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Fantasy Football Projections: Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota has failed to live up to the hype that followed him out of the Oregon Ducks prolific offense and made him the #2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The quarterback hasn’t eclipsed 3500 yards once over three seasons and has averaged just 3158 yards, 19 TD, and 11 INT. Tennessee’s receiving corps has a more promising flavor to it coming into 2018 and that could lead to a step forward for Mariota. His ability to make plays with his feet salvage his fantasy value and if there is positive growth this year the former Oregon product could turn heads as a fantasy starter, but until there is evidence of improvement Mariota is a bye week filler to be watched.

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DeMarco Murray exiting the scene was sweet music to the ears of Derrick Henry apologists, but that music was cut short when Tennessee went out and signed Dion Lewis. Still, Henry is an appealing fantasy proposition this season with a lot of work up for grabs in the Titans backfield. Tennessee running backs combined for 364 carries in 2017 with Henry picking up 176 of them. He should be in a position to build off that total, even with the addition of Lewis, and Henry showed he’s capable in the passing game with a 12.4 yard per catch average. Lewis brings a similarly productive all-around game to the table and will certainly garner his share of touches. This will be a 1-2 punch for what is likely to be a run heavy Titans offense. Henry is the likely starter and an RB2 out of the gate with Lewis checking in as a possible FLEX option.

Rishard Matthews has been trying to prove his position as the #1 target in Tennessee for a few years now but hasn’t exactly been an inspiration. He maxed out at 65 catches and 945 yards back in 2016 and had a lackluster campaign in 2017. Matthews will be pushed this year by second year talent Corey Davis who broke out in the playoffs last year with a two TD performance against the New England. Davis has all the hallmarks of a top flight NFL WR as a big bodied, possession man with speed and he’ll pair with Matthews to provide the only real fantasy value in the Titans receiving corps. Taywan Taylor is a potential breakout candidate as well, but targets may be in limited supply with the backfield that Tennessee will be deploying gobbling up touches. Davis is a major breakout candidate and a WR2/3 option while Matthews is a WR3/FLEX stash with Taylor as a waiver wire watch.

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Tight end is one of the strengths of the offense and it’s manned by perennial fantasy asset Delanie Walker. Walker has posted at least 60 catches and 800 yards in each of the past four seasons and is poised to once again deliver for his owners in 2017. Second year man Jonnu Smith is doing his best to learn from the star tight end and showed promise during his rookie campaign hauling in a pair of touchdowns, but this is Walker’s team. Take Walker as a Top 5 fantasy tight end.

2018 Projections:

NAME POSITION CMP ATT PASS YD PASS TD INT RU YD RU TD
Marcus Mariota QB 335 540 3835 25 12 350 4

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Derrick Henry RB 250 1105 8 25 265 1 1
Dion Lewis RB 100 435 2 35 365 2 1

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Rishard Matthews WR 65 720 4
Corey Davis WR 75 915 7
Taywan Taylor WR 45 515 2
Jonnu Smith TE 25 215 1
Delanie Walker TE 75 815 5
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