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Breaking down the Los Angeles Rams' backfield for fantasy football

In Greek mythology, Cerberus is the three-headed monster that guards the gate to the underworld — only those foolish enough would entertain the idea of getting anywhere close to it. In fantasy football, three-headed backfields work in a typical manner: Too many running backs involved is usually a tell-tale sign to stay away. Just ask anybody who rostered New England Patriots running backs Sony Michel, James White or Rex Burkhead last season. 

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When news surfaced that Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay suggested the team will manage its backfield with that running back-by-committee approach,” it appeared that a three-headed backfield had just reared its ugly head from Los Angeles. McVay also added that he would like to replicate the San Francisco 49ers’ committee approach from 2019. 

Considering that we did see fantasy value out of running backs Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida during stretches of 2019, let's take a deeper look at the current Rams backfield and offensive line to identify the most likely candidates to be viable options for fantasy football in 2020.

Cam Akers | ADP RB27

Rookie running back Cam Akers has the best chance of the bunch to be the clear-cut RB1 at some point during the season. The Rams invested their first draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft — second round, 57th overall — in the Florida State product despite many other glaring holes on the roster. The assumption in April was that the Rams’ coaching staff and management views Akers as the replacement for Todd Gurley II, who the team released in March. 

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