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|After a disappointing start to the 2018 season in which he failed to top 58 rushing yards in any of his first 13 games, Derrick Henry closed out the season on a tear. His career-high 238 rushing yards and four touchdowns against the Jaguars proved to be a week-winning performance in the opening week of the fantasy playoffs, and his 170-yard, two-touchdown game against the Giants in Week 15 helped many owners secure a place in the fantasy super bowl.
Henry will once again share backfield carries with veteran Dion Lewis. However, going into the season, the coaching staff of Mike Vrabel and Arthur Smith have repeatedly said they intend on leaning on Henry and the ground game similar to what they did last year.
Henry's 12 touchdowns and 1059 rushing yards on 215 carries were all career highs for the former Alabama star. With a 4.6 career yard per carry average, he should be a lock for 1000 yards this season should he receive at least 220 rushing attempts.
The question is, will the Titans be in enough positive game scripts to give Henry a chance to get to the 220 carry plateau. A preseason foot/calf injury is something else to keep an eye on, as leg and foot injuries can linger and could carry over into the regular season.
|Titans place franchise tag on RB Derrick Henry|
Two sides have until July 15th to work out long-term deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Mar 16, 10:19 am
|Titans placed franchise tag on RB Derrick Henry, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This move was expected as the Henry is the focus of the Titans offense. The two sides have until July 15th to work out a long-term deal. The Titans re-signed QB Ryan Tannehill to a four-year extension yesterday. The projected salary for a franchise tag on a running back is around $12.36 million.
|Titans release RB Dion Lewis|
$4 million in cap savings
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Mar 12, 12:28 pm
|Meanwhile… the #Titans are officially releasing RB Dion Lewis, source said. Not a surprise, as his playing time fell off dramatically this year and they plan to bring back Derrick Henry at a big number. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Titans will save $4 million in cap savings. Lewis was a fantasy afterthought in 2019 totaling 209 rushing yards and 164 receiving yards and only 1 touchdown. Lewis (29), will have to find a backup role in 2020 and will likely be off the fantasy radar.