clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Who is Derrick Henry’s backup if he sits out for Week 17?

We go over Derrick Henry’s backup options if he misses Thursday’s game against the Cowboys.

NFL: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean-USA TODAY Sports

Update — Henry is listed as doubtful to play in Week 17 on TNF vs. the Cowboys. It’s time to think about replacing him in your fantasy football lineup for the championship. We’ve got who his backup is below.

Update — Henry was seen at practice on Tuesday after missing Monday with the hip injury. It seems for now Henry is on track to play. We don’t yet know if the Titans will decide to rest players being as this TNF game is meaningless to the AFC South division title, which will be decided Week 18 vs. the Jaguars.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is on the injury report with a hip injury and was listed as a DNP for Monday’s practice ahead of their Week 17 showdown against the Dallas Cowboys. With the game taking place on Thursday, the Titans just held a walkthrough and his designation is just an estimate.

Thursday’s game is essentially meaningless for Tennessee as its Week 18 showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars will determine the AFC South champion. That means there is a possibility that the Titans could sit Henry this week in order to give him some extra rest. That would have major implications for fantasy managers in the playoffs as they could be without the top fantasy running back in a critical moment.

For those in that precarious position, Henry’s backups are Hassan Haskins and Julius Chestnut. Haskins has been the lead kick returner for the Titans this season and has gotten a smattering of touches on offense, taking 11 carries for 50 yards. Meanwhile, Chestnut has only appeared in four games this season, taking five handoffs for 13 carries. This backup role would normally be earmarked for Dontrell Hilliard, but he is currently on IR with a neck injury.