Tennessee Titans 2012 Fantasy Team Outlook
Chris Johnson held out and showed up for 2011 out of shape. Kenny Britt tore the league up and then tore up his knee. Matt Hasselbeck was solid, but Jake Locker had us thinking potential.
Those were the big fantasy story-lines for the Tennessee Titans in 2011. CJ2k is eager to prove last year’s drop-off was a fluke, Britt is working his way back, and Locker and Hasselbeck are set for an epic off-season battle.
Let’s take a look at those guys, as well as the other relevant Titans options and see where their value registers for the 2012 fantasy football season:
QB Matt Hasselbeck
Hasselbeck started hot in 2011, but age and injuries showed us he’s still a fairly average fantasy weapon at this stage of his career. Still, he could win the quarterback battle, and with a slew of explosive weapons, he could carry moderate value as a decent QB2.
QB Jake Locker
Locker isn’t nearly as seasoned as Hasselbeck, which could keep him from starting in week one. However, he’s got a big arm, is athletic, and isn’t afraid to take shots down the field. I think he’s under center full-time at some point in 2012, and I also think he has a big impact. It’s the uncertainty over when that actually happens that keeps him from getting drafted in most mocks, however.
RB Chris Johnson
I won’t be sleeping on CJ2k this year. I know he showed up out of shape after his holdout last season, and he’s entering 2012 with a major chip on his shoulder. He’s still the main man by far in the Titans’ rush offense, and he’s still a threat as a receiver out of the back-field, too. He’s a legit RB1 right off the bat again in 2012, as he’s out to prove last year was nothing but a fluke.
WR Kenny Britt
Britt missed most of 2011 with a torn acl, but before going down he went on an unforgettable tear to start the year. Returning from a big knee injury is never easy, but as long as he’s on the field and can stay healthy, I think he carries WR2 value at the worst.
WR Nate Washington
Washington posted solid numbers as a top receiver in Tennessee last year, but that could change with Kenny Britt’s return. He should still be drafted as a guy with WR3 value.
WR Kendall Wright
Wright is a talented rook who’s playing time will depend largely on Kenny Britt’s health and effectiveness. If Britt makes a successful return, he may not have much immediate value. But if he doesn’t, you’ll be pretty glad you drafted him in the later rounds.
WR Damian Williams
Williams can make plays when called upon, but he’ll need injuries ahead of him to give him any sustainable value in 2012. He’ll be worth a shot with certain matchups in random weeks, but otherwise isn’t worth taking a chance on in drafts this year.
WR Lavelle Hawkins
Hawkins showed up nicely as a reliable possession guy in 2011, but doesn’t have a clear cut role as of yet. Like Williams, he’ll need an injury or two to develop into a reliable WR3.
WR Marc Mariani
Mariani has reportedly been impressing coaches with his route-running and soft hands, but everyone knows he’s making his paycheck on special teams. He’s still worth rostering in leagues that award return yards and scores, and this could be the year he finally records some stats on offense, too.
TE Jared Cook
Cook beasted out in the final three games of the season in 2011, once again displaying his awesome potential. The name of the game is consistency for him, but I truly believe the sky is the limit. He’s a solid TE2 with unbelievable upside. Considering you can find him in round 13 or later in most drafts, he’s worth taking a shot on.
K Rob Bironas
Bironas has the leg and consistency to be a reliable kicker in fantasy football, while his offense still stalls enough to give him plenty of opportunities. I think the offense will get inside the 40 even more this year, which should help make him a lock for the top half of the league.
Titans Team Defense
Tennessee was the middle of the pack in fantasy football in 2011 (tied for 16th). That’s certainly respectable and they can help you in any given week, but I still don’t trust them. I think they’re getting better and they could crack the top-15 in 2012, but you can do better for a weekly defense to rely on.
- Tennessee Titans 2012 Fantasy Football Outlook(titansized.com)
- Tennessee Titans Rumors: Marc Mariani Ready to Earn Offensive Role in 2012(nationalfootballauthority.com)
- Tennessee Titans: Matt Hasselbeck Gives Titans Better Chance to Win Now Than Jake Locker(nationalfootballauthority.com)
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