Fantasy Slant: Titans Expected to Use Committe Backfield in 2017

By Vincent Frank on Thursday, June 1st 2017
Fantasy Slant: Titans Expected to Use Committe Backfield in 2017

Normally, the idea of a committee backfield approach would be the death knell for fantasy football. We've seen this story repeated over and over again in recent seasons, especially now that NFL teams have gone away from the workhorse back. 

That was somewhat mitigated last season in Tennessee with the Titans going more to a power-run game under veteran DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Last season saw the Titans put up the third-most rushing attempts in the NFL. 

For his part, Murray rebounded from a disastrous one-year tender in Philadelphia by putting up 1,664 total yards and 12 touchdowns en route to finishing as the fourth-best fantasy running back. 

Despite seeing Murray average nearly 22 touches per game, Henry was still able to make an impact as a rookie. The former second-round pick gained over 600 total yards and five touchdowns in a part-time role. 

The Titans are now projecting more of an equal share between the two this season after Murray put up 60 percent of the team's touches in 2016. 

That could lead to a potential downtick in production from Murray with Henry himself seeing a gradual increase in fantasy relevance. 

In turn, this could also lead to a streaming option for the two running backs. Using Murray as a RB1 option and Henry as either your FLEX or RB3 depending on league format. 

 

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