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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Team Talk: Tennessee Titans

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

Next up is a team that started off hot in 2013 and fell apart shortly after, the Tennessee Titans. As far as fantasy value was concerned, there really wasn't any there in 2013 either. Fantasy owners may want to take another look at the Titans roster heading into 2014.

Jake Locker- Locker showed some promise early on in the season but a hip injury slowed him down and he never really recovered after that. Locker finished the season with 1,256 yards and double digit touchdowns total in the seven games he played. He averaged 17.5 fantasy points per game and will have one more season to prove himself to the Titans and to fantasy owners in 2014.

Zach Mettenberger- The rookie out of LSU was selected in the sixth round of this years draft and could get the chance to start if Locker proves he's not the future of the Titans. There is a new coaching regime and Mettenberger could be given a shot early on. His two years as a starting quarterback at LSU, he threw for 5,691 yards and 34 touchdowns. Mettenberger shouldn't make much of an impact going into the season but could be a player fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on if Jake Locker falters.

Shonn Greene- In 11 games last season, Greene rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged just over five fantasy points per game and doesn't look to have much of a fantasy impact in 2014. He'll be splitting time with Jackie Battle and rookie Bishop Sankey.

Jackie Battle
- Battle played a total of eight games in 2013 and averaged three fantasy points per game. Battle has even less fantasy value than Shonn Greene. The only value Jackie Battle may hold is his nose for the endzone. Unless he is going to receive his fair share of touches, Battle remains a fantasy afterthought.

Bishop Sankey- Now this is the back to own in Tennessee. The rookie out of Washington was selected in the second round and should be viewed as the back to own on the Titans. With Jackie Battle and Shonn Greene ahead of him on the depth chart, it's only a matter of time before Sankey is the starting running back for the Titans. His three years at Washington saw him rush for almost 3,500 yards and 20 touchdowns. He'll be a fantasy name sooner rather than later.

Justin Hunter- There was a game or two where Justin Hunter flashed some talent and showed fantasy owners what he's capable of. The problem with Hunter was he wasn't consistent enough to warrant putting into fantasy lineups each week. He did finish 2013 with 18 catches for 354 yards and four scores and if the Titans can get consistent quarterback play in 2014, Justin Hunter could be a fantasy sleeper.

Kendall Wright- Kendall Wright was one of the few bright spots for the Titans in 2013 as far as fantasy owners were concerned. He was a monster in PPR formats but had a problem when it came to scoring. Regardless of his lack of touchdowns, Wright saw his targets increase from 104 in 2012 to 140 in 2013. He made the best of those targets with 94 catches for over 1,000 yards. He averaged 7.5 fantasy points per game with mediocre quarterback play and will be a target of fantasy owners come draft day in 2014.

Nate Washington- Even though he's been around a while, there's always a stretch where Nate Washington shows fantasy owners he's still worth owning for a few weeks. He averaged just under seven fantasy points per game in 2013 but shouldn't be viewed as much more than a low end receiver who can give you a couple of decent weeks.

Dexter McCluster- Coming over from Kansas City, McCluster looked like he may finally have a breakout season but never really took off. He averaged just over four fantasy points per game and won't contribute much to the Titans offense in 2013.

Delanie Walker- In his first season with the Titans coming over from San Francisco, Delanie Walker finished with 60 catches for 571 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged over six fantasy points per game and should be a tight end worth owning again in 2014.

D/ST- The Titans defense could be a sleeper defense for fantasy owners in 2014. There are a few new faces including Wesley Woodyard and Shaun Phillips who could make this Titans defense something for opposing offenses to contend with. Fantasy owners shouldn't forget that the Tennessee defense came on strong in 2013 giving up the fourth fewest points to opposing quarterbacks and look to be more ferocious this year.