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Tennessee Titans

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2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    MIN @ TEN

    09/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    TEN @ DET

    09/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    OAK @ TEN

    09/25/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    TEN @ HOU

    10/02/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    TEN @ MIA

    10/09/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    CLE @ TEN

    10/16/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    IND @ TEN

    10/23/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    JAC @ TEN

    10/27/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 9

    TEN @ SD

    11/06/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 10

    GB @ TEN

    11/13/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    TEN @ IND

    11/20/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    TEN @ CHI

    11/27/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    bye

  • Week 14

    DEN @ TEN

    12/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    TEN @ KC

    12/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    TEN @ JAC

    12/24/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    HOU @ TEN

    01/01/17

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Tennessee Titans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

tennessee titans 2014 FF preview


 


 


Tennessee Titans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview


 


 


 


 


 


I said it after last year: “I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time”… with Jake Locker.


 


 


 


 







 


 


 


And yet, another fantasy football season is upon us, and Jake Locker is picked as a potential sleeper again. Granted, he has shown flashes. But let’s face it, the guy has played in 23 games out of a possible 48. Using my abacus here, I have determined that is not even 50%. In fact, Locker has only 18 total starts. Granted, he is the quintessential high risk, high reward guy. In three years, he has a career 57.2 completion percentage. His has thrown a total of 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. In that time, his highest fantasy rank at QB is #28. So, what has changed? Well, there are a few things that make him look a bit more appealing in 2014. For starters, it is a contract year. Look, guys perform when money is on the line, and here is a guy that needs a big year if he wants to make those ends. Also, he now has Ken Whisenhunt as his head coach. Last year, many attributed Rivers resurgence to Whisenhunt’s influence. The question remains, can he have the same impact on Locker? Only time will tell. Locker is currently going undrafted and can be had off the waiver wire if Whisenhunt’s wizardry seems to be working.


 


 




Part of Jake’s appeal this season is what he has around him.


 


 




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Okay, wrong Jake, but Locker has two wide receivers that have been garnering a great deal of attention. To begin with, the highest ranked fantasy WR on the Titans is Kendall Wright. Pyro has him tiered with guys like Brandin Cooks, Golden Tate, and Erik Decker. To be honest, I think I would take all of them over Wright. He only had two games that went over 100 yards last season. Before you say anything, I realize Tate had exactly the same amount, but Tate is now playing with Matthew Stafford. I do love Wright in PPR leagues. Last year, Wright got 140 targets, secured 94 of those for catches and amazingly had only 2 TDs. I have said this before and I will say it again, TDs are not predictable. But, there is no way a guy getting this much action will be held to only two TDs again. Looking at the top 50 fantasy WR from 2013, no other payer was less dependent on touchdowns for his fantasy value. In fact, touchdowns only accounted for 10% of the guy’s total fantasy worth, and he still ended up as the 31st ranked fantasy receiver. Give the guy just three more scores and he would have cracked the top 20 last year. Pyro has given him a preseason rank of 28 amongst WRs. Going with a My cousin Vinny quote: I think that a 28th ranking is about “dead on balls accurate, it’s an industry term”. As of the end of August, Wright is going in the 8th round in 12 team leagues.


 


 


 


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I realize I already took a nose dive by starting this preview off with a White Snake video, but HEY, sometimes you have to roll the dice. I am going to try and right this ship by giving you two of my favorites rolled into one video. Here is Levon Helm signing “Tennessee Jed” on Letterman.


 




 







 


 


 


One of my favorite Robert Hunter songs is the segue into another Hunter: Justin Hunter. Pyro likes him as a sleeper candidate. In fact, many people are keeping their eyes on this kid. He causes a mismatch with most any defender.  He is a freak. The guy is 6”4’, runs a 4.36 and has a 39.5’ vertical leap. With just 18 receptions in his rookie season in 2013, he doubled Wright’s TD totals with 4. Even though the kid only caught passes in 8 games, he put up at least 100 yards twice. If you want Hunter, you have to pay a price. His late August ADP has him going in the late 9th early 10th rounds for 12 team leagues. Pyro puts him two tiers below Wright in their final preseason collective tiers. He is joined with high up-side guys like Kenny Stills, and Mike Evans, just to name a few from that tier. Unquestionably, these young guys have that “it” factor. In Whisenhunt’s offense, I can easily see two receivers becoming fantasy gems. In fact, Hunter might have a higher ceiling than Wright, but certainly has not shown the consistency. At that point in the draft, I would weight drafting him with my other receivers. If I have a couple of those high ceiling/ low floor guys, I would stay away. If I find myself with some Reggie Wayne type players, than Hunter is exactly the type of guy I would be targeting in those later rounds.


