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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?

Some injuries are worse than others. For fantasy football fans like The Loop, who depended on Derrick Henry’s marvelous services, his broken leg brought an Armageddon of absence.

Of course, a positive Aaron Rogers test for COVID is a big deal. But the injury, which may have ended at the end of the season, caused the NFL’s first runner not only decapitated the Tennessee Titans’ attack, but also forced us to postpone our annual first-half top-rankers review until at least next week. But now is the time to start looking for a replacement running beck that can, at least in part, replace Henry’s big shoes.

There are not many great options on failed wires. But let’s start with the ancient one that everyone has been talking about the last couple of days:

Adrian Peterson (Titans) – You’ve probably heard of him. The artist, formerly known as All Day, has been signed by Tennessee and will have one last chance in Nashville to host the Super Bowl to retire to the Hall of Fame. What’s left in the tank? Who knows? But Peterson, whom we saw last season in Detroit, would have been a good fit for an attack in Tennessee. Of course it’s worth the risk.

FILE – Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson (28) during an NFL soccer game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, December 26, 2020 in Detroit. The Tennessee Titans have signed 2012 NFL Player of the Year and four-time all-pro Adrian Peterson to help replace fast-paced NFL leader Derrick Henry. The Titans signed Peterson on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, to a training team with Peterson, 36, who has not played on an NFL team this season. (AP Photo / Rick Osentoski, File) #

Jeremy McNichols (Titans) – He is the leading player behind Tennessee lines who almost always caught the pass. Will he be able to turn into, say, the role of a runner on the goal line? We’re not going to pretend we know for sure.

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?
Tennessee Titans running back Jeremy McNichols (28) runs outside during an NFL football match against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, October 31, 2021 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo / Zach Bolinger) #

Mark Ingram (Saints) – After Ingram showed up in Houston, he was sent back to New Orleans, where he spent some of the best periods of his career with Alvin Camara. Strictly, it would be a gateway option for fantasy fans.

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (14) leads the chant at the stadium ahead of the NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans on Sunday, October 31, 2021 (AP Photo / Derick Hingle) #

Derrick Gore (Chief Executives) – He came out of nowhere on Monday night against the Giants to offer a significant option for KC’s attack. Looked pretty good doing it. But Clyde Edwards-Helare will be back soon, so Gore can’t be wrong as Frank has a very limited window to prove his worth.

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?
Kansas City Chiefs running back Derrick Gore runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL soccer game against the New York Giants on Monday, November 1, 2021, in Kansas City, Missouri. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Jordan Howard (Eagles) “It was a great achievement in Philadelphia that disappeared and was forgotten. He then scored two touchdowns when he returned to the Eagles last week. While this seems more of a coincidence or fluke than a career renaissance, he definitely deserves flyers for those who are particularly hard to run.

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) runs against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football match in Detroit, Sunday, October 31, 2021 (AP Photo / Paul Sancya) #

David Johnson (Texans) – Fantasy historians remember when Johnson was one of the best RBs in the game. Ancient history. But with the return of Mark Ingram to New Orleans, Johnson could become the undisputed No. 1 in Houston. Except for Philip Lindsay, so never mind …

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?
Houston Texans running backward David Johnson (31) gain a yard against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL football game on Thursday, September 10, 2020 in Kansas City, MO. (AP Photo / Reed Hoffmann)

Sitting stars
Vikings may have to throw a lot to beat Baltimore in their must-play on Sunday, so Dalvin Cook numbers may suffer. … Tennessee QB will get a much bigger blow Ryan Tannehill without Derrick Henry… Say goodbye to easy TD attempts after King Henry’s forgeries. This week the Rams Defense will cap all Titans, even Aj brown’s… … San Francisco, RB Elijah Mitchell smashed and won’t be a great start against Arizona. … Jets RB Michael Carter will return to Earth against the Colts, along with most of the Jets. … Atlanta QB Matt Ryan there will be fewer options against New Orleans with all the Falcons stars missing. … Philly WR Devonta Smith will not start any comeback against the Chargers. … And we assume that the Packers will keep Tyreek hill in their Super Bowl rematch, I’m with the Chiefs.

