Where will Derrick Henry go in 2020 fantasy football drafts? Top 10? Top 5? Top 3? While his draft stock will depend in part on whether or not he re-signs with the Titans, former Jaguars and Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew doesn’t believe Henry is a Top 3 fantasy RB.
“They don’t throw him the ball,” Jones-Drew said.
Lack of receptions does limit Henry’s upside, especially in PPR formats. He’s averaged a little more than 14 catches per season in his four years in the NFL. Jones-Drew rattled off a handful of names he’d rather have over Henry, all players who had significantly more receptions in 2019: Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott and Dalvin Cook.
Don’t mistake Jones-Drew for a Henry hater just because he would rather have that quintet instead of the big back.
“I think Derrick Henry is a phenomenal running back. I drafted him in the fourth round and he led me to a fantasy championship, but it’s because of what he does late in the year,” Jones-Drew said.
From Week 7 on, Henry was the No. 2 overall running back in fantasy with an average of 23 PPR points per game. He had success late in the 2018 season as well. He was the top RB in fantasy from Weeks 14-17 that season, averaging 26.5 PPR points per game.
Even with those hot finishes, Henry finished as the RB16 in 2018 and RB5 in 2019 in total points. As Jones-Drew reiterated, “they just don’t throw him the ball enough.”