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Start Odell Beckham or Darrell Henderson Now That They’re Off COVID List? Expert Fantasy Advice On Key Rams

Start Odell Beckham or Darrell Henderson Now That They’re Off COVID List? Expert Fantasy Advice On Key Rams article feature image

Stacy Revere/Getty Images. Pictured: Rams RB Darrell Henderson, Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr.

The Los Angeles Rams have been dealing with the most extensive COVID-19 outbreak in the NFL with nearly half of their active roster on the COVID-19/reserve list at one point this week.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Darrell Henderson Jr. were among the key players the Rams activated off the list on Saturday, positioning them to play against the Seahawks this Tuesday, barring any more potential COVID-related setbacks.

If you’re considering whether to wait until the end of the fantasy football week to start them, our analyst is here to help. She runs through what to expect from both below.

Start Odell Beckham Jr.?

written by Samantha Previte

Beckham should offer WR3 value this week. The veteran wideout has been highly productive as a complementary receiver to Cooper Kupp alongside Van Jefferson with Robert Woods out for the year with a torn ACL. Beckham has found the end zone in three consecutive games and is the WR13 on a per-game basis in half PPR over that span.

Beckham tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday — one day after multiple Rams’ players were placed on the COVID-19/reserve list ahead of their Monday night matchup against the Cardinals.

Beckham has been a member of the Rams since November following a public fallout with the Browns.

Start RB Darrell Henderson Jr.?

written by Samantha Previte

Henderson has been a must-start all year, but carries risk this week after missing two weeks of practice due to injury and illness. I expect he would take a backseat to (or at least split work with) Sony Michel, who has been highly productive with Henderson sidelined this year.

Both would be in the low-end RB2/high-end RB3 range if Henderson is active in this plush matchup against the Seahawks, who rank second-worst in fantasy points allowed to the running back position.

Managers haven’t seen Henderson since Week 12 against the Packers. He missed Week 13 against the Jaguars with a thigh injury and missed practice leading up to Week 14 due to an illness. He was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list ahead of the Rams’ Monday night victory over the Cardinals.

He has been a valuable asset for fantasy football this season, though, and is RB14 on a per-game basis in half PPR — ahead of both Ezekiel Elliott and Aaron Jones.

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