Unstoppable: Derrick Henry highlights Week 14 action
The fantasy football world wept late Thursday night, as tens of thousands of group owners regreted their apparently obvious decision to bench Derrick Henry.
He had not produced much consistency for most of the season, and he was breaking the Jacksonville Jaguars’ still formidable defense. He was using a short week. Sit him, the reasoning whispered in folks’ ears.
Henry immediately exploded for 47.8 points in PPR leagues, the highest mark of any gamer this season– that is, until Amari Cooper bested him Sunday evening with 49.7 in the Cowboys’ win over the Eagles.
How did they do it? Well, by beingunstoppable, of course.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
A theme has emerged from the banks of the Cumberland River. Come winter season time, the Titans turn from whoever they usually offer lead reaches at running back to Derrick Henry.
Thursday qualified as December, which implies it’s Henry Time. He didn’t disappoint.
Henry took carries of all kinds and found success on a range of gains, rumbling through the defense and running over defenders for one touchdown, hitting the edge for another, taking it in from three lawns and gaining healthy yards on non-scoring plays in between.
Oh, and there was also that 99-yard goal run.
In all, he ended up with 238 backyards and 4 touchdowns on simply 17 brings, dominating a Jacksonville defense that hasn’t seen this kind of performance in rather a long time. And he kept the Titans squarely in the playoff discussion with another late-season efficiency that’s starting to become his modus operandi.
Likewise thought about …
Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Just how much of an advantage has the Amari Cooper trade been for the Dallas Cowboys?
Enough to make his quarterback reveal appreciation for his presence weeks after Thanksgiving.
” He is an incredible gamer,” Prescott said of Cooper, through The Dallas Morning News. “I understood he was excellent. I understood he was going to get separation and get open and make terrific catches.
” However when you simply see the pursue catch and breaking tackles, and being that fantastic of a player. As I stated, I’m simply thankful we got that trade.”
That trade– which we shouldn’t forget was blasted by lots of who said a first-round choice was too much for Cooper– has altered whatever for the Cowboys, an offensively inept group that has actually given that vaulted to the leading area in the NFC East, two times defeating the defending Super Bowl champions with almost all of the credit due to Cooper. How does one receiver should have such appreciation? Well …
A 217-yard, three-touchdown getting day for the @DallasCowboys’ star WR! #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/qI4RZQJYjr
— NFL (@NFL).
December 10, 2018.
Cooper single-handedly (well, he and Dak Prescott) dismantled the Eagles’ defense, serving as an unstoppable connection for a Cowboys group that required a go-to alternative after having a hard time early. He even captured the game winner, an improbable catch and run a tip that sent out the Cowboys to a massive victory in the battle for the NFC East title.
Appears like that’s worth a first-round pick.
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are bad in 2018, but George Kittle isverygood.
How good, you ask? How about best tight end in 49ers franchise history?
That’s a title Kittle can at least make an argument for after setting the new single-season mark for the majority of receiving yards acquired by a tight end, passing Vernon Davis in a 20-14 win over the Denver Broncos. He did so in outstanding fashion, too.
Kittle exploded in the very first half, racking up 210 backyards and a goal on 7 catches– and did it all in two quarters. He was just 4 backyards from connecting Shannon Sharpe for the most getting yards in a video game for a tight end in NFL history when he went into the break.
And then, he was stopped.
That would seem to disqualify him for mention in this space, right? Wrong. While Kittle didn’t capture another pass in the final two quarters, his presence still made a distinction. Kittle commanded attention from Denver’s defense, and his existence helped other receivers get open. Case in point: On Trent Taylor’s reception to get an initially down and ice the video game for San Francisco, he ran his route below Kittle, who drew more attention. It opened enough space for the completion to secure the win.
Kittle impacted the video game in the box score in the first half and in non-statistical methods the second half. Entirely, it produced a win– and a brand-new requirement for Niners tight ends.
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