 




Finally, we round off the Titans passing game with tight end, Delanie Walker. Last year was his 8th season in the league. He is a late bloomer even by tight end standards. His 2013 campaign saw career highs in most statistical categories. He ended the year with 571 yards from 60 receptions and totaled 6 touchdowns. Walker finished as the 12th best fantasy tight end. As Houdini says, career year beware. I would wager last year’s numbers are his ceiling. With the depth of talent at the position this year, I do not think his numbers will find him near the top 12 in 2014. Pyro has him rated as #20 for their final preseason ranking. I dropped him in my dynasty league last week, no one made a move to pick him up on the waiver wire. Now, once the season starts, that might be a different story, there are just too many guys with similar ceilings and there are several potential break-out candidates at the position this year.


 




If you have been listening to the Fantasy Fire podcast, then you know Houdini loves him some Bishop Sankey. Pyro likes this rookie above all others. In fact, Sankey is placed in the high 20’s for running backs. Some other guys in that collective tier are Toby Gerhart, Chris Johnson, Pierre Thomas. If you want to find out who else goes in that tier, check out the podcast episode 26: show 139. The boys dive into their collective tiers.


 


 



 


 


The bottom line is this: Tennessee has the 8th best rushing schedule this year. Plus, Bishop Sankey has the fastest path to RB#1 out of any rookie in the NFL.  I generally use one or two sites for my ADP references. I checked a few others on this one. Sankey is undoubtedly the highest ranked rookie running back out there. On average, as of the end of August, the guy is going in the late 5th round to early 6th round, in 12 team leagues. In mock drafts I have done, I have had no problem taking him in the 5th, and would not mind the 4th, depending on who is out there. In his three years at the University of Washington, his lowest yards per carry average was 5.0. In his final season, his average was 5.7. In that same year, he accumulated 1,870 rushing yards and score 20 times. Oh yeah, he is a dual threat, he scored another 6 TDs off receptions, there were only three games his last year he did not catch a pass. Out of 13 total games his final season, he crossed the end zone in every single contest. He went for over for over 90 yards rushing in all but two games. Finally, the biggest sign that points to Sankey starting sooner than any other rookie running back is quite simply, the guy in front of him: Shonn Greene. In fact, Greene is being taken after Sankey in all of the ADPs I checked. While I like many a rookie this year. If you listened to the PPR podcast, you know my love for Terrance West (even if my wife does not). While I still like West over Tate, I think Tate will have a longer leash.  There’s also Carlos Hyde, but the 49er’s are in no rush to sit Gore down. Comparing  all of the situations out there, Sankey is sitting pretty. This is a huge reason he cracks my preseason top 20.


 


 




So, Shonn Green is the only thing really standing in the guy’s way. Let me ask you this: How many of you even drafted Shonn Greene on you fantasy teams in the past, let alone, would give him the keys to the organization as RB#1? That is plum crazy, and I know crazy.


 











 


 




Green came into the league in 2009. Just to keep Houdini happy, I will give him his props. When he went to Iowa, he was chewing up yardage. He was the Big Ten player of the year in 2008. In fact, he was the only RB in the FBS to rush for at least 100 yards in every game that year. However, once he made it to the NFL, he struggled a bit. His two most productive years were 2011 and 2012 were he finished as 18th and 15th ranked fantasy running back respectively. If you look a little closer, you will see his yards per carry average has decreased in almost every season. In 2009 it was 5.0, then 4.1, to 4.2, down to 3.9, and finally 3.8 as of last year. In 2013, he was in a complimentary role to Chris Johnson, Green only carried the mail 77 times. After Chris Johnson was released last year and signed by the Jets, the Titans were faced with a telling decision. If they were confident in Greene’s skills, then why take him as the first running back selected in the 2014 draft, especially considering their weakness at other positions? The Titans were in need of a corner back after they lost pro bowler Alterraun Verner. Also, with their woes at quarterback, many speculated they were going to grab a QB, but with a lack of talent at the position, it was not a sure thing. They ended up with Mettenberger in the 6th round. Out of all their needs, they turned to the running back position first. You know Green can’t get the job done, I know it, and obviously, the Titans executives knew it and showed their hand when they picked Sankey. Shonn Green will likely be used in a complimentary role, but sooner rather than later, Sankey’s talent will out weigh any inexperience he has shown. I still like West for his pure talent, but he may not get a chance to really put up some numbers until later in the season, Sankey, through sheer volume of work, could become the highest scoring fantasy rookie running back this year.


 




 







 


 


 


 


 

 


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Earl Christian Campbell

Earl Christian Campbell (born March 29, 1955), and began playing football in the fifth grade as a kicker, but by the sixth grade, he was moved to running back. In 1973, he led the John Tyler High School to a Texas 4A State Championship, then moved on to play for the University of Texas.



Campbell put up amazing stats in college, and was awarded for his achievements. In 1975 he was named All-American. In 1977, he won the Heisman, he became the first recipient of the Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy, which was awarded for the best player in the now defunct Southwest Conference. A consensus All-American in 1977, due to Campbell rushing for 1,744 yards and leading the nation. When he played his final game for the Longhorns, he finished with 4,444 career rushing yards. This led him to be the first pick overall in the NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He signed for a six-year, $1.4 million dollar contract.



