In the Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast, Matt Harmon and Dalton Del Don discuss Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry’s lack of production through the first two weeks of the season, and debate if managers should sell low and move on from Henry this season.
MATT HARMON: Derrick Henry. I saw this, as again, credit to Andy Behrens from his "Stat Pack" article-- "Derrick Henry has gained 101 yards after contact so far in his 34 carries according to PFF." Andy says that's "a notable figure because he's only actually rushed for 107 total yards."
Taylor Lewan might be out for the rest of the season, their left tackle. Dude, that Titans offense-- OK, the Bills beat two pretty good teams. I don't know how good of a team the Titans are.
And, I mean, Derrick Henry-- [SIGH] I love Derrick Henry, man. 17th in the NFL in total yards with those 107 yards. Yeah, you-- dude, I feel-- I am-- if I have Derrick Henry on a fantasy team-- and I don't have him on any team-- I'm feeling pretty freaked out about the way the rest of the season's gonna look like.
DALTON DEL DON: Yeah, the last three years entering this season, his PPR point-scoring had dropped, like, 33% in losses. And the Titans do not look like a great team. He came off the field in third downs even without Hilliard on Monday night. Yeah, he's playing with the plate and screws in his foot with all that mileage. So it doesn't look great.
You mentioned the injuries to the offensive line. Todd Downing looks like a disaster at offensive coordinator. So, yeah, it's not great.
If you have Derrick Henry on your fantasy teams, things will get better. That was a tough matchup against the Bills. It was super-tough. They ended up playing from behind. But, yeah, it's gonna be a tougher battle for him, certainly, game-script-wise this season.
MATT HARMON: Bottom six guys in yards before contact per rush attempt here. Cam Akers, -0.22 yards before contact per rush. Rashaad Penny, 0.06 yards. Derrick Henry's third at 0.12 yards before contact per rush attempt. Then Rex Burkhead, Tyrion Davis-Price, and Austin Ekeler, sixth from the bottom as we discussed yesterday.
The Chargers' running game has not quite popped off yet. But there's-- I think there's a lot of hope for Ekeler the rest of the way. But, dude, Derrick Henry, I'm-- he's a guy that, like, if I-- again, if I had him on a team, I would think about, like-- it might be like a sell-low moment.
DALTON DEL DON: Yes. Sell low. I'm with you.
MATT HARMON: Yeah, just get out before it gets worse, honestly. And I feel terrible. I love Derrick Henry. He's a great dude and everything. But this just-- I'm pretty freaked out about the ecosystem that he is in right now.
DALTON DEL DON: And then I have just one thing to final add on that. If you're in a deeper league, certainly a superflex league, with the way this season's going, Malik Willis is gonna be money come fantasy playoff time 'cause he's gonna run and be in immediately QB top 12 fantasy terms. And it looks more and more likely that that's gonna be an audition this season.
MATT HARMON: I think so too. I think we'll see more of-- we already saw Malik Willis. And by the way, that's gonna-- I know that there's obviously some hope for Treylon Burks. And I-- Burks-- hey, just have him run slants and crosses against zone coverage, and he'll be fine.
And that might be literally all he can do right now. Every time somebody shows a big play of Treylon Burks, like, get this guy the ball more, it's always the same frickin' route, which is fine. That's, like-- but you can get him on the field doing that.
It's-- I don't know, man. If Malik Willis takes over, it's like, I don't know how gassed up we should be about any of these guys in this offense. I mean, not that anybody's gassed up anyway at this point. So not great. Not great for the Titans, that is for sure.