Is it time to drop Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis, even if you have him as a handcuff to fellow back Derrick Henry?
With several bye weeks coming for key players, can fantasy football owners afford to keep Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis on their roster, even as a handcuff?
After being a major part of the Titans’ offense a year ago, Lewis has been abysmal this season. When he isn’t dropping passes, Lewis is averaging a pedestrian 3.7 yards per carry and reception in 2019.
The volume that was there through the air and on the ground last season is now gone. The Titans have completely moved to running back Derrick Henry as their workhorse back, leaving Lewis to pick up the scraps the Alabama product leaves behind in the running game.
A huge reason for Lewis’ involvement in the passing game in 2018 was due to injuries. Now that the Titans are at full strength with their group of pass-catchers, Lewis has been mostly irrelevant.
Bottom line: the standalone value that Lewis had in 2018 no longer exists, and if you have him for any other reason than a handcuff, it’s time to let him go, if you haven’t done so already.
Even as a handcuff, Lewis doesn’t hold much value. As we already stated, Lewis isn’t impressing anyone on the ground this season, so even if Henry does get hurt, Lewis doesn’t offer much value.
Now, combine that with the fact that the Titans added two new backs to the roster in Rod Smith and Dalyn Dawkins this past week, and you have a scenario in which Lewis will split time at best if Henry goes down.
In reality, there is no true handcuff to Henry in Tennessee right now. The Titans will likely use a running back by committee approach if their No. 1 gets hurt, thus Lewis holds absolutely no value anymore in fantasy football.
It’s time to let him go and get someone else on your roster who can make an impact — or at least has the potential to.