The Tennessee Titans are a team in flux. They’ve had some building block for the past few seasons, but nothing has really come together. 2013 was your classic Titans season, with a middle of the pack record of 7-9. A big part of their lack of improvement has been constant injuries to starting quarterback Jake Locker, a poor offensive line, and a declining Chris Johnson (now departed). Going into 2014, health still plays a major role and will largely dictate the fantasy success of their players. Let’s see how the Titans project fantasy-wise in 2014.
Locker is not rosterable in most leagues and should only be considered as a QB3 option. He’s only played 18 games in the past two seasons, and with the drafting of LSU quarterback, Zach Mettenberger, the Titans clearly don’t have long-term faith in Locker.
Rookie Bishop Sankey, is the Titans best fantasy option. He should win out the starting job as his only competition is Shonn Greene who hasn’t cracked four yard per carry the past two seasons. Consider Sankey a high RB3 option, draftable around the likes of Shane Vereen, Joique Bell, and Toby Gerhart.
Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter will be the Titans top two WR fantasy producers in 2014. Consider them a high WR3 and low WR3 options respectively. Wright cracked 1,000 receiving yards last season with the revolving quarterbacks of Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick, and should be able to do the same this year, albeit with a low touchdown number. Hunter has speed for days and has big play potential all over him. The problem with both of these guys is who will be throwing them the ball.
Delaine Walker showed solid improvement in his first season as full-fledged number one tight end, decreasing his dropped ball rate and hauling in 60 passes for 571 yard and six touchdowns. The problem is that Walker is already 30 years old and won’t be improving much more, if at all. Expect similar numbers from Walker this year, projecting him to be in the 14th to 11th best tight end range, enough to warrant a TE2 spot in deeper leagues.
The Titans defense is not rosterable in just about any league as they will be one of the NFL’s worst in 2014. They ranked in the bottom third of the AFC in both sacks and interceptions last season, key components for racking up fantasy points from your defense, and didn’t improve much in the offseason. Likewise in the kicking game, newcomer, Maikon Bonani, replaces the bionic leg of Rob Bironas and should not be on any teams’ roster.
None of the Titans players will be deserving of a fantasy start on most teams to begin the year. Sankey and Wright have the greatest potential to make contributions but neither have the supporting cast to be considered breakout potential. Overall, this Titans unit is nothing more than serviceable.