In his first year, he was unstoppable. On 302 rushing attempts he gained 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Campbell's greatness came from his ability to mix speed and power. He would plow over anyone, then go the distance. His Houston Oilers playing days (1978-1985) he carried the rock 1,979 times for 8,574 yards and 73 touchdowns. In 1979 earned him All-Pro, Pro-Bowl, and NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors, the second of three consecutive seasons he led the league in rushing, and only Jim Brown previously accomplished that feat. Campbell led the NFL in rushing for the 1978, 1979, 1980 seasons. His nearly 2,000 carries in just seven seasons wrecked his longevity as a pro. Part way through the 1984 season he was traded to the New Orleans Saints. He played just a season and a half in New Orleans, and had just one touchdown on 208 carries for 833 yards. During the preseason of 1986, Earl Campbell retired, citing that his body could not go through any more punishment, and it was time to hang up the cleats.



Five years later on July 27, 1991 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was ranked number 33 on the Sporting News list of 100 Greatest Football Players, he was also ranked #12 on ESPN's Top 25 players in College Football History.



Campbell is widely known as being one of the best power backs in NFL history. He would love to punish anyone getting in his way, by using his 34 inch thighs. and his wrecking ball 5'11, 244 pound frame. Slow? try a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash, this combination made him one of the most feared runners of his era. The University of Texas in 2006, unveiled a nine foot statue of honor of his Texas playing days, and in 2013 the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given to the best running back with ties to Texas.



Due to his consistent punishment on the football field, Campbell has trouble walking and sometimes will request a wheelchair. Campbell has developed severe arthritis in his knees, and aggravating back pain. He has had surgery to try to relieve the back pain, by having the surgical doctor remove three large bone spurs. Earl is still a prominent business man living in Austin, Texas and still participates in Texas athletics. He has his own meat company, which manufactures and sells Earl Campbell's Smoked Sausage, barbecue sauce, and he also owned a restaurant called the Earl Campbell's Lone Star BBQ, but sadly closed in 2001.


 


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Campbell
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3086827

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WARREN MOON + RUN & SHOOT = MAGIC

 


the first black qb - warren moon and the run and shoot


Warren Moon was the starting quarterback for the Houston Oilers from 1984-1993. He would put up decent numbers in his first six seasons, but only had a win loss record of 35-49. In 1990 Moon was paired with Jack Pardee, Kevin Gilbride and the Run & Shoot offense, which maxed out his abilities, and led to four straight winning seasons and a quarterback record of 44-26.

The Run & Shoot was an offense that was first conceived by Glenn “Tiger” Ellison during the 1960’s in Middletown Ohio. His offense averaged scoring a touchdown one of every ten plays, and his squad scored 98 points in a game.  The Philosophy of the Run  & Shoot is to run a ball control offense utilizing high percentage pass plays. The offense was not the Air Coryell offense that threw bombs; rather the Run & Shoot was a precision offense that utilized four wide receivers.  

The Run & Shoot needed to have the right personnel in order to run effectively. The first and most important component is the quarterback. The quarterback must be an accurate passer, as well as be athletic enough to throw on the run in the offenses many rollouts.  The next component is at least four receivers, as the offense usually employs four receiver sets. The running back in the offense was a lone back, so the teams running this offense did not need fullbacks, and rarely used the tight end. The offense moved the receivers in motion all over the offense, and each receiver had up to four different routes that they could run, which gave the quarterback essentially 16 different routes to choose from. The quarterback would need to be able to diagnose the defense he was facing, and then it became easy to find the open receiver in the offense.   
 
Jack Pardee was head coach at the University of Houston from 1987-1989, and he employed the Run & Shoot offense to great success. His offense produced Andre Ware, who was the first African American quarterback to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Pardee’s Houston Cougars became the first team in NCAA history to have over 1,000 yards of total offense, totaling 1,021 in a 95-21 trouncing of SMU, Southern Methodist University. Pardee’s success with the Cougars drew the attention of the Oilers, and in 1990 he was hired and installed the Run & Shoot for Warren Moon.

In 1990 Warren Moon was coming off his best season in the NFL. In 1989 Moon threw for 3,631 yards with 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He completed 60% of his passes, which was the best mark of his career. Pardee knew Warren was the perfect man to run his offense, because he had the right personnel around him. The Oilers had a wealth of talent at wide receiver with Ernest Givens, Haywood Jeffires, Curtis Duncan, Drew Hill (1990-1991) and Webster Slaughter (1992-1993). From 1990-1993 all of these receivers enjoyed success, and most of all, so did Warren Moon. 

