Every year the Titan fan base is subjected to limitless articles depicting the Titans as a fantasy wasteland. Devoid of options other than the obvious oasis, Chris Johnson, and stalwart Rob Bironas, the Titans only appear to be without dynamic fantasy potential. These articles rarely take into account two relevant factors in building a fantasy team:
First, experienced fantasy owners rarely play in default setting leagues, which vary from website to website anyway.
Second, some fantasy owners want players they can root for in the both the real world as well as
the fantasy world.
With that being said, here are 3 options (other than CJ2K and Ma-ma-my-Bironas) worth considering…
1. Vince Young – It’s now or never. After Bud and Fisher REannointed him, riding high after a triumphant return to his starting role, and with a new young gunslinger in the fold, it is time to step out of the shadows and become the dynamic prototypical passer we all hoped he would become. Forget Tim Tebow, this is the year of VY.
Projected Season (15 games):
Passing: 2975 yards / 21 TDs / 13 INTs
Rushing: 375 yards / 4 TDs / 10 fumbles (4 lost)
Draft in the Flacco, Ryan, Cutler, McNabb group
2. Jared Cook – Everybody loves a steal. Especially a super, secret pick in the middle-late rounds of draft day with your buddies watching. Cook is poised to explode like Vernon Davis did last year. With Britt struggling to get going in the offseason, Cook’s athleticism, size, and work ethic early in training camp will land him a role pivotal to the red zone passing attack of the Titans.
Projected Season (14 games):
Receiving: 625 yards / 8 TDs / 0 fumbles
Fantasy playoff week opponents: Jax, Hou, Ind, KC (4 of those 8 TDs will be here)
TE / Flex and a great stopgap if Gates, Gonzo, or Daniels come up lame
3. TEN Defense – Okay, this could definitely backfire! I am still not sold on Chuck Cecil myself, but with Nick Harper out of the picture and Albert Haynesworth’s absence properly addressed (healthy Jason Jones and Derrick Morgan). This unit is poised to once again strike fear in opposing offenses. Expect lower point totals, more sacks, and more turnovers. Opening day at home versus Oakland followed by a Leftwich-led Steelers squad certainly doesn’t hurt.
Projected Season (16 games):
18.5 points per game / 22 INTs / 18 FF / 4 TDs / 38 sacks
Finish top 10 in Fantasy Defenses
Fantasy Championship game opponents KC or Ind (a perennial gimme game)
With the Titans’ offseason going so poorly, I guess I’m already planning an escape to the world of fantasy football. What do you think?