The best free agent bargains still available for the Kansas City Chiefs

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RB Cam Akers

If running back Cam Akers hurt you or a loved one in fantasy football, you may be entitled to financial compensation. It happens a lot.

At 24 years old, Akers has traveled extensively. The Los Angeles Rams drafted him in the maligned 2020 draft, and the former five-star recruit came on strong late in the season. Akers was on fire after two postseason starts, racking up 221 yards on 46 carries with two rushing touchdowns. But, an Achilles tear in July 2021 derailed his season and his overall outlook in Los Angeles.

The Rams moved on from Akers, and he had a minimal impact in six games with the Minnesota Vikings. Plus, another Achilles injury landed him on the injured reserve list on Nov. 8, 2023. All the health concerns and some lack of effectiveness last season are undoubtedly the reasons Akers remains unsigned.

Why should Kansas City be interested?

It's a given that the Chiefs will ride Isiah Pacheco as the bell cow back in 2024. His physical running style makes him dangerous as a back, and he made big improvements as a pass catcher and blocker last year. However, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is not the right fit as the primary backup, given his low ceiling and lack of explosiveness. Akers excels as a platoon option, showcasing exceptional performance in the passing game and as a blocker last year.

Akers' yards per route run and reception would have surpassed those of all Kansas City running backs last year. He still shows explosion in the screen game and was a heads-up check-down option for Minnesota. Plus, his pass blocking is underrated and he has no problem putting defensive linemen on the ground.