Fantasy Football: Cam Akers could be a sneaky add for stretch run

Looking for an under-the-radar add in your league? Take a look at Cam Akers.

San Francisco 49ers v Minnesota Vikings
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After waivers process in your league this week, even if you got the players you put a claim on, there could be another player sitting there that no one is looking at.

Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers, who has likely fallen completely off the radar in your league, could be on a slow rise that leads to good things.

Remember how excited many fantasy owners were this summer about Alexander Mattison? With Dalvin Cook out of the picture, he was supposed to be a guy that hit big for fantasy players this season. Well, that hasn't happened.

In seven games this season, Mattison has 359 yards rushing. He is averaging 4.0 yards per carry and has yet to score a touchdown. He does have two receiving touchdowns but has only 107 yards receiving on the year.

He would be what we call a fantasy bust to this point.

Earlier this season, the Vikings acquired Cam Akers from the Los Angeles Rams for next to nothing. He hasn't been given an extended amount of opportunities and for the season, has averaged less yards per carry than Mattison has.

So what makes him a good player to try and stash on your roster? Well, statistically, nothing. But call it a feeling. It is those feelings about players that can take you to the top sometimes and Akers, in my opinion, is a low-risk guy that could provide big rewards.

Watching him in the Vikings backfield, he just looks like he can be a more explosive player than Mattison right now and if the Vikings continue to have success, it seems like he is the guy they may try to ride.

That would be something that Akers has done before. Remember how bad he was for much of last season, but do you also remember the way he finished?

Akers close the season with three straight 100-yard performances and had a three-touchdown game against the Denver Broncos in Week 16, which would have been in the fantasy playoffs.

Having carried the ball only 43 times this season between the Rams and Vikings, Akers should have plenty of energy saved up for the second half of the NFL season and the stretch run of your fantasy playoffs.

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Though it's nothing more than a hunch, I'd go get this guy and stash him on your roster if you have a spot.