Friday, September 6, 2013
The Titans in fantasy football this week
By Paul Kuharsky
Have a Titan or two on your fantasy team?
We’re going to try to have a weekly check in with a fantasy expert to advise us on such matchups.
Eric Karabell of ESPN.com was kind enough to share his thoughts on Tennessee plays for Week 1:
“The Titans scored 26 points in beating the Steelers last season, but it's tough to really like any of their players individually for fantasy purposes in this matchup. Chris Johnson should get his yards, but then again, in five career meetings with the Steelers he's averaged only 60 rushing yards per contest. He scored two touchdowns, but Jets castoff Shonn Greene was brought in for the goal line work. Johnson remains a reasonable top-20 running back this week, but he'll have many better matchups.
“After that, you're advised to avoid Titans in fantasy. Quarterback Jake Locker is seldom seen on a sleeper list and this week he's facing a tough pass defense that should force several turnovers, at the least. None of the ESPN fantasy analysts gave Locker a top-25 quarterback vote, which says something since the likes of EJ Manuel, Terrelle Pryor and Ryan Tannehill did. As a result, relying on a Titans wide receiver is similarly risky. We've all waited a while for Kenny Britt to show the skills from that magical three-touchdown game against the Philadelphia Eagles (it was Week 7 in 2010!), but health always gets in the way. He did score one of his four touchdowns in this matchup last season, but it came with Matt Hasselbeck throwing.”
I don't expect great things from Jake Locker against this defense. But I think you could do worse than Delanie Walker at tight end and I won't be surprised if Kendall Wright has a game worthy of a flex play.