Saturday, 01 June 2019 00:00

Darrell Henderson is a potential league winner in 2019

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Todd Gurley's knee problems will keep him out of the 2019 preseason. While nothing is set in stone as of yet, it's becoming more aparent that Gurley's knee problems are serious. Fantasy owners take note. Todd Gurley's knee problems will keep him out of the 2019 preseason. While nothing is set in stone as of yet, it's becoming more aparent that Gurley's knee problems are serious. Fantasy owners take note. Wikipedia Commons

Todd Gurley has some issues, and people should be getting excited for rookie Darrel Henderson in 2019.

ESPN's Lisa Thiry reported earlier that Todd Gurley will miss the entire preseason.

While many weren't too concerned about Gurley's knee, it's definitely starting to look like there could be some issues now.

If that's the case, it's important to adapt to the situation as a fantasy owner. That's why we look to the next guy up. Darrell Henderson.

Why it matters for fantasy

Gurley battled injury woes down the stretch last year, and he was the worst kind of fantasy player because of it.

You didn't know what you were going to get with Gurley. But it was tough to bench him because he was such a stud.

Also, we saw how good a backup running back can be behind the Rams potent offensive line.

Running back C.J. Anderson had three games of 100+ yards in the playoffs last season, and was by the far the Rams best back in that stretch. With Anderson gone now, there's now more room in the offense for volume. 

Why you should be excited about Henderson's immediate fantasy potential

Henderson is by far the most explosive back coming out of the draft this season. He was also one of the most efficient running backs in college football history. You can read more about his stats and traits in our 'Talent Evaluation' section here.

Also, the Rams traded up to get Henderson in the third round. Draft capital investment is often a good indicator of how soon a rookie sees the field. This shows that even if Gurley is healthy, the Rams are likely going to use Henderson anyway, making him valuable in deeper leagues.

To top it off, you can currently get Henderson in the 8th round according to FFCalculator. Making him an absolute steal there.

Is Malcolm Brown a problem?

While Henderson has some opportunity, Malcolm Brown is still in the mix. The Rams hung on to him in the offseason and he's a talented enough back that could be a starter on several other teams.

But should we get worried about Brown stealing touches?

There's definitely some cause to worry. Brown is definitely going to get a shot as well. So he's a welcome dart throw as well.

The current state of the Rams as a team

The Rams burst out of the gate last season as one of the best offenses in the league. But many factors contributed to their team's slow decline near the end of the season.

They had injuries to their key players, including key wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Plus Gurley's play declined as the season went along. Defenses also started to figure out Sean McVay's style, which lead to more teams beating them in the playoffs.

But despite that, the Rams are still a very good offense heading into 2019. They'll have Kupp back. Sean McVay will also have to evolve his play style once again to counter other coaches counters. But he's proven to be a smart enough guy where I'm confident he'll do that.

Final verdict

Overall, Henderson has the potential to be a league winner for fantasy teams in 2019. The Rams offense will be among the best in the league. There's opportunity for high volume with Gurley's knee issues. The Rams showed a lot of interest trading up to get him in the third round.

Lastly, Henderson is one of the most explosive rookie backs this season. Draft him in as many leagues as you can.

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Last modified on Saturday, 01 June 2019 19:09
George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at FFChamps.com before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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