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Monday, August 27, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: DERRICK HENRY RB TENNESSEE TITANS

Anyone who watched the Tennessee Titan running backs operate at any point during the 2017 season would draw the obvious conclusion that aging veteran DeMarco Murray was on fumes and that second-year former Alabama Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry clearly was the most effective player at the position by a mile.  Be that as it may, Murray started for most of the season before Henry got a bit of a longer leash in December.  While his overall total of 744 rushing yards and 5 scores was nothing to write home about, by the end of last season it seemed clear that Henry was going to be a decent sleeper for 2018 fantasy football based on the fact he would be getting a prime chance as the team's starter.  Well, that optimism only lasted until the Titans inked free agent Dion Lewis this past March and so it now appears as though the Titans will use a committee featuring both the former New England Patriot and Henry.  That is certainly not a great setup for Henry overall in terms of grabbing even RB 2 value as Lewis is very capable both as a runner and as a receiver.  While we do envision Henry being the clear goal-line back and the guy who should get the edge in total rushing attempts, it is going to be tough to trust him as anything more than a low-end RB 2 in standard leagues given Lewis' presence.

2018 PROJECTION:  1,011 rushing yards 7 TD, 17 receptions 78 yards

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