Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Tennessee Titans
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It's still mind-boggling that as recently as 2018, the Titans thought Henry needed to split touches with Dion Lewis. Since then, he's proven to be the most physically dominant back in the league, winning consecutive rushing crowns and posting the eighth 2,000-yard campaign in NFL history. Henry hasn't wilted as his carries have increased either, keeping his YPC higher than 5.0 for the second straight season and finishing second to Dalvin Cook in broken tackles. In fact, Henry seems to thrive on dishing out punishment to defenders, and if you only counted his yards after contact, he still would have finished fourth in the league in rushing. There's just nothing subtle about his running style, as he uses his 6-3, 247-pound frame to bludgeon his way through holes and over would-be tacklers, while his nimble feet and breakaway speed are what set him apart from large backs who get stuck in short-yardage roles. The Titans will look for 2020 third-round pick Darrynton Evans to take a step forward and become a reliable passing-down option, but there's little else on the depth chart behind the duo as the team has clearly learned its lesson. Henry should once again see a big workload, pound out yards and wear down defenses, allowing Ryan Tannehill to do damage off play-action. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Titans in July of 2020.
Rumbles over Seahawks
RBTennessee Titans
September 19, 2021
Henry carried the ball 35 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Seahawks. He added six receptions for 55 yards.
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Henry appeared to be in for another disappointing game to open the season as he had only 35 yards on 13 carries through two quarters. However, he keyed a comeback effort for the Titans in the second half by finding the end zone from 60, nine and one yards away. While hardly the highlight of his box score, Henry also tied for the team lead in receptions. His work in the passing game has always been a shortcoming, so it would be a significant boost to his fantasy value if he can maintain this success as a pass catcher.
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How do Derrick Henry's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
1.9%
 
Positive Run %
76.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
72.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.4
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
30.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
58.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
7.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.13
 
% Team Air Yards
2.2%
 
% Team Targets
13.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
90.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.2
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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vs Colts
Sunday, Sep 26th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
123.0
 
Cornerbacks
109.7
 
Safeties
113.7
 
Linebackers
112.5
 
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How do Derrick Henry's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
247 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.38 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.20 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
130 in
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
8.75 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Henry's eruption at the end of 2018 proved to be merely a prelude to a thunderous 2019. He edged Nick Chubb for the rushing crown thanks both to a league-high 303 carries and 5.1 YPC, while also tying Aaron Jones for the league lead with 16 rushing touchdowns. At a beastly 6-3, 247, Henry is nearly impossible to bring down once he gets a head of steam - he tied for third in the NFL with 29 broken tackles (emphasis on the "broken") while ranking second with an average of 3.2 yards after contact. The Titans remain reluctant to use him much in the passing game, putting a ceiling on his overall fantasy production, but he continues to show some ability as a receiver, and there may be no more terrifying situation for a cornerback than seeing Henry get the ball in the flat and realizing you're all that stands between him and the end zone. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill thrived with the play-action opportunities Henry helped to create, and it is unlikely offensive coordinator Arthur Smith will add too many wrinkles to a formula that worked so brilliantly in the second half of last season. Henry even signed a long-term contract in July, removing the possibility of a holdout. Given his low workload prior to 2019, he should still have a few more seasons of peak output in the tank despite his punishing running style.
Henry's 2018 campaign really doesn't make much sense on paper. For 12 games he struggled in a timeshare with Dion Lewis, pigeon-holed as a short-yardage and power complement to the shifty former Patriot. Then Week 14 against the Jaguars happened. It's hard to believe a single performance could so radically change a club's perception of a player, but when the player rumbles for 238 yards and four TDs in four quarters, that's exactly what happens. Henry took on a heavier workload as the unquestioned lead back after that, and all told he piled up 55 percent of his rushing yards and seven of his 12 TDs in the season's final quarter, looking like a modern-day Earl Campbell while doing it. There's nothing subtle about Henry's skill set. He's a huge back who runs at and through people (his 38 broken tackles on rushes tied Saquon Barkley for second in the league) and while he possesses strong balance and surprising speed, his mindset is to wear down the defense and make it dread trying to tackle him. Lewis remains on hand for passing downs, but now that the Titans have figured out what they have in Henry, expect them to lean heavily on their 247-pound back.
The Titans elected not to bring back DeMarco Murray for 2018, and it's easy to see why after Henry outperformed the 30-year-old on the ground last year. One of the NFL's most intimidating backs, Henry uses every bit of his 6-3, 247-pound frame to inflict damage on any defender with the temerity to try bringing him down. He also displays surprisingly nimble feet, but for the most part his game is pure power, as he muscles through arm tackles in the hole and simply relies on mass and inertia to pick up yards after contact. So far, it's worked - Henry had eight runs of at least 15 yards and scored five TDs in each of his first two NFL campaigns, despite getting minimal work at the goal line. He figures to have more scoring opportunities with Murray out of the picture, but the Titans didn't give Dion Lewis a four-year, $19.8 million contract just to have him watch from the sidelines. Lewis figures to handle third-down work and mix in with Henry on early downs, likely forming a true timeshare. Nonetheless, Henry is poised for a big bump in his production, running behind a strong offensive line with new coordinator Matt LaFleur calling the shots.
Plucked in the second round of the 2016 draft, Henry's chances of making an impact as a rookie were dashed when the Titans picked up DeMarco Murray on the cheap from the Eagles, but he still put together a solid first season in the NFL with his limited opportunities. A huge, bruising force of nature out of the backfield at 6-3, 247, Henry doesn't make many people miss and doesn't need to, instead using his size and power to make himself difficult to wrap up and take down. He started to earn the coaching staff's trust at the goal line as the season progressed, scoring three TDs from inside the 5-yard line in the last three games, and he could see his duties there expand in 2017 as the Titans look to keep Murray healthy. As long as the veteran is around, though, Henry's touches and production will be capped.
Henry finally stepped into a featured role as a junior at Alabama, and he was ready for the work. The Tide ran him into the ground through 15 games: a ridiculous 395 carries, good for 2,219 yards and 28 scores. Henry capped his career with a Heisman trophy in December and a National Championship in January. He rolled up 167 yards and three scores in the clincher over Clemson. Henry starts the year as the clear No. 2 back in Tennessee — behind veteran DeMarco Murray — and Henry's lack of receiving chops (17 career catches) won't get him on the field. His 6-foot-3, 245-pound frame can be seen as a blessing or a curse — it enables him to run over defenders and gain yards after initial contact, but it also makes him a big target. Henry could lead Tennessee in rushing touchdowns, and he should be a weapon.
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Sluggish start to season
RBTennessee Titans
September 12, 2021
Henry ran for 58 yards on 17 carries while catching three receptions for 19 yards on four targets against Arizona on Sunday.
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No preseason action
RBTennessee Titans
August 28, 2021
Henry didn't play in Saturday's preseason loss to the Bears, according to Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com.
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Chance to play in preseason Week 3
RBTennessee Titans
August 22, 2021
Henry may see snaps during Saturday's preseason finale against the Bears, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
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Not expected to play Saturday
RBTennessee Titans
August 21, 2021
Henry is suited up but is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
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Gives way to Evans on Friday
RBTennessee Titans
August 13, 2021
Jim Wyatt of the Titans official site suggests that the team "won't add any wear and tear" on Henry's body in Friday's preseason opener against the Falcons.
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