Derrick Henry is a Titan in nearly each respect.
He’s a titan of a operating again, a big-bodied bruiser who stands taller than a lot of his friends. He’s a titan in efficiency, this being his third straight yr main the league in dashing and third straight within the high 5 at his place in fantasy.
And, in fact, he actually is a Tennessee Titan.
However the fantasy gods have robbed us of this titan. It was introduced Monday that Henry will have surgery on an injured foot. Coach Mike Vrabel stopped wanting ruling him out for the season, however fantasy managers shouldn’t maintain out hope.
When you have an IR spot, put him there. But when your roster is stacked and you would need to minimize a productive participant to maintain Henry, go forward and drop him.
The Madman is keen to gamble that even when he can return, he received’t be again in time to assist our fantasy groups. Regular restoration time reportedly is six to 10 weeks.
Six weeks, the very best case, would put Week 15 on the radar for a possible return. As we’ve talked about earlier than, we don’t like beginning gamers of their first recreation again after lengthy absences. In Week 16, the Titans have a Thursday recreation in opposition to the 49ers. We’ve a tough time envisioning a practical situation wherein he performs each these video games, even in the very best circumstances.
So that will push our first focused fantasy use in Week 17, championship week in most leagues. When you have superior to your title recreation with out him, would you actually plug him in with every little thing on the road?
And bear in mind, that is the best-case situation. More likely, Henry isn’t able to return till the NFL playoffs. I imply, he’s a operating again, having foot surgical procedure. These two issues don’t combine properly.
So what do you do to make up for his manufacturing in your fantasy staff? First, perceive you don’t change the manufacturing of the highest participant at a place, you merely attempt to reduce the harm.
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The team signed Adrian Peterson within the wake of the harm. However don’t anticipate the world from him. Final season was his lowest-ever profession common per carry (3.9) — in a season wherein he acquired at the least 150 carries. Count on Arizona James Conner-type of manufacturing. We would like to seize Seattle’s Alex Collins.
Henry’s harm will create different ripples. Jeremy McNichols’ use seemingly will get an uptick — that is particularly important in PPR scoring codecs, since he performs a bigger function within the passing recreation than the bottom assault.
Additionally anticipate extra reliance by Tennessee on the cross usually. So Ryan Tannehill will get a lift, and our confidence in A.J. Brown is solidified. We’re nonetheless afraid of Julio Jones resulting from sketchy availability, however perhaps no longer fairly as petrified.
Henry’s harm leaves a gaping gap in your fantasy roster. You’re not going to have the ability to fill the entire gap, so simply fill as a lot as you’ll be able to.
Take a look at that
Michael Carter RB, Jets
Rookie had his massive breakout in Week 8 — the chief amongst all RBs heading into Monday with 32.2 PPR factors. In two video games with Mike White as the first QB, Carter has 17 catches — he had 9 mixed the primary 5 video games.
Rex Burkhead RB, Texans
Took over the function Sunday we’ve got been anticipating for Phillip Lindsay. Burkhead’s snap share jumped from the one digits to 49 p.c in Week 8. May do worse for an end-of-bench RB.
James Robinson RB, Jaguars
Put a scare into fantasy managers, leaving Sunday with a heel harm. However averted main harm and is “day-to-day.” No have to rush and seize Carlos Hyde.
Dan Arnold TE, Jaguars
He acquired 10 targets (8-for-68) in Sunday’s loss, his highest of the season — which began in Carolina. No TDs but, however with that form of goal quantity, they’ll come.
Mike White QB, Jets
What an ideal story: large recreation and unimaginable rally in his first profession begin. However don’t anticipate this each week. Take into account it an anomaly for now.
Jimmy Garoppolo QB, 49ers
Don’t be fooled by massive fantasy consequence — 27.78 factors. He had two dashing TDs to spice up his in any other case humdrum fantasy rating. That’s 40 p.c of his profession whole (5). Go away him on waivers.
Kenneth Gainwell RB, Eagles
Was anticipated to get some further use with Miles Sanders out. As a substitute, he break up carries nearly evenly with Boston Scott, Jordan Howard. But it surely was Scott and Howard who acquired the TDs — two every — and Gainwell was the least efficient of the lot.
DeVante Parker WR, Dolphins
He’s hit-and-miss when he performs. Was a average hit Sunday (8-for-85, 16.5 PPR factors). However additionally it is hit-or-miss if he performs. Don’t take the bait.