RB Darrell Henderson - Los Angeles Rams

5-9, 200Born: 8-19-1997College: MemphisDrafted: Round 3, pick 2019

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Henderson is splitting with Malcolm Brown behind Todd Gurley in a subpar running game. It didn't look like the Rams made any special plans to use him during their bye.

Week 11: vs Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Tough matchup. In close games this season, Todd Gurley typically plays approximately 75-percent of the Rams' offensive snaps. Unfortunately, due to a decreased workload and poor offensive line play, this has resulted in 0 100-yard games for Gurley this year. Last season, Gurley tallied 6 20-carry performances. However, he has recorded 0 such games through the first 9 games of this season. Additionally, the Rams' offensive line has been one of the worst in the NFL this season, lacking consistency regarding both the personnel on the field as well as their performance. The Rams lost two starters, Brian Allen and Rob Havenstein, to injury last weekend. The shuffling of previous starters and reserves throughout the lineup makes it unclear who will start for the team in week 11, but it will almost certainly result in a downgrade up-front. Todd Gurley has seen limited usage in 2019, which head coach and play-caller Sean McVay acknowledged after last week's loss to the Steelers. However, increased usage against the Chicago Bears' stout run defense may not be the best remedy for this struggling rushing attack. The Chicago Bears run defense ranks 4th in the NFL, allowing just 3.7 yards per carry this season. Their unit, headlined by Khalil Mack, has stifled rushing attacks by dominating in the trenches with sure tacklers filling in behind. Mack is tied atop the team's leaderboard in tackles for loss with breakout defensive tackle Nick Williams. Williams and Eddie Goldman have surprised many this season to make up one of the league's most-impressive defensive tackle pairings. At linebacker, the Bears lost their season-leader in tackles, Danny Trevathan, to a gruesome arm injury last week. In his place, Nick Kwiatkowski will step into a starting role. Kwiatkowski has been impressive in a small sample of playing time throughout his career, but the burden will be on second-year player Roquan Smith to step up and compensate for the loss of Trevathan in their defense. On the season, the Bears have only allowed 2 100-yard rushers. The Rams' offense has struggled to move the ball on the ground in 2019, and the Bears should be able to withstand the loss of Trevathan, but this is certainly a situation to keep an eye on. Overall, the Bears' defensive line should dominate the battle in the trenches against the Rams' horrendous offensive line, leaving Todd Gurley with very little room to run on Sunday night.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at ATL 26 11 31 0 1 1.0 8 0 0 3.9
8 vs CIN 30 11 49 0 3 2.0 20 0 0 6.9
10 at PIT 8 4 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.4
11 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 0.7 * * * *
11 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 0.7 * * * *
11 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Darrell Henderson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs PIT (4 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Henderson started the game against the Steelers as the primary backup to Todd Gurley, only to cede time to a now-healthy Malcolm Brown as the game progressed. Henderson rarely saw the field in the second half and did not log any impact with his four touches. Without a Todd Gurley injury and the Rams offense struggling, Henderson is a long-shot to provide impact considering the rotational blend of Henderson and Brown as backup options.

2019 Week 8 vs CIN (11 / 49 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Henderson mixed in with Todd Gurley in the first half but saw most of his playing time and touches in the second half of the home win over Cincinnati. Henderson had a nice cut for 15 yards on his biggest gain and broke a tackle on another occasion for additional yardage. Henderson notably had a third-down drop as a receiver.

2019 Week 7 vs ATL (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Henderson inherited the secondary role to Todd Gurley against the Falcons with Malcolm Brown inactive. Henderson sparsely played in the first half between seeing more action in the second of the comfortable road win. It was tough sledding for both Gurley and Henderson on the ground with Henderson's most notable runs being a broken tackle on third-and-shot and getting to the edge on another occasion for 10 yards. Henderson saw most of the backfield snaps in the fourth quarter as the Rams milked a big lead.

2019 Week 6 vs SF (6 / 39 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Henderson saw much of his playing time in the second half of the Rams' loss to the 49ers. Malcolm Brown was the starter and the preferred option in the first half. Henderson flashed on three occasions as a runner with a perimeter run, showing burst, for more than 20 yards, a cutback for 10+ yards, and finally a red zone run down to the one-yard-line. Henderson was stuffed on fourth-and-short, however, and lost a fumble among his low moments.

2019 Week 1 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Henderson barely played in his NFL debut as he was on the field for only two snaps, including being stuffed on a red zone carry. Henderson is clearly behind Malcolm Brown as the No.2 back and Brown excelled in his first game back from a midseason 2018 injury. Henderson needs at least one of the backs ahead of him out of the way to be a viable projection for weekly usage until further notice.


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