3 reasons Derrick Henry’s fantasy football stock rose without playing a game
One of the most encouraging things to see from a Derrick Henry owner’s standpoint was the consistent use of three-receiver sets in the offense.
New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith already appears committed to switching things up from the usual two tight end formation sets the team has run in recent years. We got a glimpse of this in the Titans’ first preseason game.
It’s obvious the new Titans OC knows he’ll have a lot of weapons to use in the passing game, which is a big difference from years past. This is also good news if you have invested in, or want to invest in, Henry.
More three-receiver sets will help spread opposing defenses out, and in turn that should help alleviate stacked boxes against Henry — and that’s especially true if the Titans can consistently show their passing game needs to be accounted for.
Henry was already great against stacked boxes last season and he finished tied for the NFL lead in forced missed tackles with 45, according to PFF, so just imagine what he can do with more room to run.
The Titans were even spreading things out near the goal line, and that could bode well for Henry getting into the end zone easier and more often than in 2018. Everything we saw from this offense in the first preseason game will benefit Henry in a big way.