Derrick Henry Injury Update Clouds Week 16 Fantasy Outlook Ahead of Matchup With Saints

Derrick Henry runs with the ball in a game against the Texans.
Derrick Henry runs with the ball in a game against the Texans. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is not expected to play in Sunday's Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints due to a lingering hamstring injury.

Henry has been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks. While he practiced on Friday, he was listed as questionable on Saturday and appears to be out of Tennessee's Week 16 plans as they aim to secure an AFC Wild Card spot.

Backup Dion Lewis will be in line to get more carries, despite only averaging 2.7 rushing attempts per game this season. Lewis averages just 3.5 yards per carry and is better known as a pass-catching back, which means Titans' rookie Khari Blasingame could also get increased playing time in the run game as well. Especially with Lewis was also listed as probable Thursday after missing practice with an ankle injury.

Henry's injury will likely come as a tough blow for fantasy owners, as he has been a top-5 fantasy running back for the entire season. He's averaged 18.2 PPR points per game this season and scored over 20.0 points in five of his last six contests.

The Titans are facing a tough matchup against a Saints team that is No. 9 in Football Outsiders' rush defense DVOA and No. 4 in rushing yards allowed. But with Henry out, fantasy owners may have little choice but to hope Lewis can add some positive value.

Prior to Henry's updated injury outlook for this Week 16 matchup, he was listed as RB4 in both our Week 16 standard scoring fantasy football RB rankings and our Week 16 PPR fantasy football RB rankings.

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