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?
Minnesota Vikings runner Dalvin Cook (33) battles Dallas Cowboys defender Donovan Wilson (6) during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct.31, 2021 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo / Bruce Kluckhohn) #

MATCHUP GAME
QB chargers Justin Herbert fought lately, but we think he is picking up against Philadelphia. Raiders QB Derek Carr has gone unnoticed this season and will continue to face the giants. … Want a long range pick for early combat? Try Green Bay A.J. Dillon against the bosses. … If Dallas Michael Gallup returns, you have to start it against Denver. … Buffalo Cole Beazley will still be poor Cooper Kupp against the defense of Jacksonville. … Miami Rookie WR Jaylen Waddle will be a big day against Houston. .. And if you want someone to have an unexpectedly big day, try Houston RB. Philip Lindsay against Miami.

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?
Los Angeles Chargers defender Justin Herbert (10) passes a touchdown during the first half of an NFL soccer game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, October 31, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (AP Photo / John McCoy)

SEE INJURIES
Jamis Winston the return lasted eight weeks. He finished the year after hitting his knee. But New Orleans is likely to split QB responsibilities between Trevor Simian and Taysom hillat least in the short term. … Should you consider starting Green Bay QB Jordan Love when he replaces Aaron Rogers? No no. … Kyler Murray he is said to work day in and day out, but he is still worth starting with QB for Arizona. … Atlanta WR Calvin Ridley steps aside on a personal matter that proved devastating to the attack on the Falcons led by Matt Ryan, and will continue to do so. … Jaguars RB James robinson can be relegated to the background, with Carlos Hyde an increase for a week or two. … This week Christian McCaffrey or Sakwon Barkley return? … Now we know that New Orleans WR Michael Thomas will not return this season. … Dallas QB is among the most doubtful players on the list. Duck Prescott, Vegas RB Josh Jacobs, 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell, Bears RB Damien Williams, Nines WR Dibo Samuel, Jets WR Corey Davis, Titans WR Julio Jones, Eagles WR Jalen Raegor and Raiders TE Darren Waller

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jamis Winston (2) is knocked off the field following a horse grab injury in the first half of an NFL soccer game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans on Sunday, October 31, 2021 (AP Photo / Deryck Hingle)

THE DEEPEST SLEEP
A week later with noticeable endings as goodbye as Rob Gronkowski and T.J. Hawkensonyou should take a closer look at Pittsburgh Pat Freyermouth, a newbie from Pennsylvania. He is quickly becoming the favorite of the Steelers QB. Ben Rotlisberger… Freyermouth has hit the mark seven times in each of the past two games and has had two touchdowns in the past five weeks, including his acrobatic winning game last Sunday in Cleveland. He could be your week 9 winner in Monday night’s match against Chicago.

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freyermouth (88) catches a touchdown pass while being defended by Cleveland Browns defender Ronnie Harrison Jr. (33) during an NFL football game on Sunday, October 31, 2021 in Cleveland … (AP Photo / Kirk Irwin) #

CHOICE FOR THURSDAY
Planes in Colts (-10½):
Choose: Colts on 7

The Loop Fantasy Football Coverage Week 9: Is There Life After Derrick Henry?
Indianapolis Colts defender Carson Wentz (2) throws an interception pass when attacked by the Tennessee Titans outside midfielder Bud Dupree (48) in the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, October 31, 2021. The Tennessee Titans scored a touchdown interception. (AP Photo / AJ Mast)

LATEST NEWS
We’ll be updating our column based on the latest injuries and hints right up to Sunday. Go to TwinCities.com/theloop.

You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansever’s BS Show podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter – @theloopnow… You can reach him at [email protected]

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