Kendall Wright's fantasy stock on the rise

July, 3, 2014
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Kendall Wright is the Titans' best offensive player heading into his third season.

But there are so many quality receivers in the NFL, and many of them play with quarterbacks with better outlooks than Jake Locker.

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So hype-wise, and fantasy-wise, Wright is not yet drawing a ton of attention.

I'd love to have him on my team when I draft a fantasy side, though the Displaced Yanks have yet to win a title so what I'd do should mean nothing to anyone who wants to win.

ESPN fantasy expert Matthew Berry included several nuggets about Wright in his recent piece, "A hundred fantasy football facts."
89. Over the final eight weeks of the season, only four wide receivers had more receptions than Kendall Wright's 51: Pierre Garcon, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Andre Johnson.

90. Wright caught 67.1 percent of his targets over that span, fourth among the 31 wideouts who had at least 50 targets.

91. Only nine wide receivers had at least 90 receptions last year. Eight of them had at least five touchdowns, with an average of nine scores per player. The ninth, Kendall Wright, had two.

92. Give Kendall Wright five total touchdowns instead of two (and assume the three touchdowns are at least a total of 10 yards combined), and he's a top-20 wide receiver tied with T.Y. Hilton and Torrey Smith.

All of which amounts to Berry having a good feeling for what Wright can do in 2014. The fantasy element is a bonus. If he has good numbers there, he'll be helping the Titans in a big way.

As we've discussed, while the old staff loved Wright, Mike Munchak and Dowell Loggains didn't send him deep very often. I expect his career yards per catch of 10.8 to jump under Ken Whisenhunt and Jason Michael.

Receivers coach Shawn Jefferson says Wright gives the Titans the best of both worlds -- he's an excellent slot receiver who is comfortable and effective lining up outside.

As for creative use of Wright, he said one day in minicamp he'd even been worked at quarterback.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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