Henderson scored twice — one on the ground and one through the air — in the Week 6 blowout win over the Giants. He totaled 107 scrimmage yards on 23 touches (21 carries). His TD catch was notable as he beat the secondary on the outside and QB Matthew Stafford threw a dime from 25 yards out for his first receiving TD this year.
Henderson was the clear workhorse from the backfield as he out-touched RB Sony Michel 23-9, and even more so as Michel saw most of his action with the game in hand in the 2nd half. Henderson now has 6 TDs on the season as he has paid off fantasy owners with consistent production. He should continue rolling this week with a juicy matchup at home against the Lions.
Henderson has looked the part of a borderline RB1 this season. In the 4 games Henderson has played, he hasn’t finished lower than RB18 on the week. Week 5 was no different as Henderson cruised to 17-82-1 rushing line, finishing as the RB16. Sony Michel did see extensive work, getting 11 carries of his own, but a lot of that production came when Henderson got banged up in the first half.
Henderson’s injury history is alarming, which makes grabbing Michel a major priority for Henderson owners. Michel did take over as the workhorse back when Henderson went down earlier this season.
In Week 6 Henderson is a must start for fantasy owners as they take on the reeling Giants D that has allowed the 4th most rushing yards to RBs this season.
Despite playing through a rib injury, Henderson got workhorse usage in the Week 4 loss to the Cardinals. We’ll never know if that was the plan prior to RB Sony Michel’s 2nd-quarter fumble. But Michel didn’t record a touch after that gaffe.
Henderson ended up playing 90% of the offensive snaps, running a route on 79% of pass plays, handling 14 of 17 RB carries and garnering 6 targets (14.6% share). Elite usage.
And this Rams running game was gashing the Cardinals. Henderson tallied 89 yards on his 14 totes -- a big 6.4 yards per carry. The only reason he didn’t have a bigger day is that the Rams fell way behind and were forced to abandon the run.
We’ll see if Michel works his way back into the mix, but Henderson sure looks like a workhorse back. He’s racked up 30 carries and 7 targets in his 2 full games this season.
He gets fine matchups vs. the Seahawks and Giants the next 2 weeks. Then comes a dreamy stretch: vs. Detroit, at Houston, vs. Tennessee.
Henderson operated as the Rams’ workhorse for the 2nd straight game before exiting early in the 4th quarter with a rib injury. He garnered all 13 RB carries and all 5 RB targets over that time.
And Henderson looked good. He seems more comfortable in the scheme this season and is running with good burst and power. He took those 13 carries vs. the Colts for 53 yards and a score. Henderson added 29 yards on 3 receptions.
Now we’ll see about the injury, which is reportedly to Henderson’s rib cartilage. HC Sean McVay didn’t rule Henderson out for Week 3 when asked on Monday. These rib injuries tend to be pain management issues, so this might come down to a game-time decision. Stay tuned to Shark Bites for updates.
Of course, a Week 3 matchup vs. a dominant Bucs run defense would make Henderson a shaky fantasy play even at 100%. But that’s followed by a nice stretch of opponents: Cardinals, Seahawks, Giants, Lions, Texans and Titans.
Any doubts about Henderson’s role in this offense following a trade for Sony Michel should be put to bed, for now. Henderson out-touched Michel 17 to 1 in a game in which the Rams led from start to finish. Henderson was his typical self, running hard and hitting holes in a hurry. He played 49 of 52 total snaps and looked like he had juice all game. Henderson even caught 1 pass for 17 yards. Henderson finished with 16 carries for 70 yards and a TD on a 1-yard plunge late in the third quarter.
We have Henderson at RB16 this week against the Colts’ strong front 7. However, the usually tough Colts front just gave up 140 rushing yards to the Seahawks in Week 1. With Stafford at QB now causing defenses to respect the pass, Henderson could be in for a big season this year if McVay continues to let him have the majority of the touches. If Henderson continues to see 94% of the snaps, it could be a career year in this offense. We have Henderson ranked at RB20 the rest of the way.