First look at fantasy football for NFL Week 18 -- Derrick Henry ready to return?

Derrick Henry could play in his first game since Oct. 31. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Not only did many people likely give up on the Tennessee Titans when star running back Derrick Henry broke a bone in his right foot back in Week 8, but fantasy football managers likely shed a tear or two when he got hurt. After all, Henry averaged 24.2 PPR points per his eight games (only Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp, including QBs, is better for the season), and even though he entered Week 17 having missed nearly half the games, he was still the No. 13 RB in PPR formats for the season. It speaks to how dominant Henry was for the Titans and fantasy managers.

The stunning Titans enter the first-ever Week 18 -- yep, it is not over yet! -- in the lead position for the AFC No. 1 seed, which is quite improbable considering they lost Henry two months ago. Sure, backup D'Onta Foreman emerged as a fantasy relevant option, but he is no Henry. The original prognosis on Henry returning from foot surgery was 6-10 weeks, and word is he could come off injured reserve and play in the Week 18 finale on the road against the terrible Houston Texans. Fantasy managers must prepare for this possibility.