2018 stats: 11 interceptions (t-23rd), 39 sacks (t-16th), six fumbles recovered, one defensive touchdown/one kick return touchdown
Projected Fantasy Football ADP: 12th round
Best fit: Standard and PPR
The Titans already had a solid defense last season. As a unit, Tennessee ranked third in points allowed per game (18.9), eighth in total yards allowed per game (333.4), sixth in passing yards allowed per game (216.9) and 18th in rushing yards allowed per game (116.4).
Some key offseason additions will undoubtedly help bolster an already solid front seven. Edge rusher Cameron Wake will look to boost a pass-rush that notched 39 sacks last season. First-round pick Jeffery Simmons can also help bring pressure up the middle, but it remains to be seen when he’ll be on the field after suffering a torn ACL in February.
As far as interceptions go, it’s anyone’s guess if the Titans can up their 2018 total. To add some optimism to that, cornerback Malcolm Butler came on strong near the end of the season and saw two of his three interceptions come in the last five weeks.
Furthermore, Adoree’ Jackson has another year of experience under his belt and could be primed to have his best season yet as a pro. Jackson even sees the area in which he needs to improve most that can propel him to the next level: his mental toughness.
All of that and the Titans still have a stud like defensive tackle Jurrell Casey up the gut and an elite linebacker corps. made up of Wesley Woodyard, Jayon Brown and Harold Landry. Even if the Titans don’t score a ton of fantasy points via turnovers, this team has all the makings of an elite defense that will keep opposing offenses off the board.