The Titans offense has been below-average, to say the least. No matter if you look at the passing numbers or the rushing ones, Football Outsiders have them ranked 19th and 23rd in those, respectively. No wonder they flipped Marcus Mariota for Ryan Tannehill a few weeks back, so go figure. On the ground, Derrick Henry has been their lone viable asset, yet for all the touches he’s got, he’s underperformed a bit so far this season. Henry ranks as the RB15 with 15.5 fantasy points per game but has been widely helped by touchdowns (six rushing, two receiving) as seven tailbacks are averaging more points per game without scoring that many times.
Just this past weekend against Carolina, Henry was able to finish with another couple of scores (one rushing, one receiving) and completed his second-best game of the year. He rushed for 63 yards on 13 attempts and racked up 36 yards on three-of-three receptions. Henry’s season has looked like an inverted Bell curve: he peaked in the first two weeks, went “silent” for four, and now he’s back at putting good numbers starting in Week 7. Hopefully, he can keep the trend going upwards.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry
Although Henry didn’t do much in Week 8 (9.3 fantasy points), it must be said that Tampa Bay has had the second-best defense against RBs. In weeks 7 and 9, he torched his rivals for 108 and 99 yards from scrimmage to go with three combined touchdowns. This weekend he faces a Kansas City defense that ranks 30th in points per game allowed to opposing rushers at 30.0. Although the Chiefs have improved lately, they have still given up 20.9, 60.2, and 25 points in their last three games. In other words, 99 yards and a touchdown to Denver, 262 and four TDs (!) to Green Bay, and 140 and another TD to Minnesota.
Henry is more of a pure rusher than a do-it-all tailback, but when he catches the ball, he often goes for a good chunk of yards (he only has 11 receptions, but he’s racked up 164 yards for an average of 14.9 catch). Do you know which team is bad at stopping receiving RBs? The Chiefs. They have allowed the second-most receiving yards (505) and most touchdowns (5) to running backs this season.