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Which Titans Can Win Your Fantasy Football League?

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By JoeLeming September 2, 2020 0 Comment
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Find out which Tennessee Titans players will be key to a successful fantasy football season. Who will help bring home all the fantasy glory?

Football is right around the corner, so that means it is officially fantasy football draft season! Whether you are a professional or first timer, it is always important to have a plan going into draft day. From starters to bench depth, make sure to keep these Titans on your draft board radar as you build your championship roster.

The No-Brainer

1.) Derrick Henry, Running Back (Proj. Top 5)

Derrick Henry should be the top Titan on your fantasy draft board for obvious reasons. The Tennessee Titans offensive game plan is simple: feed Derrick Henry. Every NFL team knows that it’s coming, yet struggle to contain the beast that is Derrick Henry. In 2019 Henry lead the NFL in rushing yards with 1,540 on 303 attempts, and also tied for the league lead in touchdowns with sixteen. What makes Henry’s stats even more impressive is that he didn’t play all 16 regular season games. Henry, who has been relatively injury free to this point in his career, did not suit up for the December 22nd matchup vs the Saints as he nursed a lingering hamstring injury.

Per fantasydata.com, Henry’s impressive 2019 campaign netted him 294.6/276.6 fantasy points which is an average of 19.6/18.4 fantasy points per game(PPR/Standard). This stat line put Henry as the RB5 in PPR leagues. Henry has shown little to no reason that his 2020 campaign will yield any less results, as he has trained relentlessly throughout the off season. Henry’s most glaring issue is his versatility as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Henry has often been pulled off the field in obvious passing situations  in favor of former teammate Dion Lewis, who is now with the New York Giants.

New Year, New Money

With an opportunity to become a true three down back after signing a four year, $50M contract, Henry has been putting extra emphasis on his pass catching abilities, as Around The NFL has reported. Even starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has commented, “He [Henry] is catching the ball more confidently.” Henry has shown flashes of being a true three down back and fully expect for him to add another level of diversity to the Titans offense this season. Expect for Henry to finish top three in fantasy points this season.

The Draft Day Steals

2.) A.J. Brown, Wide Receiver (Projected Top 40)

A.J. Brown is coming off of a phenomenal rookie year that he plans to build on. In 2019, Brown put up 1,051 receiving yards with eight touchdowns, and also put up 60 yards and one touch down in the run game. These stats produced 217.1/165.1 fantasy points which is an average of 13.6/10.3 points per game (PPR/Standard).

Brown finished as WR21 in the 2019 campaign. This is especially impressive considering that Brown was not truly featured in the Titans offense until week 7, when former Titans QB Marcus Mariota was benched for Tannehill. 61 of Brown’s 84 targets came from weeks 7-17, which is an average of 6.1 targets per game vs his average of 3.8 targets per game in weeks 1-6. Brown has also had a full off season with what is now a very solid Titans offense and should benefit from that.

In conclusion, Brown is an extremely great value pick if drafted towards the back end of the third round. He also could be grabbed later, as he is a medium risk high reward player based on the run first mentality of the Titans offense.

(If you missed my player spotlight on A.J. Brown, check it out HERE)

 

3.) Ryan Tannehill Quarterback (Proj. Top 125)

Here we have another medium risk high reward player. The reigning comeback player of the year in 2019, Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill took over as the starter in week 7 when the Marcus Mariota era ended in Tennessee. Once taking over, Tannehill completed 70% of his passes netting 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns to only six interceptions en route to an AFC Championship Game appearance. Also, do not forget that Tannehill can beat teams on the ground himself, as he put up 185 yards and four touchdowns in 2019. Tannehill was able to finish the 2019 fantasy season as  QB22 even though he only logged 10 regular season starts.

From the beginning, Tannehill had an immediate impact on the Titans offense. The Titans went from one of the worst offenses in the league to one of the most potent. Although the Titans operate with a run first mentality, Tannehill’s deep threat accuracy will keep NFL defenses guessing.

Consistency or Bust?

There is one big question after Tannehill signed a $118M contract extension. Will he keep up the same level of production that he displayed in 2019? Although there is no clear cut answer, you should take Tannehill if he is available later in your draft. You will be getting a player that should finish as a top 10 fantasy QB even if he performs at a fraction of the level that he did in 2019.

The Sleepers

4.) Jonnu Smith Tight End (Proj.  Top 150)

One cheek equals two feet. Jonnu Smith is now officially the man in Tennessee. Jonnu was taken in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft to sit in the shadow of NFL veteran Delanie Walker. With back to back seasons hampered by injury, Walker is out of Tennessee and Smith is your uncontested TE1.

Expect for Jonnu Smith to be this years fantasy breakout player for the Titans. Smith has shown flashes of elite catching, as well as run blocking ability in his time filling in for Walker. Tennessee has always utilized TE heavy formations, so Smith could get a large increase in targets, especially in the play action game.

Respectively, you should not expect to get the production of players like Kittle, Kelce, or Ertz, but Smith should produce at the level of a top 10 TE that can be grabbed in a later round.

5.) Corey Davis WR (Projected Top 250/Un-drafted) 

Corey Davis, a former fifth overall pick out of Western Michigan is a low risk medium reward player. Davis is entering the final year of his rookie contract after the Titans declined his fifth year option. Although, Davis has not lived up to the hype of a fifth over all pick, he will be looking to kick it into another gear to secure a big contract after this season.

Unlike his counterpart A.J. Brown, Davis saw a slight decrease in targets after Tannehill took over the offense. In Davis’ defense, Tannehill had more chemistry built up with Brown from the pre-season and training camp.

In conclusion, Davis should benefit from less competition at the WR position and a full off-season of practice with his new QB. Davis has a large catch radius, so that should leave him as a constant deep ball threat. Expect Davis to finish in the WR40 range and he will also serve as a valuable bench player if one of your top WRs gets hurt or is on BYE.

Enjoy the upcoming fantasy football season and share which one of these Titans players make it onto your roster!

 

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