Here’s some Week 1 start or sit advice for the three biggest fantasy football names on the Tennessee Titans’ roster, including Derrick Henry.
The NFL season is finally upon us, and with it comes the weekly struggles of making lineup decisions for fantasy football owners. We do have some advice for you when it comes to Derrick Henry, Corey Davis, and Delanie Walker, though.
Nobody can ever be 100 percent right, but we can take the information we have and apply it in order to make logical decisions.
With that said, the beginning of the season is the hardest part of the campaign to figure out. We simply don’t know how players will be used, nor are we certain if teams that were either tough or weak against a particular position in 2018 have gotten worse or improved in 2019.
We’ll do our best to sort that out in this Week 1 start or sit.
RB Derrick Henry: Start
You didn’t get aboard the Derrick Henry hype train just to sit him in Week 1, did you? Of course not!
Henry is primed for a big season in 2019, and that could start on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns allowed an abysmal 135.2 rushing yards per contest in 2018, good enough for the fifth-worst in the NFL last season.
Now, the Browns should be improved in that area with the addition of Sheldon Richardson, but Pro Football Focus still only ranked them as the No. 14 run defense going into 2019. Until we see that improvement, you can still fire up your RBs against Cleveland.
Henry will see plenty of volume (he averaged 21 carries per game the last four weeks of 2018) and some goal line opportunities to make starting him worth your while. And don’t buy into this Titans chasing points narrative that could hurt Henry; the Titans defense was the No. 3 scoring unit in 2018.
WR Corey Davis: Sit
While I think Corey Davis will produce WR2 numbers this season, he’s no more than a flex option this week against the Browns. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has a lot of mouths to feed in the passing game, and Davis will draw coverage from a top corner in Denzel Ward.
Not to mention, the Titans are without left tackle Taylor Lewan, which might lead to more pressure on Mariota and less time to find Davis on the outside.
The reason I still like Davis as a flex is because this game has the potential to be high-scoring, and Davis could thrive in that situation. However, if you have another option at the flex with a more favorable matchup, I’d leave Davis on the bench for Week 1.
TE Delanie Walker: Start
The two most important things to note with Walker: he’s healthy, and he’s already rekindled his past chemistry with Mariota during the preseason when the two connected on a touchdown pass. That should quell the fears that Walker might take time to get back into the swing of things.
There’s no doubt Walker is one of Mariota’s favorite targets. The veteran tight end has averaged a target share of 20 percent or more in each season he’s played with the Oregon product.
You can also throw in the fact that Walker is going up against a Browns defense that tied for the fifth-most fantasy points allowed per week to tight ends in 2018.