2021 Darrell Henderson Fantasy Football Player Profile

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It’s that time of year once again! Football Absurdity will bring you a breakdown of every notable fantasy football-relevant player throughout June, July, and August. We continue with 2021 Darrell Henderson. He started off 2020 with the starting running back role for the Rams, but Cam Akers wrested it away. Anyway, I am down on Henderson this year because of the Akers deal. Now to take a giant sip of coffee and check the injury reports for the last week or so.

Darrell Henderson ADP and AAV:

Average Draft Position: ???
Average Auction Value: ???

Darrell Henderson Statistics:
Year G GS Rush Ru Yds Ru TD Tgt Rec Yards TD Touches Opp Total Yards
2020 15 11 138 624 5 24 16 159 1 154 162 783
2019 13 0 39 147 0 6 4 37 0 43 45 184
Year YPC Rush/G Ru Yd/G Tgt/G Rec/G Catch% Yds/Tgt Yds/Rec Touches/G Opp/G Yds/G
2020 4.52 9.2 41.6 1.60 1.07 66.7% 6.63 9.94 10.27 10.80 52.20
2019 3.77 3.0 11.3 0.46 0.31 66.7% 6.17 9.25 3.31 3.46 14.15
Year Std Pts HPPR Pts PPR Pts Pts/G HPPR Pts/G PPR Pts/G Pts/Tch HPPR Pts/Tch PPR Pts/Tch
2020 114.3 122.3 130.3 7.62 8.15 8.7 0.74 0.79 0.85
2019 18.4 20.4 22.4 1.42 1.57 1.72 0.43 0.47 0.52
2021 Darrell Henderson Fantasy Football Overview:

Setting the Cam Akers injury aside for this evaluation for a second to focus on Darrell Henderson… Darrell Henderson is pretty darn good at football. He finished the year with a 5.1 yards per touch, which ranks 25th among running backs last year. Henderson also played extremely well before injuries derailed his 2020 campaign. From weeks two through six, he averaged 14 rush attempts and 1.5 receptions per game, for 86 yards per game. That’s really good! Unfortunately, that stat line also puts one massive trouble for Henderson on display:

He simply does not catch passes. Neither does Akers, for that matter. In 24 career games, Henderson has just 30 targets. That’s not enough in this day and age for him to break through that RB20 barrier for me. He’s a good player, who deserves a spot on your fantasy football squad. Unfortunately, what he does isn’t always all that valuable for fantasy football, since he doesn’t catch balls. That will make him a usable fantasy football option for you, but any dreams of him turning into an RB1 are likely off the board.

2021 Darrell Henderson Fantasy Football Draft Strategy:

Darrell Henderson Auction Value: $0
Draft Ranking: Find out for your league settings in a Beersheet!

Full disclosure, I wrote this at about 2 AM on July 23. Nothing special about it being 2 AM, but it being July 23 makes a difference. At this point, we have no idea what the average draft position of Darrell Henderson is or what his auction price should be. Realistically, he should slot in somewhere around RB20 and RB30 for you, but determining his spot in that range depends on what you think about the other guys in that tier. Do you trust Henderson more or less than guys like Travis Etienne and Javonte Williams, who will have to stave off veterans, or on the flip side, do you believe in Raheem Mostert, who has to stave off a rookie?

My re-rank this week put Henderson at RB23. He’s behind Mike Davis, Josh Jacobs, and Travis Etienne (I really like ETN) and before Kareem Hunt, and Raheem Mostert. That feels just about right, to me. Granted, I did that rank with the understanding that the Rams would bring in another veteran or give massive roles to otherwise relatively unknown guys Xavier Johnes and Jake Funk. Should you get Hendo in that range, and a vet doesn’t make his way over to Los Angeles, then it’s wheels up on Darrell Henderson as a screaming value this year.

Best Case Scenario:

He turns into 2018 Todd Gurley as the Rams run the offense through him, and he catches a ton of passes.

Worst Case Scenario:

He turns into 2019 Todd Gurley, as the Rams try, and fail, to run the offense through him.

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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]

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