Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry top-ranked fantasy RB ahead of Week 4

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

First things first. We’re not spiteful people. Were we sad to hear that Christian McCaffrey got injured? Yes, we were. Did it boost Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry’s ranking in fantasy football? The answer to that is also, yes.

Heading into Week 4, Derrick Henry currently ranks as the No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues with half PPR formats. Henry is followed by Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb, and somehow, Joe Mixon.

It’s only been three weeks, but these fantasy rankings shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been watching Henry play. Here’s a brief overview of his stat sheet so far:

In a crushing loss by the Tennessee Titans to the Arizona Cardinals, Henry posted 58 rushing yards on 17 carries for an average of 3.4 yards per carry. Not the best start.

In a redeeming win against the Seattle Seahawks, Henry went off for 182 rushing yards on 35 carries for an average of 5.2 yards per carry. He added three touchdowns and had a long of 60. Enough said.

In the Titans’ rivalry matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, Henry posted 113 rushing yards on 28 carries for an average of 4.0 yards per carry.

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry tops fantasy running back rankings going into Week 4

Yeah, we know he’s good.

Here’s a highlight video from the Colts’ game for extra perusing pleasure:

That Colts’ No. 53 happens to be Darius Leonard. Henry put a grown man and one of the best linebackers in the league on his rear, just like that.

We’ve been running out of metaphors to compare to the league’s rushing king, so we’re going to have to get more creative as the season progresses. Truck, bulldozer, wrecking ball, monster, beast, and others are becoming too trite and boring.

Derrick Henry goes through more defenders than Taylor Swift has men. Derrick Henry’s stiff-arm will push you away faster than an emotionally unavailable ‘finance bro’. Derrick Henry will hit you harder than a 1 p.m. Jack Daniels hangover when you realize you called your ex last night and  left seven voicemails.

Somewhere in here, there’s a theme connecting Derrick Henry to heartbreak, because that’s exactly what he does: he breaks the hearts (and souls) of other teams.

In 2021, Henry is currently on track to rush for another 2,000-yard season which…we honestly just can’t put what we’re feeling into words. You try and do it.

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As the poor unfortunate soul who drafted Saquon Barkley first, and later picked Julio Jones as my WR1, my fantasy team may never recover. I grimace with jealousy toward those lucky Henry managers but hope he continues to dominate. And he will.