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RB Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans

6-3, 247Born: 7-17-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 13): Don't drop Henry just because Demarco Murray collected all three scores. The Titans offense is coming back into form and Murray has been known to miss time with injuries. Henry was more effective than Murray again and the team could still give him some of the looks at the goal line going forward.

Week 11: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Titans run game seems to have stalled, for the most part, after a dazzling start to the season. Their per-game average has tumbled from 156.3 yards (Weeks 1-3) to just 107.3 since. And when we consider how much of that tends to come from quarterback Marcus Mariota and other sources, we can see how iffy the production has been from their running backs. DeMarco Murray seems stuck in quicksand; since his Week 3 eruption, he's averaged just 3.36 yards per carry and 41.5 per game. He's still supplementing those numbers nicely with receiving and touchdown production, but simply isn't doing much on the ground, so it's safe to expect the same or even an expanded workload for Derrick Henry going forward. But Henry hasn't looked much more dependable - apart from his 72-yard garbage-time touchdown in Week 6, he's posted just 3.48 himself. It appears this duo's success will continue to hinge on touchdowns, Mariota's contributions, and the occasional long-gainer, which speaks well of its dynamism but poorly of its consistency. Another week, another mediocre running game neutralized by the Steelers. On the year, they currently sit 12th in per-game yards allowed, and last week's shutdown of the Colts backs (just 61 yards on 24 attempts) only helped to cement their reputation. But what's concerning is what Chicago (222 yards) and Jacksonville (231) were able to do early in the season, and what rotational backs Alex Collins, Chris Ivory, and Joe Mixon (a combined 171 on just 24 rushes) have managed recently. It's not sensible to knock this defense too much, especially considering that stud lineman Stephon Tuitt missed one of those blowup games. And they haven't allowed an opposing lead back to top 54 yards for 4 straight games. Still, it's concerning what a successful running game can do to them, and the Titans are a team committed thoroughly to theirs.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
7 at CLE 30 13 13 0 3 2 11 0 0 2.4
9 vs BAL 19 8 26 1 2 2 10 0 0 9.6
10 vs CIN 28 11 52 0 3 0 0 0 0 5.2
11 at PIT 16 7 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.2
11 at PIT PROJ-Dodds * 10 * * 1 * * * *
11 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 1 * * * *
11 at PIT PROJ-Bloom * 11 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs CIN (11 / 52 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Henry did not look great in his limited opportunities despite the fact that he was more efficient on the ground than Demarco Murray. On a drive midway through the third quarter, Henry received a carry but stumbled to a one-yard loss. A few plays later, Henry was targeted on a dump off but dropped the ball as he started to run before focusing on bringing in the catch. Henry had another opportunity to make a play with his hands in the fourth quarter, and although Mariota threw it slightly high, it bounced off both of Henry's hands. Henry did bust off a nice run for 23 yards early in the second quarter, but this was one of his only notable highlight. Henry continues to split carries with Murray, which is encouraging for his prospects but still frustrating for fantasy owners.

2017 Week 9 vs BAL (8 / 26 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Derrick Henry did not look sharp for the second game in a row as he only amassed 36 yards on 10 touches. Henry did salvage his day with a touchdown, exhibiting patience as he saw none of his holes open through the offensive line before deciding to bounce the run to the left as he easily walked it in untouched for the one-yard score. Outside of that, Henry was very lackluster on the ground as he now has only 39 rushing yards from 21 carries over his last two games despite receiving a nearly even workload with Demarco Murray.

2017 Week 7 vs CLE (13 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Henry was far from productive this week, gaining only 13 yards on his 13 carries while hauling in two catches for 11 yards. The ground game for Henry was plagued by big negative plays as he lost 14 yards on three carries during this game. Henry played 30 snaps compared to the 43 of Demarco Murray, despite Murray's ongoing hamstring issues. The Titans brought Henry in for a fourth down play from the one yard line, but he could not punch it in to give the Titans their first touchdown. Henry was the featured back of the next couple of drives after that goal line opportunity, and he did break off a couple of decent runs for eight and nine yards, but these were his only flashes of excellence in this rough outing.