Warren Moon’s Receivers during the Run & Shoot era:

           Givens        Jeffires        Duncan       Hill            Slaughter
1990    72-979-9    74-1048-8   66-785-1    74-1019-5    
1991    70-996-5    100-1181-7 55-588-4    90-1109-4
1992    67-787-10  90-913-9     82-954-1                     39-486-4
1993    68-887-4    66-753-6     41-456-3                     77-904-5
    

Moon had his best statistical season in 1990. He threw for 4,689 yards, which is over 1,000 more than his career high set the year before. #1 also threw for 33 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions. Moon completed 62% of passes and was named to his third consecutive pro bowl. The following season Warren would keep the pedal to the metal, throwing for 4,690 yards with 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. The NFL had not seen back to back passing seasons like #1 dropped on them, and he gave the Run & Shoot legitimacy. Moon would lead the Oilers to three straight playoff appearances from 1991-1993, but their struggles in the playoffs led to the media slamming the Run & Shoot offense as a gimmick. It also did not help that their defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan, was also a major detractor of the offense. 

During his four seasons quarterbacking the Oilers and the Run & Shoot offense, Warren Moon had a 44-26 regular season record. What he did throwing the ball was even more impressive. In 70 games Moon threw for 15,385 yards, with 95 touchdowns and 67 interceptions. Moon completed 61% of his passes, 1,293 of 2,105 attempted. Those numbers may not seem great by the standards of today’s NFL, but they were amongst the best passing numbers of his era.

The Run & Shoot is no longer employed in the NFL, but the many of philosophies of the offense are still alive. In the NFL of today quarterbacks are throwing the ball more than ever. Teams are utilizing four or more options on passing plays, which was a main component of the Run & Shoot. Receivers are also able to change their patterns to take advantage of the defenses they are facing. If you look at the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers offense, you see the short high percentage passes that were paramount in the Run & Shoot.   

Looking back there is no doubt that the Houston Oilers had the right personnel to employ the Run & Shoot, and they were also the most successful team to use it. Warren Moon was the main cog that made the Run & Shoot work in Houston, and it also allowed Warren to shot for the moon when it came to his stats. Houston had a tremendous amount of talent at wide receiver, and with Warren Moon leading the way were one of the most enjoyable offenses to watch on a weekly basis.


 







 







 


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Tennessee Titans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Tennessee Titans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview


 


 


 


 


 


I said it after last year: “I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time”… with Jake Locker.


 


 


 


 







 


 


 


And yet, another fantasy football season is upon us, and Jake Locker is picked as a potential sleeper again. Granted, he has shown flashes. But let’s face it, the guy has played in 23 games out of a possible 48. Using my abacus here, I have determined that is not even 50%. In fact, Locker has only 18 total starts. Granted, he is the quintessential high risk, high reward guy. In three years, he has a career 57.2 completion percentage. His has thrown a total of 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. In that time, his highest fantasy rank at QB is #28. So, what has changed? Well, there are a few things that make him look a bit more appealing in 2014. For starters, it is a contract year. Look, guys perform when money is on the line, and here is a guy that needs a big year if he wants to make those ends. Also, he now has Ken Whisenhunt as his head coach. Last year, many attributed Rivers resurgence to Whisenhunt’s influence. The question remains, can he have the same impact on Locker? Only time will tell. Locker is currently going undrafted and can be had off the waiver wire if Whisenhunt’s wizardry seems to be working.


 


 




Part of Jake’s appeal this season is what he has around him.


 


 




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Okay, wrong Jake, but Locker has two wide receivers that have been garnering a great deal of attention. To begin with, the highest ranked fantasy WR on the Titans is Kendall Wright. Pyro has him tiered with guys like Brandin Cooks, Golden Tate, and Erik Decker. To be honest, I think I would take all of them over Wright. He only had two games that went over 100 yards last season. Before you say anything, I realize Tate had exactly the same amount, but Tate is now playing with Matthew Stafford. I do love Wright in PPR leagues. Last year, Wright got 140 targets, secured 94 of those for catches and amazingly had only 2 TDs. I have said this before and I will say it again, TDs are not predictable. But, there is no way a guy getting this much action will be held to only two TDs again. Looking at the top 50 fantasy WR from 2013, no other payer was less dependent on touchdowns for his fantasy value. In fact, touchdowns only accounted for 10% of the guy’s total fantasy worth, and he still ended up as the 31st ranked fantasy receiver. Give the guy just three more scores and he would have cracked the top 20 last year. Pyro has given him a preseason rank of 28 amongst WRs. Going with a My cousin Vinny quote: I think that a 28th ranking is about “dead on balls accurate, it’s an industry term”. As of the end of August, Wright is going in the 8th round in 12 team leagues.


 


 


 


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I realize I already took a nose dive by starting this preview off with a White Snake video, but HEY, sometimes you have to roll the dice. I am going to try and right this ship by giving you two of my favorites rolled into one video. Here is Levon Helm signing “Tennessee Jed” on Letterman.


