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Cam Akers Fantasy Rookie Forecast

Cam Akers Fantasy 2020

With a very exciting and unique NFL Draft in the books many fans and dynasty football owners were a bit disappointed with some of the rookie landing spots. Day 1 of the NFL Draft was fairly underwhelming when you’re looking at future running backs in the NFL, with just Clyde Edwards-Helaire getting drafted with the 32nd overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. Edwards-Helaire being the first running back to get drafted was a bit of a surprise to just about everyone, to say the least. One of the running backs that finds himself in a very interesting landing spot is Cam Akers. After Todd Gurley was sent to the Atlanta Falcons, many dynasty football owners were excited about the idea of Darrell Henderson taking over the Rams backfield. Henderson is a solid prospect and there definitely is a lot to like about his game. Akers was drafted by the Rams with the 52nd pick in the NFL Draft as the fourth running back off the board.

Cam Akers FantasyFor Dynasty purposes, Akers has been and should continue to be a first-round pick in rookie drafts. You’re likely to see him drafted as a late first-round pick, and rightfully so. From a long-term perspective, the future running back in a Sean McVay offense cannot be overlooked. Especially when a versatile back like Akers has a chance to be that guy. At the end of the day, I like talent to outweigh opportunity in dynasty football, and Akers has a chance to combine his talent with a nice opportunity ahead of him, bringing some very intriguing upside from a long-term perspective.

Cam Akers fantasy value in redraft does look to have upside in his first season. He will be worth grabbing with a mid-round pick and definitely will have an opportunity to produce immediately. Henderson isn’t going away, and really was a nice prospect coming out as a rookie. Between the two, I’d rather take a chance on the upside a guy like Akers brings to the table both on the ground and through the air. As of now, I’d view Akers as an RB3 with plenty of upside, but this could very well change and Akers could be in the RB2 discussion as the off-season goes on. We’ve seen just how productive a running back can be in this offense, and Akers should get the first chance at touches this year. Even if the Rams go with a committee, Akers should bring plenty of upside through the air, giving him a safe floor, especially in PPR leagues.

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Cam Akers Pre-NFL Draft Profile

One of the most exciting running backs in this talented 2020 rookie class, is Cam Akers out of Florida State. The first thing that stands out with Akers is that he is an extremely versatile and athletic back. I like Akers as one of the best pass-catching running backs in this class. In 2019, Akers ran for 1,144 yards, ran for 14 touchdowns, caught 30 passes, totaled 225 receiving yards, and caught four touchdown passes. Akers ran the fifth-fastest 40 yard dash time for running backs at the NFL Combine and put up some impressive numbers, showcasing his athleticism.

Measurements

  • 5’10
  • 217 lbs.
  • Age: 20 (Turns 21 in June)

Fun Fact

Akers was a 5-star recruit running back out of high school, after starting as the team’s quarterback. During his senior year in high school, he ran for 2,105 yards and 34 touchdowns on the ground while throwing for 3,128 yards and 31 touchdowns.

NFL Combine Recap

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.47
  • Bench Press: 20
  • Vertical Jump: 35.5″
  • Broad Jump: 122″
  • 3 Cone Drill: DNP
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.42

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths

Akers is a very fun player to watch. If you go back and watch his film at Florida State, there are a few things in his game that immediately jump out and get you very excited. The first thing that stands out to me is his elusiveness. He makes excellent jump cuts and moves extremely well for someone of his size. Akers runs hard and was productive in 2019, despite playing behind a terrible offensive line. Akers has the versatility in the passing game that could make him very intriguing for fantasy football purposes. Akers isn’t just a good pass catcher, but he ran routes on a regular basis in college and ended his college career with 69 catches for 486 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s got the potential to be a three-down back in the NFL with his skillset. Another aspect of his game that he excels in is breaking tackles. He’s definitely one of the top running backs in the class in that regard.

If you’re into advanced metrics, Akers has a 108.7 Speed Score. There are two other former NFL running backs with a similar weight to Akers and a Speed Score of 108.7, and those players are LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshawn Lynch. Obviously information like this must be taken with a grain of salt, but this is a great representation of the speed and athleticism that someone of Akers’ size possesses. Akers has the combination of speed and burst that you want to see out of an NFL running back, and that’s definitely a strength of his.

Weaknesses

It’s tough to find any obvious holes in Akers’ game when watching the film. At times he isn’t the most patient runner, which is something that he could improve on but isn’t always something you can teach. It’s just more of the running back’s style of play. There are times when his vision is a bit questionable as well and struggles to find the holes to hit. He’s got excellent burst and speed, and if he can improve on his vision and patience, he could be a very good running back in the NFL.

Akers is a fine blocker, but there are times that I noticed he struggled a bit when linebackers were blitzing. I’m not sure if this was just a mental thing or not, but he could improve in that aspect. His blocking skills are fine, but they aren’t as good as guys like Jonathan Taylor, D’Andre Swift, or even Zack Moss.

Best Fit: NFL Scheme

Akers can catch the ball very well out of the backfield and could have some very nice fantasy football upside, especially in PPR leagues. Not only does he have the skillset to thrive running the ball, but he catches the ball well enough that he’d make a very nice addition to a pass-first offense. Akers wouldn’t need to be someone that gets 20+ touches to be productive but could be very productive even as a complementary running back in the NFL. Akers would be a nice addition to any backfield, but his PPR upside is really where I see the most appeal, Cam Akers fantasy value could thrive in year one.

Pre-NFL Draft Dynasty Thoughts

If you’re partaking in dynasty rookie drafts, you’ve probably seen Akers going in the middle of the first round. I think this is the perfect spot for him, as he’s currently my RB4 in the class. Depending on where he lands, he could move up a spot or two, but I highly doubt he drops out of the first round, even if he did land in a less than ideal spot. Between his talent and skill-set, he’s someone I’d be very interested in getting some shares of in my dynasty leagues. Akers is one of the “safer” running backs in this class, and a big reason for that is the likelihood that he’ll excel in the receiving game. If he ends up getting drafted by a running back needy team, he could easily become one of the top picks in your dynasty rookie drafts this year, and rightfully so.

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