Is Derrick Henry Poised for Season-Long Fantasy Football Excellence in 2019?

Sep 01, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22).

  • Titans running back Derrick Henry had an unbelievable run to end the 2018 season.
  • Is he ready to be an every-down running back this season and thrive for fantasy football investors?
  • Ian Hartitz analyzes Henry's outlook and when he should be taken in drafts.

We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2019 season; this is part of that series.

The Titans drafted Derrick Henry with the No. 45 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft. The former Heisman Trophy winner has made his presence felt in a big way on more than a few occasions during the past three seasons.

But he’s ultimately averaged just 180 touches per season. What follows is an analysis on just how good Henry is as a three-down running back along with an assessment of his 2019 fantasy football value.

Henry is the definition of a freak athlete

There isn’t much separating Henry from any of the league’s other top athletes, regardless of position. 6-foot-3 and 247-pound athletes who are capable of running a 4.54-second 40-yard dash simply don’t fall off of trees.

The closest comparison we have to Henry doesn’t even play running back, as his testing numbers at the NFL combine most-closely resemble perennial All-Pro edge rusher Von Miller.

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