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3 Running Backs the Titans Need to Target Following Derrick Henry Injury

Jason Schandl
Derrick Henry's injury means the Titans need to target these three running backs on the trade market.
Derrick Henry's injury means the Titans need to target these three running backs on the trade market. / Wesley Hitt/GettyImages
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Losing Derrick Henry for any amount of time is a massive blow for the Tennessee Titans. And the potential that he's done for the season is nothing short of devastating.

The Titans are in first place in the AFC South, though, and the playoff contenders have no time to feel sorry for themselves.

With that in mind, here are three running backs the Titans can target via trade to fill the massive void Henry leaves with his injury.

1. David Johnson, Houston Texans

After hilariously overpaying for David Johnson, the Houston Texans now have him on the last year of his contract with no hope of contending, so trading him makes a ton of sense. A versatile receiving threat out of the backfield, Johnson may seem a little redundant with Jeremy McNichols in town, but when he was on top of his game Johnson proved he was much more than just a receiver. His best years are clearly behind him, but let's not forget that he averaged a career-best 4.7 yards per carry in his first year with the Texans in 2020.

2. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts

This one may depend on whether the Indianapolis Colts feel like they're still playoff contenders, or on whether the Titans will make an offer so good their division rivals can't refuse it. But there's no doubting that Mack is one of the best RBs available on the trade market. Injuries cost Mack most of the 2020 season, and now he's buried behind Jonathan Taylor on the depth chart. But his last full season (2019) saw him rush for 1,091 yards and 8 touchdowns on 247 carries in 14 games. Nobody is a one-to-one replacement for Henry, but Mack's proven ability to handle that kind of volume would be a great fit in Tennessee.

3. Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones seems to be a perennial breakout pick, but the former second-round pick just can't seem to get it going in Tampa Bay. He's been relegated mostly to the bench at this point, not playing even 20% of the team's offensive snaps since Week 2, so he could easily be available on the trade market. Despite his recent struggles, he did average 5.1 yards per carry in 2020. And his receiving deficiencies aren't much of a concern when the Titans already have McNichols available to handle passing down work. The 24-year-old Jones could still have some untapped potential, making him a very intriguing option at the right price.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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