Monday, January 24

Who is Derrick Henry’s backing on the Titans depth chart? Meet Tennessee Handcuffs RB, Jeremy McNichols Fancy Waiver Lead Pickup

Derrick Henry has been reported to have suffered a possible season-ending foot injury in Week 8. After the initial shock and disappointment of the news wears off, fantasy football owners immediately begin to wonder who he is. the Titans backup and what his fantasy outlook looks like going forward. Henry’s direct wife, Jeremy McNichols, has been productive at some points this year, mostly through the air, but unless Tennessee trades for a veteran running back before the Nov. 2 NFL trade deadline, McNichols he will be one of the best waiver players of Week 9 with a lot of fantasy potential.

We’ll break down McNichols and the Titans RB situation below. For the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @ SN_Fantasy.

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Who is the endorsement of Derrick Henry, Titans handcuff RB?

Jeremy McNichols has been jumping through the league since 2017 and is in his second year with Tennessee. Last season, in his first real NFL action, he rushed for 204 yards and a TD on 47 carries, while adding another 55 yards on 12 receptions. Before that, he had brief stints in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Jacksonville. Before entering the league, he played three years at Boise State, where he rushed for 3,205 yards and 44 touchdowns. He also caught 103 passes for 1,089 yards and 10 touchdowns, so he obviously brings a lot to the table as a receiver.

Those receiving skills have been on display this year, as he caught 21 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown, all as a simple backup behind the busiest running back in the NFL. Darrynton Evans (knee) was placed on IR last week and will miss the rest of the season, so McNichols appears to be the only player on the Titans’ RB depth chart (for now) with real fantasy potential, as we will mention below. .

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Jeremy McNichols Fantasy Outlook

Barring a deal for a veteran running back before the November 2 NFL trade deadline (which seems likely at this point), McNichols is the clear No. 2 on the Titans depth chart. For fancy purposes it’s shaping up to be a solid RB2 in the PPR and low-end / flex high-end RB leagues in the standard leagues. He could approach RB1 territory with a heavy workload, but it’s hard to imagine he will approach the kind of league-leading workload Henry got. He’s just not the same type of racer, both in terms of size, durability, and talent. Of course, he will be a bigger factor in the receiving game, but he cannot be expected to make long runs behind what has been a troubled offensive line up to this point.

Again, it is highly likely that Tennessee will trade for an RB or add one through free agency. Still, McNichols would have value in an RBBC backfield. He just doesn’t have the profile to suggest Tennessee will push him into a workhorse role, but crazier things have happened. Monday morning, Adam Schefter shared a list of possible business goals, which included Ty’Son Williams, Rondald Jones and Melvin Gordon (although he said they are unlikely to trade Gordon). Many might think Marlon Mack is at stake here, but we doubt the Colts are willing to send Mack to a division rival who just swept them off the season series.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

So again McNichols is worth picking up, probably as the best waiver picks of Week 9 if there is no trade, but this situation is likely to change quickly. Be on the lookout and be ready to strike in your leagues. For what it’s worth, we initially ranked McNichols RB17 in the PPR leagues and RB20 in the standard leagues for Week 9 against the Rams.

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