2017 Week 6 vs IND (19 / 131 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Derrick Henry led the Titans in rush attempts with a season-high 19, finishing the game with 131 rushing yards and a touchdown. After coming off a season-low four and six carries in his past two games with only 16 rushing yards combined, the Titans wanted to make sure Henry got more involved here. That, combined with Murray's lingering hamstring issue, led to Henry leading the team in rush attempts. For most of the night, Henry was relatively held in check with most runs going only a couple yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Henry had a good series midway through the second quarter as he strung together three runs of 7-8 yards each in a row. Henry also hauled in his only target for a nice 14-yard gain early in the fourth quarter to help keep the Titans game-tying drive alive. The big highlight for Henry came in the game's final seconds as he busted off a 72-yard touchdown run to put the game away for the Titans. This run was very much in garbage time, as it appeared that the Colts defense simply quit as Henry easily accelerated past them for the score. Without this big play, Henry would have had a very mediocre day on the stat sheet as he was averaging less than 3.3 yards per carry until that point.

2017 Week 5 vs MIA (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Derrick Henry was very quiet this week as he only received four carries for a total of nine yards. Henry was not on the field much here, as he appeared to be an afterthought compared to Murray's 18 touches. Henry's first carry of the game came late in the first quarter, and it was his best play of the game as he rushed for 11 yards by bouncing to the left side with help from his wide receiver blocking. Henry's next carry came a couple drives later and was not as spectacular, as he tried to similarly bounce a run to the outside but was stuffed for a five-yard loss.

2017 Week 4 vs HOU (6 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Derrick Henry carried six times for only seven yards as the Titans were not in a great spot to run the ball after allowing the Texans to jump out to a very early lead. Henry's usage was encouraging as he received a fairly even workload with Murray, but Henry simply was not finding holes against this tough Texans front seven.

2017 Week 3 vs SEA (13 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Derrick Henry averaged 4.2 yards per carry on his 13 attempts, only one fewer attempt than Demarco Murray. Henry also added one 10-yard reception. Henry had a nice run midway through the third quarter, blasting up the middle through a huge hole for a seven gain. He followed that up with pushing the pile for a hard-fought first down on the very next play. Henry's longest play of the day came early in the fourth quarter as he bounced out to the edge for a 26-yard gain, showing that he can turn on the burners if needed instead of his normal between-the-tackles bruising style. Henry and Murray basically alternated series in the second half, with both proving to be rather productive despite Henry being out shadowed by Murray's big 75-yard touchdown run. Henry remains second-fiddle in this backfield as long as Murray is suiting up.

2017 Week 2 vs JAX (14 / 92 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Derrick Henry shined this week when after being allotted some consistent playing time with Demarco Murray sidelined (tight hamstring). Henry only touched the ball twice in the first half, followed by 12 carries coming after halftime as the Titans featured a very run-heavy game script once they secured the lead. Henry scored the Titans' first touchdown on his first carry of the second half as he easily shed away two Jaguars defenders before absolutely trampling the final one over the goal line for the 17-yard touchdown - his longest carry of the day. Henry looked very powerful on that touchdown run, and throughout this game, as he racked up a career-high 92 rushing yards while averaging 6.6 yards per carry.

2017 Week 1 vs OAK (6 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Derrick Henry managed to gain 25 yards from his six rushing attempts against the Raiders this week. While his stats were nothing to write home about, Henry was allotted half as many carries as Demarco Murray (6 for Henry, 12 for Murray). Henry was in the game for all of the Titans' third series, on which he received four of his six carries for 15 yards. Henry showed great explosiveness when he had the ball in his hands, he just needs more of an opportunity to make him a true factor in terms of fantasy production.

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Latest News

Titans | Derrick Henry manages just 32 yards (Fri Nov 17, 01:36 AM) - Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry logged seven carries for 32 yards as part of the team's Week 11 defeat versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Titans | Derrick Henry rushes for 52 yards (Sun Nov 12, 05:40 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10.

Our View: Henry looked better than Demarco Murray, but Murray got all of the goal line work the week after Henry scored. Henry remains an essential bench stash, but he is risky as more than a what the heck flex as long as Murray is healthy.
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Schedule

11@ Pittsburgh Steelers
12@ Indianapolis Colts
13vs Houston Texans
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Los Angeles Rams
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars