QB Jake Locker (Tennessee)
Injuries have sidetracked the former 8th overall pick’s career. He’s played in just 23 games in 3 seasons, working as a backup to veteran Matt Hasselbeck as a rookie and then missing a combined 14 games over the past 2 seasons with a variety of injuries. Last year, he suffered a hip injury after 4 starts, wasn’t the same upon his return, and then suffered a season ending foot injury 3 starts after his return from the first injury. In 2012, it was his shoulder. He seems really brittle. There are few QB2s with more upside though. In his career, he has 563 pass attempts, about a season’s worth, and he has 3974 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and he’s rushed for another 502 yards and 4 scores. Those are low end QB1 numbers if he can stay healthy. He’s also coming off the best season of his career statistically and he gets quarterback guru Ken Whisenhunt as his head coach.
3600 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 280 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns (236 pts standard)
RB Bishop Sankey (Tennessee)
Sankey doesn’t have ideal size at 5-9 209, but he ran a 4.49 40 and he runs harder than his size. He showed the ability to carry the load at Washington, with 677 touches over his final 2 seasons combined, but he doesn’t even turn 22 until September so his legs should be pretty fresh. He has three down ability and some considered him the top running back in the draft class. The Titans obviously did, making him the first running back off the board. Sankey should get the opportunity to be the feature back immediately in Tennessee because they don’t have much else at the running back position.
230 carries for 970 yards, 7 total touchdowns, 35 catches for 300 yards (169 pts standard)
RB Shonn Greene (Tennessee)
Shonn Greene, who had 77 carries last season, remains in the backup role, now behind Sankey. He’s only a backup caliber running back. He’s averaged just 4.14 YPC on 899 career carries and offers nothing on passing downs, with just 71 catches in 72 career games. He’s not going to get any better going into his age 29 season. He could see more playing time behind Sankey than he did behind Johnson, but his only value is as a handcuff for Sankey.
110 carries for 440 yards, 4 total touchdowns, 10 catches for 80 yards (76 pts standard)
RB Dexter McCluster (Tennessee)
The Titans brought McCluster in from Kansas City to play the Danny Woodhead role in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense. Woodhead had 106 carries for 429 yards, 76 catches for 605 yards, and 8 total touchdowns last season. McCluster isn’t as good and won’t play as big of a role, but if he even has half of Woodhead’s 2013 production, he’s worth rostering in PPR leagues.
50 carries for 220 yards, 3 total touchdowns, 40 catches for 320 yards (72 pts standard)
WR Kendall Wright (Tennessee)
Kendall Wright had a breakout year last year, catching 94 passes for 1079 yards, but he only scored twice. He’s an underrated fantasy asset because he should score more touchdowns this season. He’s the #1 option in an offense that could be better this season with potentially a full season of Jake Locker under center and Wright is going into his 3rd in the league and the 2012 1st round pick could be even better than last season.
78 catches for 1110 yards and 6 touchdowns (147 pts standard)
WR Justin Hunter (Tennessee)
One player the Titans are hoping can step up this season is Justin Hunter, a 2013 2nd round pick. Hunter played 340 snaps as a rookie and was pretty ordinary. He caught 18 passes for 354 yards and 4 touchdowns on 212 routes run, an average of 1.67 yards per route run. That’s a solid average, though he only caught 18 of 41 targets (43.9%) and had 5 drops. Rookie receivers don’t usually do much anyway though and Hunter was regarded as really raw coming out of the University of Tennessee. Going only into his age 23 season, the height, weight, speed freak (6-4, 196, 4.44 40) could become a contributor in 3-wide receiver sets.
42 catches for 650 yards and 5 touchdowns (95 pts standard)
WR Nate Washington (Tennessee)
Nate Washington continued his solid play last season, catching 58 passes for 919 yards and 3 touchdowns on 558 routes run, an average of 1.65 yards per route run. Over the past 3 seasons, Washington has caught 178 passes for 2688 yards and 14 touchdowns and averaged 1.62 yards per route run. However, there’s not much upside with him as he heads into his age 31 season with two young receivers in Wright and Hunter continuing to get better around him.
51 catches for 760 yards and 4 touchdowns (100 pts standard)
TE Delanie Walker (Tennessee)
The Titans signed Delanie Walker from the 49ers on a 4-year, 17.5 million dollar deal last off-season, hoping that Walker, who had never caught 30 passes in a season before last year, would become a better receiver with more playing time in Tennessee as the starting tight end. He was a backup to Vernon Davis in San Francisco. Walker was more productive, catching 60 passes for 571 yards and 6 touchdowns, but he wasn’t that efficient, averaging just 1.19 yards per route run. I expect more of the same from him this season. He’s a bye week filler at tight end only.
55 catches for 570 yards and 4 touchdowns (81 pts standard)