As of Tuesday night, I have Cam Akers ranked 82nd (half-PPR scoring) for my Week 13 fantasy flex rankings. Between now and kickoff, I suspect I will only elevate him. As of now, I have him ranked 14 spots higher than the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR). I expect that number to rise as well.
Despite a miserable start to his NFL career, I suspect that Akers will be one of the most valuable players to own the last third of the season. Since Darrell Henderson Jr. returned from his quad injury a few weeks ago he has averaged a little more than two yards per carry. He did continue to get more attempts than Akers this past week, but that split was pretty much even (10 to 9). More importantly, Akers turned his nine carries into 84 yards and a touchdown. Let's just say Henderson did a little less.
Still worried about Malcolm Brown? I understand that, but Brown has had all of six carries the last two weeks for 24 yards and has not had more than two catches since Week 6. Think the guard might be changing?
Meanwhile, the Rams' opponent this weekend is Arizona, who is giving up 4.5 yards a carry, or a little worse than league average. Before the weekend is over, a ranking of 82nd for Akers might be laughable. And while Brown and Henderson each have five touchdowns to the pair that Akers has, don't expect that gap to exist very long.
The Rams' three-headed monster might be gone before you know it and don't be surprised if Akers is the one left standing, perhaps as early as this week.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Tampa Bay
NFL Flex Rankings: Week 13
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
(Top photo by Jeff Lewis/Los Angeles Rams, courtesy of therams.com)