The Los Angeles Rams have an uphill battle as they face the mighty Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12. Fantasy football managers can’t ignore the opportunity to add talent before the fantasy playoffs begin in the coming weeks. Also, with most trade deadlines either passed or coming up next week, the window to make a deal is limited.
One playmaker who could prove to be a valuable addition is Rams running back Cam Akers. We’re on top of all angles in this matchup for fantasy managers and bettors alike. Let’s dive into whether you should add Akers off the waiver wire and start him against the Chiefs.
Should You Add Cam Akers From the Waiver Wire for Week 12?
Considering where the Rams and Akers were right before the NFL trade deadline, I’m surprised that we’re asking the question of whether you should add him to your roster off the waiver wire this week.
At least, I would’ve thought, that Akers would’ve been relocated onto another roster. Akers had requested a trade to another team amid concerns of his fit within the offense.
The Rams’ offense has been dreadful throughout this season. They’ve been especially ineffective running the ball, ranking 31st in total yards and yards per attempt. Despite the season-long drought on the ground for Akers and his teammates, the third-year back tied his season high with 61 rushing yards in Week 11.
Even though Akers only has one touchdown and 237 rushing yards on the season, it’s uncommon that we would find a starting RB available on the waiver wire at this point of the year. We have to consider adding Akers to our roster regardless of whether we have faith in this Rams offensive line because he will get the opportunity to touch the ball.
The return of quarterback Matthew Stafford should help despite Stafford‘s own struggles throughout this year. Stafford has been legitimately bad, and the Rams must be contemplating how long they can continue to keep the score together so long as he is a below-average starter. Nothing will change until the offseason because LA’s limitations are tied to personnel.
Akers was productive enough against the Saints last week to believe this running game could potentially recover. It was his second game of the season where he averaged over 4.3 yards per carry. That’s an embarrassingly low number, but we must remember how many fantasy rosters have been devastated by injuries at the RB position.
If you have one of those rosters where you are streaming a second running back on a weekly basis, then Akers should absolutely be in consideration to add. We may not get another opportunity to add a starting RB to a roster before the fantasy playoffs begin.
Just keep in mind that he’s probably not going to be a better option to start over high-end RB2s because Akers hasn’t played more than 39% of the Rams’ snaps since Week 3.
If you can’t get Akers on the waiver wire, consider adding him to a weekly Best Ball tournament on Underdog Fantasy, where thousands of dollars are up for grabs in prizes every week.
Is Cam Akers a Good Play Against Kansas City?
It’s going to be difficult to recommend starting Akers in any weekly matchup that he has.
Los Angeles has simply not been effective in creating rushing lanes for their backs over the last two years. Combine that with Akers’ zapped athleticism post-injury and inability to create outside of the scheme, and it’s a nightmare situation for fantasy managers having to start him.
We also have to consider Akers’ matchup against this Chiefs’ defensive front. Kansas City has seen a transformation in their defense, showing more effective against the run than in past years.
Some of this is because their passing defense is terrible, as offenses have attempted the third-fewest rushing attempts against the unit. But they have performed well, giving up only 4.4 yards per carry and six rushing touchdowns on the season.
I can’t recommend starting Akers against this Chiefs’ defense. But if you’re here, you probably have a severe roster deficiency and need for a starting back. You could do worse than Akers, as he could see 15+ carries and goal-line touches if the Rams can get that far. There’s more upside in that potential than most options on the waiver wire market.