The Undervalued Broncos RB: De’Angelo Henderson

When looking for a deep sleeper I try to find players that I can convince myself has a positive narrative. A crowded backfield may not be the best place to choose from for this. Seemingly Denver has a plethora of running backs and it may look like Rookie RB De’Angelo Henderson is buried on the depth chart, but if we take a deeper look at the Denver Broncos backfield we may find something else.

Hurdles to overcome:

While I have and will always love Jamaal Charles his days may be numbered. We’ve all seen “the picture.” Yes, the one where his knee looks like a bowling ball. He is, however, the most efficient back in NFL history and I’m not sure I can write him off yet.

CJ Anderson has shown sparks, and those he carried to a championship during the home stretch of 2014 find it hard to forget him. Denver signed him to a 4 yr 18 mil contract in 2016, but are able to cut him next year and save some cap money.

Devontae Booker had a poor showing in his rookie season due to battling a shoulder injury. Now he has undergone surgery to correct a fractured wrist and is not expected back until Week 1 at the earliest.

De’Angelo Henderson may be just the right guy we’re looking for. He is currently going undrafted in startups and rookie drafts alike. Now here’s a guy (in John Madden voice) that dominated at a small school. Henderson attended Coastal Carolina and was extremely productive with a 45.4% college dominator rating(PlayerProfiler). Built like a bowling ball, he is 5’7” 208 lbs. with a BMI of 32.6. During his college career he totaled 4,635 yards on 721 carries and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. De’Angelo also achieved an impressive 58 rushing touchdowns, while adding 97 career receptions for 921 yards and 6 touchdowns. In his senior season he rushed for 1,156 yards and 16 touchdowns and grabbed 20 receptions for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air (9 games).

Before his first preseason game he was going undrafted in startup and rookie drafts alike. This is an extreme value for someone that may see meaningful carries early in the season. In his first preseason appearance he showed burst on his 41 yard scamper into the end zone. However high he rises in this month’s ADP I’d argue that he will still be a value.

The cracks are there for Henderson to squeak through. And sometimes, that’s all they need. Go get this guy.



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