Fantasy start or sit Week 9: Adrian Peterson, Jeremy McNichols

The Tennessee Titans will begin life without Derrick Henry in Week 9 against the Los Angeles Rams after the superstar rusher broke a bone in his foot that required surgery, sidelining him anywhere from six to 10 weeks.

The loss of Henry, who has been the best back both in fantasy and real life, is devastating for both the Titans and fantasy managers alike, but life goes on we all must push ahead.

Taking the reins in the Titans’ backfield is 36-year-old future Hall of Famer, Adrian Peterson, who was signed to Tennessee’s practice squad this week. He’ll be joined by Jeremy McNichols, who will help carry the load.

While there is plenty of work to be gobbled up by the Titans’ backs, is it safe to start either McNichols or Peterson in Week 9? Let’s find out right now by taking a look at some start or sit advice for both.

Adrian Peterson: Sit

Syndication: The Tennessean

While Peterson remains in great shape and should be ready to roll on Sunday, there’s still no telling how involved he’ll be in the offense in his Titans debut, especially after not having played a single snap yet this season.

Titans running backs coach Tony Dews wouldn’t commit to how much Peterson will play, if at all, so take that how you will.

However, we think that was just a conservative answer from Dews and we’re almost certain that not only will Peterson play, but he’ll likely see the lion’s share of carries at least.

That said, we still can’t be totally certain how much work he’ll receive in his first game. Furthermore, game script could be a negative one for Peterson should the Titans’ shaky defense get torched by the Rams’ elite offense.

While we believe Peterson will be a flex play with RB2 upside moving forward and the back to own from Tennessee, it’s best to sit him this week and see how things shake out.

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