 




 







 


 


 


One of my favorite Robert Hunter songs is the segue into another Hunter: Justin Hunter. Pyro likes him as a sleeper candidate. In fact, many people are keeping their eyes on this kid. He causes a mismatch with most any defender.  He is a freak. The guy is 6”4’, runs a 4.36 and has a 39.5’ vertical leap. With just 18 receptions in his rookie season in 2013, he doubled Wright’s TD totals with 4. Even though the kid only caught passes in 8 games, he put up at least 100 yards twice. If you want Hunter, you have to pay a price. His late August ADP has him going in the late 9th early 10th rounds for 12 team leagues. Pyro puts him two tiers below Wright in their final preseason collective tiers. He is joined with high up-side guys like Kenny Stills, and Mike Evans, just to name a few from that tier. Unquestionably, these young guys have that “it” factor. In Whisenhunt’s offense, I can easily see two receivers becoming fantasy gems. In fact, Hunter might have a higher ceiling than Wright, but certainly has not shown the consistency. At that point in the draft, I would weight drafting him with my other receivers. If I have a couple of those high ceiling/ low floor guys, I would stay away. If I find myself with some Reggie Wayne type players, than Hunter is exactly the type of guy I would be targeting in those later rounds.


 




Finally, we round off the Titans passing game with tight end, Delanie Walker. Last year was his 8th season in the league. He is a late bloomer even by tight end standards. His 2013 campaign saw career highs in most statistical categories. He ended the year with 571 yards from 60 receptions and totaled 6 touchdowns. Walker finished as the 12th best fantasy tight end. As Houdini says, career year beware. I would wager last year’s numbers are his ceiling. With the depth of talent at the position this year, I do not think his numbers will find him near the top 12 in 2014. Pyro has him rated as #20 for their final preseason ranking. I dropped him in my dynasty league last week, no one made a move to pick him up on the waiver wire. Now, once the season starts, that might be a different story, there are just too many guys with similar ceilings and there are several potential break-out candidates at the position this year.


 




If you have been listening to the Fantasy Fire podcast, then you know Houdini loves him some Bishop Sankey. Pyro likes this rookie above all others. In fact, Sankey is placed in the high 20’s for running backs. Some other guys in that collective tier are Toby Gerhart, Chris Johnson, Pierre Thomas. If you want to find out who else goes in that tier, check out the podcast episode 26: show 139. The boys dive into their collective tiers.


 


 



 


 


The bottom line is this: Tennessee has the 8th best rushing schedule this year. Plus, Bishop Sankey has the fastest path to RB#1 out of any rookie in the NFL.  I generally use one or two sites for my ADP references. I checked a few others on this one. Sankey is undoubtedly the highest ranked rookie running back out there. On average, as of the end of August, the guy is going in the late 5th round to early 6th round, in 12 team leagues. In mock drafts I have done, I have had no problem taking him in the 5th, and would not mind the 4th, depending on who is out there. In his three years at the University of Washington, his lowest yards per carry average was 5.0. In his final season, his average was 5.7. In that same year, he accumulated 1,870 rushing yards and score 20 times. Oh yeah, he is a dual threat, he scored another 6 TDs off receptions, there were only three games his last year he did not catch a pass. Out of 13 total games his final season, he crossed the end zone in every single contest. He went for over for over 90 yards rushing in all but two games. Finally, the biggest sign that points to Sankey starting sooner than any other rookie running back is quite simply, the guy in front of him: Shonn Greene. In fact, Greene is being taken after Sankey in all of the ADPs I checked. While I like many a rookie this year. If you listened to the PPR podcast, you know my love for Terrance West (even if my wife does not). While I still like West over Tate, I think Tate will have a longer leash.  There’s also Carlos Hyde, but the 49er’s are in no rush to sit Gore down. Comparing  all of the situations out there, Sankey is sitting pretty. This is a huge reason he cracks my preseason top 20.


 


 




So, Shonn Green is the only thing really standing in the guy’s way. Let me ask you this: How many of you even drafted Shonn Greene on you fantasy teams in the past, let alone, would give him the keys to the organization as RB#1? That is plum crazy, and I know crazy.


 











 


 




Green came into the league in 2009. Just to keep Houdini happy, I will give him his props. When he went to Iowa, he was chewing up yardage. He was the Big Ten player of the year in 2008. In fact, he was the only RB in the FBS to rush for at least 100 yards in every game that year. However, once he made it to the NFL, he struggled a bit. His two most productive years were 2011 and 2012 were he finished as 18th and 15th ranked fantasy running back respectively. If you look a little closer, you will see his yards per carry average has decreased in almost every season. In 2009 it was 5.0, then 4.1, to 4.2, down to 3.9, and finally 3.8 as of last year. In 2013, he was in a complimentary role to Chris Johnson, Green only carried the mail 77 times. After Chris Johnson was released last year and signed by the Jets, the Titans were faced with a telling decision. If they were confident in Greene’s skills, then why take him as the first running back selected in the 2014 draft, especially considering their weakness at other positions? The Titans were in need of a corner back after they lost pro bowler Alterraun Verner. Also, with their woes at quarterback, many speculated they were going to grab a QB, but with a lack of talent at the position, it was not a sure thing. They ended up with Mettenberger in the 6th round. Out of all their needs, they turned to the running back position first. You know Green can’t get the job done, I know it, and obviously, the Titans executives knew it and showed their hand when they picked Sankey. Shonn Green will likely be used in a complimentary role, but sooner rather than later, Sankey’s talent will out weigh any inexperience he has shown. I still like West for his pure talent, but he may not get a chance to really put up some numbers until later in the season, Sankey, through sheer volume of work, could become the highest scoring fantasy rookie running back this year.


