How Derrick Henry Could Help Win Your League

Justin Bonnema makes a case for Derrick Henry as a Top-10 running back in 2019.

Frustrations Aside, Derrick Henry Can Be A League Winner in 2019

Derrick Henry was frustrating in 2018, especially if you dropped him before the fantasy playoffs or watched him blow up on your bench. The majority of his season was forgettable both from a production and usage standpoint, but he has all the tools to break out this season, and after his dominant December, 2019 is shaping up to be a career year. Here are three reasons why he could help you win your league this year:

  • He’s an excellent player with an elite combination of size and speed.
  • Despite a slow start to the season, he finished 2018 season ranked 11th in rushing attempts and has workhorse potential in 2019.
  • He posted elite numbers in the red zone and is easily the best team option in goal-to-go situations.

2018 By the Numbers

Fantasy GMs that managed to start Henry during last year’s playoffs were certainly rewarded. From Week 14 to Week 16, he pounded 71 carries (tied for the most during that stretch) into 492 yards, seven touchdowns, and an RB1 ranking by an absurd amount of points over second-ranked Chris Carson in standard leagues, and a 10-point lead over Christian McCaffrey in PPR leagues (despite logging only two receptions).

We can spin those numbers in many directions. One direction leads down the path of an RB16 finish in PPR scoring and RB12 in non-PPR. The other direction notes that those rankings drop to RB39 and RB34 respectively when you eliminate Weeks 14-16. That three-game stretch accounted for 46.4% of his rushing yards, 58.3% of his touchdowns, and nearly half of his fantasy points in PPR and over half in non-PPR. As it turns out, rushing for 238 yards and four touchdowns in a single game (Week 14) has a profound impact on a player’s final ranking.

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