Tennessee Titans that are ready for Fantasy Football stardom in 2020
Fantasy football has become one of the most popular ways for fans to be more involved in the NFL over recent years. Every year when leagues draft, everybody hopes they have picked the players they can ride all the way to a championship. For a fan, winning a fantasy league is like a Super Bowl win. Here are some Tennessee Titans that can win you your fantasy football league next season:
Derrick Henry, RB
Derrick Henry was the hottest running back in the NFL down the stretch of the season last year. It seemed as if no one could tackle the 6’3 250 lb giant. The Tennessee Titans rode Derrick Henry’s success into the playoffs. Next season, you should do the same.
According to fantasydata.com, Derrick Henry was the second ranked running back last season, scoring 276.6 fantasy points. Derrick Henry is a touchdown machine, scoring 16 rushing touchdowns and 2 receiving touchdowns in 2019. Not to mention, Henry missed a game last season and spent the first part of the year with Marcus Mariota at quarterback.
Running back is the most important position to lock down in fantasy football. Considering it is so hard to find a featured running back, you should draft a back that gets a heavy workload as soon as possible. An argument could be made that Derrick Henry should be the first running back off the board after consensus #1 pick Christian McCaffrey is taken. So, if you aren’t fortunate enough to be drawn out of the hat for the first pick in your league look for Derrick Henry to be on the board.
Next season, with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, defenses will have to respect the fact that he can throw the ball down the field. Things will be much more open for Derrick Henry than when Mariota was behind center. When you combine the fact that this could be a contract year for Henry if a deal isn’t worked out and giving him a full season with Ryan Tannehill, 2020 could be a record breaking season. Henry has potential to break past 2,000 yards next year. Don’t hesitate to grab him if he is still on the board when you pick in round one.
A.J. Brown, WR
A.J. Brown was arguably the best rookie wide receiver in the NFL last season. As a rookie, he was a player that was regularly plugged into fantasy lineups throughout the season.
Since 2015, WRs who posted a positive Fantasy Points Over Expectation in their rookie year averaged a 9.6% win rate in Year 2. The 2020 candidates:
– AJ Brown
– Mecole Hardman
– Terry McLaurin
– Darius Slayton
– Marquise Brown
– Deebo Samuel
– DK Metcalf
– Diontae Johnson
— Jack Miller (@JackMiller02) May 11, 2020
Brown is the clear cut number one receiver in Tennessee. So, there is no doubt that he will be getting the majority of targets in 2020. In 2019, A.J. Brown was the first Titans receiver since 2015 to break 1,000 yards. The last receiver to do so was tight end Delanie Walker. Expect A.J. Brown to make 1,000 yard season a norm for the Tennessee Titans.
With 12.5 yards per target, Brown is a yardage machine. In addition to that, he scored 8 touchdowns last season. Brown proved in his rookie season that he can produce. Will he be able to improve on this production in 2020?
A.J. Brown has a very high ceiling for fantasy scoring in 2020. You can feel safe picking him pretty early in fantasy drafts. He has a ceiling as a top 5 producer in the league. Being the number one receiving option in the offense, Brown’s floor is a high end wide receiver two in fantasy football.
Jonnu Smith, TE
Jonnu Smith is a big play machine. When he gets the ball in his hands good things are bound to happen. Big bodies like Jonnu that can gain YAC like he can are hard to come by. Smith’s percentage of snaps played has continued to improve since he has been in the league. Last season, his percentage of snaps was up to 71%. With Delanie Walker no longer with the team, Smith will be the number one tight end, and I expect his percentage to be closer to 85%.
Having that much time on the field would make Jonnu a candidate to break out as a fantasy star. The tight end position is the toughest to find an every week contributor at. Mostly it is about finding whichever player is going to score a touchdown that week. Unless you had George Kittle or Travis Kelce on your team last season, you probably changed tight ends a few times.
I see Jonnu Smith as a player with potential to break out and become one of the few must start tight ends in the league. Not only does he catch passes but occasionally he even takes a few handoffs. With an astonishing 19.5 yards per rushing attempt Jonnu Smith is a threat to take the ball to the house anytime he touches it.
Smith is a great tight end to grab at a great value later in your fantasy draft. His involvement in the offense will give him a high ceiling and you’d be surprised at his big play potential.
Ryan Tannehill, QB
I wanted to mention Ryan Tannehill because he was one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league through the last half of the season. In 2020, Tannehill will be a great addition to fantasy rosters as an every week quarterback.
With that being said, quarterback is not a premium position because you can get good ones so late in the draft. Tannehill will probably be one of the solid additions you can make to your team later in the draft.
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