A historic performance by Derrick Henry on Thursday Night Football has us rolling out an early edition of our weekly “Best and worst,” as the third-year running back set a Tennessee Titans franchise record for rushing yards in a game (238) and scored the most PPR fantasy points of any player all season (47.8).
Check back here on Sunday after the conclusion of the 1 p.m. ET and 4 p.m. ET (and, when applicable, Sunday Night Football) games for more picks of the week’s best and worst from a fantasy perspective, complete with applicable game and historical data.
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: Where did that come from? As mentioned above, Henry set a Titans franchise record for rushing yards in a game on Thursday Night Football. Thanks to his four rushing touchdowns, one of which was a 99-yard score that tied him with Tony Dorsett (1982 Week 9, in the final game of the strike-shortened regular season) for the longest rushing touchdown ever, he scored the most points of any player this season, with 47.8 PPR points. He had the same total in non-PPR, since he caught no passes. That score topped Christian McCaffrey‘s 46.7 PPR points from Week 12 and Mitchell Trubisky‘s 43.5 points in Week 4, and it more than doubled Henry’s own prior personal best of 21.5 PPR points (2017 Week 6). Remarkably, Henry’s score didn’t contend for the since-1960 record, even at his own position, falling more than eight points shy of cracking the top 10. It wasn’t even a top-10 performance during the traditional fantasy playoff weeks (Weeks 14-17, in ESPN leagues), but it was the best single-game total by any player since Todd Gurley II‘s 49.6 points in 2017 Week 16. It was the second-best single game performance by any player on Thursday Night Football, trailing only Corey Dillon’s 53.6 points in 1997 Week 15 (see the chart below). Few fantasy managers reaped the benefits of Henry’s stunning performance, as he was started in 14.3 percent of ESPN leagues, which means not everyone missed out. He’ll face the New York Giants, the worst rush defense in the league, in Week 15, so there’s a realistic chance that Henry will have another big — though probably not historic — fantasy point total.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: After scoring 20-plus PPR fantasy points in three consecutive games, those preceding his Week 13 suspension for fighting during a Week 12 game, Fournette regressed significantly on Thursday night, scoring only 6.1 PPR fantasy points on 14 rushing attempts and a 2-of-3 performance on passes. It was the third-worst point total from any of his 19 career NFL games to date and was representative of what overall was a poor night for his team. Fournette’s Jaguars found themselves in a big hole early, so he didn’t see the typical lofty workloads we’ve come to expect from him in his healthy weeks. Fortunately for him and his managers — at least those who remain active in their fantasy playoffs — he’ll face a slumping Washington Redskins run defense in Week 15.