Four Downs: Kenny Britt is legit

Updated: October 25, 2010, 3:21 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Most fantasy football owners kick themselves -- figuratively, I presume -- when they lose a close matchup, click on their bench and see a wide receiver that has gone nuts for 40 fantasy points. I have a few fantasy teams like this today, because I didn't activate Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt. You know what? I don't feel bad about not using him, either, because the fact that he torched the Philadelphia Eagles for 225 receiving yards and three touchdowns, only the third time since 2000 a wide receiver reached those totals in the same game, was a huge surprise.

There are two main reasons why Britt, certainly an emerging wide receiver but not a surefire fantasy starter yet, seemed a poor option Sunday. First, starting quarterback Vince Young was sidelined by a sprained knee, meaning the older, slower, weaker-armed Kerry Collins was thrust into duty. Collins started six games during the 2009 season, losing them all. In his final start, the Titans lost 59-0. Collins actually wasn't awful statistically -- not Arizona Cardinals' Derek Anderson/Max Hall bad -- but still, there was every reason to believe the Titans would rely on game management and the run Sunday.