 




 







 


 


 


 


 

 


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Harry Douglas In Danger Of Not Making Titans 53 Man Roster

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Pyro's take: The Titans' official website doesn't consider Harry Douglas a lock for the 53-man roster.

Fantasy Goo: Justin Hunter and sophomore Tre McBride are his competition for the team's final receiver spot. Douglas has plenty working in his favor, including his veteran status, a history with coach Mike Mularkey and a team that's prone to bad decisions. Douglas turns 32 in September.

07/22/16, 11:55 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.titansonline.com

I'll hand the ball off 40 times a game if we win games

In the offseason, the Titans brought in RB DeMarco Murray and C Ben Jones.

Pyro's take: In the offseason, the Titans brought in RB DeMarco Murray and C Ben Jones. In the draft, they added Michigan State OT Jack Conklin and Alabama RB Derrick Henry. Those additions alone should improve a running game that was 25th out of 32 NFL teams last season. Marcus Mariota, "I told Coach Mike (Mularkey) that I'll hand the ball off 40 times a game if we win games. That's what's important to me, to giving us an opportunity to win. Having those two workhorses back there should help us out."

Fantasy Goo: Fantasy owners do not want to hear about a QB handing off 40 times per game however unlikely that could be. DeMarco and Derrick do have the keys to the car if they can drive which is great for whoever drafts either of the running backs. In the NFL football it is nice to assist your young QB with a sweet running game. A couple negatives for fantasy owners from this is that the clock expires rapidly while the running game chews the clock with each run and there being one less pass play. Three runs that end up in a three-in-out are what nightmares are made of for fantasy owners.

06/29/16, 04:57 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.dailypress.com

King Henry Catching On

Mularkey said @KingHenry_2 has been very impressive as a pass catcher. Since he's a big body, makes him even more dangerous.

Pyro's take: Mularkey said @KingHenry_2 has been very impressive as a pass catcher. Since he's a big body, makes him even more dangerous. Jim Wyatt @jwyattsports

Fantasy Goo: Derrick Henry at 6’3” and 247 pounds hopes to be this eras Earl Campbell (the Titans were once the Oilers). Both weight and speed (both clocked 4.5 forty times) are punishing similarities. Yes, he is no Earl Campbell yet, and odds are against him slaughtering defenders as The Tyler Rose once did but, we have to let him go out on the field and let him show us what he has. Ahead of Derrick Henry is DeMarco Murray who has a long college and pro history of injury. The year Murray won the rushing title he had broken his hand and like a trooper he played through the pain. A young and hungry Henry will be nipping at Murray’s jersey for his own playing time and if Henry simply outplays DeMarco then playing time will come. In fantasy drafts owners usually select their handcuffs late but, you will have to go one round or two earlier than you might want to if you feel like rolling the dice.


06/23/16, 10:00 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry Sure Handed Out Of The Backfield During Titans Camp

Reports out of Tennessee

Pyro's take: Reports out of Tennessee are Derrick Henry has impressed the coaching staff with his receiving abilities in camp. Henry only caught 17 passes during his collegiate career at Alabama.

His receiving skills were considered a negative for the Heisman Trophy winner by many draft analysts, but it seems his lack of receiving production could have more to do with Alabama's offensive philosophy than Henry's actual skill level. If he is able to continue to show good hands it could mean Henry will see the field more often than previously anticipated. Furthermore, it is great news for dynasty and keeper league owners since this can open the door for Henry to be a complete three down back in the future. Not-to-mention the positive effect it could have in PPR leagues. Henry has impressed on many levels so far in camp, but so has the presumptive starting RB DeMarco Murray. Either way, Henry will get his share of the carries this season, and may earn the starting job at some point. He should be on fantasy owner's radar in the later rounds of the draft.

06/20/16, 09:08 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.al.com

Pump the Breaks on Tajae Sharpe

Dorial Green-Beckham

Pyro's take: Head Coach Mike Mularkey hopes that Sharpe's success motivates all the wide outs to return healthy, hungry, and in shape.

Fantasy Goo: It's difficult to peg Dorial's actual chance at starting week 1 this early in the offseason. Mularkey's coach speak is out of control. Stand by for more "smash mouth." Please see previous notes for DGB.

06/16/16, 01:51 PM CDT by The Archer
Source: www.tennessean.com

Sharpe to Start over DGB, For Now

Tajae Sharpe

Pyro's take: Dorial Green-Beckham sat out his senior year of College as he transferred to Oklahoma after being dismissed from Missouri after being suspect of burglary and assault. Coaches are concerned with DGB's consistency in route running. Tajae Sharpe has been getting first team looks the past couple weeks. Coaches have been raving about Sharpe's route running and progression. Mike Mularkey said that Sharpe is expected to start for now.

