It had been a troublesome week for Los Angeles Rams operating again Darrell Henderson. After being restricted in observe because of a thigh harm, Henderson was then positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 listing on Saturday. Nevertheless, the Rams RB has but to be formally dominated out for Monday Night time Soccer. So, is Henderson enjoying tonight, or will fantasy football managers want to show to Sony Michel on this pivotal Rams vs. Cardinals matchup?
Is Darrell Henderson enjoying tonight vs. the Cardinals?
Monday Night time Soccer will showcase probably the most thrilling matchups of Week 14, an NFC West showdown between the Cardinals and Rams. The Cardinals are at present 2.5 video games forward of the Rams within the division and are preventing with the Packers, Buccaneers, and Cowboys for the highest spot within the NFC. To say this sport is essential for each squads is an understatement.
Sadly for the Rams (a staff with three losses of their final 4 video games), they might be with out their RB1 in Henderson because of a thigh harm and/or COVID. Henderson is vaccinated, so he’ll want two destructive checks at the least 24 hours aside to be eligible to play. Nevertheless, his thigh harm may additionally play a consider whether or not or not he sees the sphere.
Darrell Henderson has been distinctive for the Rams
When Cam Akers went down with an harm earlier than the season began, there have been considerations across the Rams dashing assault. But, Henderson has been capable of squash all considerations with a formidable marketing campaign to date. In his 10 begins (excluding final week’s sport the place he was energetic however didn’t take a snap), Henderson has 648 dashing yards with 5 touchdowns. The third-year again has additionally posted profession highs with 27 receptions for 172 yards and three TDs.
Henderson’s on-field manufacturing has translated right into a top-20 fantasy season. In half-point PPR leagues, Henderson is at present the RB18, averaging 14.four fantasy factors per sport. This places him forward of gamers like Damien Harris, James Robinson, and Josh Jacobs.
If Henderson misses with both an harm or COVID, who would be the lead again towards the Cardinals? Michel has been a dependable possibility for the Rams when Henderson has wanted to overlook time. This 12 months, the previous Patriots again has 103 carries for 426 yards and a pair of dashing touchdowns.
Final week, when he was given the lead function, Michel put up spectacular stats by operating for 121 dashing yards and a TD towards the Jaguars. This was to be anticipated, with Jacksonville rating close to the underside of the league in dashing yards allowed per sport (115.7).
This week towards Arizona, the Rams face one other staff that has been subpar towards the run. The Cardinals are permitting a mean of 113.7 dashing yards per sport. Nevertheless, they’ve been fairly good at holding RBs out of the top zone. They’ve solely allowed eight dashing scores this season, the third-best within the NFL. The Jaguars, alternatively, have allowed 17 this 12 months.
As Pro Football Network Fantasy Analyst Jason Katz said in his breakdown of Michel’s upside, fantasy managers ought to view Michel as a powerful RB2 with a excessive flooring. Sure, the Cardinals enable the 13th-fewest fantasy factors to operating backs within the NFL, however that’s closely reliant on stopping them within the pink zone. With an over/beneath of 51 on this sport, we are able to anticipate to see fairly a couple of red-zone alternatives for each groups. Michel would possibly have the ability to use that to his benefit.