|DeMarco Murray done in Tennessee?|
Derrick Henry taking control of Titans' backfield
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jan 11, 11:30 pm
|It was uncertain exactly when the time would come, but we are likely witnessing the passing of the Tennessee Titans’ running back torch from DeMarco Murray to Derrick Henry. As the Heisman-winning duo of Marcus Mariota and Henry marched past the Kansas City Chiefs last Saturday, it became clearer that this is the present and the future at the same time.
"He has the ability to lead the league in rushing. I think he has the ability to be the league MVP. The sky is the limit. We’re scratching the surface in what he can do. The more opportunities he gets, the better he gets. I have no question that Derrick can be a 1,500-1,800-yard type of running back when he gets the opportunities," former Oilers/Titans running back Eddie George said. (ESPN - Cameron Wolfe)|
FFToday's Take: It's not hard to see Henry has been the best back in Tennessee this season, but too much has been made of the former's fourth-quarter production and effectiveness. Of his 390 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, 147 have come on same inside-fake, outside toss runs to the left side with the game well in hand. With that said, Henry is just the kind of back owners should be able to count on 300-plus carries from for the foreseeable future. If Murray is cut this spring, Henry could very well be a first-round pick in drafts this summer.
| DeMarco Murray ruled out|
Derrick Henry will start
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jan 10, 2:00 pm
|DeMarco Murray will miss a third consecutive game with a right knee injury when the Titans visit the Patriots for an AFC divisional playoff game Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: We expected Murray (knee) to miss this game and now it's official. Derrick Henry has touched the ball 54 times in the last two games and should carry the load against the Patriots.
| DeMarco Murray misses practice Tuesday|
Expect Derrick Henry to carry the load
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jan 9, 1:30 pm
|DeMarco Murray (knee) did not practice Tuesday. Just a small chance for him to fight to return Saturday vs. Pats. It will Derrick Henry’s show regardless. (Cameron Wolfe on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray has been battling a knee injury since Week 16 and it's unlikely he will suit up against the Patriots. David Fluellen has been Henry's backup the last two weeks but has seen very little action (1 target).
|Titans ready to move on from DeMarco Murray?|
Ready to ride Derrick Henry
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Jan 6, 1:30 pm
|From @NFLGameDay: The #Titans are ready to make Derrick Henry the bell cow, so don't be surprised if they move on from DeMarco Murray this offseason. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners have been calling for this all season but it appears 2018 will be the year Tennessee will make Henry their featured back. Murray's contract is structured with $0 in dead cap money if he's released this off-season.
| DeMarco Murray ruled out for Wildcard Weekend|
Titans RB missed practice Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Jan 4, 12:45 pm
|DeMarco Murray (knee) ruled out Saturday vs KC. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Murray missed practice on Thursday with a sprained knee and wasn't expected to play despite the Titans holding out hope earlier in the week. As he did in Week 17, Derrick Henry will carry the running back load for the Titans against the Chiefs. The Chiefs gave up the 9th fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
| No practice for DeMarco Murray on Tuesday|
Mularkey not ruling him out
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jan 2, 2:00 pm
|.@DeMarcoMurray did not practice today for @Titans. Mularkey not ruling him out for @Chiefs (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: DeMarco Murray missed Week 17 with a knee injury which is reportedly a torn MCL. If so, it's difficult to imagine him suiting up against the Chiefs on Saturday. Expect Derrick Henry to receive the bulk of the running back carries this weekend.
| DeMarco Murray out for Week 17|
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Dec 29, 1:00 pm
|@DeMarcoMurray has been ruled out for Sunday for @Titans (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: DeMarco Murray suffered a knee injury last week and the Titans were hoping he could play in the finale even though it seemed like a long shot. With Murray out, Derrick Henry should be in a featured role against the Jaguars. Jacksonville represents a neutral matchup for fantasy running backs making Henry a decent option in a week with very few secure options at the position.
| DeMarco Murray a long-shot for Week 17|
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 25, 8:00 am
|Based on the pain he was in last night, & the apparent LCL sprain, it’s considered a long-shot for #Titans RB DeMarco Murray to play Sunday (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray's sprained knee is likely to keep him out of a Week 17 matchup against the Jaguars. The Titans still have playoff hopes so we should see a heavy workload for Derrick Henry making him an easy RB2 value in the final week of the regular season.
|Titans remain stubborn on two-headed backfield|
Mularkey: "I think we have two starters."
By: Doug Orth | Thu Nov 30, 8:25 pm
|Titans HC Mike Mularkey likes both (DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry), and plans to continue using them as a one-two punch.
“I think the way it has worked out, it has worked just fine,” Mularkey said on Thursday. “I think we have two starters, and if somebody wants to just line up on the first play of the game to justify, ‘This guy is the starter,’ I don’t know. It is not something we are worried about. They are both really good at what they do.” (TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt)|
FFToday's Take: It seems pretty clear at this point Murray isn't going to be completely healthy this season. It is also completely possible he isn't going to return to his 2016 form either. Henry hasn't been nearly as good as some are making him out to be and the line hasn't blocked nearly as well this season, but he has consistently proven to be the better runner this season. However, until Mularkey's mind changes, both backs will be little more than low-end RB2s.