rough sledding on the ground, with his long run of the night going for a modest nine yards. Henderson's rushing attempts paced the Rams for the night, but inefficiency has now been a hallmark of all three of his exhibition showings. Nevertheless, the 2019 third-round pick projects as the top backup to Todd Gurley to open the season, a role that could afford him a solid complementary workload.
Henderson said the game slowed down for him Saturday against the Cowboys, and head coach Sean McVay noted it was a step in the right direction with his assignments, ESPN's Lindsey Thiry reports.
Analysis: There's a lot of optimism surrounding Henderson's fantasy stock, and he profiles as a the change-of-pace back McVay and the Los Angeles offense has been missing the past two seasons. Additionally, Todd Gurley's (knee) status is still a bit of a mystery -- Los Angeles is currently employing an every-other-day practice schedule for the No. 1 back. Malcolm Brown is also in the picture, and after matching Detroit's offer sheet for him, the Rams obviously have plans for the fifth-year pro. Henderson's explosiveness should lead to a number of big plays throughout his rookie campaign, but there's likely to be a lot of week-to-week inconsistency if Gurley and Brown both remain healthy.
Henderson gained 16 yards on six carries and caught all six of his targets for an additional 38 yards during Saturday's 14-10 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Henderson struggled for the second straight game to run the ball, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry despite leading the team in touches. He did make a notable impact as a pass-catcher, however, as he led the team in receptions while tying for second in receiving yards. If the Rams truly wants to preserve Todd Gurley this season, Henderson could be an option to take some touches away from him, while an improved output on the ground would ease any concerns about involving the rookie in the gameplan.
Henderson picked up 13 yards on six carries, and caught one pass for minus-five yards during Saturday's 14-3 loss to Oakland.
Analysis: Seeing a 2.2 yards per carry average next to Henderson's name in the box score is jarring, yet that is exactly what Oakland's front seven managed to accomplish. Henderson averaged 8.9 yards per carry on 344 attempts over his final two seasons at Memphis, so the fact that the Raiders -- and the NFL's 30th-ranked rush defense from a year ago -- were able to so thoroughly contain him comes as a surprise. Henderson paced the Rams' backfield with six carries in the preseason opener, and probably will continue to garner a moderate workload throughout the exhibition slate with starter Todd Gurley expected to be preserved for the regular season.
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