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What's Going to Happen in the Tennessee Backfield? - Footballguys

The Footballguys staff offers thoughts on the Tennessee running back situation

Tennessee has one of many backfields where the roles are not clearly defined. Since running back is one of the most important positions in fantasy football, it's wise to get as clear a picture as possible on every backfield.

When DeMarco Murray was let go in the offseason, the fantasy world flocked to Derrick Henry. But Dion Lewis was brought in. Are the Titans still a two-headed committee backfield? What kind of split do you envision in Tennessee?

Simpkins: The personnel moves and comments from coach indicate the Titans are trying to model their backfield after New England’s, which is more of a committee. One would think that would make production unpredictable, but studying the Patriots backfield closely gives some insights about how Henry and Lewis may be used. In most games, New England had a back who got the majority of carries, a back who caught most of the passes, and another back or two that got a few carries. Looking at the skillsets of Titans runners, I believe Henry will be the primary ball carrier, Lewis will be the primary pass catcher, and Wadley and Fluellen will get a few touches and targets here and there. These dynamics and the price paid in drafts make Lewis the back to own here, but be aware that he is not going to post RB1 numbers in this situation. He’s better taken as a reserve with upside if the offense is as markedly improved as we believe it will be.

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