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
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.