Titans Fantasy Targets
Some of the more intriguing fantasy options for the upcoming season will be on the Tennessee Titans. With new Offensive Coordinator, Matt LaFleur, at the helm we should all be excited about the possibilities for this Titans offense. Concerning fantasy football purposes, there is an equal amount of hype the Titans fantasy targets. Let’s talk about my top 3 fantasy targets a PPR Standard league.
Being a top 5 pick in the NFL draft creates a lot of pressure to perform. Unfortunately for Davis, a hamstring injury cost him 5 games last season. This injury also seemingly threw off the connection between Mariota and Davis. Last year Davis had 375 receiving yards and 0 touchdowns on 34 receptions. This was obviously a disappointment for many fantasy owners, as he scored only 69.5 fantasy points and was a non-factor in most leagues. Now, coming into his second year, the expectations should be soaring again.
Bringing in LaFleur is significant for the Titans offense. Adding Dion Lewis to the backfield is big for Corey Davis. Adding threats to take the spotlight away from Davis will make him a very viable option in fantasy leagues. My current projection for Corey Davis is around 65 receptions for 800 yards and 7 touchdowns. In a PPR Standard league, this would give Davis around 187 fantasy points and a much better year overall. I have high hopes for the Davis – Mariota connection for years to come.
Dion Lewis may be the most intriguing fantasy option on this current Titans roster. His ability to be a great runner and pass catcher makes him a valuable asset in PPR leagues. Last season with the Patriots, Lewis shined as a runner. Rushing for 896 yards and hauling in 32 receptions for 214 yards on top of that. Lewis is a commodity, and we should be excited he’s in Tennessee. With a 1-2 punch of Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis, I’d expect Lewis’ rushing numbers to take a step back. Barring injury, I see Dion Lewis as a 500-yard rusher and a 400-yard receiver. I expect him to see the end zone three times as a receiver and five times as a rusher. This may be a bit of a stretch on the touchdown numbers, that’s just how much faith I have in this offense.
How rare is it to have two running backs with such big expectations? Atlanta has done it for a couple years now with Freeman and Coleman. One of the big reasons for their success was Matt LaFleur. With LaFleur in our corner now, will Tennessee see the same committee success? Fantasy fans were extremely excited to see Derrick Henry as a featured back, it was set up perfectly for this season. However, signing Dion Lewis has cut a lot of Henry’s expectations. This isn’t a bad thing though, as Henry is still a viable fantasy option. Last year Henry had 135 fantasy points in PPR Standard leagues. Rushing for 744 yards and 5 touchdowns last season was a great sign. Henry also added 136 receiving yards.
With DeMarco Murray being out of the picture, Henry will undoubtedly have a significantly higher rushing attempts number. Look for Henry to challenge the 1000 yard mark this season with around 6 rushing touchdowns. I’d say his receiving numbers will be up as well, but not significantly. I’d still project him to be approximately 175 receiving yards. I expect Dion to take most of the receiving plays from Henry. All in all, I expect Henry to be a key fantasy factor on this Titans offense.