When it comes to the running back position, the question about the Rams fantasy football strategy runs in two different directions. First, there is the question about how effective will this Rams running attack be? After all, there was not much to brag about in the first half of week one. The Rams rushed just seven times for 12 yards. Of course, that eventually gave way to the fact that the Rams got a lead, and then eased off the accelerator to run the ball more and eat up the play clock.
But the second train of thought lies in the fact that Darrell Henderson, while only rushing 16 times in the first game, played nearly the entire game as the lone running back in the backfield. That is not sustainable. Now, I’m not saying that he is a box of Rice Krispies or anything. Merely that the Rams entered the 2021 NFL season with some limits, and meting out the number of offensive snaps to Henderson is one of them.
In week one, Darrell Henderson Jr. (14.7 points) was the 12th-ranked running back in the NFL. His teammate, Sony Michel (0.2 points), was barely a blip. Is this the week that Sony Michel takes over? I am not so sure. The Indianapolis Colts struggled to contain Seahawks running back, Chris Carson. In week two, I look for both offenses to put the pedal to the metal. For the Rams, that will mean plenty of running lanes for Henderson and a more synchronized run-blocking effort by the LA Rams in this one.
I expect that the LA Rams will save their grand opening of Michel for week three against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
FANTASY PROJECTION: RB Darrell Henderson (17.4 points)
FANTASY PROJECTION: RB Sony Michel (2.8 points)