With DeMarco Murray (knee) ruled out for Saturday's divisional-round game against the Patriots, Henry will head the Titans' backfield, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports. The 2016 second-rounder rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and caught both of his targets for 35 yards in last week's 22-21 win over the Chiefs in the wild-card round. Per Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com the Titans are inclined to use Henry "quite a bit Saturday to exploit some holes in the Patriots' run defense." Given how well Henry ran during the Titans' initial playoff game, that's a sound approach, though in turn it's expected the New England coaching staff will craft its defensive game plan with containing the Tennessee ground game as its top priority.
Titans head coach Mike Mularkey confirmed Sunday that Henry would likely start at running back in Tennessee's divisional-round matchup with New England on Jan. 13, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports. While Mularkey isn't ruling DeMarco Murray (knee) out for the showdown with the Patriots after the veteran running back sat out the team's playoff-opening win over the Chiefs last weekend, Henry will be in line for the lead role again after producing 191 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 25 touches in the upset victory. Murray, who is dealing with a Grade 3 MCL tear, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, is considered day-to-day at this juncture and will likely only be available in a supporting role for the divisional round if he shows enough progress with his recovery during practices this week. Though the top-seeded Patriots are heavy favorites in the matchup, Henry's status as the unquestioned top option out of the backfield makes him a solid DFS building block against a New England rush defense that ceded 4.7 yards per carry during the regular season, the second-worst mark in the NFL.
Henry rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and caught both of his targets for 35 yards in Saturday's 22-21, wild-card round win over Kansas City. Henry thought he had a one-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter, but it was called back on a false start. He made up for it with a 35-yard scoring scamper early in the fourth, slashing his team's deficit to five points. After Tennessee finally took the lead later in the frame, the power runner sealed the victory by earning first downs with runs of 12 and 22 yards. He had a close call on that final drive with a near-fumble that was taken to the house by the defense, but review conclusively showed that Henry was down before the ball came out. Henry's outplayed DeMarco Murray (knee) on a per-carry basis all season and will likely be leaned on next week regardless of his veteran teammate's status.
With DeMarco Murray (knee) ruled out for Saturday's playoff game against the Chiefs, Henry will once again draw the start at running back for the Titans this weekend. Henry carried 28 times for 51 yards and parlayed his only catch into a 66-yard TD in the Week 17 win over the Jaguars, but the 6-foot-3, 247-pound running back was not satisfied with his effort in the contest. "I didn't feel like a workhorse back. I kind of felt soft," Henry said afterward. "I am not really happy about that game at all." With that in mind, Henry is focused on running harder Saturday. He'll be taking aim at a Kansas City defense that allowed an average of 118.1 rushing yards during the regular season.
With DeMarco Murray (knee) ruled out, per Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site, Henry is in line to head the Titans' backfield Sunday against the Jaguars. The Titans can secure a wild-card playoff spot with a win, so we'd expect to see plenty of Henry on Sunday. Meanwhile, while the Jaguars are locked into the No. 3 AFC playoff seed, ESPN's Michael DiRocco relays that Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone doesn't plan to rest his starters this weekend. All in all though, with Henry looking at a heavy workload in Week 17 against a Jacksonville defense that is tougher on the pass than the run, the 6-foot-3, 247-pounder is an appealing lineup option in both season-long and daily fantasy formats.
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