Why fantasy football owners should flock to LA Rams RB Kyren Williams in 2024

NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams, Kyren Williams
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FF II: Roster Dilution

While we can hmm and haw over the additions to the team's running back room, the track record of HC Sean McVay has trending to sticking with what works. It was that trend that worked against the team when attempting to feature the fragile feature RB Darrell Henderson Jr. in the offense in past seasons. And it was that failure to get consistent production out of Henderson that likely pointed the team to former Notre Dame versatile RB Kyren Williams.

Even as the team added rookie RB Blake Corum and veteran RB Boston Scott to this roster, the team has plenty of carries to distribute in 2024. Williams carried the football 228 times in 2023, which is less than half of the team's 477 carries. Because the Rams roster was in flux throughout 2023, the team actually handed the football off to six running backs over the course of the season. Three of those running backs: Darrell Henderson Jr., Royce Freeman, and Cam Akers, are no longer on the team.

While Scott could contribute on offense, I expect his role will primarily be in returning punts and kicks. And with the arrival of Blake Corum, I envision the roles of both Zach Evans and Ronnie Rivers to be relegated to the practice squad, held in reserve in the event that the team's two runners suffer injuries.

So what about the risk of losing snaps, carries, and red zone scoring opportunities to rookie Blake Corum?

The Rams typically do not just plop rookies onto a football field in high-pressure circumstances like short-yardage, goal line, or red zone scenarios. So that risk of Corum syphoning off scores like a vampire are pretty remote. But what will likely happen is that the offense will have a competent option to employ throughout the season.

Used wisely, Corum's presence in this offense could have a positive effect on Williams' season in terms of keeping his teammate fresh and healthy throughout all 17 games. That is a bonus. But there are other benefits to Corum lining up in the backfield.