Coach: Mike Vrabel
OC: Arthur Smith
QBs: Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill, Logan Woodside
RBs: Derrick Henry, Dion Lewis, David Fluellen, Jeremy McNichols, Dalyn Dawkins, Alex Barnes
WRs: Corey Davis, AJ Brown, Adam Humphries, Tajae Sharpe, Taywan Taylor, Cameron Batson, Darius Jennings, Kalif Raymond, Jalen Tolliver, Cody Hollister, Joseph Parker, Anthony Ratliff-Williams
TEs: Delanie Walker, Jonnu Smith, Mycole Pruitt, Cole Wick, Anthony Firkser, Ryan Hewitt, Parker Hesse
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 2, Pick 51 – WR – AJ Brown – Ole Miss
Round 3, Pick 82 – OG – Nate Davis – UNC-Charlotte
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
RB – Alex Barnes – Kansas State
WR – Joseph Parker – Chattanooga
WR – Anthony Ratliff-Williams – UNC
TE – Parker Hesse – Iowa
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
QB – Ryan Tannehill
WR – Adam Humphries
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/22, Veterans 7/25
Year two of the Mike Vrabel era begins. Last year’s OC Matt LaFleur is now the head coach in Green Bay, so the Titans promoted Arthur Smith, previously their tight ends coach from the past three years. Smith has been on the Titans coaching staff for a while now, going all the way back to 2011. He’s been a defensive quality control coach, offensive quality control coach, offensive line and tight ends assistant, and assistant tight ends coach. Smith has been around this team long enough to know what he’ll want to do, which is most likely feed Derrick Henry and get Marcus Mariota into favorable passing situations.
The Titans picked up Marcus Mariota’s 5th year option, making this season extremely important for his future with the team. He has reportedly put on an extra 5-10 pounds this off-season in efforts to be more durable. He was hot and cold last year, playing in 14 games and only throwing 11 touchdowns. Only 6 of his 14 games would have been usable in best ball leagues. In the other 8 games, he did not record a passing or rushing touchdown. The Titans upgraded the skill positions for him in the draft and in free agency, so I’m open to Mariota playing well as he fights for his next contract. The Titans also traded for Ryan Tannehill, perhaps adding some extra fuel for Mariota to prove he is their franchise quarterback. We’ll keep an eye on Tannehill to see if he pushes Mariota forward, or even outplays him this August. Logan Woodside is the third quarterback and will not be on our radar. If Mariota misses any time, Tannehill will enter our streaming conversation. For now, Mariota is a fringe QB2 and a better late best ball dart than a redraft pick.
Derrick Henry is set to be the focal point of the Titans offense. He finished strong last season as the RB16 in PPR leagues. Everyone will remember the Jacksonville game where he ran for 238 yards and 4 TDs on just 17 carries in Week 14. He has the ability to wear a defense down and finish teams in the fourth quarter. How successful will the Titans be at getting these game scripts will be the only question for Henry. He is not involved enough in the passing game as you would like, so his upside is capped in PPR leagues. He does have the potential to lead the NFL in carries this season though. His current ADP is around RB16, going in the mid to late third round. If he finished as the RB16 last year with the inconsistent usage he had in the beginning of the season, he may end up being a value for us here. I’d probably rank him just behind Kerryon Johnson and Marlon Mack for now. Behind Henry, we have Dion Lewis. Lewis will remain as the pass catching back and should take over as the primary back if Henry were to miss any time. He finished as the RB27 in PPR leagues last year and is currently being drafted around the RB47 range. I’ve been taking a chance on Lewis in late rounds of best ball leagues. After these guys, we have David Fluellen, Jeremy McNichols and Dalyn Dawkins. I’ll be more interested in watching UDFA Alex Barnes out of Kansas State. We’ll monitor the pecking order behind Henry and Lewis, but I’m not expecting much of out of any of these backs this year.
Corey Davis took a nice step forward in his second year in the league, accumulating 65 receptions for 891 yards and 4 TDs on 112 targets. People seem to be sleeping on him this year. He was good enough for WR27 last year and is currently being drafted around WR30 range. A healthy Mariota and a capable backup in Tannehill should only help Davis grow in his third year. I’m open to Davis playing at a WR2 level for us in 2019. The Titans gave him some help this year by signing Adam Humphries and drafting AJ Brown out of Ole Miss. Humphries will be the primary slot receiver, but Brown also has been successful in the big slot role in college. Brown was probably the most polished receiver in the draft this year and can play any position for the Titans. I’m not sure we’ll be using Brown in redraft leagues this year, but I’m definitely interested in dynasty. Humphries is an interesting late round target in redraft leagues. He was the WR24 in PPR last year on Tampa Bay and can be found in the WR60 range right now in drafts. He’s Free. Mariota had success with quick passes to Delanie Walker not too long ago so I’m open to Humphries being a fantasy asset for us this year. After the top three, we have Tajae Sharpe and Taywan Taylor. Both will have value if any of the above misses any time, but they are clearly behind in the pecking order. We have a couple UDFA’s trying to make the team, Joseph Parker and Anthony Ratliff-Williams. We’ll monitor the pre-season to see who makes the team as the 6th receiver.
Delanie Walker suffered a season ending ankle injury in the season opener last year. He was able to avoid the PUP list to start camp, which is a great sign. Walker turns 35 this August, so I’m not super high on him in redraft leagues, but he has been a favorite target of Mariota’s and could provide some TE1 streaming ability for us. Jonnu Smith is the back up here. We saw some solid improvement from him as the season came to a close. He’ll be more of a dynasty buy than a redraft target for this year, but I like what I see from Smith. We’ll monitor the backups in camp to see who the next man up would be; Mycole Pruitt, Cole Wick, Anthony Firkser, Ryan Hewitt and UDFA Parker Hesse.
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