Titans RB Derrick Henry was listed as a DNP on the injury report on Wednesday with an undisclosed "non-injury related" designation. Henry had been listed as limited on Tuesday, so this is a bit odd. It is hard to give fantasy advice based on this little information. We'll keep you posted as we learn more about this news.
Titans RB Derrick Henry went from a limited practice on Wednesday to no practice on Thursday. He was listed with a toe on Wednesday but toe and rest on Thursday. It looks like he just got today off, but we'll update Henry's status again tomorrow. If he's unable to play vs. the Browns this weekend, rookie Tyjae Spears would become a plug-and-play fantasy starter.
Titans RB Derrick Henry saw 25 carries for 80 yards and 1 TD in Week 2’s win vs. the Chargers. He also roped in 3 of 4 targets for 15 receiving yards in the contest. There’s still a massive gap between Henry’s involvement and the workload of rookie Tyjae Spears (10 touches, 55 total yards). Barring injury or a massive unforeseen shift in offensive philosophy, fantasy managers can once again count on Henry to be a significant contributor in Week 3 vs. the Browns.
Titans RB Derrick Henry assumed his usual role as the clear carry leader in Sunday's loss to the Saints. Henry rushed 15 times (for 63 yards), while rookie Tyjae Spears claimed the other 3 RB carries. Spears picked up 27 yards, including a long gain of 17. He also factored significantly into the receiving game. Spears' 4 targets edged Henry's 3, and the rookie had a fifth negated by a defensive penalty. Spears logged just 1 catch (officially) for 1 yard. Henry caught 2 of 3 looks for 56 yards, delivering the team's longest play with a 46-yard catch-and-run. Spears also notably drew a target on each of Tennessee's first two third-down plays. The rookie has to grow his role further to become a standalone fantasy option, but this was a decent start. Henry gets a better matchup with the Chargers in Week 2.
It's easy to be wary of Titans RB Derrick Henry in fantasy football. The 29-year-old exceeded 300 carries three of the past four years. The player aging curves that guide our dynasty projections say RBs see a bigger production drop-off at this age than any other position -- even among elite types. It would be quite abnormal for Henry to continue producing strong numbers. But Henry has always been abnormal, even among high-end NFL rushers. More importantly, he didn't show signs of decline last year. Henry actually improved his yards after contact per attempt, elusive rating, and Pro Football Focus rushing grade vs. his 2021 numbers. His rushing yards over expected rebounded from 0.05 per attempt in 2021 to 0.45 last season, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, despite a weak Tennessee offense and average O-line. Henry also did all of this despite seeing 8+ defenders in the box at the league's second-highest rate among RBs. The Titans drafted RB Tyjae Spears in Round 3 and might push some work his way. But we expect Henry to remain the workhorse in a run-favoring offense with an aging QB and mostly questionable pass catchers. Best of all, Henry's early ADP (late in Round 2, often into Round 3 in best ball drafts) lowers the risk to betting on him in fantasy. See how Henry's spot in our fantasy football rankings compares.
The Titans have promoted passing-game coordinator Tim Kelly to OC. 2022 was Kelly's first season in Tennessee. He spent the previous 3 years as Houston's OC. Those first 2 Texans teams had middling finishes in points and total yards under QB Deshaun Watson before sinking to bottom-3 levels in 2021 with QBs Davis Mills and Tyrod Taylor. It's not an overly inspiring hire by Tennessee. Expect the offense to again revolve around RB Derrick Henry in 2023.
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