Akers' remarkable recovery from a torn Achilles was one of the best stories of 2021. But getting back on the field was one thing; now he needs to show that he's regained the explosiveness that made him a Round 2 pick back in 2020. Akers did not top 55 rushing yards in a game or score a touchdown after his return despite 67 carries in four postseason games. That inefficiency, along with questions about his role in the passing game, are why you should wait until Round 4 to draft Akers in redraft leagues. Akers is more valuable in Dynasty leagues because he'll still be just 23 years old at the start of the year, but he's still best viewed as a mid-range No. 2 back in that format as well.
Kudos to Akers for making it back to the field last year just 6 months after tearing his right Achilles. That’s an injury that usually takes 9-12 months to return from.
So it’s not surprising or very concerning that he struggled during the Rams’ Super Bowl run. The big question now is whether Akers will be back at least close to pre-injury form for the 2022 campaign.
If he is, there’s clear RB1 upside. This should again be a strong offense. And it’s clear that the Rams want Akers to be their feature back.
Akers is worth the gamble if you can get him in the 3rd or 4th round of your fantasy draft.
Akers is expected to enter 2022 as the high-scoring Rams' lead back after missing the entire 2021 regular season with a torn Achilles. The 2020 second-round pick first took on lead-back duties in Week 13 of the 2020 season and, since that point, he's played a substantial role in 10 games. During those outings, he's averaging 19.9 carries and 2.4 targets per game. Akers failed to impress off his surprising return from the Achilles injury during the playoffs (2.6 YPC), but he's only 23 years old and figures to be much closer to full strength come Week 1. Akers may be limited as a pass-catcher (especially with Darrell Henderson Jr. in the fold), but he's the lead back in an offense that is second in the league in carries inside the 5 since Sean McVay joined the team in 2017. Akers is a major breakout candidate.
Cam Akers' summer Achilles injury eroded any chance for the breakout candidate to fulfill his 2021 expectations. Akers returned late in the season to log regular season touches and a surprising 75 touches in the Rams' playoff run, but did not look his typical athletic self over the span. Akers' return to even see the field from an Achilles injury was essentially unheard of for the running back position. Now with a full offseason of additional recovery time, expect to see a closer-to-full-strength Akers as the assumptive starter. On one of the best offenses in the NFL, Akers' lone limitation is as a receiver with Darrell Henderson's strength in that facet plus the Rams being over the lowest ranking teams in high-leverage opportunities for running backs (targets plus goal line carries) in the NFL each of the past two seasons.