The Tennessee Titans are coming off their worst season last year (2-14) since the 1983 season. They ranked 30th in points scored (254) and 29th in total offense (303.7 YPG.) Titans head coach Ken Wisenhunt has a lot of work and pressure to turn this team around. However, the Titans can only go up from here as a team, and they have some young talent that is worth getting excited about. More important for fantasy football league managers, of course, is figuring out whether or not they can get any value out of Titans players in fantasy leagues this year.
The Marcus Mariota era has arrived, and after being selected number two overall in the 2015 draft, expectations on the rookie will be high. Mariota is a freak athlete and showcased it every Saturday at Oregon. The biggest concerns moving forward for the rookie passer will be arm strength, getting organized in the huddle and adjusting to play-calling in the NFL. Mariota is used to the turbo paced no huddle scheme he perfected in college. Mariota is far from being relevant in season long fantasy football leagues at the moment, unless of course it’s a keeper league. That being said, Mariota does have the athletic angle on his side and if everything breaks right he’d have the potential to produce similar numbers as Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater put up last year. In DFS Mariota will be worth a look in the right matchups once we get a feel for how he will adapt to the NFL this year, but initially DFS gamers should play it safe and steer clear from the young signal caller.
The running back situation in Tennessee has all the makings of a running back by committee. Second-year rusher Bishop Sankey certainly has the upside to be a productive NFL back but really struggled last season as a rookie. The Titans drafted running back David Cobb who looks to be the power back of the future in Tennessee. Neither back currently has much fantasy value, until we can confirm how the touches will be distributed. Even then I believe there are better options available late in your draft.
The one player for the Tennessee Titans I am really excited to see this year is wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. He has elite size at wideout standing 6’5 and 237 pounds. I love the athleticism Green-Beckham brings to the Titans WR corps and believe he can make an immediate impact. I will go as far as saying Green-Beckham is the only Titans WR I have on my draft radar at the moment.
Hakeem Nicks had all the upside in the world playing in Indianapolis last season, but only managed to grab 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns. Nicks is a prime example of boom or bust, and not worth the headache on draft day. However, he should readily be available when the draft ends and could end up being a solid waiver wire addition throughout the season if he shows any consistency in the Titans offense.
Kendall Wright is a solid possession wide receiver, but really struggled to get going last year. I blame part of the struggle on the poor play the Titans had at quarterback on a weekly basis. In 2013 Wright caught five or more balls in 12 of 16 games, so it’s clear that the potential is there for Wright to become a borderline WR3 in a PPR league if the consistency returns. If you’re one of the few people who already have faith in Mariota, Wright could be bumped up a few spots in both standard and PPR leagues.
Harry Douglas showed he can be a viable player when given an opportunity over the past two seasons in Atlanta. I don’t believe he is the missing piece to winning a fantasy championship but has some merit as a guy to stash on your bench throughout the season.
I am really not sure what will happen to Justin Hunter at the moment, specifically with his legal issues, but I am here to tell you just stay away until any kind of confirmation become available. Hunter caught 28 balls for 498 yards and three touchdowns on 67 targets last season but really has been a bust through two NFL seasons.
Delanie Walker doesn’t get the credit he deserves for the production he provides at tight end. I have Walker as a top-10 tight end entering the 2015 fantasy football season, and worth your full consideration this year. Walker is coming off a 63-catch year with 809 yards on 106 targets. I believe Walker will continue to get targeted a lot this year and has potential to be a really solid PPR tight end once again. Mariota is a first-year passer that should look to his safety blanket options quite a bit, and Walker naturally should benefit.
The Titans should be improved as an offensive unit from a year ago. A lot will be on the arm of Marcus Mariota, and how he makes the transition from college to the NFL. I am really high on taking Dorial Green-Beckham around the tenth round, as I believe he has all the potential to make an instant impact as a rookie. The Mariota to Green-Beckham connection will be one of my favorite story lines to follow through the preseason. Overall, the Titans are not a team you’ll want to own many fantasy football options from. Keep an eye on them due to some of their talented youth, but refraining from them on draft day should ultimately help your fantasy squad.