Derrick Henry Injury Update Could Send Jeremy McNichols and Dontrell Hilliard Fantasy Outlook Skyrocketing

Jason Schandl
Derrick Henry injury update makes Jeremy McNichols and Dontrell Hilliard must-add players on fantasy football waiver wire in Week 9.
Derrick Henry injury update makes Jeremy McNichols and Dontrell Hilliard must-add players on fantasy football waiver wire in Week 9. / Wesley Hitt/GettyImages

There's nobody like Derrick Henry in the fantasy football world. He's the top-scoring running back by a whopping 43.9 points in standard scoring leagues.

That means the latest Derrick Henry injury news is going to completely shake up the fantasy football world.

Derrick Henry Injury Update

Obviously its still unclear how long Henry will be out, but "potentially season-ending" means he's all but a lock to at least miss some time. Of course, this is a massive blow to any fantasy manager with Henry on their roster.

It also means that Jeremy McNichols and Dontrell Hilliard are set to see their fantasy football outlooks explode, and they should be top waiver wire targets in Week 9.

Jeremy McNichols Fantasy

Nobody was getting much work with Henry healthy, but McNichols was pretty clearly the RB2. He played at least 20% of the team's offensive snaps in six of the Titans' first eight games, and he's the only non-Henry RB on the team with more than 4 touches on the season, having notched 7 carries and 21 receptions so far.

His role should expand massively with Henry vacating an average of almost 30 opportunities (27.4 carries plus 2.5 targets) per game, but that receiving-heavy usage means he may not be a true every-down player.

Dontrell Hilliard Fantasy

With Darrynton Evans on the season-ending IR, Dontrell Hilliard was called up to the Titans' active roster on Sunday. He only saw the field on special teams, but he should now be in line for some work alongside McNichols.

The four-year NFL veteran has never had a chance to show much (22 carries and 22 receptions), but opportunity is king in fantasy football, and the void Henry leaves behind will give Hilliard a chance to soak some up.

He's not the slam-dunk pickup the McNichols is, but he's certainly worth a speculative add.

Even Mekhi Sargent, who is currently on the Titans' practice squad, is probably worth stashing on your bench at this point.

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