Will Rashaad Penny Earn a Bell Cow Role? Actionable Takeaways From Early July News
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Early July is usually a dead period for NFL news, as most free agents have signed, and training camp hasn’t started yet. But a few pieces of recent news have fantasy implications.

Darrell Henderson and Kyren Williams

Per The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrique (one of the best beat reporters in the league):

My sense is that the Rams’ hope for Williams is that he eventually takes over the Henderson role in the offense (Henderson is in a contract season but is also recovering from injury and has dealt with a variety of injuries over the past few seasons).

Analysis

This doesn’t mean Henderson is dust. He’s a popular zero RB target, given his past production and metrics. That said, the Rams did seemingly lose interest in him as a bell cow last year, given his slew of injuries. Perhaps they just do not believe he can handle a full workload. Williams is an interesting prospect, offering a great receiving profile before a bad forty-yard dash time crashed his draft stock. Still, Williams seems to be a James White style of prospect and could take some high-value touches from Henderson. While I still like Henderson, it seems wise to ease up on drafting him in favor of other zero-RB targets going in the same range on Underdog, such as Michael Carter and Nyheim Hines. Williams makes for an interesting last-round dart throw in Rams stacks (and as a Week 17 bring back in Chargers stacks).

Rashaad Penny and Ken Walker

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