April 13, 2024

Derrick Henry signs with Baltimore: 3 Fantasy Impacts

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Derrick Henry signs with Baltimore: 3 Fantasy Impacts.

 

Free Agency opened up with a bang this off-season, including quite a bit of surprises. Maybe the biggest surprise was how active teams were in scooping up running backs. Over the past few seasons, NFL teams haven’t seemed to prioritize the running back position. Not this offseason. With the best running back class of free agents ever, plenty of teams were ready to pounce and get their guy.

One of those teams was the Baltimore Ravens. After failing to land Derrick Henry at the trade deadline, they finally got their man via free agency, agreeing to a two-year deal for $16 million. King Henry is an immediate upgrade for Baltimore’s backfield.

Here are my top three Fantasy Impacts following this move:

 

 

Derrick Henry Continues to be an Elite Fantasy Asset

A backfield with Lamar Jackson and Derrick Henry will be a nightmare for opposing teams. Just imagine trying to defend the RPO. Opposing defenses can try to stack the box, and Lamar Jackson can hold the ball and find an open receiver.

On the other hand, teams can try to defend the pass while Derrick Henry gets the ball and picks up a chunk play. This Baltimore Ravens offense is going to be impossible to defend. Defensive coordinators will have to pick their poison.

Pic: Jersey Swaps

 

 

Lamar Jackson’s Ceiling Only Increases

Just think about how the presence of Henry will open up this offense. As I said previously, teams will have no choice but to stack the box more than they want. This is great news for Lamar Jackson owners. Jackson can keep the ball himself and pick up a chunk play, or he can find an open pass catcher. Either way, this will only help his fantasy production.

Last season, Jackson finished as the QB5. This coming season, I see him finishing as a top 3 quarterback and possibly challenging Josh Allen for the QB1 overall.

 

Baltimore’s Pass Catchers Benefit Tremendously

Again, think about a defense stacking the box to stop Derrick Henry and Lamar Jackson finding a wide-open Mark Andrews. Or maybe, an RPO to find Zay Flowers or Rashod Bateman downfield for a 40-yard touchdown.

With the departure of Odell Beckham Jr, even Nelson Agholor could produce some sneaky fantasy numbers. The bottom line is that all of Baltimore’s pass catchers are going to benefit tremendously.

The Baltimore Ravens offense was extremely productive for fantasy owners last season. The addition of Derrick Henry will only enhance everyone’s production for this coming season.


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