Fantasy Goo: DGB is a physical specimen who struggled with consistency in college. With Sharpe's quicker than fast speed, he has the ability to work underneath and deep routes. It is also noteworthy that DGB was drafted under a previous head coach and general manager. Sharpe may not be the smash mouth that the Titans are looking for but he could assume the 2nd WR spot in Tennessee.

If Beckham's ADP suffers; buy, buy, buy!If Sharpe starts to climb, strongly consider and watch his highlights if you're on the fence.

06/15/16, 09:46 AM CDT by The Archer
Source: www.musiccitymiracles.com

Delaney Walker Is Drinking The Kool-Aid In Music City

The Tennessee Titans

Pyro's take: The Tennessee Titans are attempting to change the culture of the organization. Veteran players like Delanie Walker appear to be buying into the atmospheric shift in Tennessee. "Everybody is buying into the philosophy of what Mike Mularkey is selling, Walker said via TitansInsider.com. "We all in this locker room are tired of losing. So I think guys are really buying into this system, trying to figure out what we can do to change that mind-set."

Fantasy Goo: Delanie Walker is coming off of a career year last season as 2016 approaches. The 10-year veteran caught 94-of133 targets for 1,088 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, Those numbers not only led the team in those categories, but they nearly doubled those of every other Titans' receiver in receptions, targets, yards, and YAC. Walker should be considered a mid-range TE1 in the upcoming fantasy football campaign. But as Houdini warned in his buyer beware column you might want to let someone else land on that grenade,as the Titans added Rishard Matthews this offseason to bolster their receiving corps and are expected to be a power running offense, which could decrease Walker's opportunities.

06/12/16, 09:45 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.titansinsider.com

Tajae Sharpe is Turning Heads in OTAs

Head Coach Mike Mularkey is impressed with Sharpe's above average progression as a rookie. Sharpe is coming from a small school and is apparently transitioning well. Mularkey notes that he is not intimidated and is exhibiting discipline in route running.

Pyro's take: Head Coach Mike Mularkey is impressed with Sharpe's above average progression as a rookie. Sharpe is coming from a small school and is apparently transitioning well. Mularkey notes that he is not intimidated and is exhibiting discipline in route running. Sharpe is showing enthusiasm and showing the coaches exactly what they want to see. He brought his own football to camp and has been working out with the first team offense.

This early in OTAs, coach speak is usually malarkey. Mularkey mentioned that Hunter lacked confidence and Green-Beckham is not consistent throughout practices. Keep an eye on Sharpe, as he may slip into the later rounds of drafts and could supplant Hunter or Green-Beckham for the #2 position.

06/01/16, 03:55 PM CDT by The Archer
Source: www.tennessean.com

Titans coach Mike Mularkey says he wants his system to be "exotic smashmouth."

MM

Pyro's take: Mularkey: Says his old offensive system in Pitt, which he hopes to replicate, was known as "exotic smashmouth."

Exotic Smashmouth... Might as well call the offense Oxymoron. Mariota may run more often for you PPR owners.

02/18/16, 02:42 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Rishard Matthews most likely out of Miami

RM

Pyro's take: Matthews seems like a goner. He showed this season that he should be starting in the NFL, racking up 43 receptions for 662 yards and four touchdowns before injuring his rib.

But he’s a free agent and the Dolphins have a lot of needs and not enough cash. Stills has one year left on his cheap rookie deal.

Overthecap.com projects Matthews getting a four year deal worth around $18 million, which might be just financially feasible enough for the Dolphins to pull it off.

But even if Miami tries to bring him back — and there’s no guarantee they will — would Matthews want to stay in Miami knowing Parker and Landry are starters and there’s not even a guarantee he’d start ahead of Stills?

For years, Matthews advocated for more snaps. He finally got them and he’ll want more in 2016 and beyond.

02/04/16, 11:01 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: dailydolphin.blog.palmbeachpost.com

Terry Robiskie said Marcus Mariota will not have trouble adjusting to his offense.

MM

Pyro's take: “Marcus is a special talent, a special guy, a special player,’’ Robiskie said. “He looks like just a natural-born football player. He looks like a guy who enjoys playing the game and looks like he is having fun doing it.”

“I have always been a big believer in just aggressive, physical, nasty football. Bloody your nose and let’s go play. Marcus kind of opens the playbook up a little bit more, gives you more options. He creates more problems for the defense, so we have to take that into consideration.”

He’s already talked with Mariota, and said the two had a “good conversation.”

“He’s eager to go,’’ Robiskie said. “He’s fired up, and he’s ready.”

01/27/16, 11:17 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.titansonline.com

GM Jon Robinson says he's willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick.

