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3 Reasons Why Derrick Henry Won't Deliver - Footballguys

A detailed look at Derrick Henry's fantasy prospects for 2018.


  1. The feature back role does not exist in the current iteration of this offense.
  2. Usage will be more predictable than most believe, but will still result in a split backfield.
  3. Henry’s blocking and pass-catching limitations compared to Dion Lewis’ will hold him back, particularly in points per reception (PPR) formats


While he may be appropriately valued in standard formats, at current ADP in PPR redraft formats, Derrick Henry isn’t the best choice to return value. Our projectors at Footballguys all disagree with this stance, but there is a compelling case to be made against Henry living up to expectations. The departure of the previous coaching regime -- head coach Mike Mularkey and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie -- and the acquisition of veteran Dion Lewis means this situation is more of a timeshare than hoped. Expect new head coach Mike Vrabel and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to emphasize a committee approach, based on what they learned in New England (Vrabel) and under Kyle Shanahan (LaFleur). Considering Henry also has limitations as a blocker and pass catcher, it makes Dion Lewis the runner from this committee who is more likely to end the year with better fantasy numbers. As he is being taken several rounds later than Henry, avoiding Henry makes sense.

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