MM

Pyro's take: Paul Kuharsky via Twitter "Robinson: "We will look at any and all offers that come this way" for No. 1 pick. #Titans"

If Jon Robinson didn't look at offers for his number one pick, he should be fired. With that he already has his star quarterback in Marcus Mariota, and could be in the hunt to add picks.

01/19/16, 10:54 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Mike Mularkey said he plans to implement a simpler and faster offense this season.

MM

Pyro's take: Pittsburgh twice posted top-10 offenses in his three seasons with the Steelers. Atlanta was top-10 twice in his four seasons with the Falcons.

Mularkey said a signature of his offense with those teams was "a lot of deception, trying to make defenses think — and if they are, they’re not responding quickly. It’s just a balanced offense, but it can go either way based on the situation in the game.”

“There will be some similarities, but it will be cut down," Mularkey said. “It’s not a complete overhaul because it comes from the same tree, basically. But it will be adjusted and a lot of it will be to help Marcus.”

01/19/16, 04:33 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.tennessean.com

Mike Mularkey is the "clear frontrunner" to replace Ken Whisenhunt.

MM

Pyro's take: Ian Rapoport via Twitter "#Titans plan to interview interim coach Mike Mularkey late this week -- likely Thursday -- source said. He's the clear front-runner."

01/11/16, 11:15 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

David Cobb is aiming to be the Titans' starting running back in 2016.

DC

Pyro's take: David Cobb expressed his thoughts about wanting to be the starting running back next season.

“I want to be a starter next year,’’ Cobb said. “That is my expectation. Not to be cocky, but that is what I am going to work toward and if I fall short I am going to keep working until I get there.”

“It is kind of the same thing I went through at Minnesota,’’ Cobb said. “I didn’t get to play my first couple of years, and I didn’t get the ball. I just had to work, and keep working. Eventually things kind of fell in line and I got an opportunity.

“The key is when you have an opportunity to have to take advantage of it.”

“I thought I played OK. I wish I had a couple of runs back, I wish I had a couple of plays back. But at the same time I was happy to finally get out there and let loose, and feel the emotions of a full game. That went well, but in the offseason there is a lot to work on,’’ Cobb said.

“But I think it gives me just a little confidence going into the offseason. … Just to get back out there healthy and run around with it, that was good.”

“It would have been nice to get in there a little more this season, so it was frustrating. You want to get into a rhythm and in a flow, but it didn’t happen. So I am definitely not satisfied. You have higher expectations when you know you can play. But I plan to work hard this offseason and put myself in a position where I’ll be ready to go next year. I want to be a guy who makes a difference.”

01/06/16, 02:17 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.titansonline.com

Rishard Matthews going on IR

RM

Pyro's take: Armando Salguero via Twitter "Rishard Matthews is going on IR."

With all the wide receiver additions on the roster Matthews originally wanted out of his contract, but he stayed on and finished with 43 receptions for 663-yards and four touchdowns. He most likely will leave Miami, but he did well enough to be coveted in the off season.

01/03/16, 02:00 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Marcus Mariota (MCL) took dropbacks at less than full speed Monday

MM

Pyro's take: The Titans had Marcus Mariota take some dropbacks at less than full speed on Monday and will evaluate him from there. Mariota missed the Houston game with a sprained right knee, and it seems unlikely that he'll resurface for the finale, considering interim coach Mike Mularkey said with "any bit of doubt, he will not play." -- Paul Kuharsky

12/29/15, 11:46 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Mike Mularkey said Bishop Sankey will be more involved Week 17 against the Colts.

BS

Pyro's take: “I feel like at times I lost faith in the coaches here, and I have been trying to do everything I can to gain it back,’’ Sankey said. “Since then I have been doing everything I can to try and gain it back and try and make a statement when I am out there on the field.

“It hasn’t hurt my confidence. I know I am a good player, a good running back, and I just have to keep working and maintain the same approach each day and try and earn the trust back of the coaches.”

Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said on Monday the plan is for Sankey to be more involved in the season finale against the Colts on Sunday.

“He did some good things for us, especially with the ball in his hands there at the end,’’ Mularkey said. “He’ll get more time, hopefully at least that many snaps.”

12/29/15, 10:24 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.titansonline.com

Mike Mularkey said the team hopes to have Kendall Wright (knee) back at practice Wednesday.

KW

Pyro's take: Mularkey said the Titans think Wright could return to practice on Wednesday, when Lewan could also return despite being in the concussion protocol.

Wright missed two games with the knee injury, and he tweaked it against the Texans.

“It’s nothing significant,’’ Mularkey said of Wright, “and hopefully we’ll have him back Wednesday for practice, at least limited.

12/29/15, 12:10 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.titansonline.com

Mike Mularkey said Monday that Marcus Mariota (MCL) will not play in Week 17 against the Colts

MM

Pyro's take: Jim Wyatt via Twitter "Mularkey said he'll rely on trainers to make a determination on Mariota. Any bit of doubt on Mariota and he won't play Sunday @Titans"

12/28/15, 03:25 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

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